Exploring A Controversial Ruling: ‘Innocence of Muslims’

by Anthony Caruso on November 17, 2014

We’ve discussed copyright law a lot in this blog, so today I would like to explore something a little bit more complex. The ongoing litigation surrounding Innocence of Muslims, the anti-Muslim film that caused riots in the Middle East in 2012, delves deep into several elements of copyright law to reach a surprising conclusion. To […]

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Exploring A Controversial Ruling: ‘Innocence of Muslims’Anthony CarusoNovember 17, 2014



Copyright Extension & ‘Rounded’ Characters

by Anthony Caruso on November 12, 2014

Fans of Sherlock Holmes and his trusted sidekick Watson will appreciate the legal victory just scored against the former holders of these characters’ copyrights. While the denial of a copyright extension in this case isn’t controversial, the argument advanced by the Doyle estate was unique, if not particularly effective. Why do copyrights expire? In a […]

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Copyright Extension & ‘Rounded’ CharactersAnthony CarusoNovember 12, 2014



Nancy Grace Under Fire With Defamation & Slander Lawsuit

by Anthony Caruso on November 10, 2014

Slander, libel and defamation charges get thrown around a lot in the media, but many people don’t know precisely what they mean. In today’s blog post, I’d like to take a moment to discuss how these legal terms fit together before examining how they are applied in a case. Specifically, we’ll examine how slander charges […]

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Nancy Grace Under Fire With Defamation & Slander LawsuitAnthony CarusoNovember 10, 2014



With the Department of Justice apparently looking into “clearance” pacts between small theaters and studios, today seemed like a good day to look at antitrust laws. The film exhibition industry is no stranger to antitrust suits, and the recent investigation does a great job of demonstrating some of the finer points of this law. Antitrust […]

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How Movie Exhibition Giants Put Small Theaters Out Of BusinessAnthony CarusoNovember 3, 2014



What’s better than free labor? The answer is unpaid interns: They work for free, and they’re happy for the opportunity. These days, however, a number of major entertainment firms are discovering that there’s no such thing as a free laborer. A wave of lawsuits against multiple firms has companies returning to the unfortunate habit of […]

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NBCUniversal Learns There’s No Such Thing As A Free LaborerAnthony CarusoOctober 29, 2014



Pop star Kesha and songwriter-producer Lukasz Gottwald, aka Dr. Luke, are squaring off for a major lawsuit that includes allegations of rape, abuse, defamation and more. Each party has filed an extremely aggressive case against the other. We’ll discuss each case, but first we should define the trickier allegations. We’ll go into detail about the […]

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Defamation, Abuse & Negligent Retention: The life of Pop StarsAnthony CarusoOctober 27, 2014



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