Episode 50 – Raging Bulls on the Stairway to Heaven

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Raging Bull case in the Supreme Court

http://wallacecollinsentertainmentlawblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/in-raging-bull-case-us-supreme-court.html

SCOTUS Blog

“Stairway to Heaven”

http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2014/05/breaking-news-scotus-casts-shadows-on.html


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Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am Settlement Trademark Lawsuit

http://m.rollingstone.com/music/news/pharrell-williams-and-will-i-am-settle-trademark-lawsuit-20140311

See Episode 42 on the original story

(http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/2013/07/episode-42-attack-of-the-interns/)

Quentin Tarantino Files New Gawker Lawsuit Over ‘Hateful Eight’ Script Leak

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/02/showbiz/quentin-tarantino-gawker-hateful-eight-suit/

See Episode 48 on the original suit (http://firemark.com/2014/03/21/episode-48-google-wins-some-loses-some-and-more/)

Update: Tarantino Withdraws Lawsuit Against Gawker after Refile

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/quentin-tarantino-withdraws-lawsuit-gawker-702249

Midnight Rider: Gregg Allman Files Lawsuit Against Producers

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/midnight-rider-gregg-allman-files-700898

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/05/13/gregg-allman-film-lawsuit/9036867/

European Right to be Forgotten

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-docket-arnold-schwarzenegger-lawsuit-704171

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/05/14/the-right-to-be-forgotten-is-a-foreign-concept-in-america/

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/14/opinion/randazza-google-right-to-privacy/index.html?hpt=op_t1

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101682505

http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2014-05/cp140070en.pdf

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/05/14/five-key-questions-about-the-european-court-of-justices-google-decision/

Smokey Robinson’s Ex-Wife Demands Share of Hit Songs

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/smokey-robinsons-wife-demands-share-701262

How Many Pieces of Flair Do you Have? Obtaining Merchandising Rights from Actors

http://www.entertainmentmedialawsignal.com/how-many-pieces-of-flair-do-you-have-obtaining-merchandising-rights-from-actors

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/office-space-actor-loses-lawsuit-691900

Famous 1923 Silent Film Sparks Copyright Lawsuit Over a Clock

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/famous-1923-silent-film-sparks-687956?mobile_redirect=false

Dr. Dre Loses $3 Million Royalty Claim on Debut Album

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/dr-dre-loses-3-million-703313

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3 thoughts on “Episode 50 – Raging Bulls on the Stairway to Heaven


  1. Hi Gordon,

    I hope we can finally get around to getting together. I enjoyed the last episode, but I do not believe your recent analysis of Smokey Robinson’s termination issues were accurate. You stated (or implied) that as the result of Smokey’s termination, his ex-wife would no longer receive any monies related to those copyrights. The former publisher, however, would be entitled to continue to collect monies from prior licenses under the derivative works exception. See Mills Music v. Snyder, 469 U.S. 153 (1985) and Woods v. Bourne Co., 60 F.3d 978 (2d Cir. 1995).

    Furthermore, the exclusive rights of copyright are not subject to community property laws (they are preempted); however, the revenues generated from copyright are subject to community property laws. See Rodrigue v. Rodrigue, 218 F.3d 432 (5th Cir. 2000). For a good summary of Rodrigue and Marriage of Worth, see Berry v. Berry, 127 Haw. 243 (2012) from Hawaii.


  2. Thanks so much Robert,

    And then I will be discussing this further next episode to clarify some issues, and add a bit of nuance that we left out of our earlier discussion.

    Thanks again. And thanks for listening.


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