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Game-maker Sues Lucasfilm over Han Solo Movie

You may have heard of a little movie called Star Wars. If you haven’t, well, I’ve got some movies for you to borrow. The film was released in 1977, and soon spawned a trilogy of movies that are among the most popular film...more

Can a Stock Photography Agency Bring a Copyright Lawsuit? The Ninth Circuit Says “Maybe,” and the Supremes Say Nothing

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Can a stock photography agency bring a copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of individual photographers? According to the Ninth Circuit, the answer is “maybe.” ...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

Film Companies Settle FTC Charges for Making Over 117 Million Illegal Telemarketing Calls

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The FTC and three Utah-based film companies and their owner recently stipulated to the entry of a final order settling the FTC’s charges against them for making more than 117 million telemarketing calls in violation of the...more

Storytellers and Artists May Continue To Rejoice – Feud: Bette and Joan Is Fully Protected By The First Amendment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On March 26, 2018, the California Court of Appeal filed its opinion in De Havilland v. FX Networks, LLC concerning FX’s docudrama Feud: Bette and Joan. The De Havilland opinion is yet another good one for filmmakers and...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 IMDb.com to remove age-related information from its web pages, was declared unconstitutional by a district court last month on free speech...more

Georgia Film Tax Credit Expanded to Post-Production

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, the Georgia legislature has expanded the film credit to cover “qualified post-production expenditures.” What is unique about this new law is that qualified...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 Gaming industry in South Africa

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Since 2013 the video game industry has been competing against the film industry, growing its global revenues and job creation each year. The video game industry has developed into a lucrative commercial market, demanding...more

007 Strikes Again

The producer and promoter of the James Bond movies Danjaq, LLC has filed an opposition to the intent-to-use application for the mark “.007%” with the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”). You may have seen...more

Nevada Screenwriter Claims Gone Girl Was Her Idea

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On January 17, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. (“Twentieth Century”) argued that a copyright infringement claim relating to the hit novel and film, Gone Girl, should be thrown out. ...more

Why Hollywood Movies Are Losing Market Share in China

Wu Jing, the director and star of Chinese smash hit “Wolf Warrior II,” has been pressing the flesh around Los Angeles in recent months to build buzz for the film ahead of this year’s Oscars, whose nominees will be unveiled...more

All the Money in the World: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and wage disparity issues

by FordHarrison on

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ongoing Hollywood reckoning, Kevin Spacey’s downfall was swift following accusations from Anthony Rapp that Spacey sexually assaulted him at the age of 14. Since Rapp came...more

Copyright Basics

by Workman Nydegger on

Copyright protection is contemplated under the Constitution of the United States and governed by the U.S. Copyright Act. More specifically, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution includes...more

Saudi Arabia's film industry to reopen its doors

by DLA Piper on

As reported by numerous news outlets, in a landmark decision, the General Commission of Audio Visual Media in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Chaired by the Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Awwad Alawwad, has...more

SeaWorld Shareholders See Red After World Sees Blackfish

by Carlton Fields on

A California District Court granted certification to a group of SeaWorld investors in a shareholder securities fraud case following the release of the documentary “Blackfish.” ...more

Copyright Claim from Out of the Blue

Leslie Weller has sued Gillian Flynn, author of the book Gone Girl and a host of others, for infringing Wellers’s copyright in a novel titled Out of the Blue. What is interesting about this case (aside from the fact that...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest on the potential Disney move for “significant parts of 21st Century Fox,” which is nearing completion and could see Murdoch scion leaving his father and brother in order to work for Big Mouse....more

The Evolving Global Theatrical Stage

Movies may be the United States’ most powerful export. The U.S. is still the leading film market by box office revenue worldwide. From the early 20th century to the turn of the 21st, Hollywood films represented the majority...more

Demi Lovato, Idina Menzel, and Disney Sued Over Frozen Song “Let It Go”

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Demi Lovato, Idina Menzel, and Disney are amongst the defendants who were sued over the hit song, “Let It Go,” featured in the popular 2013 Disney film, Frozen....more

Fleeing The Swarm

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Adopting in Part Report and Recommendation, Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Dismiss Counterclaims, Denying Motion for Default Judgment, and Denying Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss Claims, LHF Productions,...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway:...more

The Southern District of New York Finds “Work Made For Hire” Under Italian Copyright Law

Musical scores incorporated into films are usually produced with the specific film in mind. In the U.S., we call such works “works made for hire,” meaning that the artist does not retain authorship rights to the music....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC’s making good on its plans to shift to a focus on Asia by naming John Flint—who spent his first 14 years at the bank in Asia—as its new CEO. Flint will take over from Stuart Gulliver in February....more

Eight Takes On Sexual Harassment And Harvey Weinstein

Words fail me. Let’s just say that I hope he is sincere about getting the help he needs to turn his life around. Which, among other things, should include trying to make some form of restitution to his alleged victims....more

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