In film piracy claim, a suit so big it doesn’t fit

A federal judge in Dallas has rejected a lawsuit filed by Evan Stone on behalf of Larry Flint Publishing, claiming more than 1,000 unnamed individuals infringed the copyright on the adult flick “This Ain’t Avatar XXX.” Counsel in this case employed a strategy in which plaintiffs seek to join multiple, even myriad defendants in one mass complaint. This procedure has been attempted in a handful of copyright lawsuits across the country filed on behalf of independent film studios and X-rated filmmakers; these suits name thousands of defendants at once but also have not progressed far in the courts.

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Public figures, privacy rights: an in-depth look

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.

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‘Oh, Really?’ Copyright and ‘Inception’ dreams

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:

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A reminder on power of rap, passion, the law

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.

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Lakers’ general counsel to speak at law school

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.

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