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Chinese Foreign Investments in Hollywood

After a record-breaking 2016 for Chinese companies’ investments in the film industry, changes to Chinese foreign investment policy have created uncertainty for the future of Hollywood’s relationship with the Middle...more

Will and Grace Reunited

Ever since the cast of Will and Grace reunited for a mini episode encouraging all of us to vote in 2016, the internet has been in a frenzy about the possibility of a revival 18 years after the show first aired. In January,...more

Does Your Human Resources Department Understand Antitrust?

Several Hollywood companies have agreed to pay $170 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by animators who claimed their wages were depressed by unlawful anti-poaching agreements. The recent settlements highlight that now...more

And the winner, uhhh….

Everyone else is writing about it, so we may as well discuss it, too. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, by now you are well familiar with the enormous gaffe at the end of the Oscars on Sunday night. For those of you...more

Actors’ Ages to Remain Available Online (At Least for Now)

A federal court has granted IMDb’s request for a preliminary injunction to allow the entertainment website to keep actors’ ages in their online profiles – despite the enactment of a statute in California prohibiting same....more

Employing Minors in the Entertainment Industry: A Primer for Employers Doing Business in Canada

Employers that hire minors must comply with a myriad of special rules designed to protect the minor employee from, among other things, dangerous work, exploitation, and abuse. Legislators and courts have gone to great...more

Is it Time for Athletes to Demand Reciprocal Morals Clauses in Their Endorsement Deals?

While the confetti is still settling after the most exciting Super Bowl in recent memory, discussion has turned to the RSVP list for the traditional White House victory reception. At least six members of the New England...more

Sorry, J-Lo and CeeLo: Real world requires carefully crafted employment dress codes

The Grammys aired on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Every year, audiences tune in to the glamorous awards show to watch the presentation of such celebrated accolades as “Song of the Year” and to take in the live performances of...more

[Event] Who's in the Driver's Seat? What the Connected Car Shows Us About the Legal and Regulatory Issues of the Internet of...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating unprecedented opportunities and challenges – launching groundbreaking collaboration among disparate industries and generating insightful data from uncommon sources....more

Do Not Repeat the Mistakes of Your Diva

Preparation pays off. While it may be well known that “practice practice practice” gets you to Carnegie Hall, it appears you don’t even need to do the sound check to play Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Mariah Carey’s...more

Mila Kunis’ open letter on gender bias at work

Many people know actor Mila Kunis for her role in the TV series “That ’70s Show” and her film roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the drama Black Swan. Kunis has recently been in the headlines for her open letter on sexism...more

Second Circuit Finds Use of "Who's on First" Routine Not Transformative and Not Fair Use

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a consequential opinion on the meaning and scope of what has become the "transformative use" factor of the fair use defense to copyright...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

September 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The past month’s judicial and administrative activity in the area of IC misclassification reflects the wide range of industries facing these types of claims: communications; cleaning services; transportation and delivery...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to...more

New California Law Will Require Online Entertainment Database Sites to Remove Age-Based Information

California’s governor has signed into law a bill aimed at discouraging discriminatory age hiring practices in the entertainment industry. The law focuses on internet websites identifying ages, but critics question whether...more

CA Governor Signs Bill Allowing Actors to Delete Their Age from Online Profiles

On September 24, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1687 – a measure aimed at preventing age discrimination against film, television, and other professionals in the entertainment industry whose ages could be viewed...more

Is Chinese Investment in the U.S. Film and Entertainment Industry the Next Area of CFIUS Scrutiny?

U.S. lawmakers recently submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raising concerns about increased Chinese investments in the U.S. film and entertainment industry and questioning whether the Committee...more

From sports and entertainment to politics and social justice—when worlds collide in your workplace

It’s everywhere. Whether you like it or not, you can’t escape it. While the topics of politics and social justice are undoubtedly important discussions to have in our country, the reality is that they now seem ever present....more

Copyright Plaintiffs Keep Trying to Topple Empire. Can Proto-Cookie Succeed Where Others Failed?

Just in time for the Season 3 premiere, let’s take a look back at Empire’s year in IP litigation. Like the fictional Lyon family, which is constantly beset by threats from Feds, old criminal connections, and music...more

ITC Declines to File Petition for Certiorari – CAFC Holding that ITC Does Not Have Jurisdiction over Digital Imports Stands

The deadline has come and gone for the ITC and patentee Align to file petitions for certiorari seeking review by the Supreme Court of the Federal Circuit’s decision in ClearCorrect. On November 10, 2015, a panel of the...more

Producers Beware: What happens when your movie distributor files bankruptcy?

The Issue - There has been written a plethora of articles about Bankruptcy Code §365(n) regarding the rights of parties to license agreements when the licensor files a bankruptcy and rejects a license agreement....more

Artists, Entertainers and Mediation: Where the paths meet

I’m a lawyer and have been a full-time mediator for more than 20 years. Before I went to law school, I spent 10 years working as a professional dancer, seven as a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. I didn’t...more

The implications of Brexit on the entertainment and media industry

While the United Kingdom will not leave the European Union overnight, it is important to consider what the result of the Brexit referendum means to the entertainment and media industry. What are the challenges? How do we...more

The Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain - While many people in the U.S. are still skeptical that bitcoin will become a mainstream currency, both private and public sectors are gaining interest in the idea that the underlying blockchain technology...more

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