I’ve removed Entertainment Law Update podcast from Spotify

Because I believe that Spotify’s overly-permissive policies have facilitated the spread of harmful misinformation, I’ve elected to remove my podcasts from the service. As much as I believe in the First Amendment and free speech, I chose to exercise my right NOT to support a forum/platform that acts irresponsibly. I apologize for any inconvenience, but … Read more

The (Late) May Episode

EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode133 – (view transcript) IF YOU STILL WANT TO KNOW MORE ON AN NFT… SNL HAS GOT YOU COVERED https://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-the-hells-an-nft-snl-explains-in-an-amazing-rap-parody-11616969584?link=sfmw_fb&fbclid=IwAR0UB9si_AnyrIcCdF76duFpL6CHOCFWucHpdo5GXOttTInIRUSlVzXgrII Following up from our last two episodes and discussions regarding NFTs, we forgot to mention a skit on SNL parodying Eminem’s “Without Me” which, oddly enough, serves as a good primer for those that still … Read more

Special Episode: Iancu v. Brunetti (USSC deals with FUCT trademark)

  Welcome to this special episode of Entertainment Law Update SHOW NOTES The mark, as the decision lays out, is supposed to be pronounced as four letters, one after the other, as in “F-U-C-T” (Phonetically “eff-eww-see-tee” and not as one word “Fuct”)  Iancau v. Brunetti-SCOTUS https://www.law.com/2019/06/24/immoral-trademarks-like-fuct-are-allowed-divided-us-supreme-court-says/?kw=%27Immoral%27%20Trademarks%20Like%20%27FUCT%27%20Are%20Allowed,%20Divided%20US%20Supreme%20Court%20Says https://casetext.com/case/iancu-v-brunetti https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/1028/viewpoint-discrimination So in our usual luck, the Supreme … Read more

You’re a mean one, Dr. Seuss!

  SHOW NOTES SCREEN ACTORS GUILD URGES JUDGE TO SAVE AGE-CENSORSHIP LAW TO COMBAT RAMPANT BIAS SAG-AFTRA is trying to intervene and keep AB1687 (the anti-age disclosure law) alive. Caption: IMDB.COM,Inc. V. Xavier Becerra. JX: FEDERAL-Northern District of California (related parties SAG-AFTRA)   http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/actors-guild-urges-judge-save-age-censorship-law-combat-rampant-bias-1032558 (SAG brief) https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3960381-Agelaw-Sag.html (CA’s Brief) https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3960380-IMDbcom-Becerra.html (IMDB’s Brief) https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3960378-IMDB-Sj.html   FOLLOW … Read more

Is copyright getting tougher?

[TheChamp-Sharing] SHOW NOTES   Lindsay Lohan Loses The decision: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/3dseries/2016/2016_05942.htm http://kotaku.com/court-throws-out-lindsay-lohans-grand-theft-auto-v-laws-1786058629 http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7495416/lindsay-lohan-loses-grand-theft-auto-lawsuit?utm_source=twitter http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lindsay-lohan-loses-grand-theft-925022   Paid Endorsements?  Are your disclosures in order? Canada is cracking down on paid social media endorsements http://www.canadianbusiness.com/innovation/advertising-standards-canada-social-media-endorsement-crackdown/   (Warners’ Fine to FTC) https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/07/warner-bros-settles-ftc-charges-it-failed-adequately-disclose-it   What is “For Profit”: Dutch Playboy in the EU http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/photos-dutch-playboy-model-spark-926701 http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7503684/top-european-court-rules-linking-to-illegal-content http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=183124&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=755998 (the decision) http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2016-09/cp160092en.pdf (press release) … Read more