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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.

    Asserted Truths

    Asserted Truths

     

    Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.



    SHOW NOTES













    AMC TO TAKE OVER SHUTTERED THEATERS 







    * https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/amc-moves-to-take-over-theaters-impacted-by-covid-19-crisis















    FALL OUT FROM CONSENT DECREES CONTINUES IN APPELLATE RULINGCentury Theater Owner’s Negotiation Tactics Approved.







    * https://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/2020/b292609.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-09-03-california-courts-of-appeal-9ba6cc617f&utm_content=text-case-read-more-1* https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cinemark-reverses-3-75m-antitrust-loss-on-appeal















    IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT, DIVISION ONE















    JERSEY BOYS-NEW STANDARD FOR NON-FICTION CORBELLO V VALLI (USCA, 9th Circuit)







    * https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/in-jersey-boys-ruling-appeals-court-adopts-new-standard-for-nonfiction* https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/17-16337/17-16337-2020-09-08.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-09-11-intellectual-property-b4bd39f214&utm_content=text-case-title-2















    TONY BASIL LOSES AGAINST AGENTS DUE TO COPYRIGHT PREEMPTION







    * https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/toni-basil-loses-appeal-over-unauthorized-use-of-mickey















    CHICK-FIL-A LOGO DENIED COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION







    * https://www.copyright.gov/rulings-filings/review-board/docs/cfa-logo-design.pdf















    Trademark Registrations Featuring Design at Issue:







    * http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4807:m6kkr4.4.6* http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4807:m6kkr4.4.12* http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4807:m6kkr4.4.21* http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4807:m6kkr4.4.22* http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4807:m6kkr4.4.23* a href="http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Then, Now, Going Forward

    Then, Now, Going Forward

     

    Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.



    SHOW NOTES













    OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND LEGAL OBITUARY







    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/26/entertainment/olivia-de-havilland-dies/index.html















    PARAMOUNT CONSENT DECREES ENDED







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-agrees-end-paramount-consent-decrees-1306387







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-agrees-end-paramount-consent-decrees-1306387















    WAITE V UMG RECORDINGS (USDC, E.D. New York)







    https://www.loeb.com/en/insights/publications/2020/08/waite-v-umg-recordings-inc















    MANGO V. BUZZFEED-LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OVER POTENTIAL FUTURE INFRINGEMENTS ISN’T A RELEVANT ISSUE







    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/19-446/19-446-2020-08-13.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-08-14-copyright-2f8e775c38&utm_content=text-case-title-1







     17 U.S. Code § 1202. Integrity of copyright management information















    GOOGLE SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS AGAINST INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT OVER LYRICS







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/google-beats-song-lyric-scraping-lawsuit-1306788















    SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF KINGS







    50 Cent vs. Rick Ross – Connecticut Common Law claim







    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/19-0480/19-0480-2020-08-19.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-08-20-us-court-of-appeals-for-the-second-circuit-ed1b07feed&utm_content=text-case-read-more-2















    ACTRESS WINS FAIR USE LAWSUIT AGAINST DIRECTOR FOR DEMO REEL







    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/demo-reel-clips-ruled-fair-use-directors-suit-actress-1306502















    FRANKENSTEIN OF FAIR USE IN THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM















    MARANO V METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (USDC, S.D. New York)+







    https://www.loeb.com/en/insights/publications/2020/07/marano-v-metropolitan-museum-of-art

    Generic .coms, Lady A and more…

    Generic .coms, Lady A and more…

     

    Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update.



    SHOW NOTES





    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







    * a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.

    • 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.



    SHOW NOTES





    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

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