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Entertainment industry contracts often cover a variety of issues: services to be performed, rights granted, representations and warranties, travel and expense arrangements and compensation (both fixed and contingent), among other matters. In many cases, the compensation provisions are in one or two subparagraphs. To simplify drafting and to use “plain English,” the compensation provisions often contain introductory, governing language along the lines of: “In full and complete consideration for entering into and performing all of the terms hereof.” However, is such a “plain English” approach always a “best practice”?
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By Stan Soocher
A thorny concern for lawyers is whether — and if so, when — an attorney/client relationship has been formed with a party with whom the lawyer has entered into a business arrangement. Current litigation over an agreement involving theatrical production rights to the Tony Award-winning musical Man of La Mancha offers some perspective on the issue.
By Matthew Windman
While the theaters of Broadway remain dark, the New York theater community has been left to grapple with challenging legal issues relating to governmental directives, contracts, insurance coverage, refunds, presenting live and prerecorded content on the Internet, and what health and safety measures will be needed once the theaters can reopen.
By Shaleen J. Patel and Sushmitha Rajeevan
In the process of creating new content, AI, which has moved into the entertainment industry, may create copies of copyrighted works in memory storage as a byproduct of its overall output sequence. This article explores authorship and ownership of such AI-generated content, and to what extent, if any, can copyrights be infringed upon when AI reproduces copyrighted works for machine learning.
By Ellen Bardash
In a decision that narrowed what actions can be brought by Delaware companies’ stockholders in the context of a merger, the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed claims brought against former 21st Century Fox executives, including three members of the Murdoch family.