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3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q1 2018

by Benesch on

African labs build 3D printers from e-waste - Two labs in African nations have built 3D printers out of e-waste. Staff at WoeLab in Togo, a community tech hub and inventor/entrepreneur network, built a 3D printer in 2013...more

Panasonic FCPA Enforcement Action: Part I – Background

by Thomas Fox on

Those bemoaning the lack of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity can cease. With the Dun & Bradstreet Inc. (D&B) declination last week and this week’s enforcement action involving Panasonic Avionics...more

Historical Fact or Creative Expression? Anastasia Copyright Dispute Proceeds to Trial

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Winston Churchill famously commented in 1939 that Russia was “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” The same could be said about Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, daughter of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, who was...more

Putting It In Writing: The Return of The Morality Clause In The Age of #MeToo and Time’s Up (Part II)

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Morality clauses, or morals clauses, are making a comeback in the age of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. A sample morality clause in an actor talent agreement may read as follows: - Artist shall act at all times with...more

Bracewell Tax Report: March 2018

by Bracewell LLP on

The Bracewell Tax Report is a periodic publication focused on developments in federal income tax law, including the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), with emphasis on how such developments impact the energy,...more

Second Circuit Suggests that the Value of an Accused Secondary Use Dictates What Constitutes Fair Use

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a recent decision, the Second Circuit further clarified the confines of permissible fair use, reversing the district court’s ruling that functionality that enabled customers to search for videos by term, and to view and...more

Blue Man Group Member’s Fiduciary Duty Claim Drummed Out of Court

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Ian Pai was an early participant in the Blue Man Group (“BMG”). Between 1989 and 1991, he met and began collaborating with the founders of BMG, namely, Chris Wink, Phillip Stanton and Matt Goldman. ...more

de Havilland vs Feud – FX Wins Round in California Court of Appeal

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It is hard to imagine that any one person could initiate separate lawsuits resulting in decisions of substantial importance to the entire U.S. entertainment industry. And when that person is iconic actress Olivia de...more

For Frankie Carbone, Crime Doesn’t Pay

by Jackson Walker on

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster” declares stool pigeon Henry Hill in the opening scene of Martin Scorsese’s mob classic Goodfellas. Complementing the iconic performances of Robert De Niro, Ray...more

Online Talent Agency Stars in FTC’s 30th COPPA Case

On February 5, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its most recent Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) case against Explore Talent, an online talent agency marketed to aspiring actors and models....more

Putting It In Writing: The Return Of The Morality Clause In The Age Of #MeToo And Time’s Up (Part I)

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Part I: The Birth of Morals Clauses in Entertainment Services Contracts - The issues highlighted by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have refocused the spotlight on morals clauses in talent agreements....more

Can Inclusion Riders Force Demographic Proportionality In Hiring?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a single utterance at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, “inclusion rider” entered the popular lexicon. That has led many to wonder, “What is an inclusion rider?” The next question, of course, is...more

Successful Section 101 Motion to Dismiss: Digital Ad Delivery Is Abstract Concept

On March 1, 2018, United States District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendants’—Charter Communications, Inc. and Spectrum Management Holding Company, LLC (together, “Charter”)—motion to dismiss a patent...more

“Inclusion Riders” On The Storm

Last night, Oscar-winner Frances McDormand ended her acceptance speech with a reference to two words – “Inclusion Rider” – that sent many Oscar viewers scrambling to Google her cryptic message. But the term, and its legal...more

Second Circuit Holds News Video Clip Search Engine Is Not Fair Use

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Second Circuit held yesterday in Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc., that a media service offering a search engine of video clips from news networks violates copyright law. On appeal, the Second Circuit held that such...more

Dark Day For Hollywood – Law Prohibiting Online Publication Of Actors’ Ages Is Unconstitutional!

A federal court has struck down as unconstitutional a California law (AB 1687) that prohibits commercial online services from publishing actors’ ages without their consent. The law, which the California legislature enacted in...more

Where is the Line? Options for Professional Leagues and Teams Facing On-Field Player Social Activism

In July 2016, four players on the Minnesota Lynx WNBA team wore black shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement. The WNBA fined the players, but later rescinded the fines. In August 2016, San...more

Trademark Law Offers Scant Protection When Bad Things “Happen” to Good Marks

There was a lot of discussion recently about the episode of NBC’s This Is Us, which implicated a faulty switch on a Crockpot® in the death of the family’s beloved patriarch, Jack Pearson. The manufacturers opened a Twitter...more

The Curious Case of Comic Con; Or is it Comic-Con?

by Workman Nydegger on

On Friday, December 8, 2017, a jury in San Diego, California found that Salt Lake Comic Con infringed the trademark of San Diego Comic-Con. The jury found, however, that the infringement was not willful and therefore awarded...more

Tax Cut and Jobs Act to Cause Significant Financial Disruption to Sports and Entertainment Businesses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act). While the emphasis of the Act focused on the reduction of corporate rates, and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

Let’s Go To The Movies

If that title doesn’t make you want to sing the rest of the Annie soundtrack, we really can’t be friends. In any case, the holiday season is always an exciting time for the movie business, yet it’s also filled with high...more

I Wonder How Many Other Hollywood Personalities Wish that they had Promised their Boss a Missouri Whooping?

by Fisher Phillips on

I am not encouraging workplace violence, even for individuals who may deserve a good old fashioned whooping. However, it is worth noting that one of the few Hollywood celebrities to have largely survived the onslaught of...more

SEC Warns Celebrities on Endorsing Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC issued a warning to celebrities and others that endorse initial coin offerings and other investments. The SEC noted: Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must...more

Live-Stage Development: The 29-Hour Reading

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Developing a piece of theatre from the ground up, especially an original work, is an expensive exercise. A producer will rarely have the opportunity to review and assess the combined production elements of a work prior to...more

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