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In Matal v. Tam, 137 S. Ct. 1744 (2017), the trademark case involving the name of the Asian-American rock band The Slants, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the portion of §2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §1052(a), that prohibits the federal registration of potentially disparaging trademarks and service marks, violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The eight justices participating in the case agreed that the prohibition constituted a viewpoint-based government restriction, but they divided evenly on the constitutional significance of that consideration. Whatever the resolution of that division ultimately may be, though, the outcome of the litigation is unlikely to affect the validity of most — but not necessarily all — of the Lanham Act’s other prohibitions on registration. This is an important consideration in the entertainment industry in which products with outrageous names are common.
By Brent Turman
Approximately 30 states have enacted anti-SLAPP statutes, which are intended to deter lawsuits that impede the right to free speech and other related activities. New statutory language in Texas's anti-SLAPP statute specifically protects those in the entertainment and media industries, and such explicit reference should prove comfort to content creators and publishers.
By Mikaela Whitman
From a risk management perspective, festivals now run the gamut on potential liabilities that include collapsed stages, cancelled performances, severe weather, terrorism, alcohol liability, patron bodily harm and death, product liability and breach of contract claims. In essence, music festivals have become a microcosm of live entertainment-related liability exposures.
By Jenna Greene
Remember the nasty fight between Tom Petty’s widow and daughters over control of his estate? Now the mud is splattering the lawyers, too.
By Stuart D. Levi, Alexander C. Drylewski, Giyoung Song and Thania Charmani
The increased use of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, which have spread to the entertainment industry, including for royalty revenue determinations, has given rise to a variety of disputes. Substantive issues regarding the offer, sale and trading of digital tokens are coming before the courts, prompting novel discovery questions in these cases.