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From East Coast to West Coast: Actresses Lose Right of Publicity Cases as Courts Rule in Favor of the First Amendment Rights of...

by Bryan Cave on

The end of March brought favorable rulings – from opposite coasts – for right of publicity defendants. In both de Havilland v. FX Networks, et al., Case No. B285629, 2018 WL 1465802 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 26, 2018) and Lohan v....more

Facebook at the Supreme Court of Canada: Forum Selection Clause is Unenforceable

by Field Law on

We just wrote about a dispute resolution clause that was enforceable in the Uber case. Last year, a privacy class action claim landed in the Supreme Curt of Canada (SCC) and I see that we haven’t had a chance to write this...more

Grand Theft Auto 5 Has Many Different Characters, But Lindsay Lohan Is Not One of Them

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When you play the video game Grand Theft Auto 5 (“GTA 5”), the last thing you want to see is a reflection of yourself. GTA 5 is an action-adventure game that rewards the player for stealing cars and speeding away from cops....more

No SpielBurgers for you! Steven Spielberg Shuts Down Unauthorized Use of His Name

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, Carl’s Jr. announced that in honor of Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Ready Player One, they would change the name of their Charbroiled Sliders to “SpielBurgers.” They tweeted: “@StevenSpielberg hasn’t signed off...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

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

The Blessing of March Madness

by FordHarrison on

March Madness is back and we’ve had a bit more madness this year. We saw the first 16 seed topple a 1 seed when UMBC shocked Virginia. ...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

Great Pic! But Can You Use It?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Running for office, Starr Struuck sent out a campaign newsletter extolling her qualifications and a list of reasons why she should be elected rather than her incumbent opponent. Prominently displayed in her newsletter and...more

“Brother Thelonious” Monk’s Likeness Protectable Decades After Death

Earlier this month, a California federal judge kept alive a suit brought by the estate of famous jazz musician Thelonious Monk against North Coast Brewing Co. for trademark infringement and infringement of the right of...more

What’s In a Name?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Question: What do Sean Combs, J.K. Rowling, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, and Mark Wahlberg have in common? Two things, actually. First, they are all listed on the Forbes 2017 Celebrity 100 List; second, they all have gone to...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Declares Trial Court's Media Restrictions Unconstitutional

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Arizona Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion late last month reaffirming the strict requirements for limiting the media's ability to disseminate public information and strongly cautioning trial courts against...more

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The internet of things – the holy grail of tech enthusiasts and bane of dystopian prophets – has established yet another beachhead in its presumably inevitable march toward whatever future awaits us: toys. Take, for...more

Celebrities, personality rights and privacy: what marketers need to know about permission

by Smart & Biggar on

William Shatner made headlines in November when he took to Twitter to express his displeasure that his name and likeness were used without his permission to promote a condo development in Hamilton, Ontario. The development in...more

Education Newsletter: Volume 2 Number 1

by Dickinson Wright on

ARIZONA - Chandler, Arizona - In August and September reports came to light of victims of alleged hazing and sexual assault at Hamilton High School. The reported incidents were shocking. Assaults occurred between...more

“A Gronking To Remember” Plaintiffs Lose Right Of Publicity Appeal

For those of you in desperate need of Christmas present ideas for a New England Patriots fan, you can rest assured that your ironic backup option – a copy of the romance novel, A Gronking to Remember – is still available for...more

Distillations: Trapped

by Fish & Richardson on

A recently-filed trademark infringement case out of California offers something of a cautionary tale on one of the oldest maxims of law and business: Get It In Writing. Thelonious Monk, Jr., son of the jazz legend, has...more

The Internet Stole My Face: New Advances in Technology Could Make Everyone a Digital Video Puppet

“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” Edgar Alan Poe wrote those words over a century ago, yet if he were alive today he may opt for the darker: “Believe nothing you hear and nothing you see.” Over the...more

Coming Into Focus: Recent Decisions Help Define the Scope of Right of Publicity Claims

by Jackson Walker on

When it comes to the right of publicity, it helps to keep tabs on California law. The right to prevent the unauthorized commercial use of a person’s name, likeness or other indicia of identity may vary from state-to-state....more

Former Band Member Sues The Roots

by Brooks Pierce on

Frank “Knuckles” Walker, a musician and percussionist best known as a former member of the band The Roots, recently filed a lawsuit against his former band members and others. A copy of the complaint is available here....more

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“Iron Mike” Tyson is a controversial sports figure who seems in equal parts loved and loathed by the public. Celebrated for a genuine world-class talent and derided for his behavior in and out of the ring, Tyson has a public...more

Advertising Law - August 2017

U.K. to Ban Gender Stereotypes in Ads - Gender stereotypes in advertising will be banned as a result of new guidelines that will be promulgated by the main advertising regulators in the United Kingdom and go into effect in...more

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Consumer David Greenstein is pursuing excessive slack-fill claims against the producer of popular puffed rice and corn snack food Pirate’s Booty. Greenstein, who is representing himself in the lawsuit, claims to have...more

Intellectual Property Law - July 2017

SCOTUS: For Patent Venue, Domestic Corporations ‘Reside’ Where Incorporated - Why it matters: On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC—rejecting...more

Can’t Say “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” for Copying Me

by Knobbe Martens on

On June 1, 2017, noted music and fashion photographer Danny Clinch filed suit in the Southern District of New York in connection with the use of two photographs of famed rapper Tupac Shukar (“Tupac”) on t-shirts. The...more

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