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Why All Artists Should Incorporate Themselves

I represent a lot of new, up-and-coming, and rising artists, designers and entertainers. One of the first pieces of advice that I give them is that they should incorporate themselves. I tell them that all of my established entertainment and design clients are incorporated. Here are the top three reasons to become a corporation: (1) […]

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Constitutional Law Copyright Law Entertainment Law Intellectual Property Litigation

“Blurred Lines” Verdict Will Blur the Lines of Copyright For Years To Come

Yesterday a federal jury awarded the Estate of Marvin Gaye $7.3 Million finding that the Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, songwriters of the hit song “Blurred Lines,” had infringed on the Marvin Gaye song “Got to Give it Up.” Even though the judge rejected the Gaye family’s most dangerous argument – – that a song’s […]

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First Amendment Case is Crash Course in Rap for SCOTUS

Anthony Elonis is a Pennsylvania man convicted of issuing threats to his ex-wife, who had an order of protection against him.  All of the relevant threats were posted on Elonis’ Facebook page and most of them took the form of rap lyrics. He did not tag or link his ex-wife to the posts and he […]

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Art Gallery’s Plan To Exhibit Hacked Celeb Photos Should Be Stopped

By now we have all heard that due to an apparent glitch in the iCloud function, dozens of nude and compromising photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others have been spread all over the Internet. So now to add insult to injury, comes word that an LA Artist that goes by […]

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Constitutional Law Entertainment Law Litigation

Sleeping Fan’s Junk Lawsuit Against Yankees and ESPN Must Be Dealt With Swiftly

This week, Andrew Robert Rector  filed a lawsuit through his lawyer, Valentine Okwara, in Bronx Supreme Court against the New York Yankees, Major League Baseball,  ESPN and two of its announcers – John Kruk and Dan Shulman. The suit alleges  defamation and infliction of emotional distress after a clip of Rector sleeping during the April 13 […]

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Copyright Law Entertainment Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Court Rules Publisher Owns E-Book Rights Based on 1967 Contract Language

In 1971, Jean George wrote the popular children’s novel Julie of the Wolves and conveyed publishing rights to HarperCollins to publish the book in exchange for a $2,000 advance and royalty payments of between ten and fifteen percent, depending on number of copies sold. Her literary agency Curtis Brown, negotiated the terms of the contract […]

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New Miranda Warning: Anything You Rap Can and Will Be Used Against You in a Court of Law!

Criminal courts around the country have been witness to a new phenomenon in trial evidence: rap lyrics written or recorded by the defendant used against them in their criminal trials. According to a survey by the American Civil Liberties Union, this evidence was offered in at least 18 reported cases around the country and the […]

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Copyright Law Entertainment Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Music Industry Goes After Cover Songs on You Tube

A group of some of the largest music publishers in the country has sued Fullscreen, one of the largest suppliers of videos to YouTube, saying that many of Fullscreen’s videos — particularly cover versions of popular songs — infringe on the publishers’ copyrights. The lawsuit was filed last week in the Southern District of New […]

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Entertainment Law General Litigation

On Trying Your Case In The Media

Embattled Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez added tough-talking, brash, defense attorney Joseph Tacopina to his defense team and Joe took off for the races. Not one to ever say no to a camera, Tacopina began a flurry of interviews where he accused the Yankees Organization of everything from malpractice regarding treatment of A-Rod’s injuries; to […]