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Under §301 of the U.S. Copyright Act, state law claims that are “equivalent” to exclusive rights in copyrights granted by federal law are preempted by the federal statute. To survive preemption, courts consider whether a state law claim in a lawsuit has an “extra element” that qualitatively distinguishes it from a federal copyright claim. Courts typically find state law claims such as breach of contract have an extra element. Other state law claims, such as conversion, get varying court determinations as to whether they are preempted under §301.
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By Stan Soocher
State “anti-SLAPP” statutes offer a fertile avenue for motions to strike allegations in lawsuits filed over expressive content. These laws are aimed at allowing a defendant to file a motion to strike a “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,” such as those based on public comments and content issued by a defendant. The most-recent significant anti-SLAPP court decision involving the entertainment industry was issued in December 2021 by the California Court of Appeal.
By Richard Assmus, Matthew Wargin, Monique Mulcare and Danielle Corn
This article seeks to explain the scope of §365(n), then touches upon steps that intellectual property licensees can take to minimize the loss of the use of their licenses, such as those involving copyrights in entertainment content, in the event a licensor files for bankruptcy.
By Scott Graham
The Miramax film and tv studio, and its lawyers at Proskauer Rose, shook up both the IP and blockchain communities recently when Miramax sued to block film director Quentin Tarantino from selling non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of memorabilia from his 1994 blockbuster movie Pulp Fiction.
By Phillip Bantz
Being a general counsel for a professional sports team is a coveted gig, but it’s also a job with unique challenges, potential ethical minefields and scandals lurking around the front office, field, stadium and elsewhere.