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Leslie José Zigel is Chair of the Entertainment, Media & Technology Group at Greenspoon Marder, which recently launched a practice area focused on blockchain. Zigel, who is based in the law firm’s Miami, FL, office, has included many high-profile recording artists and labels among his clients. In this interview with Entertainment Law & Finance Editor-in-Chief Stan Soocher, Zigel offers his thoughts on the impact of blockchain technology on the music industry. He can be reached at email@example.com.
By Robert W. Clarida and Robert J. Bernstein
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that a series of silkscreen paintings and prints by Andy Warhol based on a photograph of music legend Prince taken by Lynn Goldsmith constituted a transformative fair use.
By Stan Soocher
There have been disputes over rights to the two existing photographs of blues icon Robert Johnson as well as over who was his rightful heir. The latest court decision involves a contingency fee agreement originally entered into by a law firm hired by Johnson’s son, who died in 2015. The case offers an example of what rights counsel may gain from such an arrangement following the death of the signatory client.
By Alaina Lancaster
In a nearly half-century-long legal dispute over the rights to John Steinbeck’s works, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court‘s $5 million compensatory damages award against the author’s daughter-in-law but vacated punitive damages against the heir.
By Dan Clark
A coalition of publishers has sued Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook company, over a new feature announced last summer that will display the text of a book to listeners while it’s read to them by their device.