• The Recent Court and Regulatory Battles Behind the Net Neutrality Controversy

    February 01, 2018 |

    Though it has been a news focus recently, the legal issue of “net neutrality,” or an open Internet, has been a point of contention between Internet access providers and network users since the mid-1990s. Both sides have zealously but unsuccessfully lobbied Congress with multiple efforts to have desired legislation passed. This has left us instead with shifting regulatory actions taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attempting to address the issue.

  • More Developments in NFL Concussion Litigation

    February 01, 2018 |

    Several leading law firms in the National Football League concussion settlement litigation are taking issue with an expert report that suggested slashing attorney fee recoveries. More than 10 law firms have filed responses to a December expert report that recommended capping attorney fees.

  • An IP Protection Primer for Entertainment Tech Startups

    February 01, 2018 |

    The tech-heavy entertainment industry is an active field for tech startup companies developing potential patents and trade secrets. But many cash conscious startups are forced to initially neglect protection planning for these intellectual property assets, instead allocating scarce resources to set up and initial operation costs. This article suggests some practical and economical steps for startups, especially those with tight finances, to protect what may become valuable patents and trade secrets.

  • Bit Parts

    February 01, 2018 |

    Eleventh Circuit Affirms Permanent Injunction Against Former Commodores' Member over Use of Group's Name
    Federal Court Ruling in Trademark Battle over “Row”
    Political Uses of Photos of Artists Ruled Transformative Fair Uses of Copyrights

  • Trademark Board's Precedential Ruling on Use in Commerce

    February 01, 2018 |

    In a nearly 50-page precedential opinion in a ruling of great significance to the entertainment industry, a TTAB panel of judges recently underscored the need to prove actual use in commerce in order to register a trademark, regardless of how low the standard for use under the Lanham Act has recently become.

  • Supreme Court Considers Sports Betting Law

    January 01, 2018 |

    The U.S. Supreme Court seemed ready to strike down — though not by a unanimous vote — the federal law that bans most states from licensing sports betting.

  • ESPN Prevails in Video Privacy Suit

    January 01, 2018 |

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a win for ESPN in a lawsuit that accused the company of sharing the personal identities of customers, who used the sports network's Roku streaming application, with data analytics companies.