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Entertainment Lawyers Gordon Firemark and Tamera Bennett share their monthly roundup of entertainment law cases, news and commentary. Sometimes funny, sometimes irreverent, always informative.

Entertainment Law Update Gordon Firemark

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Entertainment Lawyers Gordon Firemark and Tamera Bennett share their monthly roundup of entertainment law cases, news and commentary. Sometimes funny, sometimes irreverent, always informative.

    Generic .coms, Lady A and more…

    Generic .coms, Lady A and more…

     

    Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.



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    GENERIC.COM TRADEMARKS GRANTED







    * https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/06/opinion-analysis-court-holds-that-generic-com-marks-may-be-registered-trademarks-or-service-marks-when-consumers-do-not-perceive-them-as-generic/#more-294845 * https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/30/politics/booking-trademark-supreme-court/index.html 















    LADY ANTEBELLUM VS. LADY A.







    * https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ent-lady-a-singer-lawsuit-20200710-oau6ghsh4zgkxijkubjpcymxca-story.html * https://pitchfork.com/news/lady-a-formerly-lady-antebellum-sue-seattle-blues-singer-lady-a/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=pitchfork&utm_social-type=earned * https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/9415420/lady-a-band-lawsuit-singer-anita-lady-a-white 















    MAKE-UP DESIGNS, COPYRIGHTABILITY & PREMPTION















    [SAMMY MOURABIT v STEVEN KLEIN, ET AL]







    Interesting Side Note – Clown Makeup:







    * Full decision: https://www.courtlistener.com/pdf/2020/06/08/sammy_mourabit_v._steven_klein.pdf* https://www.mintz.com/insights-center/viewpoints/2231/2020-06-22-second-circuit-declines-decide-if-human-skin-can-be#page=1* Clown Makeup: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3136804















    ESTATE OF CONAN DOYLE SUES NETFLIX OVER ENOLA HOLMES







    Seems Elementary that the Conan Doyle estate is trying with all its might to hold on to rights related to Sherlock Holmes…. 







    * Full complaint: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6956021-Sherlock.html* https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/conan-doyle-estate-sues-netflix-coming-movie-sherlock-holmes-sister-1300108?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_2020-06-24%2007:11:00_aweprin&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie * https://www.themarysue.com/conan-doyle-estate-sues-enola-holmes-over-sherlock-depiction/ * a href="ht...

    “Literally” Libel… Proof

    “Literally” Libel… Proof

     

    Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.



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    “THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED” MOVES TOWARDS PUBLICATION







    United States of America v John R. Bolton [USDC for the District of Columbia]







    Full decision: 







    * https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6953444/6-20-20-Bolton-TRO-Order.pdf* https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/court-stalls-halting-release-john-bolton-book-1299394















    PSA: SETTLEMENT FOR MUSICIANS 







    * http://www.sessionartistroyaltysettlement.com/ * https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/06/01/afm-sag-aftra-session-musicians-46-million-settlement/ 







    Unclaimed Royalties List: 







    * https://www.afmsagaftrafund.org/covered-rec-title_SR_Master.php















    PABLO STAR V. THE WELSH GOVERNMENT 







    * https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/19-1262/19-1262-2020-06-08.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-06-09-us-court-of-appeals-for-the-second-circuit-b941bfa55b&utm_content=text-case-read-more-2 * https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2020/06/11/second-circuit-affirms-welsh-government-advertising-activity-triggered-exception-sovereign-immunity/id=122347/















    IMDB DECISION CONFIRMED BY APPELLATE COURT







    * https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/18-15463/18-15463-2020-06-19.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-06-20-us-court-of-appeals-for-the-ninth-circuit-1dd98a98eb&utm_content=text-case-read-more-2 * https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/imdbs-age-censorship-win-affirmed-by-appeals-court-1299490?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_2020-06-20%2007:00:00_aweprin&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie  















    LIBEL CASES IN THE NEWS







    HYPERBOLE IS STILL OK, RACHEL MADDOW WINS HER MOTION TO STRIKE







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    • 1 hr 20 min
    You Can’t Copyright the Law

    You Can’t Copyright the Law

     

    Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.



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    SUPREME COURT: GEORGIA v PUBLIC RESOURCE, Inc. Public Resource WINS, NO ONE CAN COPYRIGHT THE LAW







    * https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-1150_7m58.pdf (DECISION)* https://apple.news/A-7ACBIFWSEyduhTU_zfRwQ* https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/590/18-1150/?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-04-28-us-supreme-court-235baa73c0&utm_content=text-case-title-2* https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/georgia-v-public-resource-org-inc/















    BLACKBEARD POSTMORTEM – SENATE APPROACHING NEW LITIGATION EFFORTS 







    * https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/senators-ask-us-copyright-patent-offices-study-infringement-by-states-1292382















    NEW YORK DISTRICT CASE DISMISSES GRAFFITI ARTIST CLAIM







    * https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/a-de-minimis-defense-grows-in-brooklyn-96017/?origin=CEG&utm_source=CEG&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CustomEmailDigest&utm_term=jds-article&utm_content=article-link 















    SUPREME COURT: WILLFULNESS NOT NEEDED FOR DISGORGEMENT







    * https://www.haynesboone.com/alerts/three-takeaways-from-the-supreme-court-ruling* https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/04/opinion-analysis-justices-reject-willfulness-requirement-for-requiring-trademark-infringers-to-disgorge-profits/















    SECOND CIRCUIT LIMITS COPYRIGHT DAMAGES TO THREE YEARS PRIOR TO SUIT







    * https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/second-circuit-limits-copyright-damages-16283/?origin=CEG&utm_source=CEG&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CustomEmailDigest&utm_term=jds-article&utm_content=article-link* https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=138891714652427380&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr (Decision)







    EVERLY V. EVERLY







    * https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca6/19-5150/19-5150-2020-05-04.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    April Quarantine Edition

    April Quarantine Edition

     

    Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.



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    RIAA SUED OVER SONGS IT DIDN’T HAVE RIGHTS TO (WOOPS! WE DIDN’T OWN THAT)







    * https://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2020/03/riaa-realizes-it-sued-over-a-songs-it-doesnt-hold-the-copyrights-for.html* https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/charter-challenges-copyright-registration-music-recordings-1282216







    YES NBA2K, YOU CAN USE THAT TATTOO 







    * https://www.worldipreview.com/news/video-game-makers-free-to-use-nba-stars-tattoos-court-rules-19486?utm_source=2.+World+IP+Review&utm_campaign=2d68911393-WIPR_Digital_Newsletter_30012020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d76dcadc01-2d68911393-27475657* https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/nba-2k-publisher-beats-copyright-suit-lebron-james-tattoos-1286847* https://news.artnet.com/art-world/copyright-tattoos-lawsuit-lebron-james-1819932







    YES, ACTIVISION CAN USE THE HUMVEES IN THEIR GAMES







    * https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/1/21203414/activision-wins-humvee-call-of-duty-trademark-infringement-lawsuit* https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/call-duty-wins-first-amendment-victory-use-humvees-1287882* https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6823541-Humvee.html (Opinion)* Compare Twentieth Century Fox v. Empire, 875 F.3d 1192 (7th Cir. 2017)







    SUBLICENSE SECTION







    FIRST CIRCUIT RECOGNIZES SUBLICENSES FOR COPYRIGHT WITH LIGHTBULBS 







    * https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-first-circuit-recognizes-implied-28743/* https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca1/19-1452/19-1452-2020-03-13.html







    INSTAGRAM WINS LICENSING (PRACTICE POINTER)







    * https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/court-rules-photographer-gave-up-licensing-rights-by-posting-instagram-1290170* https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2020/4/14/21221078/stephanie-sinclair-mashable-instagram-embed-copyright-lawsuit-dismissed







    BURBANK SHOW CHOIR PREVAILS ON FAIR USE IN 9TH CIRCUIT

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Blackbeard’s Revenge!

    Blackbeard’s Revenge!

     

    Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.



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    BREAKING: STATES CANNOT BE SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT-YES NORTH CAROLINA, YOU CAN BE A PIRATE.







    Opinion: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-877_dc8f.pdf







    https://copyrightalliance.org/copyright-law/copyright-cases/allen-v-cooper/







    https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/allen-v-cooper/















    THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND – Court declines to rule on Public Domain Status







    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/28/arts/music/this-land-is-your-land-copyright.html















    PELOTON SETTLES AND DISMISSES COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/peloton-nmpa-announce-settlement-agreement-dismiss-copyright-infringement-lawsuit-1281549?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_2020-02-28%2007:10:00_aweprin&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie















    LED ZEPPELIN WINS ON APPELLATE: INVERSE RATIO DEAD







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/led-zeppelin-wins-stairway-heaven-copyright-fight-appellate-replay-1283184







    Stairway to Inverse Ratio Rule Abrogation – Biederman Blog 







    UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT















    KATY PERRY VERDICT WIPED OUT







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-wipes-28m-copyright-verdict-katy-perry-capitol-records-1285141















    DISNEY WINS INSIDE OUT CASE BY “MOODSTERS” CREATOR







    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/18-55635/18-55635-2020-03-16.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-03-17-us-court-of-appeals-for-the-ninth-circuit-dd8ddebead&utm_content=text-case-title-2







    https://www.jurist.org/news/2020/03/federal-appeals-court-rules-for-disney-in-inside-out-copyright-suit/















    BILLIONS CLAIMS DISMISSED (FOLLOW-UP) 









    Court Dismisses Author’s Cla...

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Live from Dallas

    Live from Dallas

     

    Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.



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    Repeat COPYRIGHT plaintiff (Richard Bell Indianapolis Skyline Photo) SHUT DOWN WITH ISSUE PRECLUSION









    Copyright Troll Smacked Down by Oregon Court Following Indiana Jury Verdict









    PERRY AMICUS BRIEF FILED BY 15 MUSICOLOGISTS 









    Katy Perry Receives Overwhelming Support From 15 Musicologists After $2.8 Million Copyright Infringement Ruling









    LAWYER COPYRIGHTS EVERY MELODY KNOWN TO MAN TO PROVE A POINT 







    Ted Talk – Damien Riehl 









    Every Possible Melody Has Been Copyrighted, Stored On A Single Hard Drive









    ED SHEERAN ORDERED TO REVEAL CONCERT INCOME IN  COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CASE







    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6657006-Order-Re-Motion-to-Compel-SAS-v-Sheeran.html (ORDER)







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/ed-sheeran-ordered-disclose-concert-income-copyright-lawsuit-1270095







    DRAKE WINS FAIR USE CASE IN APPELLATE COURT







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-gives-drake-a-fair-use-win-sampling-case-1275735







    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6760148-Cash.html (Decision)







    FIVE POINTZ APPELLATE COURT AFFIRMS PRIOR DECISION







    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/18-498/18-498-2020-02-20.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-02-21-intellectual-property-ad9c1f1ad8&utm_content=text-case-title-1







    https://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2018/4/27/how-does-vara-protects-artists-and-building-owners







    IT WOULDN’T BE AN ELECTION YEAR WITHOUT A FEW CLAIMS OF INFRINGEMENT







    https://altlegal.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7f56d5ba1542bd9da9e898300&id=5074b81d25&e=c6b7edbf23







    https://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2015/10/28/music-in-political-campaigns-what-licenses-do-i-need







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.

    • 52 min

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