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It is rare that a hit network television series is cancelled, as recently occurred with the ABC series Roseanne. But when that happens, the immediate and long-term implications for the network, producers, talent and other entities related to the series can be significant. The network will lose advertising revenues and the promotional value of the series, and the production company, talent and others performing services in connection with the series may lose guaranteed, and in some cases contingent, compensation in connection with the series. The cancellation of Roseanne [following a controversial tweet by the lead actress about a former adviser to President Obama] and the ordering of the Roseanne-Barr-less offshoot series The Conners not only is interesting from a creative and cultural perspective, but also provides a lens to view aspects of various arrangements in the television series business.
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By Stan Soocher
A thorny concern for lawyers is whether — and if so, when — an attorney/client relationship has been formed with a party with whom the lawyer has entered into a business arrangement. Current litigation over an agreement involving theatrical production rights to the Tony Award-winning musical Man of La Mancha offers some perspective on the issue.
By Matthew Windman
While the theaters of Broadway remain dark, the New York theater community has been left to grapple with challenging legal issues relating to governmental directives, contracts, insurance coverage, refunds, presenting live and prerecorded content on the Internet, and what health and safety measures will be needed once the theaters can reopen.
By Shaleen J. Patel and Sushmitha Rajeevan
In the process of creating new content, AI, which has moved into the entertainment industry, may create copies of copyrighted works in memory storage as a byproduct of its overall output sequence. This article explores authorship and ownership of such AI-generated content, and to what extent, if any, can copyrights be infringed upon when AI reproduces copyrighted works for machine learning.
By Ellen Bardash
In a decision that narrowed what actions can be brought by Delaware companies’ stockholders in the context of a merger, the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed claims brought against former 21st Century Fox executives, including three members of the Murdoch family.