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It is rare that a hit network television series is cancelled, as recently occurred with the ABC series Roseanne. But when that happens, the immediate and long-term implications for the network, producers, talent and other entities related to the series can be significant. The network will lose advertising revenues and the promotional value of the series, and the production company, talent and others performing services in connection with the series may lose guaranteed, and in some cases contingent, compensation in connection with the series. The cancellation of Roseanne [following a controversial tweet by the lead actress about a former adviser to President Obama] and the ordering of the Roseanne-Barr-less offshoot series The Conners not only is interesting from a creative and cultural perspective, but also provides a lens to view aspects of various arrangements in the television series business.
By Gwendolyn Seale
This article delves into YouTube’s policies for channel monetization, explores the different streams of revenue an artist or creator may be entitled to receive for their works, and offer suggestions to indie creators and more established creators, so they can meet these new thresholds.
By Jeffrey Higel, Michael Bahar and Mike Nelson
As convenient, useful and cool mobile technology and interconnected devices are, they come with risks that remain largely unseen or, worse, ignored. Some pose security risks and privacy risk, like those present in voice-activated devices — especially for children. For manufacturers, they also pose regulatory litigation and insurance risks, especially when children end up using their “smart” products.
By Stan Soocher
Complaints to Amazon by TV Show Host and His Attorney Didn’t Constitute DMCA Notices
No Actual Malice by Defendants in Libel Suit over Composite Character in Film
By Chris Castle
This article focuses on managing change for clients affected by the MMA’s government-mandated mechanical licensing collective. In my view, far from putting songwriters on a trajectory away from the government regulation that has oppressed them for generations, the collective imposes an entirely new bureaucracy with potentially significant costs that are not readily apparent.