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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) March 27, 2012 – It is toy robots versus tablet computers in the latest trademark litigation in California. Hasbro is vigilantly defending its Transformers line of toys and spinoff TV series, books and multimillion dollar films against Asus, the consumer electronics maker, and its Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet. Hasbro claims that Asus is taking away millions of dollars it has invested in Transformers since the 1980s. “The lawsuit will be interesting to watch as the court will determine the strength of the company’s trademark and trademark infringement must show that consumers are likely […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2012 – California businesses, including those that conduct business with California residents, need to pay attention to recent lawsuits that allege the “Shine the Light” law regarding the disclosure of personal information has been violated. Big media and technology companies have been sued, wherein the plaintiffs have said their personal information has been collected, stored, and sold and these companies have intentionally kept them in the dark about their info sharing practices. “The penalties for non-compliance with the Shine the Light law are stiff at $500 to $3,000 per violation,” said Los […]


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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) January 26, 2012 – The California Resale Royalty Act entitles artists to be paid five percent of the resale price of their artwork when it is sold in California or by any seller that resides in the state. This includes when property changes hands that encompasses artwork such as a hotel, restaurant, corporate center, or retail store. As such, three class action lawsuits are underway as artists allege that Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and eBay have failed to pay these royalties. “Many artists do not know this law and are confused by the complexities of it,” […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2012 – Crowdfunding could decrease the regulatory burdens businesses must adhere to in order to raise capital if the bill gets passed in the Senate as proponents say it will. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the McHenry Crowdfunding Bill in the fall of 2011 and the SEC seems open to the idea of revising its regulations in the era of online fundraising, so it is only a matter of time before legislation is enacted. “This could be a very powerful tool for small businesses,” said Los Angeles business attorney Anthony Spotora. […]


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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) December 7, 2011 – The Securities and Exchange Commission released new rules in early November for companies that are going public via a reverse merger. The new rules come after the commission found that numerous companies did not have accurate information about their financial results and audits inside these companies were inadequate. Increased requirements to be listed on NASDAQ, NYSE, or NYSE Amex will now become standard for these types of companies. “Domestic or international reverse merger companies looking to be on these exchanges will greatly benefit by getting legal counsel on these matters,” […]


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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 30, 2011 – Theft of trade secret allegations and lawsuits are making national headlines and piling up at Los Angeles Superior Court. Businesses from talent agencies to investment companies are seeking to protect their competitive edge as these very serious business matters can wreak havoc on sales, marketing, and public relations. Diverse Talent Group filed a lawsuit in late August against three former agents and the Function Talent Group where they are currently employed. The three employees allegedly stole confidential information such as client lists and personal and financial data about clients before […]


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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) August 16, 2011 – The recent weeks of content from Hollywood entertainment industry magazines almost read like court dockets. A Los Angeles producer sues a big-time movie studio. A reality TV show contract is leaked, and whoever did it will be on the hook for a $5 million penalty. A musician is sued for copyright infringement for sampling a song from decades ago. And the legal battles just keep going. The entertainment industry generates trillions of dollars globally, and an important part of that is upholding the rights of key players from top talent, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2011 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will begin to accept new Internet domain name endings early next year, but businesses need to start preparing now to establish and authenticate their brand top-level domain names. ICANN issued new guidelines in late June that will vastly increase Internet domain name endings, also known as generic top-level domains (gTLDs), from 22 endings such as .com, .net, and .org to potentially hundreds of new variations. The change is in response to the global marketplace and ICANN’s objective to promote free speech. The […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2011 – “Point Break” is a cult movie classic involving an undercover FBI agent who pretends to be a surfer in order to mix in with a group of surfers who have robbed more than 25 banks, all with ex-president masks on. The movie has been successfully parodied in a theater production, “Point Break LIVE!” that has been seen by many in the Los Angeles area since 2007. But now the writer behind the parody, Jaime Keeling, feels she’s being robbed and is suing New Rock Theater Productions for using her script […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2011 – Oral agreements can wreak havoc in Hollywood. An agreement by handshake or over lunch can still be a valid contract and enforced by a court. Two recent lawsuits prove that the oral agreement is still alive, but not necessarily well, in Hollywood. In Richard Davis and Trademark Properties v. A&E Television Networks, Davis developed the idea of “Flip This House” and A&E orally agreed to divide the show profits 50-50 with him. During their meeting Davis and Charles Nordlander, director of lifestyle programming for the station, negotiated many facets of […]


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