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Leslie José Zigel is Chair of the Entertainment, Media & Technology Group at Greenspoon Marder. Based in the law firm’s Miami, FL, office, Zigel focuses on music, film, TV and new technology. His clients include musical artists Pitbull, Carlos Vives, the Wailers and Wisin, as well as entertainment companies Endemol Shine Latino, DJ City, and the iii Points and Dirty Bird music festivals. In this interview with Entertainment Law & Finance Editor-in-Chief Stan Soocher, Zigel offers his thoughts on entertainment industry issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. He can be reached at [email protected].
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By Alan Friedman
Until recently, the Second and Ninth Circuits have both been receptive to dismissals under Rule 12(b)(6) if the court determines the plaintiff cannot plausibly state a claim of copyright infringement because the two works are not substantial similar. However, a pair of recent “unpublished” Ninth Circuit reversals involving prominent motion pictures stand in contrast to a recent Second Circuit decision affirming such a dismissal.
By Robert Storace
More than 50 wrestlers sued World Wrestling Entertainment, claiming it knew — but never disclosed — the risk associated with the sport. But it was Massachusetts plaintiff counsel Konstantine Kyros and his firm who judges singled out for plagiarism, false claims and other misbehavior in the case.
By Peter E. Nussbaum and Neha Bhalani
The entertainment industry is a global business, but many U.S. brand owners do not realize that their valuable trademark rights stop at the U.S. border.
By Stacey C. Kalamaras and Henry Kaskov
Valuations of trademarks, such as those in the entertainment industry, are most commonly performed in relation to a sale or licensing transaction or for lending and collateral purposes.