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Media & Entertainment

  • October 19, 2018

    Atty Banned From USPTO Accused Of Scamming Authors

    Twenty aspiring authors have filed suit in Illinois state court against an attorney banned from practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for running an “invention promotion” scheme, saying that after he was blocked from the USPTO he adapted the scheme for the publishing industry, taking money to promote and publish books and never following through.

  • October 19, 2018

    Atty Urges Justices To Hear Suit Over Defamatory Yelp Review

    A personal injury lawyer and her firm have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's split ruling that reverses an order requiring Yelp Inc. to take down defamatory reviews that a former client posted on the customer review site.

  • October 19, 2018

    NAB Challenges FCC On Nominet As TV White Space Manager

    The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the Federal Communications Commission to revoke its approval of Nominet as an administrator of technology that directs unlicensed devices to unused gaps on the TV-band airwaves, at least until the company can weed out faulty information from its system.

  • October 19, 2018

    Getty Wants $2.8M in Legal Bills After Photo Copyright Win

    Two weeks after a federal judge dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Getty Images by saying the plaintiff had “nobody to blame but itself,” the photo licensing giant is demanding repayment of more than $2.8 million in legal bills.

  • October 19, 2018

    Gov't Tells High Court Copyright Owners Must Wait To Sue

    The federal government is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a stark circuit split on copyright registrations by ruling that authors must wait longer before suing for infringement.

  • October 19, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Ga. Can't Copyright State Code Annotations

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that the state of Georgia cannot claim copyright ownership over annotations made to its official legal code, ruling that people should have "unfettered access to the legal edicts that govern their lives."

  • October 19, 2018

    'Innovation Band' License Shift Lends Edge To Bigger Players

    The Federal Communications Commission is days away from voting on a reworked framework for the so-called innovation band that occupies the repurposed 3.5 GHz frequency, but it's battling sentiments that an opportunity to create small, affordable spectrum tracts has been lost.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-Trump Aide Adds Podcast Host To $100M Gizmodo Suit

    A former aide to President Donald Trump on Tuesday added a podcast host who called him a “baby-killer” on Twitter to his $100 million defamation lawsuit in Florida federal court, which claims that Gizmodo Media Group website Splinter “ruined his life” when it ran a story that said he tried to slip a woman he’d impregnated an abortion pill.

  • October 18, 2018

    Feds Issue Summons To Immigration Atty Over Leaked Doc

    The Trump administration this week sent a summons to an attorney who operates an immigration law blog to try to shake out his source for a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement internal memorandum that the lawyer publicly posted in July.

  • October 18, 2018

    Can A 'Shitty Media Man' Unmask His Accusers?

    A controversial lawsuit filed last week over a list of men accused of sexual misconduct included a pointed threat to unmask the women who contributed to the document, setting the stage for a potential First Amendment battle over anonymous online speech.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-FBI Agent Gets 4 Years For Leaking Defense Info

    A former FBI agent was sentenced to four years in prison in Minnesota federal court Thursday on charges related to taking secret government defense information and disclosing it to a news organization, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • October 18, 2018

    Copyright Office Seeks Comments On Planned Online System

    The U.S. Copyright Office has asked the public to weigh in on its plans to build a new, more technologically advanced copyright registration system, including on its proposals to do away with paper registration forms and to redesign the online interface, according to a Wednesday notice in the Federal Register.

  • October 18, 2018

    Casino Biz Prices $359M IPO, Biotech Firms Fall Short

    Macau-based casino company Studio City International Holdings Ltd. began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday after cashing in on a $359 million initial public offering, while a pair of biotechnology firms priced their offerings below their original targets.

  • October 18, 2018

    Net Neutrality Rules Were Poor Economics, DC Circ. Told

    The 2015 net neutrality rules created inequalities for low-income communities and discouraged internet service providers from offering free services, supporters of last year’s rule repeal told the D.C. Circuit in the latest round of amicus brief filings on Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Impulsive, Casey Wasserman

    WeWork has reportedly taken 57,000 square feet on Broadway in New York, Impulsive Group is said to have dropped $20.8 million on a Florida resort and marina, and sports and entertainment mogul Casey Wasserman is reportedly looking to get $125 million for his Los Angeles home, which would be a record sale.

  • October 18, 2018

    Satellite Cos. Push Congress To Renew Network Carriage Law

    A trade group for satellite TV providers has urged Congress to reauthorize a law that lets them transmit distant broadcast signals to rural customers before the statute sunsets next year, saying thousands of viewers could otherwise lose network channels.

  • October 18, 2018

    Trade Groups Sue Vt. Over State Net Neutrality Regs

    A handful of trade organizations filed suit against Vermont on Thursday over two net neutrality policies intended to make local providers follow open-internet principles, saying the state was deliberately trying to revive discontinued Federal Communications Commission policy.

  • October 18, 2018

    FCC Gets Input On Autodialer Definition After 9th Circ. Ruling

    The FCC has received the first round of public comments on how it should apply restrictions on automatic telephone dialing systems under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the wake of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, with businesses and industry groups largely advocating a narrow interpretation of the law.

  • October 18, 2018

    Can We Have President Trump Arrested? NY Judges Wonder

    Five New York state appellate judges hearing President Donald Trump’s bid to have a defamation lawsuit dismissed zoomed in on the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause at argument on Thursday, going so far as to ask if the president could be jailed if he ignored a state court’s order.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ropes & Gray Helps PE Firm Cordillera Wrap Up $362M Fund

    California-based private equity firm Cordillera Investment Partners said Thursday that, with assistance from Ropes & Gray LLP, it has closed its sophomore investment fund at $362 million, with plans to invest in areas that don’t fit into traditional asset classes, such as music royalties and boat marinas.

Expert Analysis

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • No Bots About It: California's Crackdown On Chatbots

    Anthony Ascombe

    Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law restricting the use of automated online “bot” accounts. The law was drafted in part to help prevent election interference through the propagation of fake news, but it will also impact businesses that use bots to communicate with customers, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • How GDPR Affects Targeted Marketing

    Christian Auty

    It's not very surprising that the first enforcement action under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation was directed at a North American advertiser. The GDPR is a global law, and advertisers and social networks, wherever they are located, will be among the early targets, says Christian Auty of Much Shelist PC.

  • Issues High Court Will Explore In Copyright Registration Case

    Irene Lee

    Soon the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, a case that could significantly affect how artists and companies strategize to protect copyrights, says Irene Lee of Russ August & Kabat.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • When The Music Stops: Best Practices For Band Agreements

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    The recent news about musician Lindsey Buckingham suing rock band Fleetwood Mac after being kicked off the tour and out of the band demonstrates the problems that can arise when a successful music group lacks a written partnership agreement, says Matthew Wilson of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.

  • The Side Effects Of Policing 'Speech Monopolies'

    Hartley West

    Are companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Google stifling free speech on their platforms? If the answer top antitrust regulators arrive at is “yes,” then significant new risks could be coming for not only these tech behemoths, but any businesses that utilize their platforms — in the U.S. or abroad, say attorneys at Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Beware Litigating Against Tribal Entities In Federal Court

    Richard Duncan

    Two recent decisions demonstrate the difficulty of keeping commercial disputes involving Indian tribes in federal court — and the risks to parties assuming they can adjudicate disputes against tribal businesses in the same way they litigate disputes with nontribal entities, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.