• Features

    How Disney Qualified for Design Patent for Marvel’s Captain America Shield

    Lawrence E. Ashery

    Fans of movies about fictional superheroes are probably familiar with Captain America and his miraculous shield. Recently, however, his shield showed up in a most unlikely place: the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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  • Features

    Counsel Concerns: Lawyer Ethics Rule In Play in Suit By Business Manager Against Rap Artist

    Stan Soocher

    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina dismissed a conversion counterclaim by rapper Chingy against his former business manager Leslie King, who is a lawyer, on the ground that the artist hadn’t established that a royalty purchase agreement he signed with the lawyer was void for allegedly violating the state’s attorney ethics rule. However, the district court allowed the artist to pursue the ethics rule as an affirmative defense in the underlying lawsuit the attorney’s music company has filed against Chingy.

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  • Features

    ‘Surrealistic’ Suit Against Museum over Dalí Persona

    Scott Graham

    The Spanish foundation that administers the intellectual property rights of famed surrealist Salvador Dalí is suing a Monterey, CA, museum that displays a permanent Dalí exhibition and uses the artist’s name and likeness to promote it.

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  • Features

    Compensation Issues from Cancelled Roseanne TV Show

    Michael I. Rudell and Neil J. Rosini

    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.

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  • Features

    Issues Between EU Data Protection, Use of Blockchain

    Justin Hectus and Kristy Sambor

    Emerging technologies and regulations have the power to create, shape or kill businesses. For the entertainment industry, the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and blockchain technology each embody forces that have the potential for profound impact. Taken in tandem, the GDPR and blockchain highlight the possibilities and pitfalls of disruption and the importance of cross-organizational collaboration in compliance and innovation initiatives.

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  • Features

    Behind MGM Suits Against Concert Shooting Victims

    Amanda Bronstad

    MGM Resorts International’s filing of lawsuits against 2,500 victims of the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting at the country music concert in Las Vegas was an unprecedented move that has plaintiffs’ lawyers accusing the entertainment conglomerate of forum shopping and defense lawyers scratching their heads.

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  • Columns & Departments

    Bit Parts

    Stan Soocher

    Cryptocollectible Concept Denied Trade Secret Protection
    Jefferson Starship Co-Founder Loses Anti-SLAPP Motion Against Current Members of Band

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