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USA: Do Athletes Have Rights of Publicity in Live Broadcast Footage? Minnesota Court Offers Guidance

U.S. courts have recognized that “there is no judicial consensus on how to resolve conflicts between intellectual-property rights and free-speech rights.” Indeed, courts have adopted varying approaches to analyzing right of...more

Sony vs. N. Korea – Let Capitalism Fight Totalitarianism!

Cyber terrorism, North Korea, Sony, extortion, free speech, The Interview, international relations, journalistic ethics, cyber security… can it get any better than this?...more

Top 5 gaming predictions for 2015!

End of .COM, innovation, M&A consolidation, CTDs and casino games in my personal predictions for the gaming sector in 2015. Here are my personal list of gaming predictions for 2015!...more

Hitting Below the Belt? MMA Fighters Allege That UFC Has Monopolized the Mixed Martial Arts Game

Throughout their history, professional sports leagues, including the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League, have generated high-profile antitrust litigation. The nascent...more

Tax Law Alert: The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 Extends Expired or Expiring Provisions

Congress this week passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (the Act), which is expected to be signed by President Obama at any time. The Act renews or extends a number of expired or expiring provisions. Some of the...more

Manatt Digital Media - December 2014

2014 has been a transformative year in media and entertainment, particularly with the acceleration of “mobile-first, digital-first” initiatives—which we covered in our November newsletter—from pay TV unbundling to the...more

UK: Government opens lotteries consultation

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation aimed at assessing how lotteries and lottery type products are offered in the British market....more

UK: CAP publishes latest advice on gambling advertising

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), which write and maintain the UK’s Advertising Codes, has published its latest advice on marketers wishing to place adverts for gambling products. ...more

Eponymous companies and use of the designer’s personal name: Mr. Alviero Martini vs. Alviero Martini S.p.A.

The Court of Milan has recently issued a decision in a case regarding the limits to use the personal name of a well-known designer by a company which had legitimately acquired the corresponding eponymous trademarks....more

A Charlie Brown Red-Nosed Reindeer

If you celebrate Christmas, and even if you don’t, you probably have a favorite Christmas-themed movie. Elf? A Christmas Story? Miracle on 34th Street? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?...more

Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Company - USDC, S.D. New York, December 4, 2014

Following jury verdict in favor of Beastie Boys on copyright infringement and Lanham Act claims, district court denies defendant Monster Energy Company’s motions for judgment as matter of law, for new trial, and for reduction...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence (Global) - December 2014

BRAND REPUTATION - Global: How to protect brand reputation and sales from the risks associated with a product recall - The power of regulatory authorities to order product recalls is growing, meaning that it is more...more

Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. v. Activision Blizzard, Inc. - USDC, N.D. California, November 24, 2014

Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. v. Activision Blizzard, Inc. - USDC, N.D. California, November 24, 2014: District court grants summary judgment in favor of publisher of military-action video game Call of Duty: Ghosts on trademark...more

GLOBAL: Main takeaways from our “Global TV Production and Co-Production incentives webinar”

The TV industry is a global business set to be worth more than $400BN by 2020, with predicted year-on-year growth of 4.7%. As incentive programs are becoming increasingly important across the industry, we hosted a “TV...more

The Sum of All Parts: Second and Ninth Circuits Poised to Address Movie “Authorship”

“There are no small parts, only small actors.” So says the film and theater maxim most frequently attributed to Russian actor and director Constantin Stanislavski. But how small a contribution is enough for an actor or...more

On December 15, 2014, The Ninth Circuit En Banc Will Hear Garcia v. Google, Inc./Actors And Producers Await The Result

On Monday, December 15, 2014, the Ninth Circuit en banc will hear argument in Garcia v. Google, Inc. 766 F3d 929 (9th Cir. 2014), amending 743 F.3d 1258 (9th Cir. 2014). A three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit previously...more

Investment Trends in the Gaming Industry

Over the past decade, the gaming industry has evolved into one of the hottest sectors of mobile internet services. VentureBeat recently reported that in the trailing twelve months of Q3 2014, gaming accounted for $18 billion...more

Music Publishers Bring Contributory Copyright Claims Against ISP for Infringing Activities of Subscribers

In a novel lawsuit that tests the bounds of service provider liability, two music publishers brought suit against an ISP for contributory copyright infringement for allegedly facilitating infringement by failing to terminate...more

NCAA appeals district court decision in O’Bannon v. NCAA

On November 14, 2014, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) filed a brief in the Ninth Circuit challenging a district court’s injunction on the enforcement of NCAA rules barring college athlete compensation as...more

Social media boosting college football popularity

Harris Poll, a company that has asked adult fans to identify their favorite sport each year since 1985, recently reported that professional football is the most popular sport in America — for the 30th year in a...more

Goodfellas Actor Files Suit Over a Character from The Simpsons: The Limitations on Rights of Publicity Claims

On October 21, 2014, Frank Sivero, an actor who played Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas, filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox and Abram Groening, the co-creator of The Simpsons, claiming that the wiseguy “Louie” character on...more

Business Round Up: The News and the Views

Thomas Pink Ltd v Victoria’s Secret UK Ltd [2014] EWHC 2631 (Ch) Two particular points for brand owners to take away from the decision: 1. If faced with an invalidity challenge on the grounds of s3(1)(b) or (c)...more

Manatt Digital Media - November 2014

Cutting of the Cable Bundle, NOT the Cord—Welcome to “The Great Unbundling” - 2014 is a transformative year for the media business. We will look back several years from now and fully realize this. First, anyone...more

China Court Ruled Infringement for Ambush Marketing in Film Industry

The term “Ambush Marketing” originally came from inappropriate sport advertisement in western countries. It involves a marketing strategy wherein the advertisers associate themselves with, and therefore capitalize on, a...more

Celebrity Endorsements, Online Poker and the FTC

Last week, without much attention, four new regulations affecting online gaming operations in New Jersey became effective under the authority of the Division of Gaming Enforcement. The rules include changes to directives on...more

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