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Maybe the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit should have been a little more patient. Last September, the court heard argument in The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts v. Goldsmith Inc., a fair-use case over Andy Warhol’s use of a copyrighted 1981 photograph to create a series of silkscreen prints and pencil illustrations of music icon Prince. A few weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the copyrightability/fair-use case of Google v. Oracle.
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By Stan Soocher
The significance of the U.S. Tax Court decision for celebrities and their estates is clear: Prior to now, as Tax Court Judge Mark V. Holmes noted: “We haven’t had a case directly addressing the taxability of the image and likeness.”
By Jason Grant
In a split decision that closely examined what constitutes a person being considered a limited public figure for the purposes of defamation standards, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, ruled that acclaimed music producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald is neither a general nor a limited public figure for the purposes of his defamation suit against famed singer Kesha, who has claimed Gottwald drugged and sexually assaulted her.
By Ross Todd
When NBA star Jimmy Butler’s former sports agency sued him last year seeking a portion of the proceeds from a $5 million Nike endorsement contract, Butler’s lawyer didn’t just stick to playing defense.
By Angela Morris
In a rare ruling, the Cinemark movie theater chain won the chance to keep litigating against its insurance company, seeking losses under a $500 million policy for business interruption from COVID-19.