Crimes, FOIA and Blurred Lines



In this episode of Entertainment Law Update, Entertainment lawyers Gordon Firemark and Tamera Bennet review the latest cases and controversies in the entertainment industry.



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Show Notes


Warner Chappell Moves to Dismiss “Happy Birthday” Lawsuit

(First discussed in Episode 42)


Good Morning to You Productions v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. filed June 13, 2013)


Marvel Copyright Ruling Affirmed

(First discussed in Episode


Marvel Characters, Inc. v. Kirby (2nd Cir. Aug. 8, 2013)


Village People Termination Upheld

New York Times.


New Sirius-XM Lawsuit

(First discussed in Episode 43, August 2013)

Hollywood Reporter.

The complaint.

Interview with Attorney Henry Gradstein representing “The Turtles”


Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc. (Cal. Super. Ct. Aug. 1, 2013)


Harper Lee Settles


USA Today.

(Discussed on Episode 41, June 2013)


Lee v. Pinkus (S.D.N.Y. filed May 3, 2013)


Ronald Reagan’s Son: ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Falsely Portrays My Father As Racist

(First discussed in Episode 42, July 2013)


Blurred Lines

Hollywood Reporter 8/15.

Hollywood Report 8/23.



Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and Clifford Harris Jr. v. Bridgeport Music, Inc., Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III, Nona Marvisa Gaye, and Does


Professor Lessig Takedown Notice



Lessig v. Liberation Music, Ltd. (D. Mass. filed Aug. 22, 2013)


Rap Lyrics Murder Case


Three Ex-Members of Bay City Rollers Denied in Royalty Collection Attempt


Mitchell v. Faulkner (2nd Cir. Aug 29, 2013)


Judge: Secret Told to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Filmmakers Won’t Be Shared


Chubby Checker Case


Evans v. Hewlett-Packard Co. (N.D.Cal. Aug. 15, 2013)


Judge Allows Pandora to Maintain License


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