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WE NOW HAVE TRANSCRIPTS! EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode130 – (view transcript) Just before we began recording this episode, I learned that we’ve been ranked #1 among entertainment lawe podacsdts by Feedspot…  that’s exciting, and we thank them and you for making that happen!  https://blog.feedspot.com/entertainment_law_podcasts/ We start off our show this time around with some hot, delicious, fresh-from-the-oven BREAKING NEWS:   ... Read more The post Non-Fungible What? appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
WE NOW HAVE TRANSCRIPTS! EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode130 – (view transcript) Just before we began recording this episode, I learned that we’ve been ranked #1 among entertainment lawe podacsdts by Feedspot…  that’s exciting, and we thank them and you for making that happen!  https://blog.feedspot.com/entertainment_law_podcasts/ We start off our show this time around with some hot, delicious, fresh-from-the-oven BREAKING NEWS:   ... Read more The post New Copyright Regs, Compendium, and More appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
WE NOW HAVE TRANSCRIPTS! EntertainmentLawUpdateEpisode129 – (view transcript) Just before we began recording this episode, I learned that we’ve been ranked #1 among entertainment lawe podacsdts by Feedspot…  that’s exciting, and we thank them and you for making that happen!  https://blog.feedspot.com/entertainment_law_podcasts/ LIEBOWITZ LAWSUIT  OVER $15.00 IN REVENUE DEFEATED IN FAIR USE https://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2020/12/fair-use-permits-newspaper-to-republish-photo-taken-by-drone-castle-v-kingsport-publishing.htm http://business.cch.com/ipld/CastleKingsportPublishingCorp20201214.pdf OH THE PLACES ... Read more The post New Year, New Laws. appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
WE NOW HAVE TRANSCRIPTS! New Cases in November-December AGREEMENT REACHED OVER STREAMING THEATER PERFORMANCES http://bway.ly/3n4yst#https://broadwaynews.com/2020/11/19/actors-equity-and-sag-aftra-reach-agreement-over-streaming-theater/ PLATFORM LIABLE FOR USER COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT DUE TO FAILURE TO PAY $6.00. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hip-hop-streaming-platform-spinrilla-found-liable-for-users-copyright-infringement NETFLIX SCORES EARLY WIN IN TIGER-KING LAWSUIT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/netflix-knocks-out-trademark-suit-over-tiger-king COPYRIGHT TROLL ATTORNEY RICHARD LIEBOWITZ SUSPENDED FROM PRACTICE OF LAW https://reason.com/volokh/2020/11/30/copyright-troll-richard-liebowitz-suspended-on-interim-basis-from-s-d-n-y-bar/ DESCENDIBLE  RIGHT OF PUBLICITY BECOMES LAW IN NY  ... Read more The post 2020 Year in Review appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES Stay tuned until the end of the episode where we share our thoughts on gratitude and thankfulness as Thanksgiving 2020 is almost upon us! 5 Points VARA DISPUTE DENIED CERT (TWO SENTENCES)  https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/supreme-court-cert-denial-closes-book-75952/?origin=CEG&utm_source=CEG&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CustomEmailDigest&utm_term=jds-article&utm_content=article-link TERRENCE HOWARD SUES EMPIRE STUDIO FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT* *BUT REALLY ... Read more The post The Gratitude Episode appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES RBG IN MEMORIAM https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/a-supreme-court-without-rbg-may-impact-hollywoods-grip-on-intellectual-property STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN LAWSUIT DENIED CERT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-wont-hear-stairway-to-heaven-copyright-fight https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54423922 SPINAL TAP SETTLES. (One-sentence aside) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/spinal-tap-creators-settle-rights-dispute-with-studiocan REGAL SHUTTERS ALL 663 THEATERS IN US https://www.filmtake.com/exhibition/regal-shutters-all-663-theaters-in-the-us-and-uk/?fbclid=IwAR1MVAOhK0ejoNU9GOvcBvTwNrWiftQWzGrszv5CuuhNCLca6-n8eu-qhcc  Also see: https://insidethemagic.net/2020/10/disney-restructure-streaming-kc1/ https://insidethemagic.net/2020/10/amc-theaters-deplete-resources-end-of-year-rwb1/ SAG-AFTRA FILES JURISDICTIONAL COMPLAINT Complaint: https://deadline.com/2020/10/sag-aftra-complaint-actors-equity-tape-stage-shows-1234599243/ https://variety.com/2020/legit/news/sag-aftra-jurisdictional-dispute-actors-equity-1234808609/ https://www.thewrap.com/sag-aftra-complaint-actors-equity-live-show-taping-dispute/ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/07/theater/actors-equity-union-battle.html NIKI MINAJ GETS FAIR USE ... Read more The post In Memory of RBG appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES AMC TO TAKE OVER SHUTTERED THEATERS  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/amc-moves-to-take-over-theaters-impacted-by-covid-19-crisis FALL OUT FROM CONSENT DECREES CONTINUES IN APPELLATE RULINGCentury Theater Owner’s Negotiation Tactics Approved. https://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/2020/b292609.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-09-03-california-courts-of-appeal-9ba6cc617f&utm_content=text-case-read-more-1 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cinemark-reverses-3-75m-antitrust-loss-on-appeal IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT, DIVISION ONE JERSEY BOYS-NEW STANDARD FOR NON-FICTION CORBELLO ... Read more The post Asserted Truths appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND LEGAL OBITUARY https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/26/entertainment/olivia-de-havilland-dies/index.html PARAMOUNT CONSENT DECREES ENDED https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-agrees-end-paramount-consent-decrees-1306387 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-agrees-end-paramount-consent-decrees-1306387 WAITE V UMG RECORDINGS (USDC, E.D. New York) https://www.loeb.com/en/insights/publications/2020/08/waite-v-umg-recordings-inc MANGO V. BUZZFEED-LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OVER POTENTIAL FUTURE INFRINGEMENTS ISN’T A RELEVANT ISSUE https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/19-446/19-446-2020-08-13.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-08-14-copyright-2f8e775c38&utm_content=text-case-title-1  17 U.S. Code § 1202. Integrity of copyright management information ... Read more The post Then, Now, Going Forward appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES GENERIC.COM TRADEMARKS GRANTED https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/06/opinion-analysis-court-holds-that-generic-com-marks-may-be-registered-trademarks-or-service-marks-when-consumers-do-not-perceive-them-as-generic/#more-294845  https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/30/politics/booking-trademark-supreme-court/index.html  LADY ANTEBELLUM VS. LADY A. https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ent-lady-a-singer-lawsuit-20200710-oau6ghsh4zgkxijkubjpcymxca-story.html  https://pitchfork.com/news/lady-a-formerly-lady-antebellum-sue-seattle-blues-singer-lady-a/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=pitchfork&utm_social-type=earned  https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/9415420/lady-a-band-lawsuit-singer-anita-lady-a-white  MAKE-UP DESIGNS, COPYRIGHTABILITY & PREMPTION [SAMMY MOURABIT v STEVEN KLEIN, ET AL] Interesting Side Note – Clown Makeup: Full decision: https://www.courtlistener.com/pdf/2020/06/08/sammy_mourabit_v._steven_klein.pdf https://www.mintz.com/insights-center/viewpoints/2231/2020-06-22-second-circuit-declines-decide-if-human-skin-can-be#page=1 Clown Makeup: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3136804 ESTATE OF CONAN DOYLE SUES NETFLIX ... Read more The post Generic .coms, Lady A and more… appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES “THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED” MOVES TOWARDS PUBLICATION United States of America v John R. Bolton [USDC for the District of Columbia] Full decision:  https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6953444/6-20-20-Bolton-TRO-Order.pdf https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/court-stalls-halting-release-john-bolton-book-1299394 PSA: SETTLEMENT FOR MUSICIANS  http://www.sessionartistroyaltysettlement.com/  https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/06/01/afm-sag-aftra-session-musicians-46-million-settlement/  Unclaimed Royalties List:  https://www.afmsagaftrafund.org/covered-rec-title_SR_Master.php PABLO STAR V. THE WELSH GOVERNMENT  https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/19-1262/19-1262-2020-06-08.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-06-09-us-court-of-appeals-for-the-second-circuit-b941bfa55b&utm_content=text-case-read-more-2  https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2020/06/11/second-circuit-affirms-welsh-government-advertising-activity-triggered-exception-sovereign-immunity/id=122347/ ... Read more The post “Literally” Libel… Proof appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES SUPREME COURT: GEORGIA v PUBLIC RESOURCE, Inc. Public Resource WINS, NO ONE CAN COPYRIGHT THE LAW https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-1150_7m58.pdf (DECISION) https://apple.news/A-7ACBIFWSEyduhTU_zfRwQ https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/590/18-1150/?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-04-28-us-supreme-court-235baa73c0&utm_content=text-case-title-2 https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/georgia-v-public-resource-org-inc/ BLACKBEARD POSTMORTEM – SENATE APPROACHING NEW LITIGATION EFFORTS  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/senators-ask-us-copyright-patent-offices-study-infringement-by-states-1292382 NEW YORK DISTRICT CASE DISMISSES GRAFFITI ARTIST CLAIM https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/a-de-minimis-defense-grows-in-brooklyn-96017/?origin=CEG&utm_source=CEG&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CustomEmailDigest&utm_term=jds-article&utm_content=article-link  SUPREME COURT: WILLFULNESS NOT NEEDED ... Read more The post You Can’t Copyright the Law appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES RIAA SUED OVER SONGS IT DIDN’T HAVE RIGHTS TO (WOOPS! WE DIDN’T OWN THAT) https://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2020/03/riaa-realizes-it-sued-over-a-songs-it-doesnt-hold-the-copyrights-for.html https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/charter-challenges-copyright-registration-music-recordings-1282216 YES NBA2K, YOU CAN USE THAT TATTOO  https://www.worldipreview.com/news/video-game-makers-free-to-use-nba-stars-tattoos-court-rules-19486?utm_source=2.+World+IP+Review&utm_campaign=2d68911393-WIPR_Digital_Newsletter_30012020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d76dcadc01-2d68911393-27475657 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/nba-2k-publisher-beats-copyright-suit-lebron-james-tattoos-1286847 https://news.artnet.com/art-world/copyright-tattoos-lawsuit-lebron-james-1819932 YES, ACTIVISION CAN USE THE HUMVEES IN THEIR GAMES https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/1/21203414/activision-wins-humvee-call-of-duty-trademark-infringement-lawsuit https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/call-duty-wins-first-amendment-victory-use-humvees-1287882 https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6823541-Humvee.html (Opinion) Compare Twentieth Century Fox v. ... Read more The post April Quarantine Edition appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES BREAKING: STATES CANNOT BE SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT-YES NORTH CAROLINA, YOU CAN BE A PIRATE. Opinion: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-877_dc8f.pdf https://copyrightalliance.org/copyright-law/copyright-cases/allen-v-cooper/ https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/allen-v-cooper/ THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND – Court declines to rule on Public Domain Status https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/28/arts/music/this-land-is-your-land-copyright.html PELOTON SETTLES AND DISMISSES COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/peloton-nmpa-announce-settlement-agreement-dismiss-copyright-infringement-lawsuit-1281549?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_2020-02-28%2007:10:00_aweprin&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie LED ZEPPELIN WINS ... Read more The post Blackbeard’s Revenge! appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES Repeat COPYRIGHT plaintiff (Richard Bell Indianapolis Skyline Photo) SHUT DOWN WITH ISSUE PRECLUSION Copyright Troll Smacked Down by Oregon Court Following Indiana Jury Verdict PERRY AMICUS BRIEF FILED BY 15 MUSICOLOGISTS  Katy Perry Receives Overwhelming Support From 15 Musicologists After $2.8 Million Copyright Infringement Ruling LAWYER COPYRIGHTS EVERY MELODY KNOWN TO MAN TO PROVE A POINT  Ted Talk – Damien Riehl  Every Possible Melody Has Been Copyrighted, Stored On A Single Hard Drive ED SHEERAN ORDERED TO REVEAL CONCERT INCOME IN  COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CASE https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6657006-Order-Re-Motion-to-Compel-SAS-v-Sheeran.html (ORDER) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/ed-sheeran-ordered-disclose-concert-income-copyright-lawsuit-1270095 DRAKE WINS FAIR USE CASE IN APPELLATE COURT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-gives-drake-a-fair-use-win-sampling-case-1275735 https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6760148-Cash.html (Decision) FIVE POINTZ APPELLATE COURT AFFIRMS PRIOR DECISION https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/18-498/18-498-2020-02-20.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-02-21-intellectual-property-ad9c1f1ad8&utm_content=text-case-title-1 https://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2018/4/27/how-does-vara-protects-artists-and-building-owners IT WOULDN’T BE AN ELECTION YEAR WITHOUT A FEW CLAIMS OF INFRINGEMENT https://altlegal.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7f56d5ba1542bd9da9e898300&id=5074b81d25&e=c6b7edbf23 https://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2015/10/28/music-in-political-campaigns-what-licenses-do-i-need https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/rep-steve-king-threatened-lawsuit-use-success-kid-meme-1273866 PODCASTING LAW SECTION TULSI GABBARD SUES HILLARY OVER “RUSSIAN ASSET” COMMENT  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tulsi-gabbard-sues-hillary-clinton-russia-comments-1272158 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200124/12051343795/as-tulsi-gabbards-silly-attention-seeking-lawsuit-against-google-falters-she-files-equally-silly-lawsuit-against-hillary-clinton.shtml https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6671064/Tulsi-HRC-2020-01-22-Complaint-Filed.pdf (the Complaint)  The post Live from Dallas appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES WIPO opens consultation on the copyright questions raised by creative AI | Complete Music Update  WIPO opens consultation on the copyright questions raised by creative AI https://www.natlawreview.com/article/does-ai-generated-work-give-rise-to-copyright-claim Labels & Publishers Win $1 Billion Piracy Lawsuit Against Cox Communications https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/8546842/cox-1-billion-piracy-lawsuit-labels-publishers On our show notes, We’ve got an image of the Jury Verdict Form   The Cox $1 Billion Copyright Damage Award is Not as Big as You Think The Cox $1 Billion Copyright Damage Award is Not as Big as You Think Compare: BMG v Cox (2015) Court of Appeals Denies DMCA Safe Harbor in Landmark Copyright Case https://jolt.law.harvard.edu/digest/bmg-v-cox-court-of-appeals-denies-dmca-safe-harbor-in-landmark-copyright-case Kanye West, EMI Back in Court After Failing to Finalize Settlement https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/kanye-west-emi-unable-finalize-settlement-1264876 Alex Jones and InfoWars Ordered to pay $126 k in Legal Fees for Failing to Obey Court Order  https://www.thewrap.com/alex-jones-and-infowars-ordered-to-pay-100000-in-legal-fees-from-sandy-hook-defamation-case/ ROLLING STONES: WHAT JUST HAPPENED?  https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/2/21046855/youtube-abkco-music-records-rolling-stones-european-union-copyright-rarities Operative Date for Public Domain is Moving Forward https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akwd7b/best-of-public-domain-day-2020 (find better article(s) for this) https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2020/ “Grapes of Wrath” Movie Adaptation Dispute Headed to Supreme Court https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/grapes-wrath-movie-adaptation-dispute-headed-supreme-court-1266130 https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19A737/127348/20200102163903405_Steinbeck%20Motion%20for%20an%20Extension%20to%20File%20a%20Cert%20Petition%20Final%20Signed.pdf Disney Calls Unauthorized Merch Sales by Fans Copyright Infringement https://insidethemagic.net/2019/12/unauthorized-baby-yoda-merch-ba1/ https://insidethemagic.net/2020/01/more-baby-yoda-merchandise-coming-soon-ba1/ https://www.vulture.com/2019/12/baby-yoda-plush-disney.html https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/official-baby-yoda-merchandise-revealed-by-disney.html https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50545583 (Related point) The post A Billion Dollars appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES BREAKING NEWS:  December 18, 2019 – Maria Strong Is Named Acting Register of Copyrights PSA: NOTICE OF INQUIRY AS TO WHAT DEFINES “PUBLICATION  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=COLC_FRDOC_0001-0116 PRACTICE POINTER: KATY PERRY DARK HORSE PREJUDGEMENT INTEREST BALLOONS DAMAGES  Katy Perry’s Legal Nightmare Continues — ‘Dark Horse’ Damages Swell Beyond Initial $2.79 Million Verdict FOLLOW-UP:  PACQUIAO WINS AGAINST FANS OVER DISAPPOINTING FIGHT. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/mayweather-pacquiao-knock-fans-suits-fight-century-1257577 FOLLOW-UP:  MARC JACOBS/NIRVANA SMILEY FACE LOGO T-SHIRT DISPUTE  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/marc-jacobs-countersues-nirvana-smiley-face-design-1258256 https://www.forbes.com/sites/legalentertainment/2019/11/27/nirvanas-happy-face-logo-who-owns-it-the-bands-marc-jacobs-lawsuit-raises-questions/#4a109c046163 COCA-COLA LOSES INITIAL TRIAL IN ‘RIGHT OF PUBLICITY’ BRAWL OVER USE OF JUICE SELLER’S IMAGE  https://blog.cvn.com/coca-cola-loses-initial-trial-in-right-of-publicity-brawl-over-use-of-juice-sellers-image https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/442422/Hansen-Coke%20ruling.pdf (RULING HERE) https://blog.cvn.com/coca-cola-battles-juice-sellers-grandchildren-at-trial-over-right-of-publicity http://www.hansens.com/about SMOKING GUN IN LYRIC COPYRIGHT DISPUTE  Lyrics Site Genius Is Suing Google, LyricFind For $50M https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/genius-says-it-caught-google-lyricfind-redhanded-stealing-lyrics-400m-suit-1259383 PETE DAVIDSON NDA DISCUSSION https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/pete-davidsons-stand-up-nda-may-be-effective-deterrent-it-wont-hold-up-court-1259154 LAWMAKERS CONCERNS WITH NEW COPYRIGHT LAW RESTATEMENTS  https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8545498/lawmakers-american-law-institute-copyright-restatements YEAR IN REVIEW 4th Estate – Registration must be completed  before filing – Episode 105, 107  Stairway to Heaven – Episode 114  Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Goes to Court (Again) on Monday https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judges-unsure-stairway-heaven-copyright-dispute-needs-new-trial-1242823 https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/stairway-to-heaven-copyright-case-9th-circuit-1203346055/ All You Need to Know About Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Case A.B. #5 – Episode 114  Graffiti Art afforded equal copyright protection  (A perennial favorite) (Episode 113) Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge/Public Resource Org Cases given Cert Episode 99, 111, 115 Fortnite Dance – Episode 107 https://www.polygon.com/2019/12/9/21003208/epic-games-fortnite-dancing-pumpkin-man-pump-it-up-lawsuit Music Streaming Services Litigation after enactment of the Music Modernization Act & Music Modernization Act in general – (Episode 104, 105, 112, 115)  Implementation of the Music Modernization Act in 2019 and 2020 F.U.C.T. SCOTUS decision Iancu v. Brunetti  – Special Episode on June 27, 2019 Coming in 2020  Scotus to Rule on: Allen v. Cooper Comcast Corp. v. National Association of African American-Owned Media Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org Inc. Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B.V., No. 19-46 The post 2019 Year in Review appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES CONSENT DECREES SET TO EXPIRE https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-to-terminate-longstanding-legal-rules-for-movie-distribution-11574110393?emailToken=5868d78de9dcb2316f82d922d3617ec4f+FTJRpIqb6MGq0Y4f59BtZsz0Sa6mGF4swrW3JKCx4eEKH66B5AYywk7u7aKxyCBJrmhTbHDpNTsY+Vrr4S+XXlWTxEZk1FPhY4UtN5OhYyZjdM8m/RFxLZ1EcqnmImXvZ/oo5OccbDyG2n1aA7qw%3D%3D&reflink=article_copyURL_share https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/justice-department-moves-terminate-paramount-consent-decrees-1255858 CASE ACT PASSES HOUSE FLOOR  https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4824167/case-act-debate https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/8539998/case-act-passes-us-house-representatives http://georgemasonlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/26-1_3-Aistars.pdf And, Sen Wyden-s Secret Hold https://www.entmedialaw.com/edition/daily-outsourcing-ipo-2019-10-29?open-article-id=11892739&article-title=a-sad-state-of-affairs–senator-wyden-s-secret-hold-on-case-act-comes-to-light&blog-domain=musictechpolicy.com&blog-title=music-technology-policy FOLLOW-UP LIGHTNING ROUND JOHNNY DEPP SETTLES-A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR LAWYERS https://www.forbes.com/sites/legalentertainment/2019/10/31/johnny-depp-settles-lawsuit-with-former-attorney-jake-bloom-for-8-figure-amount/#72ab1e537d4a TAYLOR SWIFT SHAKE IT OFF LAWSUIT CONTINUES AFTER APPELLATE REVIVAL https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/copyright-suit-targeting-taylor-swifts-shake-it-revived-by-appeals-court-1250545 FOLLOW-UP: MARC JACOBS CANT’ DODGE NIRVANA’S LAWSUIT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/marc-jacobs-cant-evade-nirvanas-lawsuit-heaven-t-shirt-1254762 FOLLOW-UP: REDBOX GIVES UP AGAINST DISNEY DOWNLOAD CODES  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/redbox-agrees-never-again-sell-disneys-movie-download-codes-1255134 FOLLOW-UP: NETFLIX WINS NARCOS CASE AGAINST JOURNALIST  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/netflix-finally-beats-journalists-copyright-suit-narcos-1253504 2020: THE YEAR OF THE DEFAMATION CASE  COVINGTON TEEN’S DEFAMATION LAWSUIT CONTINUES https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/federal-judge-reinstates-libel-lawsuit-filed-by-covington-catholic-teen-against-washington-post/2019/10/28/30155c52-f9ae-11e9-ac8c-8eced29ca6ef_story.html JOY REED WINS HER MAGA DEFAMATION LAWSUIT  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/heres-maga-libel-dispute-worth-everyones-attention-no-not-covington-teen-1251092 CNN, ROLLING STONE AND HUFFINGTON POST-JOE ARPAIO (NOT A FELON, BUT SAYING HE WAS ISN’T DEFAMATION) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cnn-huffpo-rolling-stone-beat-joe-arpaio-libel-lawsuit-1251504 PSA SECTION:  PSA: UNCLAIMED ROYALTIES SYMPOSIUM  (FOR DC AREA COLLEAGUES) https://www.copyright.gov/policy/unclaimed-royalties/?loclr=eanco PSA: USPTO WARNS LAWYERS TO  SAFEGUARD AGAINST IMPROPER USE OF IDENTITY https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/safeguarding-attorney-information-improper-use-trademark-filings?utm_campaign=subscriptioncenter&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= PSA: ARBITRATORS HAVE TO DISCLOSE PRIOR RELATIONSHIPS (ENERGY DRINK LAWSUIT HAS IMPACT ON ENTERTAINMENT ARBITRATION) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/how-a-dispute-energy-drinks-may-disrupt-entertainment-industry-1249390?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_now_2019-10-23%2007:06:52_aweprin&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT THREATENS FLO AND EDDIE LAWSUIT AGAINST PANDORA. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-gives-pandora-new-hope-escaping-class-action-pre-1972-recordings-1248555 REMINDER: THE PUBLIC DOMAIN CASES HAVE BEEN GRANTED CERT(GEORGIA PUBLIC RESOURCE.ORG) Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org Inc. https://www.cato.org/blog/you-cant-copyright-law Allen v. Cooper QUEEN ANNE’S REVENGE  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/11/05/legendary-pirate-blackbeards-shipwreck-sails-supreme-court/4166346002/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/yo-ho-ho-justices-ponders-rights-to-blackbeard-ship-salvage-images-11572992004?emailToken=b4e886de514fe9f3b42857fd8474e3adp/nEbqbABWjvx/m+ebLw4aXSZ0xArU/0OfM0jpBQF8uhhx1nf240csMI79x0ZtVaaHzTNN4bL0C40f/+4TWrqYjqc59t0uzR7nsOE6icXl01MbK65txxtEviNaTmTThh&reflink=article_email_share https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2019/18-877_6jfm.pdf https://qz.com/1740860/scotus-copyright-case-has-pirate-blackbeard-laughing-from-grave/ NCAA CLEARS WAY FOR ATHLETES TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF NAME AND LIKENESS https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2019/10/29/ncaa-board-opens-door-athletes-use-name-image-and-likeness/2492383001/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/ncaa-clears-way-to-allow-athletes-to-be-compensated-11572372807?mod=mhp https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/ncaa-board-approves-athlete-compensation-for-image-likeness INFLUENCER GUIDELINES UPDATED (TIE INTO NCAA)  https://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/the-federal-trade-commission-just-published-influencer-specific-guidance-on-endorsement-disclosures https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/disclosures-101-social-media-influencers https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-to-terminate-longstanding-legal-rules-for-movie-distribution-11574110393?emailToken=5868d78de9dcb2316f82d922d3617ec4f+FTJRpIqb6MGq0Y4f59BtZsz0Sa6mGF4swrW3JKCx4eEKH66B5AYywk7u7aKxyCBJrmhTbHDpNTsY+Vrr4S+XXlWTxEZk1FPhY4UtN5OhYyZjdM8m/RFxLZ1EcqnmImXvZ/oo5OccbDyG2n1aA7qw%3D%3D&reflink=article_copyURL_share https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/justice-department-moves-terminate-paramount-consent-decrees-1255858 The post Shiver Me Timbers appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES California Governor signs two controversial bills affecting entertainment and sports https://www.npr.org/2019/09/30/765700141/california-governor-signs-bill-allowing-college-athletes-to-profit-from-endorsem BILLIONS LAWSUIT BEATEN BY SHOWTIME  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/showtime-beats-billions-lawsuit-1245844 ORAL ARGUMENTS HELD in LED ZEPPELIN STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN CASE Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Goes to Court (Again) on Monday https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judges-unsure-stairway-heaven-copyright-dispute-needs-new-trial-1242823 Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case Argued at 9th Circuit PARKER V. WINWOOD “Gimme Some Lovin’” 51-years later… (lack of admissible evidence of copying) https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca6/18-5305/18-5305-2019-09-17.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-09-18-us-court-of-appeals-for-the-sixth-circuit-52f7c13a80&utm_content=text-case-read-more-1 Ain’t That A Lot of Love Gimme Some Lovin’ Jerry Seinfeld wins COMEDIANS IN CARS AUTHORSHIP LAWSUIT DUE TO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jerry-seinfeld-beats-lawsuit-claiming-he-stole-comedians-cars-1244276?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_now_2019-10-01%2007:05:23_aweprin&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie E*TRADE BEATS LAWSUIT CLAIMING IT STOLE PERSONA  of Instagram’s coolest man http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/etrade-beat-the-copyright-false-designation-case-filed-against-it-by-instagrams-coolest-man Gilda Radner documentary producer’s COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT DEFEATED BY LACK OF REGISTRATION(The Plaintiff didn’t have the tapes anymore.) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cnn-beats-journalists-copyright-suit-gilda-radner-documentary-1240286 Goodbye, Gilda Radner US Judge Tosses French Court’s $2.2MM Picasso Judgment over photos https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-judge-struck-french-courts-22-ruling-copyright-dispute-picasso-photos https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Picasso-ruling.pdf Indianapolis Photographer/Lawyer RICHARD BELL’S LAWSUIT THROWN OUT JURY SAID NO TO QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190927/20021543086/copyright-troll-loses-jury-trial-which-might-lead-to-him-paying-legal-fees-multiple-lawsuits.shtml https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2019/09/27/copyright-case-man-doesnt-own-indianapolis-skyline-photo-jury-finds/3778000002/ http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/jury-finds-lawyer-doesnt-own-skyline-photo-after-he-sued-for-infringement-in-multiple-cases IT’S ELECTION SEASON AND Nickelback SUCCESSFULLY stops Trump’s use of song/video https://www.bustle.com/p/donald-trumps-nickelback-tweet-was-removed-for-copyright-violation-18846005 The post Oldies and Goodies appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES Yamashita v. Scholastic Inc., No. 17-1957 (2d Cir. 2019) https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/17-1957/17-1957-2019-08-28.html Illegal Streaming Services Prompt Multiple Indictments (Conspiracy -– Criminal Copyright)  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/illegal-streaming-services-prompt-multiple-indictments-1235080 https://www.justice.gov/jm/criminal-resource-manual-1847-criminal-copyright-infringement-17-usc-506a-and-18-usc-2319 Barack Obama’s Production Company Runs Into a Trademark Problem | Hollywood Reporter https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/barack-obamas-production-company-runs-a-trademark-problem-1236219 Ariana Grande Sues Forever 21 for Using a “Look-Alike Model” on Social Media https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/ariana-grande-sues-forever-21-using-a-look-alike-model-social-media-1236154 https://slate.com/culture/2019/09/ariana-grande-forever-21-lookalike-lawsuit.html https://abcnews.go.com/Business/forever-21-file-bankruptcy-report/story?id=65264825 ‘WHATEVS’: St. Louis brewery fires back after French firm’s trademark threat  https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2019/09/01/st-louis-earthbound-brewery-missouri-french-beer-trademark-threat/2151731001/ https://blogs.findlaw.com/strategist/2018/07/zen-and-the-art-of-the-funny-cease-and-desist-letter.html ‘Friday the 13th’ Writer Ridicules Notion That Winning Back Rights Means WGA’s Demise  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/friday-13th-writer-ridicules-notion-winning-back-rights-means-wgas-demise-1236631 MERCEDES ROLLS PAST MOTION TO DISMISS  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/mercedes-benz-street-artists-fight-could-redraw-copyright-landscape-1229543?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_now_2019-09-10%2007:06:04_aweprin&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ41.pdf http://illusionofmore.com/does-graffiti-art-enjoy-equal-copyright-protection/ (TIE IN)  CALIFORNIA SAYS STUDENT ATHLETES CAN PROFIT FROM THEIR NAMES AND LIKENESS  https://apple.news/A767hW4TPQfKShXoq714ERg https://www.google.com/amp/s/usatodayhss.com/2019/california-assembly-passes-sb-206-fair-pay-to-play/amp CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE PASSES AB5 GIG-WORK BILL  https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamhochberg/2019/09/11/the-music-biz-will-flee-california-if-the-new-gig-economy-law-sticks-warn-artist-and-label-groups/#50ef4ca62cbe California Bill Treats Contractors as Employees https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamhochberg/2019/09/11/the-music-biz-will-flee-california-if-the-new-gig-economy-law-sticks-warn-artist-and-label-groups/#5e0d34d12cbe https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/9/12/1885039/-Uber-claims-California-gig-economy-law-won-t-apply-because-drivers-aren-t-central-to-Uber-s-business https://www.forbes.com/sites/bizcarson/2019/09/11/uber-claims-gig-worker-law-doesnt-apply/#39294d8265a6 https://twitter.com/RMac18/status/1171895618014367745 (Well there’s this…) The post It’s Criminal, I Tell Ya! appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES Shout out to Lawyers Greg Pang and Michelle Molineux with the podcast “Legal Cut Pro” podcast (Canada ) (inspired by ELU)  They discuss relevant, interesting and sometimes strange legal issues in Entertainment Law affecting Canadian independent film/television/media producers. http://redframelaw.com/legalcutpro/  KATY PERRY LOSES DARK HORSE CASE  https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/8524466/katy-perry-dark-horse-guilty-verdict-dr-luke-max?sfns=mo https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamhochberg/2019/07/30/jury-kills-katy-perrys-dark-horse-in-another-controversial-copyright-verdict?sfns=mo#1150a4885d21 https://youtu.be/W4MuhPqfIk4 – Link to Rick Beato compare on YouTube. RELATED NOTE Stairway to Heaven gets Amicus Brief:  https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/02/led-zeppelin-amicus-brief/  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/trump-administration-picks-a-side-led-zeppelins-stairway-heaven-copyright-fight-1232537 RELATED NOTE 2: Gaga gets hit too https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/lady-gaga-ready-to-fight-possible-shallow-lawsuit-lawyer-says https://www.vox.com/2019/8/12/20802471/lady-gaga-shallow-copy-lawsuit-ronsen Gigi Hadid beats Instagram copyright lawsuit  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/gigi-hadid-beats-instagram-post-copyright-lawsuit-1225393?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_now_2019-07-19%2007:08:14_aweprin&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/gigi-hadid-heroine-copyright-revolution-guest-column-1226378 Attorney Explains How Gigi Hadid Got Her Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/by-winning-motion-to-dismiss-supermodel-71233/ Narkiewicz-Laine v. Doyle (Stored Artwork destroyed by landlord)  https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca7/18-2535/18-2535-2019-07-19.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-07-26-copyright-b41aea06b4&utm_content=text-case-title-1 KAUFFMAN V. ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (WHAT/WHEN IS A WORK FOR HIRE?)  https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/18-2404/18-2404-2019-08-01.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-08-02-copyright-97bf705869&utm_content=text-case-title-1 DYNASTUDY V. HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Federal-jury-HISD-staff-repeatedly-violated-13895634.php https://casetext.com/case/dynastudy-inc-v-hous-indep-sch-dist ENNIO MORRICONE SCORES BIG APPELLATE WIN IN COPYRIGHT TERMINATION SUIT  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/ennio-morricone-scores-big-appellate-win-copyright-termination-suit-1233645?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_now_2019-08-22%2007:12:15_aweprin&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie CHILDRESS V. FOX ASSOCIATES – ADA claim against live theatre  https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca8/18-2352/18-2352-2019-08-07.html https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca7/17-2241/17-2241-2019-08-21.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-08-23-intellectual-property-75233f5fdd&utm_content=text-case-title-2 TRADEMARK RULE CHANGES (ROUND-UP) https://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/brand-management/never-seen-anything-uspto-experiences-massive-surge-trademark-applications?sfns=mo USPTO information on the audit program:  https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-maintaining-trademark-registration/post-registration-audit-program  https://blog.altlegal.com/alt-legal-ip-docketing-blog/updates-about-usptos-post-registration-proof-of-use-audit-program LIGHTNING ROUND   THE Ohio State (quick take)  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/ohio-state-university-wants-trademark-n1042106 https://thespun.com/big-ten/ohio-state-buckeyes/the-ohio-state-trademark-application-shirts Tom Terrific trademark refused https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/08/23/us-trademark-office-sacks-tom-bradys-tom-terrific-application/?fbclid=IwAR1Lhd73zlqDRhI2rY14-CJ6X3F3NgXr1D9s3B8hld9jObYW8-ma-fHUzQc&noredirect=on Copyright small claims court – CASE ACT  https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/07/life-altering-copyright-lawsuits-could-come-regular-internet-users-under-new-law https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8520774/case-act-senate-judiciary-committee-approves-copyright-disputes FOLLOW-UP:WEDDING PHOTO OF TRUMP IS INFRINGING, BUT IT’LL ONLY COST $750  https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/absolute-lowest-possible-statutory-32949/ BANANA APPEAL LEADS TO UPHELD INJUNCTION  https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/rasta-banana.pdf Third Circuit Reinforces Banana-Costume Injunction FOLLOW-UP: YOSEMITE GETS ITS TRADEMARKS BACK  Yosemite Gets its Trademarks back in Settlement Agreement Copyright – REPORT on Moral Rights in the United States  https://www.copyright.gov/policy/moralrights/full-report.pdf The post Dark Horses, Study Guides & Supertitles appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES VIDANGEL POSTMORTEM https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900075780/vidangel-ordered-to-pay-dollar62-million-to-disney-others-for-copyright-infringement.html  https://blog.vidangel.com/2019/06/21/open-letter-to-disney-ceo/ TRUMP CAN’T BLOCK ON TWITTER https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/president-trump-cannot-block-his-critics-on-twitter-federal-appeals-court-rules/2019/07/09/d07a5558-8230-11e9-95a9-e2c830afe24f_story.html?utm_term=.c665490441c8 TEXAS APPEAL COURT: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BUT SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY. (TIE TO BLACKBEARD LAW)  https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/texas-appeals-court-says-university-s-96681/ http://ipjournal.law.wfu.edu/2019/04/nc-sets-sail-for-the-supreme-court-blackbeards-law-and-modern-day-piracy/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Remedy_Clarification_Act YOUTUBE CHANGES ITS RULES TO TRY TO HELP CREATORS  https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/07/live-from-vidcon-creating-new.html https://gizmodo.com/youtube-announces-some-changes-to-its-infamously-screwe-1836233860  https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/12/20690311/youtube-monetization-merch-stickers-superchat-record-labels-networks-umg  https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/9/20687985/youtube-manual-copyright-claim-updates-timestamps-automatic-release  ADIDAS THREE STRIPES ARE NOT ENOUGH FOR A TRADEMARK  https://www.wsj.com/articles/adidas-told-three-stripes-arent-enough-for-a-trademark-11560966769  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-court-adidas/adidas-loses-eu-bid-to-extend-three-stripe-trademark-idUSKCN1TK0P7 PRACTICE POINTER: NEW RULE — Foreign applicants must have US Lawyer   https://www.uspto.gov/trademark/laws-regulations/trademark-rule-requires-foreign-applicants-and-registrants-have-us?utm_campaign=subscriptioncenter&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=  UBER LAW THREATENS HOLLYWOOD DUE TO LOAN-OUT COMPANIES  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-faces-devastating-costs-state-bill-targeting-uber-1219575  US COPYRIGHT OFFICE APPROVED MECHANICAL LICENSING COLLECTIVE  https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.billboard.com/amp/articles/news/8518805/us-copyright-office-approves-mechanical-licensing-collective-sponsored-by-nmpa  https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8518824/why-the-us-copyright-office-chose-the-mechanical-licensing-collective  WARHOL PRINCE PORTRAITS ARE FAIR USE  http://the1709blog.blogspot.com/2019/07/court-rules-andy-warhols-prince.html  https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/new-york/nysdce/1:2017cv02532/472094/84/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=731m0zsbm_w _ Ted Talk The post States’ Liability for copyright infringement appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
  Welcome to this special episode of Entertainment Law Update SHOW NOTES The mark, as the decision lays out, is supposed to be pronounced as four letters, one after the other, as in “F-U-C-T” (Phonetically “eff-eww-see-tee” and not as one word “Fuct”)  Iancau v. Brunetti-SCOTUS https://www.law.com/2019/06/24/immoral-trademarks-like-fuct-are-allowed-divided-us-supreme-court-says/?kw=%27Immoral%27%20Trademarks%20Like%20%27FUCT%27%20Are%20Allowed,%20Divided%20US%20Supreme%20Court%20Says Iancu v. Brunetti https://casetext.com/case/iancu-v-brunetti https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/1028/viewpoint-discrimination So in our usual luck, the Supreme Court elected to wait until the last possible moment to release this ruling on trademark, expanding on the former Slants decision.   Background:  Brunetti sought to have his mark “FUCT” registered with the Patent and Trademark Office. The mark functions as his clothing brand’s name, while, if not said “correctly” sounds like the “past participle form of a well-known word of profanity.”   However, Brunetti claims it’s supposed to be read as “F-U-C-T” (as in “Friends U Can’t Trust”).  Yet, the USPTO thought differently as it sounded too much like that certain profane word, resulting in refusals to the word “FUCT.”   This is due to the remaining part of the Lanham Act, that prohibits marks that “[c]onsist[] of or comprise [ ] immoral[ ] or scandalous matter.” 15 U.S.C. Section 1052(a).   While this was weakened in Matal v. Tam (the Slants case), the matter of “immoral or scandalous” marks was left undecided until now.   Ruling (6-3, Written by Justice Kagan) What makes a mark ProfaneAfter reciting the basic facts of the case, as well as the importance of a trademark being granted, Kagan lists the qualification as to what is “profane”THE PTO determines this by asking whether “a substantial composite of the general public would find the mark shocking . . . giving offense to the conscience or moral feelings . . . disgraceful; offensive; disreputable; or vulgar” (internal quotation marks omitted). The PTO determined that FUCT was “highly offensive,” “vulgar,” and had “decidedly negative sexual connotations.”Jon’s Aside: This probably didn’t help that this was for clothing.  The PTO also claimed the website showed the mark was being used to conjure “extreme nihilism” and “anti-social” behaviors (SEE EXAMPLES BELOW)The one on the LEFT says “the People are Fuct”The one on the RIGHT says “FUCT kill people; not animals.” (apparently they also sell children’s clothing, who knew?)   Needless to say, Brunetti believed this was incorrect, as the statute was violating the first amendment. Is it Violating the First Amendment? The Justices agreed in Tam that (a) if a trademark registration bar is viewpoint-based, it is unconstitutional) and that (b) the disparagement bar was viewpoint based. Therefore, IF THE IMMORAL OR SCANDALOUS BAR discriminates based on viewpoint, then it must collide with First Amendment Doctrine.  So what is Immoral or Scandalous? Kagan checks a dictionary, finding that it is generally something that goes against society’s decency or propriety.  This would mean, to Kagan, that trademarks like “Hate Rules,” or “Always be cruel” would be subject to denial under the statute.  This (while being good for society) is deemed to be viewpoint discrimination, as marks communicating “immoral” or “scandalous” views about drug use, religion or terrorism (yes Kagan put that in) would be prohibited, unlike marks with more society-friendly views.  List of examples Kagan gives: “You Can’t Spell “Healthcare” without THC” for pain relief meds-Glamorizes drug abuse“Marijuana Cola” and “Ko Kane” for beverages -Glamorizes drug abuse“Bong Hits 4 Jesus” encourages illegal activities and Christians would be outraged by the connection between Jesus and illegal drug use. Agnus Dei for safes-offensive to most ChristiansMadonna for wine-Offensive to most ChristiansBaby Al Qaeda and Al-Queda on t-Shirts In short: What is Scandalous/Immoral is PURELY A VIEWPOINT MATTER, and the law, as currently written, discriminates on viewpoints.  Driving the point further home, the government asks that the restriction be read as applying to only “vulgar” or “lewd” marks. Kagan refuses to do this, citing the Court’s reluctance to re-write legislation to avoid constitutional conflict (Jon’s note: Scalia would be proud)Her exact words were “The statute as written does not draw the line at lewd, sexually explicit, or profane marks.  Nor does it refer oly to marks whose mode of expression, independent of Viewpoint, is particularly offensive.” END RULING:The statute is overbroad and violates the First Amendment.  If congress wishes to fix this they need to amend the Lanham Act to provide for a narrowly tailored and viewpoint neutral avenue.  Other Justices Alito: He agrees, but wants to stress that the decision was not a morally relative one, but rather that a recognition it can be used for illegitimate ends, stressing that Congress can fix this (while taking a jab at the use of vulgar language in general)Roberts: Concurring and Dissenting in part.  He agrees that viewpoint discrimination currently exists, but there is no offense to the First Amendment to refuse registration to obscene, vulgar or profane marks.  Breyer: Concurring in part with Sotomayor and Dissenting in part.  He believes this should be addressed as a “rule of thumb” and less “strict guidelines” due to competing interests.  He would propose more of a proportionality analysis, and would read the statute in a way that (a) would prohibit the granting of marks for vulgar words.  Sotomayor: Concurring in part and Dissenting in part.  a) First, Sotomayor declares that the word “scandalous” should be read as ONLY referring to Obscenity, vulgarity, and profanity. This would save the statute as being viewpoint neutral.  b) Sotomayor would similarly reject the “Fuct” mark. c) Sotomayor focuses on Immoral OR Scandalous, opting to read Scandalous and Immoral as two separate categories.  d) Sotomayor agrees that “immoral” is unconstitutional, but not necessarily “Scandalous”  Likely path going forward: There is a common thread to the court’s decisions: HAVE CONGRESS DRAFT A BETTER LAW.  Sotomayor’s interpretation has some traction, and would actively limit lewd marks, while removing the thorny issue of viewpoint discrimination.  The post Special Episode: Iancu v. Brunetti (USSC deals with FUCT trademark) appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES SUPREME COURT: BANKRUPTCY DOES NOT TERMINATE A LICENSE (FOLLOW-UP)  https://www.jurist.org/news/2019/05/supreme-court-rules-trademark-rights-may-survive-bankruptcy-rejection/   https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/supreme-court-resolves-circuit-split-on-25378/ THE COPYRIGHT TRIAL THAT ALMOST WAS… “PEPE THE FROG” https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/infowars-headed-copyright-trial-use-pepe-frog-1211660?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_2019-05-18%2005:30:00_wrobinson&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/10/18660312/infowars-pepe-the-frog-settlement-copyright-meme-alex-jones QUICK COVERAGE OF SHAKEUP AT BLOOM, HERGOTT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jake-bloom-steps-down-namesake-law-firm-as-johnny-depp-trial-nears-1210852 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jake-blooms-exit-marks-end-an-era-entertainment-law-1212761 APPLE V. PEPPER – US SUPREME COURT OPENS WAY FOR ANTITRUST CLAIMS OVER APP STORE RESTRICTIONS – IMPLICATIONS FOR ENTERTAINMENT?  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/apples-loss-at-supreme-court-could-impact-entertainment-sector-1210031?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_now_2019-05-14%2007:04:14_wrobinson&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie Opinion: https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/587/17-204/?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-05-14-us-supreme-court-a4e1a3395b&utm_content=text-case-title-1 NARCOS DEFAMATION LAWSUIT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lawsuit-targeting-netflixs-narcos-narrowed-pablo-escobars-intimacy-a-gun-1213478 UNIVISION FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jenni-rivera-tv-series-results-first-amendment-win-univision-1214261 DC LOSES SUPERMAN TRADEMARK FIGHT IN INDONESIA (IT’S A SMALL WORLD CLARK KENT) https://geekculture.co/dc-comics-loses-copyright-infringement-lawsuit-against-indonesian-snack-company-over-superman-rights/ PSA: COPYRIGHT FELLOWSHIPS  https://www.copyright.gov/about/special-programs/ringer.html?loclr=eanco GOLD VALUE INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE V. SANCTUARY CLOTHING https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/17-55818/17-55818-2019-06-04.html ‘STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN’ DISPUTE GETS REPLAY IN APPEALS COURT  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/stairway-heaven-dispute-gets-replay-appeals-court-1217210 The post Drug Kingpins and Cartoon Frogs. appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES MORAL RIGHTS (quick) https://www.copyright.gov/policy/moralrights/ FOURTH CIRCUIT SAYS FAIR USE ISN’T TO PROTECT LAZY APPROPRIATORS https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca4/18-1763/18-1763-2019-04-26.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-05-03-copyright-97381e6def&utm_content=text-case-read-more-1 (commentary – Fair Use threatens the Derivative Works right) https://illusionofmore.com/when-fair-use-threatens-the-derivative-works-right/ ANTI-TRUST AS A DEFENSE TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT? https://www.forbes.com/sites/extrahop/2019/03/26/who-contains-the-containers/#5fd16bec55b8 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/peloton-hits-back-at-music-publishers-antitrust-countersuit-1205919 https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/24/18514036/peloton-music-copyright-fitness-studios-gym-on-demand-media-strategy ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR SMALL COPYRIGHT HOLDERS MAY BE INCOMING (Case Act) https://petapixel.com/2019/05/02/case-act-bills-introduced-in-congress-to-create-copyright-small-claims/ https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2019/05/09/case-act-promises-long-overdue-access-justice-individuals-small-businesses-arts/id=109040/ http://www.copyhype.com/2019/05/fridays-endnotes-05-10-19/ FOX FIGHTS ARBITRATOR IN BONES LAWSUIT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/foxs-bones-fraud-a-128-million-legal-fight-just-beginning-1208645 FILMON DEFAMATION LAWSUIT PROCEEDS https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/california-supreme-court-revives-libel-suit-warnings-content-piracy-adult-content-1207725 FUTURE EVENTS: WGA V. TALENT AGENCIES, WHAT IS GOING ON? https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/writers-guild-sues-talent-agencies-as-dispute-goes-nuclear-1202631 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/how-writers-agents-could-play-legally-1204254 The post The Merry Month of May appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
Welcome to this episode of Entertainment Law Update. SHOW NOTES EMAIL FROM PREVIOUS CONTRIBUTOR Jessica Leano: https://www.copyright.gov/music-modernization/pre1972-soundrecordings/schedulefiling-instructions.html PINKERTONS DROP SUIT https://kotaku.com/the-pinkertons-have-dropped-their-lawsuit-against-take-1833999337 https://www.pcgamesn.com/red-dead-redemption-2/pinkerton-lawsuit https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/11/18306654/take-two-rockstar-red-dead-redemption-2-pinkerton-trademark-lawsuit-voluntarily-dismissed ARTICLE 11 AND 13 GET APPROVED IN THE EU *NOTE FOR RESEARCH: MENTION WHETHER UK WILL BE JOINING ALONG WITH A SIMILAR LAW, BREXIT NOTWITHSTANDING https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47708144 https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47933530 https://kotaku.com/what-article-13-means-for-twitch-and-youtube-1833588404 https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52016PC0593&from=EN (text of the proposal) ARIANA AND GIGI WHO OWNS A PICTURE OF THEMSELVES? https://abovethelaw.com/2019/04/ariana-grande-demands-all-photographers-at-her-concerts-transfer-copyright-to-her/?rf=1&utm_source=Newsletter+List&utm_campaign=e2838c5558-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_09_06_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e18342425-e2838c5558-384867609 (Ariana Grande) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-docket-gigi-hadids-photo-fight-land-dispute-more-1199861 (Gigi) BLOGGER WINS AT FAIR USE OVER NEWSPAPER CLIP Clark v. TransAlt https://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2019/04/bloggers-screenshot-of-a-newspaper-page-qualifies-as-fair-use-clark-v-transalt.htm XXX HAS ITS LAWSUIT REVIVED IN THE APPELLATE COURT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/xxx-lawsuit-vin-diesel-revived-by-appeals-court-1197147?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%27s%20Today%20in%20Entertainment_now_2019-03-27%2007:13:20_wrobinson&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_tie HOW DO YOU CLASSIFY A DRONE PILOT? (Call back to episode 74) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywoods-drone-war-licensed-pilots-unionized-photographers-1199647 https://www.dronelaw.pro PRACTICE POINTER: REMEMBER TO ACCOUNT FOR FUTURE REVENUE STREAMS. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/some-rock-pioneers-warner-music-sees-streaming-royalties-as-charity-1199221 From the Vaults and Episode 27: http://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2011/10/28/george-clinton-v-umg-royalty-disptues-and-more?rq=aftermath BROWN V. GOLD https://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/2019/b278949.html ERIKSON PRODUCTION V. KAST https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/15-16801/15-16801-2019-04-16.html?utm_source=summary-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-04-17-us-court-of-appeals-for-the-ninth-circuit-6c87cf3537&utm_content=text-case-title-1 IF THE BARTENDER CAN  HEAR YOU, IT ISN’T PRIVATE https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/project-veritas-beats-lawsuit-secretly-recording-union-official-1202688 https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5944012-Wentz.html (decision) “THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND” PUBLIC DOMAIN FIGHT https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/rock-band-seeks-judicial-declaration-902573 https://www.scribd.com/document/405793137/This-Land-MTD-Decision The post Ten Years and Going Strong! appeared first on Entertainment Law Update.
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