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July 2014: Copyright Litigation Update

Courts Take More Expansive View of Copyright Fair Use. Due to increasing globalization and constant advances in technology, there exists today an unprecedented level of access to copyrightable material, which in turn has led...more

Tariffpalooza 2014

Summer 2014. The living is easy; the Copyright Board is certifying tariffs at a furious pace. As we noted back in May 2014 (Towards Certainty on Webcasting – Re:Sound Tariff 8 Certified), the Board certified Re:Sound...more

You’re Getting Sued for What? An E & O Odyssey (Pt 12)

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter‘s entertainment law blog, Hollywood, Esq., the producers, distributors and broadcasters of the television series Southland are being sued by the family of a deceased individual whose...more

Department of Labor Brief Provides More Guidance on Interns

In the past, we’ve explained the DOL’s test for whether employers must pay their interns. Put simply, public employers and qualifying not-for-profit entities do not have to pay their interns. On the other hand, private...more

You’re Getting Sued for What? An E & O Odyssey (Pt 11)

This post is part of an occasional series highlighting the type of risks which film and TV producers face and which are supposed to be covered by “errors and omissions” (E&O) insurance. The series aims to demonstrate that...more

UK anti-piracy campaign set for launch

In an effort to combat digital piracy, the film and music industries have reached an agreement with the UK’s leading ISPs to launch the ‘Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme’ next year. The programme will send up to four...more

Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2014: California’s Tech Boom Drives New Demand for Office Space [Video]

Led by the tech boom in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, demand for office space all over California is increasing dramatically, but with changing requirements, such as square footage and more creative space. We spoke to...more

10 Popular Reads Covering Latest European Union Developments

Recap of popular updates covering latest developments in the European Union....more

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

BETTING AND GAMING - Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for a further restriction and rationalization of the gaming industry - The Belgian Gaming Commission has sent an open letter to the next government in which it...more

A Lesson from Taylor Swift on the Power of the Op-ed

Taylor Swift surprised the world yesterday when she dropped her first op-ed. News of the lyricist’s piece spread like wildfire generating more than 150 comments on The Wall Street Journal website, in addition to more than...more

Changes in Spain’s Cinema Act: Cool-off period for non-theatrical shows

For several weeks, Spanish public authorities (city halls in particular) have offered to their residents and visitors non-theatrical exhibitions of movies for a reduced price or even for free. Summer Cinemas, Cinema Clubs,...more

After Entry of Judgment, District Court Orders Deposit of Amount of Judgment Plus 20% Interest for One Year in order to Obtain...

Innovention Toys, LLC prevailed in a patent infringement action against MGA Entertainment. After the Court entered a final judgment, the parties agreed that execution of the judgment should be pending resolution of...more

The Scope of Copyright Protection over Sherlock Holmes Characters Is Far from “Elementary”

The copyright clause of the U.S. Constitution incentivizes the creation of original works of art by granting authors exclusive rights in such works for “limited Times.” U.S. Const. art. I, § 8, cl. 8. The idea is to strike a...more

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

CONSUMER AND DATA PROTECTION - Italy: New rules on cookies and Internet profiling! - The Italian Data Protection Authority has issued its decision on the “simplified information notice and cookie consent”"....more

FCC Considers Net Neutrality Rules, Could Impact Video Game Industry

“Net neutrality” has become one of the most hotly debated issues before lawmakers and regulators in Washington this year. Proponents of net neutrality argue that the government should regulate the conduct of broadband...more

Drones: Hollywood’s Requests for Regulatory Exemptions from the FAA Could Get UAS for Commercial Use Off the Ground

The lack of certainty regarding the use and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is prompting companies to seek creative ways to get their drones off the ground. This week, seven aerial photo and video production...more

Mexico Consumer Entertainment Spend Grows Rapidly; Now at 4.5 Billion USD

According to research from Futuresource Consulting, consumer spending on video and TV entertainment in Mexico reached USD 4.2 billion in 2013, recording a 9% growth. The company is also optimistic and expects more growth this...more

Taking Off the Gloves: Tax and Revenue Law Change Proposals We Expect to See in the Short Session

Between legislative sessions the Joint Legislation Commission on Revenue Laws meets to determine how to handle tax and finance issues including repeals, clarifications and new proposals. We expect the following bills to be...more

The World Is Not Enough, We Want the Whole Genre

The James Bond franchise is one of the most well-known and successful movie franchises in history. There are few characters who reappear in 23 full length movies, let alone have the 23rd movie reach the top of the box office...more

Optioning Film Or TV Rights In A Book – A Checklist

As Torontonians know, we are in the midst of a mayoral election campaign; in all the excitement surrounding the candidate debates, it may have slipped into the rearview mirror that last month it was announced that the film...more

UK Budget 2014 – more good news for the creative industries

In yesterday’s Budget, George Osborne confirmed that the European Commission has approved the proposed extension of the UK film tax credit announced in his 2013 Autumn Statement. The changes are due to take effect from April...more

Ninth Circuit Says Film Actor Has Copyright In Performance

Both the intellectual property and creative communities are aghast at the recent decision from two of three judges of the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. In Garcia v. Google, Inc., No. 12-57302, 2014 U.S. App....more

Williams v. Black Entertainment Television, Inc. - USDC E.D. New York, February 14, 2014

Pro se plaintiff Charles Williams brought an action for copyright infringement against defendants Viacom, Inc.; Black Entertainment Television LLC s/h/a BET Networks; A&E Television Networks, LLC; Apple, Inc.; Netflix, Inc.;...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- February 10, 2014: Brownstein v....

In declaratory judgment action seeking joint authorship of work, Third Circuit holds that joint authorship claim under Copyright Act accrues, for statute of limitations purposes, when plaintiff’s authorship has been expressly...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 31, 2014

Plaintiff Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., formed by Jimi Hendrix’s sole heir, owns trademarks that it uses to sell and license products related to Jimi Hendrix. Experience Hendrix sued defendants Andrew Pitsicalis and his...more

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