Call 855-808-4530 or email GroupSales@alm.com to receive your discount on a new subscription.
There was much harmony along with a few discordant notes as an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit took up the copyright case involving Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” All the judges who spoke during oral arguments in Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin, 16-56057, seemed to agree that sheet music deposited with the U.S. Copyright Office, not a sound recording of it, defines the scope of copyright for a musical work governed by the 1909 Copyright Act. That prompted bitter protests from Francis Malofiy, the attorney representing the estate of Randy Wolfe (p/k/a Randy California), which alleges that Led Zeppelin copied Wolfe’s 1967 song “Taurus” when the group wrote “Stairway to Heaven.”
By Stan Soocher
Non-payment of monies is an all-too-common complaint in the entertainment industry, with frustrated plaintiffs in many cases seeking default judgments against defendants who fail to respond to lawsuits seeking payment. Two new Central District of California federal court decisions illustrate — after the judges sort through the factors for determining whether to grant a default judgment — how consideration of the amount of money at issue resulted in different outcomes on whether to enter a default judgment.
By Stan Soocher
We sadly note the November passing of long-time Entertainment Law & Finance editorial board member Jay Rosenthal.
By Raychel Lean
A New Yorker who settled a copyright lawsuit against several news outlets over a photo he took of star quarterback Tom Brady and Boston Celtics manager Danny Ainge has struck again. This time he’s suing a radio station owner in Florida federal courts in a case that could test the boundaries of an emerging area of copyright law, raising major questions about how media companies incorporate social media posts into online stories.
By Maxwell Briskman Stanfield
In the entertainment industry, it can take years for actors, musicians and others to reach a point where their efforts begin bringing in a notable return. If and when these types of clients begin to make a consistently significant income, one method that deserves consideration for protecting the hard-earned pay is to organize a loan-out corporation.