January 2022

EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode141 – (view transcript) PUBLIC DOMAIN DAY 2022 https://www.ksl.com/article/50320590/winnie-the-pooh-and-more-22-notable-creative-pieces-head-to-public-domain-in-2022 Public Domain Day 2022 | Duke University School of Law EMERGING SPLIT OF AUTHORITY REGARDING ORIGINALITY DETERMINATIONS DISNEY STILL HAS TO LITIGATE OVER ORIGINALITY OF JACK SPARROW Disney Can’t Sink ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Suit Over Jack Sparrow Character COMPARE W/ THE  “DARK TOWER” CASE – … Read more

2021 Year end roundup

EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode140 – (view transcript) COMEDY REMOVED FROM SPOTIFY IS NO LAUGHING MATTER https://copyrightlately.com/spotify-removes-comedy-tracks/ MIRAMAX WINS OVER PULP FICTION POSTER https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/miramax-wins-lawsuit-over-pulp-fiction-movie-poster/ar-AARgaxN https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21119224-zahedi-opinion MEGAN MARKLE WINS AGAINST BRITISH TABLOID ON RIGHT TO PRIVACY https://www.eonline.com/news/1266103/meghan-markle-wins-another-legal-victory-against-british-tabloid-over-letter-to-dad Johannsongs-Publishing, Ltd. v. Lovland https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ninth-circuit-refuses-to-adopt-ordinary-4919728/ FOX (NOW DISNEY) WINS AGAINST NETFLIX ON POACHING SUIT  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/appeals-court-netflix-poaching-1235056525/ TAYLOR SWIFT CASE FOR THE NEW YEAR RE: … Read more

The Gratitude Episode

EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode139 – (view transcript) ASTROWORLD LITIGATION https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/750-million-lawsuit-filed-travis-scott-drake-behalf-astroworld-victims-rcna5850https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/750-million-lawsuit-filed-travis-scott-drake-behalf-astroworld-victims-rcna5850  RUST FOLLOW-UP Marnie Mitchell https://variety.com/2021/film/news/alec-baldwin-sued-rust-shooting-script-supervisor-1235114467/ (Intentional Torts-MM) https://deadline.com/2021/11/alec-baldwin-lawsuit-new-rust-fatal-shooting-mamie-mitchell-gloria-allred-1234876099/ (MM) Serge Svetnoy https://variety.com/2021/film/news/rust-alec-baldwin-serge-svetnoy-lawsuit-1235109520/  (HEY, THIS ONE IS FOR NEGLIGENCE-SS) https://deadline.com/2021/11/alec-baldwin-rust-lawsuit-fatal-shooting-halyna-hutchins-serge-svetnoy-1234871615/ (SS)  Claims of “Sabotage” https://deadline.com/2021/11/rust-alec-baldwin-movie-sabotage-bullet-halyna-hutchins-attorneys-hannah-gutierrez-reed-1234867081/ (Intentional Torts-MM) Completion Guarantee and Bankruptcy.  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/rust-shooting-producers-may-choose-bankruptcy-next-1235037702/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/schuylermoore/2019/06/23/the-importance-of-completion-guarantees-for-films/?sh=84910ea666be (for background on completion guarantees)  TAYLOR SWIFT RE-RELEASED ALBUM- STIMULATES INDUSTRY CONTRACTING PIVOT https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/11/17/taylor-swift-umg-contracts/ https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/11/12/in-case-youre-wondering-this-is-why-taylor-swift-is-re-recording-her-old-hits/ https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/12/media/album-re-recordings-taylor-swift/index.html … Read more

Things that go BOMP! in the night.

EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode138 – (view transcript) HORROR V. MILLER-FRIDAY THE 13TH GETS SECOND CIRCUIT DECISION AFFIRMING 203 BY AUTHOR https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/18-3123/18-3123-2021-09-30.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-10-01-copyright-a87c322e29&utm_content=text-case-title-1 https://www.natlawreview.com/article/oh-horror-no-work-hire-friday-13th-screenplay https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/10/14/cher-mary-bono-lawsuit/ (quick aside/reference) MARVEL-OUS THINGS ON THE HORIZON https://www.comicsbeat.com/steve-ditko-estate-files-copyright-termination-notice-on-spider-man-and-dr-strange/?fbclid=IwAR1mjFHr8-t5Hku_i3PSDfxeMjVmpc3cCDGx3ZA2C5cCju4ZaDX62P2v-tw\u0026amp https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/marvel-suing-avengers-copyright-termination-1235020110/ https://entertainmentlawupdate.com/2012/11/episode-36-faulkner-einstein-superman-and-talent-managers/ (tie to superman)  Disney Fights For Rights To Popular Marvel Characters THE WEEKND PREVAILS ON ACCESS ISSUE https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/20-55861/20-55861-2021-10-08.html https://www.reuters.com/legal/transactional/weeknd-escapes-copyright-lawsuit-over-a-lonely-night-9th-circuit-2021-10-11/ https://completemusicupdate.com/article/us-appeals-court-backs-the-weeknd-in-song-theft-dispute-with-british-songwriters/ BLACK WIDOW SETTLES https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/scarlett-johansson-disney-settle-black-widow-lawsuit-1235022598/ Scarlett … Read more

Unhappy Together

EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode137 – (view transcript) CALIFORNIA PAY TO PLAY ACT EFFECTIVE THIS MONTH  https://www.natlawreview.com/article/california-fair-pay-to-play-act-to-become-effective-september-1-2021 https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB26 STATE SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY CORNER BLACKBEARD FILMMAKER SETS SAIL WITH NEW CLAIMS ALLEGING TAKINGS INSTEAD OF COPYRIGHT https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/north-carolina-film-maker-s-copyright-case-against-the-state-revived-after-supreme-court-denial  TEXAS A&M ESCAPES COPYRIGHT CLAIMS AT 5TH CIRC. OVER 12TH MAN STORY  https://www.reuters.com/legal/transactional/texas-am-escapes-copyright-claims-5th-circ-over-12th-man-story-2021-09-09/ https://illusionofmore.com/fifth-circuit-delivers-maddening-opinions-in-bynum-copyright-suit/ NIRVANA SUED BY 30 YEAR OLD FOR NEVERMIND COVER https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58327844.amp … Read more

The Happiest Episode On Earth

EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode136 – (view transcript) APPEALS COURT REVIEWS CASE OVER “BARE NECESSITIES” AGAINST DISNEY https://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/2021/b300971.html QUICK TAKE: INSIDE OUT SPARKS ANOTHER LAWSUIT, THIS TIME IN CANADA https://news.law/disney-fights-a-copyright-allegation-over-inside-out/ https://www.cbr.com/inside-out-disney-copyright-lawsuit-greenlight-canada/ https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadians-inside-out-copyright-lawsuit-proceeds-against-disney-and-pixar SCARLETT JOHANSSON SUES DISNEY OVER SIMULTANEOUS RELEASE https://www.wsj.com/articles/scarlett-johansson-sues-disney-over-black-widow-streaming-release-11627579278 https://insidethemagic.net/2021/08/scarlett-johansson-names-bob-iger-bob-chapek-in-lawsuit-ks1/ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/scarlett-johansson-disney-lawsuit-1234990249/ https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-07-29/scarlett-johansson-sues-disney-over-black-widow-release-strategy https://prospect.org/culture/the-implications-of-scarlett-johansson-marvel-lawsuit/ https://insidethemagic.net/2021/08/black-widow-judge-recuses-himself-ks1/ https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Complaint_Black-Widow-1-WM.pdf (COMPLAINT)  https://wdwnt.com/2021/08/disney-will-seek-arbitration-in-johansson-lawsuit/ (COMPLAINT)  https://bit.ly/Bennett-Black-Widow (Tamera Interview) JUDGE EVALUATES USE OF 9/11 FOOTAGE IN … Read more