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The company that licenses the brand for Miami’s Ultra Music Festival won a key appellate dispute against the estate of co-founder Alex Omes. Florida’s Court of Appeal, Third District, has ruled that Omes’ brother, Carlos, will not be appointed president of Ultra Enterprises Inc. and will have to accept the court’s valuation of Alex Omes’ shares, which was about 2% of what Alex Omes argued it should be. Omes v. Ultra Enterprises, 3D16-338.
By Bruce Goldner
The law on how to perfect a lien in a copyright application is foggy at best. This article sketches out pitfalls of the current process for perfecting a lien on a copyright application, and potential steps that a financier may take to help perfect and protect a film investment.
By Stan Soocher
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided that §504 of the U.S. Copyright Act doesn’t require any “magic words incantation” for a copyright infringement plaintiff to choose a statutory damages award, that “[t]he word ‘elect’ does not by itself require formal procedures.”
A federal judge in Camden, NJ decided that a Christian rock band’s management, talent agent and lead singer weren’t vicariously liable for the sexual assault of a teenage fan committed by a member of the band.
By R. Robin McDonald
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an appeal by CNN to dismiss a libel case over the cable network’s 2015 investigation of infant deaths at a Florida hospital.