• Features

    How NY Courts Find Copyright Preemption of State Law Claims

    Stan Soocher

    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.

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  • Features

    Activision Trial Counsel Discusses Case About Video Game Character

    Activision Blizzard and a trial team led by San Francisco-based Durie Tangri partner Daralyn Durie recently faced down a $400 million copyright suit in the Eastern District of Texas. In this Q&A, Durie talks about the strategy and the theatrics of the four-day trial.

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  • Features

    Key Issues In Cyber Insurance Policies

    John Palmeri, Danielle Gardiner and Carlos Rivera

    The surge in ransomware attacks has made familiarity with the provisions of cyber insurance essential for professionals in the entertainment industry, which is among prime targets of ransomware operatives.

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  • Features

    Baron Cohen Lawyers on Winning Ruling In Judge Moore’s Defamation Suit

    Ross Todd

    In a defamation suit brought by former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a Federal District Judge recently ruled that a release Judge Moore signed prior to his appearance on the satirical Showtime series Who is America? barred precisely the sorts of claims he was bringing. In this Q&A, Baron Cohen's attorneys discuss the case.

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  • Features

    Olympic Swimmer’s Counsel on Client’s Legal Concerns

    Melea VanOstrand

    When 2020 came and went without the Tokyo Olympics, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lawyer Alan Fertel watched as many of the sponsorships and deals he’d negotiated for one of the world’s fastest swimmers — now Tokyo Olympics Gold medal winner Caleb Dressel — expired.

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  • Features

    Ninth Circuit’s Mixed Ruling In TMZ/Starline Arbitration Dispute

    Alaina Lancaster

    A California federal appeals court panel refused to broaden disclosure requirements for alternative dispute resolution organizations and called for court precedent to be revisited in a case over a soured partnership between entertainment news company TMZ and a Los Angeles celebrity tour bus company.

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  • Features

    Disney GC to Exit

    Sarah Tincher-Numbers

    After nearly three decades with The Walt Disney Co., longtime general counsel Alan Braverman is stepping down from his post at the Burbank, CA-based entertainment and media giant at the end of the year.

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  • Columns & Departments

    Bit Parts

    Stan Soocher

    Intermediate Access Theory Rejected in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Home-Renovation TV Show

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