Throwback Thursday: The Wind Done Gone

by Anthony Caruso on October 23, 2014

Instead of writing about a case that’s in the news right now, I’d like to take a moment today to appreciate an important case in U.S. entertainment law history. For this “Throwback Thursday,” I’m going to focus on a 2001 case that tested the copyright defense of fair use. The allegedly copied work? Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Wind Done GoneAnthony CarusoOctober 23, 2014



Can You Sign Away Your Nudity Rights?

by Anthony Caruso on October 20, 2014

In a current case between the producers of VH1’s Dating Naked, Viacom and contestant Jessie Nizewitz, 28, $10 million is on the line regarding an incident in which the company failed to blur out the plaintiff’s genitals. ARTICLE CONTENT Nudity is a tricky issue in American society, a fact that is complicated by our utter […]

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Can You Sign Away Your Nudity Rights?Anthony CarusoOctober 20, 2014



On Celebrity IPOs

by Anthony Caruso on October 15, 2014

There is a trend occurring in the world of celebrity sports that may soon spread to movie stars and other celebrities: personal brand IPOs. While there is no specific case being brought at the moment related to this possibility, it could potentially result in interesting legal and financial consequences. Before we discuss the potential results […]

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On Celebrity IPOsAnthony CarusoOctober 15, 2014



James Bond Knockoff? Not if MGM has anything to say about it

by Anthony Caruso on October 13, 2014

I read about an interesting case today that not only involves a personal favorite character of mine, but serves to illustrate the way that even old law can continue to change and advance through court interpretation. U.S. District Judge James Otero declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by MGM – the holder of the James […]

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James Bond Knockoff? Not if MGM has anything to say about itAnthony CarusoOctober 13, 2014



Marvel Settles Case With Kirby Estate

by Anthony Caruso on October 6, 2014

The Jack Kirby case that many people in the entertainment law industry have been following has recently taken an unexpected turn. What seemed like a clean-cut ruling in favor of Marvel turned on a dime and almost made it before the Supreme Court before participants reached an out-of-court settlement. We’ll get into the specifics of […]

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Marvel Settles Case With Kirby EstateAnthony CarusoOctober 6, 2014



When Photo Editing Crosses The Line

by Anthony Caruso on October 1, 2014

The digital age allows an almost unlimited number of potential uses for technology, both good and bad. Many uses of photo editing software like Photoshop are of questionable taste or use, and there have been a number of times that users of this software have been the subject of public scrutiny for how they choose […]

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When Photo Editing Crosses The LineAnthony CarusoOctober 1, 2014



Jamie Foxx, J Rand release the same song

by Anthony Caruso on September 29, 2014

I came across a truly bizarre copyright case recently involving a number of hip hop artists and producers. At the heart seems to be a simple copyright case, but what is remarkable here is that highly respected and well known musicians appear to have acted with no knowledge of copyright law whatsoever. We’ll examine the […]

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Jamie Foxx, J Rand release the same songAnthony CarusoSeptember 29, 2014



Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden & Celebrity Nudes

by Anthony Caruso on September 22, 2014

By now, virtually everyone has heard about the celebrity nudes scandal, in which dozens of female celebrities had intimate photos stored in the cloud leaked to the public. While most of the media has refrained from re-posting these pictures – potentially in consideration of public opinion more than the ladies in question’s privacy – there have […]

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Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden & Celebrity NudesAnthony CarusoSeptember 22, 2014



Jay Z’s Two Lines of Legal Defense

by Anthony Caruso on September 17, 2014

It’s no secret that, when celebrities end up in court, the legal counsel they bring with them is the best of the best. The current lawsuit involving Jay Z and sound engineer Chauncey Mahan is no different. The case is anything but straightforward, but the heart of it is nothing new. Mahan alleges to have […]

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Jay Z’s Two Lines of Legal DefenseAnthony CarusoSeptember 17, 2014



The Money Behind The Movie

by Anthony Caruso on September 15, 2014

Making movies is expensive, and for amateurs on all sides of the financing of a film, it is important that everything be conducted properly. An interesting case that I read about recently has dentist and investor Jordan Cooper alleging conversion, misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, violations of the Arkansas Security Act […]

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The Money Behind The MovieAnthony CarusoSeptember 15, 2014