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A character trademark of the TV detective Columbo, portrayed by actor Peter Falk, was to unbalance a homicide suspect he had been questioning by seemingly walking out of the room only to turn back to the suspect to ask “just one more thing.” The 1971 agreement between Universal City Studios and the successful TV series’ creators William Link and Richard Levinson permitted Universal to be a distributor of Columbo “photoplays.” The agreement refers to “photoplay” several dozen times in such references as “anthological photoplays,” “episodic photoplays,” “pilot photoplay,” “feature-length photoplay” and “television photoplays.” But the contract parties failed to include “just one more thing” when negotiating their 17-page memo deal and two-page rider: a definition of the key term “photoplays.”
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Music Rates and Royalties 2023: Past, Present and Future
By Jeff Brabec and Todd Brabec
Part One of a Two Part Article
Analysis of the most important music rate and royalty areas, both past, present and future and how and by whom they are set or determined as well as the effect that legislation, litigation, the Copyright Royalty Board and the Department of Justice have had on the process.
Getty Images’ Suit Over AI Generator
By Isha Marathe
The magical world of AI-generated art has become more mainstream over the past few months. There has also been some backlash against the industry, including brewing class action lawsuits alleging copyright violations and resistance from online artist communities. But until recently, a substantial legal threat was yet to emerge against the technology that underpins artificial-intelligence art.
Handling IP Ownership Issues In Remote Work
By Sarah Schaedler and Jennifer T. Criss
Even with legal assumptions that certain intellectual property rights in works created by employees are owned by the employer, these should not be relied upon exclusively. A well-drafted employee-agreement form is increasingly essential in light of the explosive growth of remote and flexible work arrangements.
By ELF Staff
A look at moves among attorneys, law firms, companies and other players in entertainment law.