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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – Joshpe Law Group LLP represented Mega Playground, a leading independent provider of post-production services to the film and television industry, in a sale of assets to Slate Media Group. Mega Playground services a diverse clientele that includes major film and television studios, broadcasters, independent producers, documentary filmmakers, and others. Founder and President, Eitan Hakami, stated, “We are thrilled to be combining our facilities and services with Slate Media Group. Our clients and the production community will benefit from working with a company capable of delivering the most comprehensive set of […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2012 – Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP (“AGMB”) is excited to announce that Eric B. Post has joined the firm as partner in its Litigation Practice Group, working in the firm’s New York office. Prior to becoming a partner at AGMB, Mr. Post was a litigation associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Mr. Post brings to AGMB 13 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution for large corporations in federal and state courts and in arbitration. Mr. Post’s extensive experience handling high-stakes litigation for corporate clients includes cases […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – A substantial amount of money may soon be tendered to pay for the outstanding claims made by recording artists for monies owed to them from digital sales of their music. Sony BMG has agreed to a settlement of $7.95 million for musicians such as Cheap Trick, The Allman Brothers, and The Youngbloods along with thousands of other class members. This deal will also give a 3 percent increase to their artists’ royalty rates for digital income. “The courts have determined that digital downloads should be recognized as a license, not […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2012 – A poster to promote a law school’s annual symposium has caused quite a stir recently. The University of Pennsylvania’s Intellectual Property Group used Louis Vuitton’s famous logo and colors to graphically depict the symposium on IP issues in fashion law. The symposium discussed intellectual property rights, the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act, and exceptions to liability for dilution such as a parody. They used Louis Vuitton’s four-leaf flower, curved beige diamonds with a star inset, and color scheme but replaced the LV initials with TM. Louis Vuitton’s trademark […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2012 – The Atlanta Braves’ owners, the Atlanta National League Baseball Club (ANLBC), are in negotiations with the Walt Disney Company over an upcoming summer movie title. The Walt Disney Company and Pixar first started out calling its movie “The Bear and the Bow”, but is now calling it “Brave”. The movie is about an archer who must stop a curse before it unleashes chaos in the kingdom she lives in. The ANLBC says that fans will likely confuse the movie with the Atlanta Braves baseball team. They state that the singular […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2012 – For businesses and those in the entertainment industry, e-personation can pose huge risks to their identity and revenue, sparking issues of defamation and lost profits. E-personation has been a growing trend as social media and the Internet becomes a stronghold where people shop and become influenced to make decisions. Thieves, scam artists, and sometimes even competitors pretend to be someone else to either discredit or take money away from another person or company. The acts perpetrated on the victim can be defamatory, fraudulent, and harmful. “There is a big difference […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2011 – Hosting an event for an Oscar party is usually a great way to make an event venue known to party planners, marketing directors, and Hollywood celebrities. But in a recent lawsuit, a private estate and its company’s CEO were allegedly duped by a production company. The estate is owned by Elizabeth Mazzochi, who is the CEO of Accomplice Lifestyle, a personal management company. Mazzochi was allegedly told by J. Ben Bourgeois (JBB) Productions that it should make the Delfern Estate the location for the Vanity Fair Oscar party. JBB claimed […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2011 – Movie remakes and new interpretations happen all the time. But such popular topics should not detract from thoroughly researching copyrights, examining how a new work meets fair use laws, and seeking to enter into any appropriate licenses and/or contracts that are needed to ensure the production can continue on. Otherwise, a movie studio, director, and other relevant parties can be subject to litigation during filming, or even worse, after profits have started to come in. In the current case of Effie Film LLC v Gregory Murphy, Effie Film wanted to […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2011 – Moviegoers seek out art house cinemas to watch unique and rare films that are usually not played at the big chain movie theatres. These independent theaters typically balance special movies with some of the big blockbusters to make the finances work. In Palm Desert, California a dispute is brewing between the Palme d’Or movie theatre and Cinemark’s 15-screen River Cinema a few minutes away in Rancho Mirage. The lawsuit alleges that Cinemark is practicing circuit dealing, wherein a theater chain uses its size and power to block distributors from booking […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2011 – Napoleon Pictures, the production company that created “Napoleon Dynamite”, says Fox Searchlight owes it $10 million because of alleged unpaid royalties, breach of contract, and negligent misrepresentation. Litigation like this is ever present in Hollywood, and affects not only production companies, but many players in the business. Motion picture contracts are known to be very complex, and yet many deals are struck casually over the phone or over lunch. “It is of the utmost importance to have legal representation when a contract is being reviewed and agreed to, no matter […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2011 – Concert backdrops are a big, expensive element to a musician or band’s live concert. Backdrops set the mood of the concert and can be ingrained in the concertgoer’s memory as a big part of the night. From trick lighting elements to fire and pyrotechnics, graphics and props, concert backdrops are a big business. “When musicians enlist the works of others to showcase art, graphics, or videos they must sign appropriate agreements so that copyright laws are upheld,” said Los Angeles copyright attorney Anthony Spotora, of Spotora & Associates, P.C. A […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2011 – Hollywood is all about making a deal to get a good story for a movie or TV show that will rake in the big bucks. The story of the 33 Chilean miners and their exclusive life story rights were just purchased by producer Mike Medavoy, who recently produced “Shutter Island” and “Black Swan”. The miners’ attorney, Chilean Guillermo Carey, said that the men wanted the intricate details of their ordeal to remain secret until a proper offer was made. Undoubtedly, they were approached by many, but Medavoy ultimately landed the […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2011 – Imagine turning on the TV one night to enjoy an episode of CSI. As the show progresses the storyline feels familiar. Just like the characters on CSI, you and your wife are a pair of married real estate agents. As the show unfolds, the couple remembers that three years ago they had dealt with a Hollywood TV writer who was interested in buying a home where they represented the seller. After researching more about the CSI episode “Deep Fried and Minty Fresh” that aired as episode 13 of the show’s […]


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Musicians take their work very seriously. However, they also need to take the legal protection of their compositions seriously according to Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, Anthony Spotora. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2010 – Music is everywhere in the world of entertainment: Movies, television, radio advertisements and commercials. There is always a need for top-notch songs and artists. “For an upcoming composer, licensing music is a vital step in growing a career,” said Anthony Spotora, a Los Angeles entertainment attorney. “Licensing music means that your creation is not only protected from illegal use but can also bring […]


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Music publishing is a complex process that requires extensive knowledge of business practices and copyright law. A music publisher can help songwriters reap the benefits of their creativity. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2010 – While publishing their own music is a viable option for artists, the legal issues involved can be messy and complex. In order to avoid dealing with these issues, many artists turn to music publishers for help. Music publishers perform a variety of different functions for songwriters, as they have the expertise required to manage licenses and collect royalties. One of the most […]


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