Entertainment Law

Even talent agreements with the entertainment industry’s most well-known recording artists aren’t safe from copyright infringement lawsuits. Messy lawsuit A federal lawsuit filed in a New Orleans courthouse in early February is aimed at superstar Beyoncé—and is seeking damage claims [...]

Entertainment Law

Copyright infringement has always been a difficult legal battle when it involves fan fiction. How do the courts determine “fair use” of intellectual property? A new lawsuit brought on by CBS and Paramount Pictures against a Star Trek fan film may provide an answer—albeit, not one [...]

Entertainment Law

VidAngel, a popular website that allows people to buy censored movies, has lost a court case that will lead to the company coughing up half of its business. Behind the scenes In June of 2016, a number of large entertainment companies like Warner Brothers, Lucasfilm and Disney sued VidAngel for [...]

Entertainment Law

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 [...]

Entertainment Law

In my last post, Lovelace vs. Deepthroat: Defining fair use, I delved into an explanation of fair use statutes, discussed the four factors that judges and juries use to determine fair use and considered a recent case that provided a clear cut example of fair use. Now, I would like to discuss a [...]

Entertainment Law

Recently, I wrote an article about a questionable case of copyright infringement in the music industry. Dealing with copyright lawsuits in the music business can be tricky – it’s very difficult to prove that a bass line or melody was stolen, given the likelihood of multiple people [...]

Entertainment Law

Is there any originality left? When movie and show creators come up with an idea, many people may think it is original, but that isn’t always the case. For example, director Spike Jonze was recently sued with a copyright infringement lawsuit by two writers who claim he stole their ideas [...]