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Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie

“Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the shot using his Samsung smartphone during a visit to the...more

Keeping Privates Private: The Legal Landscape of Revenge Porn

Mark Zuckerberg famously stated that the purpose of Facebook is “to make the world more open and connected,” and indeed Facebook, other social media outlets and the Internet in general have brought worldwide openness and...more

“Hustlin’” to a Legal Victory: Rick Ross and the Right of Publicity

California gives you the right to profit from your own identity. But what if you assume somebody else’s? Rick Ross is famous for rapping about cocaine. Ricky D. Ross is famous for selling it. Ross (the cocaine...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 16, 2013

SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Workshop on Native Advertising – The “Blurred Lines” Remain Fuzzy - The increased prevalence of online native advertising – commercial content designed with the look and feel of editorial comment –...more

Another Piece of the Puzzle: Social Media Concerns (Just) Outside the Employment Relationship

This blog has focused heavily on social media-related issues that arise in the employer/employee relationship and that have been a continual challenge for employers over the last decade. Employment-related social media issues...more

Website Owners: Who Is Liable For Third Party Postings On Your Website?

A recent Fairfax County defamation case involving a consumer’s scathing postings against a contractor on Yelp and Angie’s List raises the issue as to who can be held liable for postings made by third parties. Can the...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- September 19, 2012

Table of Contents: - DiTocco v. Riordan - Second Circuit affirms district court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ copyright claims, holding that defendants’ Percy Jackson book series was not substantially similar to...more

When the Best Defense is a Proactive Offense: Protecting Your Reputation on the Internet

Here’s the scenario: You’re a well-known athlete. You’ve worked hard to become the best in your game. You wake up one morning, grab your coffee, sit down at your computer and start to read the morning’s news. Much to your...more

Discovery of Facebook Content in Florida Cases

A step-by-step guide, with discovery examples and specific case references, on how to obtain Facebook content in your cases. ...more

Top Employer Questions on Employee Social Media Conduct Answered

Employers are now on full alert that employee’s online activity in the office and in the home has a direct, often beneficial/often detrimental impact, on the bottom line. And with each day’s headlines new complications and...more

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Order on Motion Compel Social Media Discovery

Personal injury / medical malpractice plaintiffs must produce Facebook data as ordered by Fort Lauderdale, Florida court....more

Traps on the Web: Legal Essentials on Social Media, Protecting Data, HR Policies, and More

Agenda for Today: • Legal Issues – “Similar Issues, New Platforms” (1) Educating Your “Speakers” (2) Entity Use of Online Social Media Platforms - Defamation, IP, Privacy, Agency (3) Entity Online Programs and...more

Advertising Law - August 18, 2011

In This Issue: Congress Considers More Data Security, Breach Laws; FTC Takes Action Against Payday Lender; Controversy Over Basketball Wives; Privacy Suit Filed Over Use of ETags; NAD Weighs In on Dietary Supplement for...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update For Motion Picture Studios And Television Networks - June 16, 2011

Table of Contents •Smith v. Summit Entertainment LLC •Armstrong v. NBC Universal, Inc. Smith v. Summit Entertainment LLC, USDC ND Ohio, June 6, 2011 •District Court refuses to dismiss copyright owner’s claims for (1)...more

How To Protect Your Intellectual Property Online And Avoid Legal Pitfalls

How Can You Get Into Trouble Online? • Using clip art without checking terms of use, • Cutting and pasting third party articles into blogs, • Forwarding an email newsletter to a colleague without checking terms of...more

Publicity Rights State of Play

Eriq Gardner has published a simply excellent article in the ABA Journal: "What's In a Name?" explores the history, caselaw and controversies surrounding US "right of publicity" law. Publicity rights battles are growing...more

Life Story Rights - Some Considerations

Diane Krausz has posted a valuable item: Whose Life is it Anyway? Clearance of Life Story Rights in Film. The article is particularly interesting for her concise provision of this heuristic, which I think nicely articulates...more

Manatt Represents Football Legend In Appeal Against Electronic Arts

Last week Manatt lawyers filed an opening brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of football legend Jim Brown. This opening salvo in Brown’s appeal was widely reported, including coverage in the New York Times...more

Newsletter of the Advertising, Marketing & Media Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

IN THIS ISSUE: *Court Says Dell Deceived Customers *Yahoo Sues Lottery Scammers *Belgian Press Wants Google To Pay $77 Million *Feds Seek $450 Million From Berkeley Nutraceuticals *NAD Fingers Press Release For...more

Intellectual Property - 2008 Winter Bulletin

In This Bulletin: *California's Amended Right of Publicity Statute (California Civil Code Section 3344.1) *Ethical Limits on Investigations in IP Litigation *Quick Updates Please see full bulletin for more...more

Newsletter of the Advertising, Marketing & Media Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

IN THIS ISSUE: *Third Circuit Hands Splenda Partial Win *Sites Ignore New FTC Privacy Guidelines at Their Peril *Q-Ray Loses Appeal of Multimillion-Dollar False Ad Judgment *Public Citizen Sues FDA Over Cipro,...more

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