Pimpin’, Puppets, and “The Rant”

   Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES   FOLLOW UP: COPPERFIELD NOT LIABLE (Just 3 sentences should do) https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/jury-finds-claims-against-david-copperfield-unfounded-in-slip-and-fall-case/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/05/30/david-copperfield-trial-jury-finds-magician-negligent-but-not-liable/654626002/   KRUSTY KRAB FOLLOW UP, YES, IT IS PROTECTED (SORRY SABBAC) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/viacoms-victory-spongebob-restaurant-dispute-upheld-by-appeals-court-1114196 https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca5/17-20334/17-20334-2018-05-22.html https://openjurist.org/752/f2d/145/conan-properties-inc-v-conans-pizza-inc (cited case of Conan the Barbarian) https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/658/76/50700/ (cited case for the General Lee)   TO BOLDLY GO … Read more

Music Modernization, Magic Tricks and More

   Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES   The Music Modernization Act Passes the House and Includes the CLASSICS Act http://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2018/4/27/the-music-modernization-act-passes-the-house-and-includes-the-classics-act?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook https://musicrow.com/2018/05/music-modernization-act-introduced-in-senate-2/   COPYRIGHT MODERNIZATION (UPDATE) http://www.grammy.com/advocacy/news/house-judiciary-committee-approves-music-modernization-act http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/387747-smokey-robinson-leads-calls-for-copyright-reform-in-senate https://youtube.com/watch?v=HUXqTtCX2D4   COPPERFIELD SECRET EXPOSED IN LAWSUIT https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/04/18/a-david-copperfield-trick-allegedly-injured-a-participant-its-secret-was-just-exposed-in-court/   COACHELLA, BEYCHELLA, WHY “-CHELLA” CONTINUES TO BE A TRADEMARK ISSUE http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-coachella-trademark-20180405-story.html http://www.brandchannel.com/2018/04/15/coachella-trademark-beyonce-beychella/   DRE … Read more

Dragon Ladies, Tattooed Athletes and BOTUS

News, commentary and analysis about recent Entertainment Law cases and news stories from attorneys Gordon P. Firemark and Tamera Bennet

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

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

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