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US Film Industry Plays Both Sides of the Aisle Endorsing Both Party Platforms!

Normally Hollywood is seen as being a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party (Clint Eastwood notwithstanding). So it was a bit of shocker when the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued a statement praising the platform language of the Republican Party during the RNC: “The Republican Party platform language strikes a very smart […]

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NY Federal Appeals Court Supports “Theft of Idea” Claim

In big news for the TV and film industry in particular, the Second Circuit (the Federal Appeals Court that covers, among other states, New York) ruled that a claim could be brought for “theft of an idea” when a TV network takes an idea that was protected by a contract between the parties. In Forest […]

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CBS’s Loss in “Glass House” Case Shows Difficulty in Protecting an Idea

Not a week goes by that I don’t get an email or phone call from a prospective client wanting to know how to protect their great “idea” for a show, product, play, movie, song, etc etc and I have to tell them that it’s almost impossible to do so. Hopefully, they will read Judge Gary […]

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Courts Denounce Copyright Lawsuits Based Solely On IP Address

Common sense is finally coming to copyright troll lawsuits. As I have reported on before here on this site, the adult film industry has been filing lawsuits all around the country against folks whose IP address was registered to them when that IP address was used to download a pornographic movie. Where the plaintiff did […]

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Meet the Copyright Thief No One Will Prosecute!

Hollywood and the music industry have been on a rampage railing against copyright abuse, sending cease and desist letters with outrageous monetary demands to little girls, schoolteachers, and yes repeat hackers who illegally download and distribute their films and albums. Yet, right there on Page 1 of the NY Times, is a story about one […]

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Bar Owners Beware! Not Paying for Tunes Can Be Costly!

Owners of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and other venues that play background music or have live music at their establishments should take note of the Ninth Circuit’s decision last month in Range Road Music v. East Coast Foods where it held up a large award against a restaurant that refused to pay a licensing fee for […]

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Penalty Provisions in Reality TV Contracts – Fair or Unenforceable?

In 1968, visionary pop artist Andy Warhol proclaimed in a catalog promoting an art show of his in Sweden that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Reality TV has certainly proven the truth of his claim. Having worked with individuals and production companies in the reality TV field, one of the […]