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A New Weapon to Combat Cybersquatting: File Suit against Domain Registrars and Hosting Companies

Cybersquatting, under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d), is registering, trafficking in, or using an Internet domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a...more

Three’s Company But Two’s a Crowd: Theatrical Parodies of Copyrighted Works

In our Oscar litigation post a few weeks ago, we made a passing reference to MGM v. Showcase Atlanta Coop. Prods., Inc., 479 F.Supp. 351 (N.D. Ga. 1979). In that case, the Northern District Court of Georgia held that the play...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2015

Copyrighting Player-Generated Content in Video Games - Last year, consumers spent more than $21 billion on the video game industry. The Entertainment Software Association reports that almost 60% of Americans—roughly...more

An Empirical Lesson on Bluffing in Trademark Disputes

While it’s a great song, Kenny Rogers’ classic The Gambler doesn’t provide much guidance on winning a game of poker....more

UK Film & Television

Tax relief changes announced for film and television and a new coproduction treaty. The UK Government published the Finance Bill 2015 on 24 March 2015. We set out below the bill’s key impacts on the UK film and...more

Reviewing 'Caesars' and Bankruptcy Venue in the Ides of March

The realities of the bankruptcy venue provisions require potential debtors and their advisers to prudently weigh the legal significance of a bankruptcy filing in various courts. Originally published in Delaware...more

Extra-Hollywood Productions, Scene 1: A Review of Current State Film & TV Incentives in the Southeast

Over the past two decades, the competition among the states to offer increasingly lucrative film incentives to lure productions to film within their borders has often been characterized as a race to the bottom. This...more

Business Litigation Report - February 2015

- Firm News: - Main Article: ..Traversing the Breach: Why You Need to Prepare for Data Breaches and How to Do It - Noted With Interest: ..Direct Purchasers and End Payors Accuse Brand Pharma of...more

The Blurred Lines of an Infringement Action

Many of you may be familiar with the pop hit “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, Clifford Harris, more popularly known as T.I., and Pharrell Williams (the “Composers”). If it does not sound familiar by title, perhaps you may...more

Deck Stacked Against HOUSE OF CARDS

No spoilers here, I promise.  Like many Americans since it was released on Friday, I’ve been binge-watching Season 3 of House of Cards.  If you haven’t watched the program, available only on Netflix, it’s a riveting drama of...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

Second Circuit Critical of DOL Test in Pending Unpaid Intern Cases

Glatt et al. v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., No. 13-4478 (2d Cir.) and Wang et al. v. The Hearst Corp., No. 13-4480, (2d Cir.): On January 30, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held oral arguments in two closely...more

Spain: Mr. Grey or Mr. Koldo - Profiling Spain’s cinema-goers

One year ago a modest, soft romantic comedy with a great dose of humour and references to countryside life and open mock of controversial political issues (“Ocho Apellidos Vascos“) saw its theatrical release in Spain. It...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 130, The Oscars and Compliance, Part IV with Jay Rosen [Video]

In this Part IV of my continued exploration of the Oscars and compliance with Jay Rosen, we look at the touchpoint which Hollywood and the movie industry has which might subject it to FCPA liability. ...more

I Want What She’s Getting – “Favored Nations” Clauses in Entertainment Contracts

The “favored nations” or “most favored nations” or “MFN” concept/clause, while not omnipresent in entertainment contracts, certainly gets its fair share of use. This post will explore the purpose and operation of FN and MFN...more

Left Shark and Lawsuits – Who Gets Bitten in the End?

Halftime was just the Beginning: A backup dancer in Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show goes viral upstaging the singer, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson for MVP. Thanks to social media, “Left Shark” became a “thing” overnight...more

Australia: What is and is not a “royalty” for withholding tax purposes? Latest key court decision

By Jock McCormack, James Newnham, Matthew Cridland and Eddie Ahn Introduction The taxpayer, Seven Network Limited, has won a recent decision (22 December 2014) in the Australian Federal Court, Seven Network Limited v Federal...more

The Price is Wrong: California Court OKs a New Trial in Game Show Model’s Pregnancy Bias Case

Cochran v. FremantleMedia North America, Inc., No. B247541 (December 11, 2014): In a recent unpublished ruling, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s order granting a new trial in a case brought by a game...more

HUB FOCUS: Recent TV trends in Sweden

Our global Media, Sport & Entertainment Hub provides insights into various legal and commercial issues impacting on this space. In this, our first “HUB FOCUS”, we provide an extract, focussing on recent trends in the...more

Important royalty withholding tax decision

The taxpayer, Seven Network Limited, has won a recent decision (22 December 2014) in the Australian Federal Court, Seven Network Limited v Federal Commissioner of Taxation (2014) FCA1411, which is significant to all...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

Failure to Name Real Party in Interest Dooms Petition

In Paramount Home Entertainment Inc. v. Nissim Corp., IPR2014-00961, Paper 11 IPR2014-00962, Paper 11 (December 29, 2014), the Board denied institution of inter partes review of claims 1–27 of U.S. Patent No. 7,054,547 for...more

You Should Know - December 2014

In This Issue: - Gaming Cheat Sheet - Tips for Parents - Best & Worst Games - Excerpt from Video Game Cheat Sheet for Parents: So Your Kids Want a Video Game. Now What? As entertainment...more

FBI Issues Alert Following Unprecedented Malware Attack against U.S. Company

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned U.S. businesses to be alert for a malicious software bug capable of erasing hard drives and crashing networks. Although not specifically mentioned, cybersecurity...more

Nevada Supreme Court Adopts Economic Realities Test to Determine Employment Status

Recently, the Nevada Supreme Court in Terry, et al., v. Sapphire Gentlemen's Club, reversed a lower court's ruling and held that performers at Sapphire Gentlemen's Club meet the definition of "employees" under the Nevada...more

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