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“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. Disney Enterprises v. VidAngel Inc., 16-56843. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld an injunction entered by the Central District of California on the request of three Hollywood studios: Disney, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. The order prevents VidAngel from selling its technology that allows people to filter movies to remove content the user finds offensive.
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.