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Supreme Court Hears Argument in Aereo Case re Bringing Broadcast TV to the Internet

A central theme of several Justices’ comments and questions was how a decision finding Aereo’s business to involve public performance could affect Dropbox or other cloud storage providers where consumers store performance...more

How Many Pieces Of Flair Do You Have? Obtaining Merchandising Rights From Actors

A recent decision from the US federal courts offers a timely reminder of the importance for producers of specifically spelling out that they are obtaining “merchandising” rights from all actors performing in their film or TV...more

Online streaming of free-to-air TV channels: Why the approach taken by the European Court of Justice and UK High Court in the...

While in the UK the law in relation to the live streaming of free-to-view television channels has been resolved, following the reference to the CJEU and the High Court decision in the TVCatchUp (TVC) litigation, in favour of...more

Copyright period for performers and musicians extended by 20 years

1 November 2013 sees the Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performance Regulation 2013 come into force. The UK Law implements EU Directive 2011/77/EU which extends the term of copyright for artists who preform in recordings...more

Southern District of New York Holds Music Publishers Cannot Selectively Withdraw New Media Rights from ASCAP's Repertory

On September 17, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the consent decree entered into by and between the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the...more

TC's inside IP - Summer 2013: Technology Continues to Test the Boundaries of Copyright Law

Technological advances are stressing the seams of existing copyright law, forcing yet another industry to grapple with the prospect of disruption. At the nexus of this tension is AEREO, Inc. (“Aereo”), a streaming service...more

The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013

The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013 (the “Regulations”) made on 17 July 2013 will come into force on 1 November 2013, the date by which all Member States are required to implement the...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- July 25, 2013

American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., USCA, Second Circuit, July 16, 2013 - Second Circuit denies petitions for en banc rehearing of ruling that Aereo’s streaming service does not infringe plaintiffs’...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- April 11, 2013

- American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., USCA Second Circuit, April 1, 2013: Second Circuit affirms district court’s denial of plaintiffs’ request for preliminary injunction prohibiting defendant, Aereo,...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2013

In This Bulletin: - Just Moot It: Supreme Court in Already v. Nike Clarifies When a Covenant Not to Sue Can Kill a Declaratory Judgment Case - Murky Waters: Post-Approval Regulatory Activities and the §...more

Licenses For Public Performance Of Music At "Live Events" In Canada

SOCAN (the Canadian public performance rights collective) recently announced that in 2012 they paid over $20 million in royalties from "concerts and live entertainment". That figure represented a 14% increase year-over-year....more

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