Beastie Boys Sue; Law Prof's 'Head Spins'
Stealth Lawyer: Shonali Bhowmik, Indie Rock Musician
Welcome to MDM Newsletter #5—and to an entirely new year of Digital Media machinations. What better way to start the year than first recapping the last one—then predicting major themes for 2015—and then ending things up with...more
Three UK music industry organisations, the Musician’s Union, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and UK Music, have recently launched a legal action seeking leave to apply for judicial review of the...more
BRAND REPUTATION -
Global: How to protect brand reputation and sales from the risks associated with a product recall - The power of regulatory authorities to order product recalls is growing, meaning that it is more...more
The UK Government is facing a Judicial Review challenge over a failure to include compensation provisions in the recently introduced private copying exception to Copyright....more
In a novel lawsuit that tests the bounds of service provider liability, two music publishers brought suit against an ISP for contributory copyright infringement for allegedly facilitating infringement by failing to terminate...more
Cutting of the Cable Bundle, NOT the Cord—Welcome to “The Great Unbundling” -
2014 is a transformative year for the media business. We will look back several years from now and fully realize this.
Years before I was a lawyer, I saw Vanilla Ice on The Tonight Show. Jay Leno asked whether his song, Ice Ice Baby (listen to seconds 8-24) sounds like David Bowie’s Under Pressure (listen to seconds 9-20). I’ve not seen a...more
Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (the performing artist better known as “Ginuwine”) is being sued by his former manager. For those familiar with the R&B star, one could make the (terrible) pun that he is being asked to “Pony” up dough...more
A SURVEY OF PRIVACY, COPYRIGHT, AND TRADEMARK ISSUES -
Today, even Elvis has a Facebook page, Instagram2 and Google+ accounts, a Twitter handle, a Pinterest board, and a mobile app. The Internet and the mobile...more
In the same way that Rock and Roll will never die (according to Neil Young) it would appear that battles over the protection of trade dress embodied in the shape of guitars will likewise never die. In the latest installment...more
Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - U.S.D.C., C.D. California, September 22, 2014 :
District court grants partial summary judgment in favor of plaintiff on copyright claims against Sirius XM Radio, holding that...more
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has been certifying theatrical films since 1912 (though in actual fact the ultimate power over a film’s classification in any particular cinema lies with the local authority who...more
Any child familiar with Aesop’s Fables can tell you that turtles are slow. The founding members of the 1960s rock band named after these half-shelled plodders, however, were anything but slow in moving to take full advantage...more
Debate over the most influential band from the 1960s will generally include names like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, but a lesser-known act from one of music’s greatest eras, the Turtles, may have just...more
The two founding members of the Turtles just prevailed in a lawsuit against SiriusXM sure to rock the music industry and, perhaps, take a lot of music out of circulation....more
Co-Existence Outside of the U.S. Might be Relevant to Obtaining a Permanent Injunction in U.S.
La Quinta has operated LA QUINTA hotels and motels in the United States since 1968.
Quinta Real operates QUINTA...more
In This Issue:
- The Analysis for Design Patent Infringement Post-Egyptian Goddess
- Supreme Court Issues Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank
- Capitol Records, LLC v. Pandora Media, Inc.: Future of...more
Pandora Media, Inc., (“Pandora”), with over 250 million registered users and over 70% of the market share of Internet radio, is known as a leader in the digital music industry. In 2013 alone, Pandora streamed 16.7 billion...more
Broadcast Music, Inc., et al v. Meadowlake, Ltd. -
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found a restaurant owner personally liable where the restaurant played recorded and live music without authorization,...more
I’m listening to my Classic Rock station on Pandora, and Keith Richards’ timeless guitar licks begin to blast from my laptop speakers. I instinctively pick up my air guitar and start to wail. Mick comes in: “I. Can’t. Get....more
US: Following loss before the Supreme Court, Aereo “astonishes” broadcasters with new legal strategy - New York-based Aereo asserts in federal district court that it is entitled to a compulsory license...more
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
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
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
The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice this month announced that it has opened a review of the 73-year-old ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees. In its press release, the DOJ noted that it is most interested in comments...more
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