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The hotly disputed legal issue between the majority and dissent in the recent, highly-publicized “Blurred Lines” decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Williams v. Gaye, 15-56880, concerned whether Marvin Gaye’s 1976 hit song “Got to Give it Up” was entitled to “broad” or “thin” copyright protection. The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision over a vigorous dissent, upheld the jury’s determination that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s worldwide No. 1 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines” infringed Gaye’s work. Williams and Thicke are asking the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case en banc.
By Brent Turman
Approximately 30 states have enacted anti-SLAPP statutes, which are intended to deter lawsuits that impede the right to free speech and other related activities. New statutory language in Texas's anti-SLAPP statute specifically protects those in the entertainment and media industries, and such explicit reference should prove comfort to content creators and publishers.
By Mikaela Whitman
From a risk management perspective, festivals now run the gamut on potential liabilities that include collapsed stages, cancelled performances, severe weather, terrorism, alcohol liability, patron bodily harm and death, product liability and breach of contract claims. In essence, music festivals have become a microcosm of live entertainment-related liability exposures.
By Jenna Greene
Remember the nasty fight between Tom Petty’s widow and daughters over control of his estate? Now the mud is splattering the lawyers, too.
By Stuart D. Levi, Alexander C. Drylewski, Giyoung Song and Thania Charmani
The increased use of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, which have spread to the entertainment industry, including for royalty revenue determinations, has given rise to a variety of disputes. Substantive issues regarding the offer, sale and trading of digital tokens are coming before the courts, prompting novel discovery questions in these cases.