• 'Graffiti' Artists Prevail Under VARA Over Property Owner

    April 01, 2018 |

    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.

  • Bit Parts

    April 01, 2018 |

    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

  • Industry Workplace Misconduct Investigations

    April 01, 2018 |

    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.

  • Meet the Lawyer Working on Inclusion Rider Language

    April 01, 2018 |

    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.

  • New Federal Tax Act Gives New Life, and Twists, to Treatment of Film, TV and Stage Productions

    March 01, 2018 |

    Section 181 of the IRC has provided benefits to both producers of movies and television programs and — under pass-through legal structures such as limited liability companies — to their investors. Now, with the enactment of the sweeping new federal tax law, §181 has been given new life, with a couple of additional benefits and a couple of additional twists.