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In 2016, concerns about protecting trade secrets in the European Union resulted in Directive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 8, 2016. Directive (EU) 2016/943, which will impact the entertainment industry, seeks to protect undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure. A “directive” imposes a binding obligation on member states to implement its provisions, as opposed to a regulation, which has direct binding effect throughout the European Union. Article 19 sets out the deadline for implementation of the trade secrets directive into the law of each member state; the deadline is no later than June 9, 2018.
By Robert M. Jason
This article discusses the basic tax issues facing social media influencers, who have become an important element in the entertainment industry.
By Jason Grant
As the now four-and-a-half-year-long legal dispute between Kesha and her former music producer Dr. Luke continues in New York court, a state appeals panel has decided that the pop singer can compel Sony Music Entertainment to identify people interviewed in its internal investigation that examined Kesha’s claims of sexual misconduct by the producer.
By Greg Landline
The case is rooted in an underlying lawsuit filed nearly two decades ago in New York by black music promoters Leonard Rowe and Lee King against the William Morris Agency and several other booking and talent agencies.
By William Stark, Steve Walkowiak and Katie Tipper-McWhorter
As esports continues its meteoric growth, its antitrust exposure also grows. Soon, the competitive video game industry must address its increasing market share, either voluntarily or in the form of lawsuits and regulations imposed from the outside.