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Notice to Authorizers and Prudent Planning

The following documents outline the obligations of JPC authorizers with respect to the upcoming SAG-AFTRA negotiations, and provide guidance for the prudent planning of productions....more

Choosing The Right Entertainment Industry Work Visa

As smartphone recording capabilities and the popularity of social media help entertainers reach wider audiences around the world, entertainers who wish to come to the United States to perform are, paradoxically, finding it...more

Status Updates: Court nixes VPPA claim; lawyer suspended over blog posts; Facebook ‘unfriending’ cited in bullying decision

Tale of the tape. The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), which requires video service providers to destroy personally identifiable information after a specified time, doesn’t provide a private right of action for plaintiffs...more

It’s The World Series Of Discrimination Trials! Catch It!

T.J. Simers, a notorious well-known former sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, has sued the owners of the Times, contending that he was let go in 2013 because of his age (then in his early 60s, now 65) and because of...more

Second Circuit Teaches Unpaid Interns a Lesson

In a closely watched case affecting the viability of unpaid internship programs at for-profit employers, the Second Circuit held that the “primary beneficiary” test should be used to decide whether interns should be deemed...more

“Black Swan” Internship Case Creates New Obstacles For Employers In California

In California, internships have always been viewed as a trade-off between prestigious employers and young students looking to get a foot in the proverbial door. College students and graduates looking for highly-coveted...more

FTC Clarifies Native and Online Ad Obligations

The FTC, in recent staff statements, has sought to clarify advertisers’ and publishers’ obligations regarding native advertising and social media promotions, particularly regarding when and how to clarify to readers that a...more

Ontario Passes Protecting Child Performers Act

On April 30, 2015, Ontario passed Bill 17, entitled the Protecting Child Performers Act; on May 5, 2015, Bill 17 received Royal Assent, and so, by its terms, the Act will come into force in February 2016 (nine months from...more

To Fire or Not to Fire for Employee’s Social Media Posts

After watching the firing of the digital communications manager for the Houston Rockets during their run through the playoffs (read the story here in the Houston Chronicle).  I figured it would be a good time to revisit the...more

Status Updates - March 2015 #2

Out with the inbox? The overwhelming popularity of workplace-specific platforms that facilitate coworker communication—commonly referred to as “enterprise social media”—is undeniable. But are these platforms poised to someday...more

Hollywood Intern Cases and the Fair Labor Standards Act

With spring and summer on the horizon, many employers are gearing up to interview and recruit for their summer internship programs. Summer internships are an age old tradition giving students opportunities for exposure in...more

Permit Me to Explain – Work Permits and LMIAs for Foreign Actors

As much as we Canadians (justifiably) boast about our homegrown talent, there is no hiding the fact that to maximize the quality of our music, TV, and film we sometimes need an assist from outside our borders. For instance,...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #12

..What’s not to like? The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that an employee’s Facebook “like” approving of another employee’s statements about their employer may constitute “concerted activity” under federal labor...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Fashion Week 2013

In this issue: - New Rules on Use of Child Models - Impact of TTAB Rulings on Court Decisions - Sports Teams’ Logos and Marks May Be Different - It’s Ten O’Clock—Do You Know Where Your Company’s...more

Suns Gain More Cap Relief Through Official Release of Michael Beasley

Suns Gain More Cap Relief Through Official Release of Michael Beasley by Anthony Caruso on September 6, 2013 The Phoenix Suns will see cap relief with the official release of Michael Beasley, the 2008 No. 2 draft pick,...more

Points & Authorities - Summer 2013: Companies Beware When Using Models and Spokespeople in Advertisement Campaigns

Due to a recent increase in wage and hour claims in the entertainment industries, companies using models and spokespeople for their advertising campaigns need to be conscious of how they treat talent who are not covered under...more

Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon (2nd Edition)

In October 2009, we published the first edition of this White Paper, focusing primarily on social media issues in the United States. The response was overwhelming and far beyond our expectation — clients, friends, press and...more


Free-to-play games are all the rage these days. Many people while away their days playing Angry Birds, or Words with Friends before going home to watch Monday Night Football. Nerds — and, increasingly, “normal people” — do...more

Around the Virtual World - December 17, 2012

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - Union Facebook Page Not Picket Line Extension: NLRB Judge - Parody New York Times Twitter...more

Around the Virtual World - November 16, 2012

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - Beyonce Still Can't Nix Video Game Suit, Appeals Court Says - Video Game Co.'s Award Doubled To...more

Around the Virtual World - June 4, 2012

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - App Makers' Privacy Policies Leave Users In The Dark: Panel - Social Media Policies At GM,...more

Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Alert: Models Must Be Paid On Last Day Of Photo Shoot Under California Labor Law

The California Labor Code provides that, with limited exception, when an employer “discharges” an employee who provided services in California, the wages earned and unpaid at the time of the discharge are due and payable...more

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