Media & Entertainment

  • January 19, 2017

    9th Circ. Says Trademark Claims Don't Fit Karaoke Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday shot down a Lanham Act lawsuit filed by a karaoke music publisher against a business that allegedly copied music, agreeing that it was a failed effort to “stuff copyright claims into a trademark container.”

  • January 19, 2017

    SoundExchange Fights For Higher Royalty Rates At DC Circ.

    SoundExchange, the company that collects royalties for record labels and artists, urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to nix digital streaming music rates it says are too low, arguing that the Copyright Royalty Board imposed its own policy preferences rather than properly assessing what rates open negotiation would have yielded.

  • January 19, 2017

    Regulator-Targeted Bills Threaten Telecom Sector, Senate Told

    Public Knowledge, Common Cause, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and other consumer groups told Senate leaders Wednesday that three en route bills affecting regulators would undermine federal administrative law and endanger communications.

  • January 19, 2017

    'Jersey Boys' Creators Push For New Trial In IP Suit

    The creators of “Jersey Boys,” the hit Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, pushed Wednesday for reversal of a jury's finding that they infringed a book copyright, citing a Ninth Circuit ruling made the day after the jury started its deliberations.

  • January 19, 2017

    Blank Rome Welcomes Cross-Border Transaction Partner In NY

    Blank Rome LLP announced it has added a Withers Bergman LLP partner to its corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities group and its cross-border practice.

  • January 19, 2017

    Web Streaming Like Cable, 7th Circ. Told In Copyright Suit

    Web streaming service FilmOn X LLC took its battle for a license to broadcast copyrighted content to the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, telling the appellate panel that the service is fundamentally the same as cable and thus should be eligible under the Copyright Act.

  • January 19, 2017

    Akerman Nabs Former CBS Exec For NY Tax Group

    A former vice president of CBS Inc. has accepted a partner position in the New York office of Akerman LLP, leaving his current management role at Mayer Brown LLP to lend his experience counseling companies on everything from international to local tax matters to Akerman’s growing tax practice group.

  • January 18, 2017

    Morissette's Manager Had Hand In Her Pocket, Stole $4.8M

    Alanis Morissette's former business manager has admitted to wire fraud, tax fraud and embezzling from his clients to the tune of $6.5 million, including $4.8 million from the singer-songwriter, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California said Wednesday.

  • January 18, 2017

    Paul McCartney Tells Sony To 'Let It Be' Over Early Work

    Paul McCartney lodged a suit against Sony/ATV on Wednesday over copyright interests in The Beatles’ songs, asking a New York federal judge to confirm that the legendary songwriter won’t face breach of contract claims if he cuts off rights Sony’s predecessors acquired 50 years ago.

  • January 18, 2017

    TiVo Damages Lost Value Claim Tossed In Kantar IP Row

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday ruled that said that TiVo Research and Analytics Inc. hadn’t proved it is entitled to damages between $60 million and $196 million as a result of Kantar Media Audiences’ alleging devaluing of its business in a long-running patent infringement row. 

  • January 18, 2017

    Oculus Founder, CEO Say Company Built Without Stealing

    The founder and the CEO of Facebook Inc. subsidiary Oculus VR LLC on Wednesday testified about the work they’d each put into building the virtual reality company from scratch, denying claims in a $2 billion Texas federal court suit that the Oculus Rift headset was built on stolen source code.

  • January 18, 2017

    FCC Auction Clears $10B Target, Triggering Spectrum Transfer

    A forward auction to reallocate spectrum licenses from broadcasters to wireless providers cleared its $10 billion clearing target Wednesday, setting the stage to transfer 84 MHz of broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband use and the development of new wireless technology.

  • January 18, 2017

    N. Mariana Islands Co. Settles Hiring Bias Claims With DOJ

    A Northern Mariana Islands company will pay a civil penalty and establish a back-pay fund to resolve allegations it discriminated against U.S. citizens and work-authorized immigrants in hiring, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • January 18, 2017

    GOP Lawmaker Takes Aim At FCC Station Reporting Rule

    The Republican head of House Energy and Commerce's Communications and Technology Subcommittee introduced a bill Tuesday that would forcibly revoke a Federal Communications Commission ownership reporting requirement for noncommercial educational TV station board members, blasting the requirement as “onerous” and a threat to privacy.

  • January 18, 2017

    Justices Skeptical That Offensive TM Ban Is Constitutional

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the high-profile battle over the federal government’s ban on offensive trademark registrations, at times sounding highly skeptical that the rule passes muster under the First Amendment.

  • January 18, 2017

    Twitter, Facebook Blamed In Dallas Police Shooting Lawsuit

    A sergeant with the Dallas Police Department filed a federal lawsuit in California on Tuesday against Twitter, Facebook and Google, alleging the tech companies gave a platform to the terrorist organizations that radicalized the gunman who ambushed and killed five officers in July.

  • January 18, 2017

    Comcast Subscribers Get HBO, ESPN Access Via PlayStation

    The head of the Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau praised Comcast on Tuesday for finally allowing subscribers to access HBO Go and WatchESPN TV Everywhere via PlayStation game consoles, following discussions with the agency.

  • January 18, 2017

    Tribe Says NIGC Flouted Court Order In Gaming Eligibility Row

    The Fort Sill Apache Tribe on Tuesday moved to force the National Indian Gaming Commission to comply with a D.C. federal court's order requiring it to reconsider denying the tribe's bid to conduct gambling, and said the commission needs to explain why it should not be held in contempt for disobeying.

  • January 18, 2017

    Warburg Pincus Pays $120.5M For Stake In Indian Cinema Co.

    Private equity giant Warburg Pincus has agreed to take a 14 percent stake in Indian cinema titan PVR Ltd., in a deal worth 8.2 billion rupees ($120.5 million), the companies said on Wednesday.

  • January 18, 2017

    CBS Presses FCC To Restore Ownership Cap Exception

    CBS Corp. wants the Federal Communications Commission to reinstate posthaste a break given to UHF station owners on media ownership cap rules, arguing Tuesday that the agency nixed the exception without “a shred of evidence” of public harm.

Expert Analysis

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • Asset Swap Transactions In The Antitrust Crosshairs

    Meytal McCoy

    While companies may think they are in the antitrust clear with asset swap transactions, two recent divestiture orders make clear that regulators will apply the same rigorous antitrust analysis in such deals as they would in a traditional merger or acquisition, says Meytal McCoy of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 11, Teacher’s Pet

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • Art Market Tax Probes Make Domestic Freeports Appealing

    Desiree Moore

    As home to high art auction prices and hefty sales and use taxes, New York City has seen its share of art-related tax fraud. Now, as law enforcement scrutinizes tax compliance in the art world, collectors may wish to avoid New York sales taxes legally, by shipping their purchases to a domestic freeport, say Desiree Moore and Blaise Niosi of K&L Gates LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Trump Libel Win Based On Trump Libel Loss

    Mark Sableman

    President-elect Donald Trump just won a libel case against a critic — for the very same reason that real estate developer Donald Trump lost a libel case against a critic more than 30 years ago. But the new case, and the atmosphere of the 2016 presidential campaign, may significantly alter libel law, says Mark Sableman of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Retail Trends: Outlets As Destination Centers

    In this episode of Fashion Counsel, Arent Fox LLP partner Anthony Lupo and retail consultant Steve Birkhold (former CEO of Lacoste, Diesel, BEBE and Earl Jeans) discuss factory outlets — the nation’s fastest developing retail sector. Increasingly, outlets are “destination centers,” offering entertainment and amenities, not just retail stores. But they may raise special legal issues for participants.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.