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Tensions erupted both on and off the set of a Newsmax TV segment when MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell bolstered his claim of a rigged presidential election with accusations directed at the integrity of Dominion Voting Systems. Lindell’s allegations not only caused an anchor to storm off set, but also highlighted the potential consequences of Lindell’s words for both himself and Newsmax. What’s clear from Dominion’s public threat of legal action followed by swiftly filing suit against Lindell for $1.3 billion is that defamation cases are no longer privately litigated offscreen. US Dominion Inc. v. My Pillow Inc., 1:21-cv-00445 (D.D.C.) Instead, social media and the 24-hour news cycle provide a multitude of platforms for critical voices, and companies no longer risk complacency in response to the publication of potentially false information.
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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.