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 Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.

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BREAKING NEWS: CALIFORNIA’S LAW REQUIRING IMDB TO REMOVE AGE INFO STRUCK DOWN AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/californias-imdb-age-censorship-law-declared-unconstitutional-1086540

 

JAMES WOODS’ USE OF A QUESTION MARK HELPS HIM BEAT DEFAMATION LAWSUIT OVER TWEET — THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

https://apple.news/AJe-H74uORf2viT6CY7Oj3g

 

FACEBOOK CONTRACT WITH MUSIC PUBLISHERS

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/01/26/facebook-agreement-music-publishers/

Facebook and Sony Publishing Ink Deal

 

ALL MECHANICAL (NOT JUST STREAMING) ROYALTY RATE GOES UP 

https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/major-victory-songwriters-us-mechanical-rates-will-rise-44-2018/

http://variety.com/2018/biz/news/copyright-royalty-board-boosts-songwriters-streaming-pay-nearly-50-1202679118/

Historical Mechanical Royalty Rates

 

MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT

http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2018/01/music-modernization-act-ignores-60m-copyright-nois.html

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4706/text (The MMA)

http://variety.com/2018/biz/news/riaa-nmpa-recording-academy-and-more-announce-support-for-music-modernization-act-other-legislation-1202657104/

 

PRACTICE TIP: YES, THEY DO AUDIT TRADEMARKS NOW

https://www.duetsblog.com/2018/01/articles/uspto/youre-being-audited-by-the-trademark-office/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DuetsBlog+%28Duets+Blog%29&utm_source=Newsletter+List&utm_campaign=3c927f4247-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e18342425-3c927f4247-384867609

https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-maintaining-trademark-registration/post-registration-audit-program

 

5POINTZ GRAFITTI RULING GIVES ARTISTS COMPENSATION

http://pix11.com/2018/02/12/judge-awards-5pointz-graffiti-artists-6-7m-after-works-destroyed/?utm_source=Newsletter+List&utm_campaign=6c01cfd2ef-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e18342425-6c01cfd2ef-384867609

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/developer-tagged-with-6-75-million-98467/


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FEDERAL JUDGE RULES EMBEDDING A TWEET IS COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

https://www.neowin.net/news/new-ruling-by-us-judge-could-make-embedding-a-tweet-a-copyright-violation

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/federal-judge-says-embedding-tweet-can-be-copyright-infringement

https://abovethelaw.com/2018/02/federal-judge-ruined-the-internet-yesterday/2/ (THE DECISION IS EMBEDDED HERE).

https://abovethelaw.com/2017/11/frame-up-a-new-way-to-swipe-copyrighted-content/ (referenced)

GRUMPY CAT WINS LAWSUIT  

http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2018/01/grumpy_cat_owner_awarded_over.html

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-docket-jury-sides-grumpy-cat-coffee-dispute-1070676

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/28/16934202/grumpy-cat-grumppucino-trademark-lawsuit-meme

 

TEXAS LAWYER FILES APPLICATION TO REGISTER THE DOPEST LAWYER IN TOWN AS A TRADEMARK

http://www.tantalizingtrademarks.com/2018/01/texas-lawyer-files-application-to.html

Image of his Ad

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PfZQTIyBnck/WlTLXDBuwGI/AAAAAAAAB30/PFflgV_7JxE5tZD9yTSAnalmsi-q_qBowCLcBGAs/w1200-h630-p-k-no-nu/dopest%2Blawyer.jpg

 

 

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