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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

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: Fox Broadcasting...

Ninth Circuit issues amended opinion affirming denial of plaintiff broadcasting companies’ motion for preliminary injunction against Dish Network over Dish Network’s network television recording product, finding that...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 9, 2014

Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens Limited Partnership, USCA Fourth Circuit, December 17, 2013 - Fourth Circuit affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants NFL and Baltimore Ravens, finding that use of team’s...more

Untimely Ownership Claim Time-Bars Copyright Infringement Claim Where Basis of Dispute Is Ownership - Seven Arts Filmed...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a district court properly dismissed a copyright infringement suit as untimely where the plaintiff sought to establish its ownership in several motion pictures more...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- December 5, 2013

Kenney v. Warner Bros. Entertainment - The court dismissed a copyright suit brought by the creator of a comic book titled “Ghostman” against Warner Bros. and Langley Park Pictures based on their acquisition of the...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- November 21, 2013

The Authors Guild Inc. v. Google Inc., USDC, S.D. New York, November 14, 2013 - District court grants Google’s summary judgment motion, holding that Google’s scanning and indexing of copyrighted books for its Google...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 24, 2013

Lewis v. Activision Blizzard, USDC, N.D. Cal, October 17, 2013 - District court grants summary judgment against former employee “game master” of defendant videogame company, finding that sound recordings of employee...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 4, 2013

Dash v. Mayweather, USCA, Fourth Circuit, September 26, 2013 - In copyright infringement action arising from unauthorized use of musical work during televised wrestling events, Fourth Circuit affirms grant of summary...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- September 27, 2013

Capitol Records, LLC v. Vimeo, LLC, USDC, S.D.N.Y., September 18, 2013 - District court grants in part and denies in part video-sharing website’s summary judgment motion for safe harbor protection under the DMCA for...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- August 1, 2013

Fox Broadcasting Co. v. Dish Network, USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 24, 2013 - Ninth Circuit affirms denial of preliminary injunction based on district court’s finding that Fox was unlikely to succeed on copyright...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- June 27, 2013

Dillon v. NBCUniversal Media, LLC, USDC, C.D. California, June 18, 2013 - District court denies defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim for copyright infringement involving reality television series “Stars Earn...more

June 2013: Entertainment Litigation Update

California Appeals Court Decides for Defendants in Idea Theft Case. - While idea theft claims continue to proliferate in Hollywood, a recent decision from the California Court of Appeal bolsters defendants’ chances...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- June 20, 2013

EMI Entertainment World, Inc. v. Karen Records, Inc., U.S.D.C., New York, June 10, 2013 - District court vacates $100,000 judgment for copyright infringement, finding that parent company did not have standing to bring...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2013

Copyright co-ownership is a well-established method of allocating rights within the software, recording, and motion picture industries. In theory, it presents a clear and simple arrangement and provides a strong degree of...more

Happy Birthday…You’re Being Sued!

Have you ever noticed how people rarely sing “Happy Birthday to You” in movies and television? Instead, people usually sing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” even though no one actually sings that song in real life. ...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- June 6, 2013

Fortres Grand Corp. v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., U.S.D.C., N.D. Indiana, May 16, 2013 - District court dismisses computer software company’s trademark claims against Warner Bros. based on references in Batman...more

Reading Between the Lines vs. Twilight Movies: The Most “Creative” Market Definition I’ve Ever Read

I think the award for most creative market definition (at least for 2013) has to go to the plaintiff in Between the Lines Productions, LLC v. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., Case No. 13-cv-3584 (S.D.N.Y. May 30, 2013). There,...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- May 17, 2013

Righthaven LLC v. Hoehn, USCA, Ninth Circuit, May 9, 2013 - Ninth Circuit affirms district courts’ dismissals of copyright infringement actions holding that entity created solely for purpose of pursuing copyright...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- February 14, 2013

In This Issue: - Morawski v. Lightstorm Entertainment, USDC C.D. California, January 31, 2013 (unpublished opinion): District Court grants defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of...more

Controversial Film “Escape From Tomorrow” Shows Need to Protect Intellectual Property

“Escape From Tomorrow,” one of the most controversial films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, has put copyright and trademark law, as well as the question of what constitutes parody, in the spotlight. The film reminds...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - January 16, 2013

In This Issue: Larson v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., USCA Ninth Circuit, January 10, 2013 - Ninth Circuit reverses grant of summary judgment in favor of heirs of Superman co-creator in litigation concerning...more

Exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued its exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 ("DMCA"). The exemptions, effective as of Oct. 28, 2012 define the limited circumstances that users are allowed to...more

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