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Nearly 70 years after it became law, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in January on whether §2(a) of the Lanham Act violates the First Amendment. The case, Lee v. Tam, 15-1293, focuses on the provision that forbids registration of trademarks that “disparage” people, institutions, beliefs or national symbols. At one level the case is about Asian-American musician Simon Tam’s long-running effort to register his band The Slants. The case also could go a long way toward deciding the Washington Redskins’ dispute with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
By Stan Soocher
A Q&A with Entertainment Lawyer Leslie Zigel
By Karen Hoffman Lent and Kenneth Schwartz
In June, the DOJ announced its plans to review the two music-licensing antitrust consent decrees that have been in place, in some shape or form, for almost 80 years. Due to this newly initiated review, the competitive mechanisms that dictate how music is broadcast, streamed or played live could drastically change.
By Charles Toutant
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit tossed out an injunction against sales of a book by Commerce Bank founder Vernon Hill II even after finding that the work infringed on a manuscript copyright owned by TD Bank.
A look at moves among attorneys, law firms, companies and other players in entertainment law.