• Features

    New York Court Sees No Fair Use in Star-Trek Inspired Fan Film

    Neil J. Rosini and Michael I. Rudell

    The creative story-telling that fueled the passion of fans inspired a number of them to expand the Star Trek universe on their own through "fan films," which can challenge the property owners' efforts to maintain the integrity and appeal of their franchise. If unchecked, unauthorized derivatives could lead to an eventual loss of the copyright and trademark rights that underlie the value of the property.

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  • Features

    Judicial View on 'Arising Out of' Exclusion in Bill Cosby Policy

    Syed S. Ahmad and Matthew T. McLellan

    The claims over the last few years by numerous individuals who allege sexual misconduct by comedian Bill Cosby have also led to disputes about the obligation of Cosby's insurers to pay for his defense attorneys and any eventual settlements or judgments. A decision by a federal district court in Massachusetts, where Cosby lives, addresses these disputes.

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  • Features

    Choice of Law Bars Rapper's Defamation Case

    Tom McParland

    A Delaware federal judge dismissed a defamation suit by a rapper formerly affiliated with the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan who claimed media outlets falsely reported that he attempted a grisly act of self-mutilation and attempted suicide.

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  • Features

    Pre-1972 Recordings Case Against Sirius In GA Hits Spotlight

    Katheryn Hayes Tucker and Zack Needles

    A few days before the Second Circuit published its decision ordering the dismissal of Flo & Eddie's closely watched class-action lawsuit against Sirius XM Radio over the use by the satellite provider of pre-1972 sound recordings, the Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments in a class action case against iHeartMedia over its use of pre-1972 sound recordings.

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  • Features

    Ruling Issued on IMDb.com Challenge to CA Actor-Age Law

    Ross Todd

    A federal judge in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction on February 22 halting a California state law that requires online entertainment database IMDb.com to remove actors' ages on request.

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  • Features

    Lohan, Mob Wives Right of Publicity Suits to Be Heard By NY Apps. Ct.

    Joel Stashenko

    New York state's highest court has granted leave to appeal to actress Lindsay Lohan and former reality television star Karen Gravano in their suits over alleged misappropriations of their likenesses in the video game Grand Theft Auto V.

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  • Columns & Departments

    BIT PARTS

    Stan Soocher

    California Federal Court Rules in Favor of YouTube in Lawsuit over Removal of Artist's Music Video
    Daman Wayans' Anti-SLAPP Motion Is Granted in Racial Harassment Suit by Actor
    Lanham Act Doesn't Apply to Unauthorized Use of Roger Nichols Song in Political Ad

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  • Columns & Departments

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    SXSW Conference
    The Changing Analysis of Copyright Infringement in Music

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