Copyright Misuse, Motion Capture and more.

   Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES   Disney Misused ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Frozen’ Copyrights, Says Judge (in Redbox Case) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/disney-misused-star-wars-frozen-copyrights-says-judge-1086876 https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4383824-Disney-Redbox.html https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/judge-slaps-down-disney-effort-to-stop-resale-of-star-wars-download-codes/ http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43154671   (follow up) Taylor Swift Wins Legal Battle Over ‘Shake It Off’ https://www.forbes.com/sites/legalentertainment/2018/02/20/taylor-swift-wins-legal-battle-over-shake-it-off/#1a29510e40d3   John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. DRK Photo, No. 15-1134 (2d Cir. 2018) https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/15-1134/15-1134-2018-02-16.html … Read more Copyright Misuse, Motion Capture and more.

Tweets, Tunes and Trademark Audits

   Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES   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 … Read more Tweets, Tunes and Trademark Audits

Fire fury, followups, and more

  SHOW NOTES Fun follow-up: Ajit GETS DMCA’D https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/business/ajit-pai-video.html   . . . AND HE (AJIT PAI) GETS HIS NET NEUTRALITY action CHALLENGED Here’s the petition.  https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/petition_-_filed.pdf http://www.entmedialaw.com/?open-article-id=7719574&article-title=fcc-net-neutrality-repeal-challenged-in-court&blog-domain=blogs.com&blog-title=thr–esq–entertainment—media-law-blog   HOTEL CALIFORNIA HAS SETTLED (Quick Take/follow up) https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8095039/eagles-settle-hotel-california-trademark-lawsuit-mexico-inn   COMICON CLASH CONTINUES https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/san-diego-comic-con-trademark-fight-continues-jury-verdict-1066336   COMMODORES TRADEMARK LAWSUIT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/commodores-trademark-fight-decided-florida-court-1073461   AMAZON FIGHTING PIRACY (FOLLOWUP TO KODI and … Read more Fire fury, followups, and more

2017 year in review

  SHOW NOTES Breaking News:​ 2nd Circuit affirms lower court ruling against 100% licensing. BMI scores a big win. https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8071046/court-appeals-fractionalized-licensing-songwriters-publishers-reactions   GRONKING TO REMEMBER (FOLLOW UP) http://www.trademarkandcopyrightlawblog.com/2017/11/a-gronking-to-remember-plaintiffs-lose-right-of-publicity-appeal/   BIG PIMPIN’ FOLLOW UP https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/big-pimpin-appellate-arguments-focus-labels-1065847   COMICON IS TRADEMARKED https://io9.gizmodo.com/san-diego-comic-con-wins-lawsuit-over-comic-con-tradema-1821150395 Jury sides with San Diego Comic-Con in lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/12/09/jury-sides-with-san-diego-in-comic-con-trademark-infringement-dispute/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2017/06/30/comic-con-trademark-battle-escalates-as-trial-looms/4/#79eb3108332e   YEAR IN … Read more 2017 year in review

Curiously Curious

  SHOW NOTES QUICK FOLLOW UP: COMIC-CON http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/comic-con-gag-orders-vacated-by-appeals-court-1052334 http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/10/26/17-72682.pdf   SIRIUS XM RULING: FLORIDA DOESN’T DO PERFORMANCE RIGHTS http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/siriusxm-wins-appeal-pre-1972-sound-recordings-florida-1052130 https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/10/26/florida-pre-1972-copyright-oldies/ https://www.scribd.com/document/362707106/Flo-Eddie-Inc-v-Sirius-XM-Radio-Inc-827-F-3d-1016-1018-11th-Cir-2016   FOX WINS ON EMPIRE TRADEMARK SUIT (FOLLOW-UP) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-wins-appellate-battle-title-empire-1059062 https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/16-55577/16-55577-2017-11-16.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017-11-17-entertainment-sports-law-4c3249b90f&utm_content=text-case-title-1   IMPERSONATIONS AND TRADEMARK: H&M AND WOOF-TANG CLAN https://abovethelaw.com/2017/11/band-in-the-usa-how-can-musicians-fight-the-unauthorized-use-of-their-identities/ https://revolt.tv/stories/2017/11/18/rza-reportedly-suing-dogwalking-company-wooftang-clan-0700c0f50e http://hiphopwired.com/560043/rza-sues-dog-walking-company-called-woof-tang-clan/ meanwhile, in another case http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/hm-slapped-with-lawsuit-over-justin-bieber-tour-merch H&M’s alleged infringing clothing: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/553fdbaee4b0d82b91dbde7d/t/5a0efeb353450a5bbcb1a4df/1510932197228/justin-bieber-merch-17.jpg?format=1000w Stadium logo: http://www.jom-group.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Stadium_DE_350x200-333×200.png … Read more Curiously Curious

Goin’ Bananas!

  SHOW NOTES GRINCH PLAYWRIGHT DENIED ATTORNEY FEES  https://www.law360.com/media/articles/969464/-grinch-playwright-denied-fees-from-seuss-for-now In a bold lawsuit, CG Software maker claims ownership of hollywood film scenes… http://www.entmedialaw.com/edition/daily-gps-museum-2017-10-17?open-article-id=7384771&article-title=hollywood-confronts-a-copyright-argument-with-p otential-for-mass-disruption&blog-domain=blogs.com&blog-title=thr–esq–entertainment—media-law-blog http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/digital-domain-mova-tech-banned-906902 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/disney-facing-vfx-firms-injunction-bid-three-blockbuster-films-1021841 https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4111653-Rearden-Oppo.html (Plaintiff’s Opposition) http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/personal-feud-behind-digital-domain-908904 https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1050628306163097816&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr (related case)   COMIC-CON TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jury-decide-not-comic-con-has-become-generic-1041422 https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4056439-Comic-Con-Sj.html (the order) Appeals Ct. Looking at Gag Order http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/comic-con-dispute-appeals-court-wants-hear-more-judges-gag-order-1045612   FILMCHELLA RULING IS IN – … Read more Goin’ Bananas!