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When the police release an important public safety message, how do they monitor the reporting of that message on TV news broadcasts? Or if a manufacturer issues a product recall, how can it view all news broadcasts commenting on the recall and track the geographic locations in which recall coverage has aired? Many people likely assume that the answer is the Internet. But they would be wrong: only a small fraction of television news broadcasts are made available online. For a party to monitor and view all news coverage of an event, it would essentially have to watch and record all news broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
By Tony Mauro
The justices in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association found the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act infringed on state sovereignty. The decision could transform sports and sports gambling from coast to coast.
By Andrew Denney
Legislature Considers Publicity Law Update
Ruling in a matter of first impression, New York’s high court dismissed suits filed by Lindsay Lohan and the daughter of ex-mobster Sammy “The Bull” Gravano against the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, by disagreeing with the plaintiff's claims that characters in the game were intended to be their look-alikes.
By Stan Soocher
The Supreme Court of Indiana accepted a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit involving the interpretation of the state’s right-of-publicity statute.
By Scott Graham
The California Court of Appeal created some First Amendment breathing room for the creators of docudramas — at the expense of legendary actress Olivia de Havilland — when the court ordered her suit against FX Networks over its Emmy Award-winning miniseries Feud be stricken under California’s anti-SLAPP law, even if it did play a little fast-and-loose with de Havilland’s character.