It is always interesting to wonder about how real people are portrayed in movies and what, if anything, that individual is going to do regarding certain misconceptions. Well, Mark Fischer and Franklin Levy of Duane Morris LLP recently wrote a very interesting article directly related to this topic, focusing on Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and the film “The Social Network,” in which he is not so favorably portrayed.
With their partners at the International Intellectual Property Alliance, the Recording Industry Association of America has submitted a “piracy watch list” to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, with the groups pointing to two countries as the worst hotbeds for intellectual property theft and piracy: Spain and Canada.
In ‘Oh, Really?’ the Biederman Blog’s editors — voracious consumers of all matters pop culture — cast a curious, skeptical, fancicul, fun and smart end-of-the-week eye on popular productions, sharing their keen observations about legal matters these raise…
In the movie Inception, Ellen Paige portrays Ariadne, a gifted architect of dream environments. Of course such creations aren’t possible now. But what if they became a reality someday soon? Would they be protected under copyright?
To own a valid copyright in a work, the law requires fixation, originality and expression. Let’s examine whether this box-office hit with eight Oscar nominations crosses not only a sci-fi barrier but a legal copyright threshold:
A California appellate court has allowed the band No Doubt to pursue its litigation with Activision, a case that’s key because it underscores how game publishers and developers must use care in their licensing agreements. A crucial point emerging from this matter is that publishers and developers cannot use peoples’ likenesses as they please.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, the Memphis-based firm that runs worldwide licensing for all things Elvis, has aggressively tracked down individuals they say are behind distribution of bootleg concert performances and albums of the King. And they’re litigating with Elvis’ music publisher.
Sure, the possibility that a resuscitated Eminem might snare a Grammy renewed attention by many to rap. And despite the terrible funk that hangs over the recording industry with its sagging sales, the return of Marshall Bruce Mathers III and the heavy presence of other urban music artists at the industry’s recent awards night might have reminded that, yes, a big part of music — and what fuels it as a lucrative trade for performers and attending professionals like lawyers — rests on the personal passion of different kinds of people. So it’s also worth noting that in a corner of the nearby legal academy, Jody Armour (shown at right) a professor in a name chair at a name law school put himself out, again, with his recent impassioned arguments about rap music, race, racism, the power of language and how this all fits in with the practice of law.
As a young accountant, James L. Perzik decided he would better his skills as a business man and enrolled in USC’s Gould School of law in pursuit of a legal degree. Later, when practicing transactional law in the late 1970s, Jerry Buss, a one-time chemistry professor and one of his longtime clients, decided to jump into the world of sports after a successful career in real estate development. The rest is history.
The French government, in a 171-151 vote last week, approved an “internal security” bill that permits government censorship of the internet, allowing officials without court order to blacklist websites, compel internet service providers to block websites and to get hosts to remove websites.
An online site that covers independent movie making estimates that almost 100 films are affected by a lawsuit filed by Merrill Lynch and Bank of America against Regent Entertainment Group seeking $90 million over claims of false movie license and distribution agreements. The plaintiff asserts the defendant used those pacts to persuade the banks that Regent would bring in future revenue to cover loans it obtained.