• Features

    New Decisions In Disputes Over Titles Reinforce ‘High Bar’ In Proving Public Was ‘Explicitly Misled’

    Stan Soocher

    When it comes to expressive content, disputes over trademark rights in titles of creative works are commonly fought under the federal Lanham Act. Many of these battles play out in courts in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which has well-developed legal guidelines on the subject — many of them from lawsuits that have arisen in the entertainment industry.

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  • Features

    Conn. Fed. Court Distinguishes Funny Girl Lyrics Royalty Rights from Copyright

    Allison Dunn

    A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut sided with the family of a production company executive in finding that the wife of late Broadway lyricist Bob Merrill had no right, under §304(c) of the U.S. Copyright Act, to cancel a more than 50-year-old royalty agreement between the executive and Merrill.

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  • Features

    Texas App. Court’s Ruling in Suit By Band Member’s Lawyer

    Adolfo Pesquera

    A.B. Quintanilla III, founding member and leader of the Latin music group Kumbia Kings, prevailed on appeal in a dispute with a Texas attorney who claimed Quintanilla conspired to cut the lawyer out of his alleged share of a settlement.

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  • Features

    Legal Malpractice Suit Involving Celebrity Memorabilia Can Proceed

    Jason Grant

    A New York appeals court rejected a Manhattan boutique law firm’s attempt to dismiss a malpractice action against it, finding that questions remained as to whether the statute of limitations for the claim was tolled and if the firm received sufficient notice about a bankruptcy that prevented its client from collecting a judgment.

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  • Features

    Questions About Fox Corp. CLO Bar Licensing

    Greg Andrews

    The chief legal officer of Fox Corp. since 2018 didn’t become licensed in California until this summer, a delay one law professor described as a “big screw up” that might expose his communications with fellow Fox executives to public disclosure in the multibillion-dollar defamation litigation brought by two voting companies.

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  • Columns & Departments

    Fresh Filings

    A look at moves among attorneys, law firms, companies and other players in entertainment law.

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  • Columns & Departments

    Bit Parts

    Stan Soocher

    Court Doesn’t Buy Pandora’s Antitrust Argument Against Comedy Content Licensor
    Lawyer Sanctioned Under Rule 11 for Submitting Judicial Notice Request in Artist’s Infringement Suit

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  • Columns & Departments

    Upcoming Event

    Copyright Year in Review. Dec. 9, 2022

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