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Since the start of the digital media era, content industries have engaged in a tug-of-war with courts over whether the identity of defendants accused of violating plaintiffs’ rights, via online distribution, can be revealed. In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently noted that prior cases “dealt with anonymity rights during the discovery process. No case has considered the issue presented here — whether and under what circumstances a court can properly protect a party’s anonymity after judgment.” Signature Management Team LLC v. Doe, 16-2188 (6th Cir. 2017).
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.