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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

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2014

Italy: Opportunities for DTT frequencies in the Italian market - The Italian Ministry for Economic Development has started a competitive bid for three national DTT frequencies. Australia: Senate scrutinises state of...more

Indian / Canadian co-production agreement signed

India and Canada have signed an audio-visual co-production agreement following talks which commenced in 2010. The new arrangements will enable filmmakers to access government subsidies and tax incentives in both...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

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

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

French television production company Atlantique Productions, S.A. sued ION Media Networks, Inc. for breach of contract, and related claims, based on negotiations regarding U.S. television distribution of the internationally...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

EU Commission to investigate cross-border pay-TV movie services – a new Murphy’s law?

Executive summary - The European Commission has commenced antitrust proceedings against several prominent European pay-TV service providers and major U.S. film studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment,...more

Proskauer Wins Summary Judgment On Behalf Of Paramount Pictures

On December 16, we obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client, Paramount Pictures Corporation, in a case brought by a former paralegal in the studio’s Business Affairs Administration department. The plaintiff claimed...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - January 27, 2014

Moore v. Lightstorm Entertainment, USDC, D. Maryland, January 17, 2014 - District court grants summary judgment dismissing screenwriter’s copyright infringement claims against producers of motion picture Avatar,...more

UK – BBFC issues new Classification Guidelines

On 13 January 2014, the British Board of Film Classification (“BBFC”) published new classification guidelines (the “Guidelines”) for the certification of films which will come into force on 24 February 2014. Use of...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

The UK Expands Its Film Tax Credit Program; Targets More Production and Visual-Effects Work

Changes to the UK Film Tax Credit - In Britain’s annual Autumn Statement, a report on economic growth and government finances released by Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer (the British equivalent of America’s...more

Autumn Statement: Good News For The Film Industry

Changes to the UK Film Tax Credit - The changes announced in the Autumn Statement to the UK film tax credit are welcome evidence of the government’s continued support for the audio-visual industry, following the April...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 -- November 8, 2013

Moore v. The Weinstein Company, LLC, USCA, Sixth Circuit, October 31, 2013 - Sixth Circuit affirms summary judgment in favor of defendant producers and distributors of film “Soul Men” and its soundtrack, concluding...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 17, 2013

Evans v. Hewlett-Packard Co., USDC, N.D. Cal., October 10, 2013 - District court rejects state-law claims brought by performer “Chubby Checker” relating to lewd mobile app using the same name, finding claims pre-empted...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 16, 2013

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. v. Kirby, USCA Second Circuit, August 8, 2013 - Second Circuit affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs, comic book publishers, and against defendants, heirs of renowned comic...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- August 9, 2013

Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc., USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 31, 2013 - Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of NFL great Jim Brown’s Lanham Act claim against video game developer Electronic Arts, Inc., concluding that Rogers...more

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