Business Law

What makes for transformative social media? An iconic photo is at the center of a potential shift in the relationship between what is considered transformative social media and a violation of copyright law. Social media is a complex topic in terms of copyrights. Text, videos, photos and other [...]

Entertainment Law

We’ve discussed copyright law a lot in this blog, so today I would like to explore something a 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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

On any given day, there are probably hundreds – if not thousands – of TV and movie scripts floating around Hollywood and just a select few get picked up and green lighted for production. Sharing scripts with so many people could put them at risk of being leaked – just ask [...]

Entertainment Law

Many songwriters and musicians create original music, but there is also the option to use a music sample of a previous song and make it their own. For example, Eminem recently sampled Billy Squier’s ‘The Stroke” for his song Berzerk. However, legal troubles can arise when [...]