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It’s not uncommon for rights licensees in the entertainment industry to find themselves in a rights dispute when a licensor files for bankruptcy. Section 365(a) of the Bankruptcy Code allows a Chapter 11 debtor, subject to court approval, to assume or reject any executory contract. While a rejected contract leaves the non-debtor party with a pre-petition damages claim for breach of contract under §365(g), it does not allow it to compel the debtor to continue performing. However, under §365(n), if the contract at issue is one “under which the debtor is a licensor of a right to intellectual property,” the licensee may elect to “retain its rights … to such intellectual property,” thereby preserving its ability to continue using the licensed IP.
By Stan Soocher
Only days after winning dismissal of an anti-trust lawsuit over its 2019 move to a new location in Miami, FL, for the Ultra Music Festival, Worldwide Entertainment lost its bid to reopen a court case over use of the “Ultra Music” brand for a festival overseas.
By Scott Graham
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court, led by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, held that the phrase “full costs” in §505 of the Copyright Act means all of the costs specifically enumerated in the general cost-shifting statutes, such as transcripts and fees for court-appointed experts and interpreters.
By Robert J. Bernstein and Robert W. Clarida
The Supreme Court had granted cert in Fourth Estate to resolve a split in the federal circuit courts as to whether §411(a) of the Copyright Act could be read to allow commencement of an infringement action once a registration application filed with the Copyright Office is complete (the “application approach”) or, instead, only (subject to limited statutorily specified exceptions) upon issuance by the Copyright Office of the registration (the “registration approach”).
By Simon Taylor
Under the agreement, the studios and Sky UK will open up pay-TV markets, allowing consumers across the European Union to access to a wider range of content regardless of their location.