• Inside Naming Rights Deals

    September 02, 2017 |

    Barclays Center, Levi's Stadium, Golden 1 Center, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Hard Rock Stadium — any sports fan or concert-goer can rattle off these names as venues of spectacular games and top-notch musical performances. What is behind those names? Naming rights transactions, which are increasingly pop

  • Copyright Royalty Board Gets E-Filing System

    September 02, 2017 |

    The Library of Congress' Copyright Royalty Board, the panel of three judges who set copyright royalty rates and settle related disputes, announced the launch of an electronic filing and case management system in an effort to streamline its manual and cumbersome case management processes.

  • Technology That Filters Movie Content Infringes Studios' Copyrights

    September 02, 2017 |

    "Star Wars is still Star Wars, even without Princess Leia's bikini scene," said federal Circuit Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz in denying an appeal by the movie-filtering service VidAngel to lift an injunction that has kept its technology off the market since December 2016.

  • Online Extra
    Christie Signs Fantasy Sports Bill

    September 02, 2017 |

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill on August 24 that will regulate daily fantasy sports betting, a multimillion-dollar-a-year industry in the state that has, until recently, gone largely unregulated nationwide.

  • 'Standard' Terms Won't Be Read Into Dykstra Settlement With Ghost Writer

    September 02, 2017 |

    In a case brought against former baseball player Lenny Dykstra by a social media ghost writer, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has offered the additional lesson that a writing other than a formal settlement agreement may constitute an enforceable agreement — even if one

  • Mixed Ruling in Jefferson Starship Band Name Suit

    September 02, 2017 |

    What's in a rock band's name? Plenty, if you are talking about Jefferson Starship, which goes back more than 40 years, has had more than 30 members and was born from the 1960s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane.

  • Bit Parts

    September 02, 2017 |

    Boots Litigation Involving John Wayne's Persona To Be Heard in California, Instead of Texas
    Distinguishing Between Burden of Proof for California Statutory and Common Law "Likeness" Violation Claims
    Interpreting Jury Verdict in Quincy Jones' Music Royalty Case

  • Entertainment Industry: Take Note Of Surge in Trade Secrets Litigation

    September 02, 2017 |

    Intellectual property battles in technology, including in the entertainment industry, are nothing new, but their nature might be shifting. These days, many of the big IP litigation battles have nothing to do with patents, trademarks or copyrights. Instead, it's all about trade secrets.

  • Recent Rulings on California Anti-SLAPP Motions By Entertainment Attorneys

    August 02, 2017 |

    Defendants in entertainment industry cases often invoke California's "anti-SLAPP" statute, Calif. Civ. Code §425.16, which is meant to bar lawsuits filed to muffle free speech activities or a legal right to petition. This summer, some noteworthy court decisions have come out of California that invol

  • Jury Verdict in Allman Film Fatality Trial To Be Appealed

    August 02, 2017 |

    CSX Railroad says it will appeal a Savannah, GA, jury verdict of $11.2 million rendered after a six-day trial stemming from the fatal train accident on the set of the film Midnight Rider of which CSX Railroad is required to pay $3.9 million according to the jury's apportionment.

  • Bringing Falsettos Musical from Stage To Movie Screens

    August 02, 2017 |

    During this year's annual Tony awards recognizing Broadway theater, Whoopi Goldberg took to the stage to announce that the musical revival of Falsettos would be hitting movie theaters nationwide in July. Falsettos, which played at Lincoln Center Theater in New York, was nominated for five Tonys, but