Entertainment Law Update – Episode 2
In this episode:
- Congratulations to Maren Christensen, Executive VP and General Counsel at Universal Studios, who’s been named Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Lawyer of the Year for 2009.
- Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor’s background and 2nd Circuit ruling in favor of statutory damages as deterrent.
- Backlog at the Copyright Office
- Does the Register of Copyrights hold office lawfully? A pending Constitutional Appointments Clause challenge questions the validity of CRB appointments, but what about the Register’s ministerial Acts?
- Sports Leagues losing control of fantasy-sports leagues as Courts rule that the First Amendment trumps rights of publicity, and player statistics, etc., where there’s a public interest in the information.
- Good discussion of “Access” element of copying analysis in ruling on Summary Judgment for Defendant in song plagiarism suit.
- Warner Music issues DMCA Takedown on Organization that hosted Prof. Lessig talk
- Woody Allen/American Apparel case settles
- Supreme Court refuses to hear Steinbeck copyright termination appeal
- Penguin Group v. Steinbeck, 537 F.3d 193 (2nd Cir. 2008)
- Classic Media, Inc. v. Mewborn, 532 F.3d 978 (9th Cir. 2008) (involving Lassie rights)
- SAG settles Force Majeure claims
- Tenenbaum’s fair use argument – Case is set for trial July 20.
- Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, 07-11446, E.D. Mass. 2007 Consolidated into Capital Records, Inc. v. Alaujan, 03-11661,E.D. Mass. 2007
- See Case documents at http://joelfightsback.com/about-the-case/legal-documents/