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March Madness for Employers - Revisited - Embrace the Fun and Enjoy the Party?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

With the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament kicking off this week, there will be the inevitable dour reports that bracket filling, live streaming and fun (or even higher stakes) wagering will cost employers billions of...more

Embedded Tweet May Constitute Copyright Infringement

In a decision making headlines, a New York federal court judge held that a tweet embedded in news stories may constitute copyright infringement....more

No “Happy Together” Ending for Common Law Public Performance Rights in Florida

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a multi-jurisdictional dispute between a band and a satellite radio provider, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit adopted reasoning similar to that of the New York Court of Appeals (IP Update, Vol. 20, No. 3) in...more

The Charitable Gaming Act of 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Charitable Gaming Act of 2017 will become effective in mid-June, 2018. This new law modernizes how raffle tickets are bought and sold by charities in New York and permits raffles to be conducted “online” for the first...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11 Number 3

by Dickinson Wright on

On March 5, 2018, Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee convened briefly to pass a resolution that provides clarity for Nevada gaming licensees regarding the interactions they may and may not have with the state-legal marijuana...more

Regaining Ownership of Copyright: Traps for the Unwary in UK and US Copyright Law

by Reed Smith on

The copyright laws of both the UK and the US include provisions for reversion and for termination of transfers of copyright that are only too easy to overlook when conducting due diligence or other chain of title...more

Client Alert: Skill-Based Amusement Machine Regulation: OCCC Informational Seminars

On April 23, 2018, Ohio’s new skill-based amusement machines regulations will become effective. Under these new regulations, every location that offers its patrons merchandise prizes or gas cards in exchange for tickets or...more

Ruling By France’s Highest Court Ends Long-Running Legal Dispute Between Heirs Of Peggy Guggenheim And Guggenheim Foundation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent art world news, France’s highest court, the Cour de Cassation, issued a ruling on March 7, 2018 that ends the lengthy dispute between the heirs of Peggy Guggenheim’s daughter, Pegeen Vail, and the Solomon R....more


I’m counting down the minutes to leaving my office later today to begin my favorite weekend of the year – the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament! Even though my bubble was bursted on Selection Sunday – my team didn’t make...more

Oscars Delve into Legal Territory with Two Words: Inclusion Rider

by FordHarrison on

At the end of her Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress this year, Frances McDormand, after having spoken about equality, concluded with the following statement: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and...more

Former Band Member Must Sail On Down the Line

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a permanent injunction precluding a musician from using the trademarks of his former band. Commodores Entertainment Corp. v. Thomas McClary, Case No. 16-15794 (11th Cir.,...more

Alleging Fraud, SEC Shuts Down AriseBank’s Celebrity-Endorsed ICO of Purported “Decentralized Bank”

In its latest effort to combat scams in the initial coin offering (ICO) space, the SEC announced today that it has obtained a court order cutting off AriseBank’s ICO of “AriseCoin” tokens, appointing a receiver over AriseBank...more

Concussions Can Impair Emotional Processing During Sleep Contributing to Chronic Mood Disturbance

As discussed in prior posts on this blog, sleep alterations are commonly found after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, both short term and in some cases long term. One of the most well documented impacts of...more

At Stake: March 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Happy (almost) Spring! The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held a special meeting on March 7th in Chicago. Before we provide a synopsis of both the Riverboat and Video Gaming meetings, we wanted to take a few moments to discuss...more

Women as Warriors: What Black Panther Teaches Us About Women in the Workplace

by FordHarrison on

Coming off the heels of a fantastic Blockbuster first few weeks, nearly $900 million made at the box office globally, and premiering during Black History Month, there is no denying that Black Panther is just the start of a...more

The Business of Being a Pro Gamer: Four Ways to Protect Your Value

by Brooks Pierce on

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, how you invest your resources is a crucial part of a team’s winning strategy. Players must decide what utility to buy, when to upgrade, when to resort back to pistols to save up for future...more

District Court Delivers Opinion For The Ages Striking AB 1687 As Violation Of IMDb’s First Amendment Rights

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

California’s Actor-Age Censorship Law (AB 1687), which would have required to remove age-related information from its web pages, was declared unconstitutional by a district court last month on free speech...more

Instagram’s Effect On The Art World

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent art world news, popular social media site Instagram has been having a significant effect on the art world since its launch in 2010. The photo and video sharing app has evolved into the cornerstone of the art world...more

Does Your Trademark Have Relevant Artistic Expression?

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

Traditionally speaking, we think of a ‘trademark’ protected under the Lanham Act as a mark used to identify and distinguish a good or service from other goods and services on the market. But what if the purported ‘trademark’...more

Global Media Sector Trends 2018: Seizing new commercial opportunities and tackling emerging threats

by DLA Piper on

DLA Piper's new Global Media Sector Trends 2018 report explores how new commercial opportunities are being created by disruption, specifically in relation to the rise of over-the-top (OTT) content, virtual / augmented reality...more

College Athletes Appeal to Seventh Circuit Against FanDuel’s and DraftKings’ Use of Images

by Reed Smith on

A proposed class of approximately 3,000 former college athletes recently filed an appeal in the Seventh Circuit against FanDuel and DraftKings. The players are reviving their proposed class action, claiming that FanDuel’s and...more

An Uphill Battle Protecting Fashion Designs In Nigeria and Abroad

Growing frustration in the fashion community regarding weak or non-existent intellectual property laws has finally caught the attention of some nations. Nigeria is one nation that currently is trying to alleviate this...more

Portland, Oregon – Future Olympic City?

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Last month, Portland hosted the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. While not likely what comes to mind when thinking of major sporting events, it nonetheless drew a lot of visitors to the city, with an economic impact...more

Second Circuit Rejects Fair Use Defense in TVEyes, Finds Online Service Liable for Direct Copyright Infringement

On February 27, 2018, in Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc., Case No. 15-3886 (2nd Cir. 2018), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that certain functions of TVEyes, a TV database service, do not qualify...more

Ninth Circuit: Dolphin Crossing Not Copyright Protectable

An idea that is first found in nature cannot be the subject of copyright protection, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit explained in a decision involving the depiction of two dolphins crossing underwater....more

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