• Features

    ‘Graffiti’ Artists Prevail Under VARA Over Property Owner

    Matthew V. Wilson and Tucker Barr

    The culturally conscious property owner may be interested in commissioning an artist to beautify the outdoor wall of the owner’s warehouse space. However, it’s important to understand the legal effect of commissioning such work and the scope of rights that the property owner acquires and surrenders as a result.

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  • Features

    Decision of Note: Live Nation Can’t Force Arbitration over Online Ticketing Site

    Max Mitchell

    Agreeing to arbitration was supposed to be as easy as clicking a button, but Live Nation was unable to show that a man seeking to sue the company actually clicked any of the buttons indicating his consent to arbitrate.

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  • Features

    Bankruptcy Impact on Trademarks, Distribution Rights

    Shmuel Vasser and Yehuda Goor

    It’s not uncommon for rights licensees in the entertainment industry to find themselves in a rights dispute when a licensor files for bankruptcy.

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  • Features

    Industry Workplace Misconduct Investigations

    Carri H. Cohen, Janie F. Schulman and Joshua Hill

    The important ongoing industry and national conversation about sexual harassment is serving as a wake-up call to entertainment companies, board members and C-suite executives about the need to be proactive when confronted with allegations of harassment or other workplace misconduct.

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  • Features

    Meet the Lawyer Working on Inclusion Rider Language

    Cogan Schneier

    At the Oscars in March, Best Actress winner Frances McDormand made “inclusion rider” go viral. But Kalpana Kotagal, a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll had already worked for months to write the language for such provisions. Kotagal was developing legal language for contract provisions that Hollywood’s elite could use to require studios and other partners to employ diverse workers on set.

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  • Columns & Departments

    Features

    Counsel Concerns: Ambiguous Offer for Daddy Yankee to Settle Suit Ends in Attorney Fees Denial

    Celia Ampel

    Attorneys who sued “Despacito” artist Daddy Yankee for defamation should have heeded the song’s title and drafted their settlement offer slowly, a federal appellate court ruled.

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  • Columns & Departments

    Bit Parts

    Stan Soocher

    Essence of the Ninth Circuit’s Decision in the “Blurred Lines” Copyright Infringement Case
    Trademark Cancellation Claim Can’t Proceed Against Marilyn Monroe Brand Manager

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