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Entertainment consumer icon Fortnite’s pathway back to the App Store is in the hands of the video game developer, a California federal judge decided in the closely watched legal battle over the distribution of app content. Epic Games v. Apple Inc., 4:20-cv-05640. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the Northern District of California found that “too many unknowns remain” to grant Epic Games’ motion for a preliminary injunction forcing Apple to return its products to its App Store. However, District Judge Rogers did enjoin Apple from suspending Epic’s affiliates from its developer program and tools.
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By Stan Soocher
A recent New York federal court decision in a dispute between a broker that sublicenses program content and a broadcaster that sublicensed content from the broker considered the interaction of contract language and extra-contractual elements of the parties’ relationship to determine whether a fiduciary relationship existed.
By Avalon Zoppo
In a move of keen interest to the entertainment industry, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has agreed to review whether a judge’s denial of a motion to strike a California Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation suit can be immediately appealed by the defendant who claims the case was brought solely to chill its speech.
By Jonathan Moskin and Rachel Pauley
The emerging cases by authors and copyright owners challenging various generative AI programs for using copyrighted materials are certain to create new troubles for the courts being asked to apply the fair use doctrine to this important new technology.
By Entertainment Law & Finance Staff
Notable court filings in entertainment law.