Entertainment Law

One of the world’s most popular and long-running horror film series, “Friday the 13th,” and its production companies, Manny Company, Horror Inc. and Georgetown Productions, have found themselves in the midst of a heated legal debate as to who owns the rights to the franchise. [...]

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

Emmy Rossum, co-star of Showtime’s hit series Shameless recently set the gold standard in entertainment law for how to settle pay equality contract disputes. Never fear a dispute Much has been written about the pay gap between genders, with white women earning $0.78 on every $1.00 a male [...]

Entertainment Law

Product placement is a regular part of entertainment, so much so that viewers often dismiss brand-name items they see every day.  Of course, the film industry has drawn quite a bit of criticism over its product placement practices, particularly when it comes to cigarettes, alcohol and other [...]

Entertainment Law

The reality behind breaking the law on TV Reality television participants don’t always stroll on the right side of the law, but, lucky for them, they’re not going to get arrested for breaking the law on tv if the police fail to show up before they leave.  The reality show business [...]