Podcasting the Law… of Podcasting – Episode 79


SHOW NOTES

This episode was recorded live before an audience of fellow entertainment attorneys at
Texas CLE’s 2016 Entertainment Law Institute

Our guest panelist on this episode is Stan Soocher.

Stan Soocher

Stan Soocher

Stan is the long-time Editor In Chief of Entertainment Law and Finance, and a tenured Associated Professor of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado’s Denver Campus.  He’s an entertainment attorney, and an award winning music journalist, and the author of two books about lawsuits in the music industry.  Two years ago, he was the recipient of the State Bar of Texas’ Entertainment and Sports Law Section’s “Texas Star Award”.

Recent cases and stories we’re watching:

Maria Pallante “reassigned” at Library of Congress; Resigns

http://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/librarian-congress-reassigns-head-copyright

https://musictechpolicy.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/hayden-memo.pdf

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3179250/Pallante-Resignation-Letter-1.pdf

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/maria-pallantes-departure-copyright-office-what-means-why-matters-941249

https://musictechpolicy.com/2016/10/25/and-your-little-dog-too-the-librarian-of-congress-give-us-a-lesson-in-constructive-termination/

 

(Quick update)  Lenz v. Universal:  Is Supreme Court Review in the cards?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/us-supreme-court-wants-governments-take-copyright-takedown-case-942425

 

Follow Up:  Studios Beat Lawsuit over lack of closed-captioning of songs in movies…

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-studios-beat-lawsuit-captioning-933845

https://www.scribd.com/document/325831259/Hollywood-Captioning

 

Follow Up:  Fox News Anchor Harris Faulkner Settles Lawsuit Over Hasbro’s Toy Hamster

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-news-anchor-harris-faulkner-935298

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20151027/07151432647/fox-news-anchors-suit-over-toy-hamster-likeness-results-hilarious-point-by-point-hasbro-rebuttal.shtml (hasbro’s rebuttal to the initial complaint)

 

Quick Take:  Supreme Court to review “Slants” Disparaging Trademark Case

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/us-supreme-court-review-disparaging-933753

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7526352/rock-band-heads-to-us-supreme-court-over-review-of

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/09/29/supreme-court-will-hear-slants-trademark-case-which-is-directly-relevant-to-the-redskins-controversy/?utm_term=.d8d2d02fe22d

 

Abbott and Costello Heirs Lose Appeal Over Broadway Play’s Use of “Who’s on First” Routine

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/abbott-costello-heirs-lose-appeal-937178

http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/b2c46c5d-eb94-4726-ad88-a60d5dca951f/1/doc/16-134_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/b2c46c5d-eb94-4726-ad88-a60d5dca951f/1/hilite/

 

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Is copyright getting tougher? – Episode 78


SHOW NOTES

 

Lindsay Lohan Loses

The decision: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/3dseries/2016/2016_05942.htm

http://kotaku.com/court-throws-out-lindsay-lohans-grand-theft-auto-v-laws-1786058629

http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7495416/lindsay-lohan-loses-grand-theft-auto-lawsuit?utm_source=twitter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lindsay-lohan-loses-grand-theft-925022

 

Canada is cracking down on paid social media endorsements

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/innovation/advertising-standards-canada-social-media-endorsement-crackdown/

 

(Warners’ Fine to FTC)

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/07/warner-bros-settles-ftc-charges-it-failed-adequately-disclose-it

 

What is “For Profit”: Dutch Playboy in the EU

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/photos-dutch-playboy-model-spark-926701

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7503684/top-european-court-rules-linking-to-illegal-content

http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=183124&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=755998 (the decision)

http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2016-09/cp160092en.pdf (press release)

Also – question about what is “commercial?  (Creative commons case involving Fedex)

https://creativecommons.org/2016/08/30/defending-noncommercial-uses-great-minds-v-fedex-office/

 

Further Policy Proposals in the EU

http://www.wsj.com/articles/eu-copyright-proposals-expected-to-help-music-industry-fight-piracy-1473786140

http://www.wsj.com/articles/eu-leaders-propose-new-copyright-communications-laws-1473850691

 

Actors may soon keep their ages confidential on entertainment job websites

Assembly Bill 1687: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1687

http://deadline.com/2016/09/jerry-brown-signs-law-requiring-age-info-removal-from-imdb-on-request-1201825810/

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-sac-essential-politics-updates-state-senate-acts-on-hollywood-age-1471300215-htmlstory.html

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/law-keep-actor-ages-imdb-924441

 

Vid Angel?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-studios-vidangel-threatens-legitimate-922111

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-piracy-lawsuit-features-disney-928626

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-accused-conspiracy-rid-market-910526

 

Is it harder to register a Copyright now?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/monkey-selfie-photographer-blasts-petas-923074 * for context

http://www.copyright.gov/comp3/chap300/ch300-copyrightable-authorship.pdf

http://blog.ip.com/2008/07/when-the-copyright-office-hides-the-ball/

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140802/07535628090/copyright-office-rejected-my-attempt-to-copyright-tweet.shtml

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/logo-511262-mesa-copyright.html

 

Pokemon Go? (What have we unleashed?)

http://www.businessinsider.com/pidgeys-law-bill-aims-to-force-removal-of-pokestops-in-pokemon-go-2016-8

http://www.techspot.com/news/65984-michigan-couple-pokmon-go-turned-neighborhood-nightmare-sues.html

http://www.cnet.com/news/french-town-wants-to-bid-adieu-to-pokemon-go/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CNETAsiaLastest+%28CNET+Asia+Latest%29

http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/pokemon-go-class-action-lawsuit-trespassing-1201829627/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/pokemon-go-sparks-5m-class-916722

https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/01/third-party-pokemon-go-tracking-services-get-shut-down/

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/1554300/lawyers-have-found-a-new-way-to-cash-in-on-pokemon-go

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/07/11/what-happens-when-pokemon-go-turns-your-home-into-a-gym/ (example of person who’s property was marked as a gym)

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/10/pokemon-go-armed-robbers-dead-body (instance of mugging using the app)

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/pokemon-go-google-account-access/ (re: privacy issue)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/07/12/holocaust-museum-to-visitors-please-stop-catching-pokemon-here/ (re: Holocaust Museum)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CnE5yTbXYAAsoPF.jpg (associated image for Holocaust Museum*)

 

BMI/ASCAP

THE CONSENT DECREE: http://www.bmi.com/pdfs/advocacy/usa_v_bmi_opinion_2016_09_16.pdf

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7502851/bmi-again-tops-1-billion-in-collections-breaks-record (how much they collected)

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7510225/songwriting-group-sues-department-of-justice-over

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/th{}}]r-esq/bmi-rate-court-judge-rules-929770

http://www.bmi.stfi.re/news/entry/bmi_prevails_over_doj_in_consent_decree_dispute?sf=vkzdwjo

http://www.musicweek.com/publishing/read/mixed-response-to-bmi-s-100-licensing-court-victory/066026

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Puzzle Cases and Puzzling rulings – Episode 77


SHOW NOTES

Plaintiff appeals ‘Stairway to Heaven’ copyright verdict (Update: denied fees)

http://nypost.com/2016/07/26/plaintiff-appeals-stairway-to-heaven-copyright-verdict/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/music-publisher-denied-legal-fees-918170

 

LeBron James Tattoo Thrown Out

The Order: https://www.scribd.com/document/320014255/Solid-Oak-v-Take-Two-Aug-2-Order#download

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/failure-register-lebron-james-tattoo-916627

http://m.ign.com/articles/2016/08/04/judge-dismisses-nba-2k-tattoo-copyright-suit

 

Lionsgate Follow Up

http://www.entmedialaw.com/go/r/0/p/3/a/5403032/e/248369/u/37970

 

Maybe –   “Can The Olympic Committee really restrict Gif’s?

https://apple.news/AOX0k1z4VNsqk3S0IOGWfiw

How about hashtags? http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-36915565

 

Dancing Baby May Be Going to the Supreme Court

http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/65187/

 

DOJ ASCAP/BMI Consent Decree Fall Out

http://www.hypebot.stfi.re/hypebot/2016/08/consent-decree-impact-infographic.html?sf=axpjryn#aa

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/dept-justice-makes-a-dramatic-917210

http://www.ascap.com/press/2016/08-04-ascap-bmi-join-forces-to-fight-doj.aspx

 

More on DOJ – recommended listening:  MusicTechPolicy.com Podcast: Chris Castle, Steve Winogradsky & David Lowery

https://musictechpolicy.com/2016/08/10/the-mtp-podcast-the-consequences-of-dojs-new-rule-on-100-licensing-with-david-lowery-steve-winogradsky-and-chris-castle/

 

Stephen Colbert Cease And Desist

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/28/stephen-colbert-defies-viacom-reverts-back-to-his-colbert-report-persona.html

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/can-viacom-stop-stephen-colbert-915340

 

‘Iron Man’ Composer’s Lawsuit Over Ghostface Killah Sampling Revived by Appeals Court

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/iron-man-composers-lawsuit-ghostface-915630

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/big-ruling-sony-beats-iron-790466

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com//sites/default/files/custom/Documents/ESQ/iron_man.pdf

https://advance.lexis.com/api/permalink/f06477f9-9db3-4b69-8a07-23777fb1d44a/?context=1000516

 

Photographer sues Getty Images over PD images

http://hyperallergic.com/314079/photographer-files-1-billion-suit-against-getty-for-licensing-her-public-domain-images/

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/prominent-photographer-sues-getty-for-us1b-after-copyright-claim-on-her-own

Press agency accuses Getty Images of overstepping.. http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/copyrightarticle.php?article_id=5029#.V6f9LmXj6Ml (side note: complaint filed)

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3005136/Zuma-v-Getty-Sdny-Copyright.pdf

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2999429-Highsmith-v-Getty-Images.html#search/p1/HIGHSMITH

 

Monkey Selfie Case – Peta files appeal

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/peta-takes-infamous-monkey-selfie-915544

https://www.scribd.com/document/319649363/Naruto-v-Slater-Appeal-Opening-Brief

 

Set Top Boxes FCC v. Copyright Office

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/copyright-office-jumps-set-top-box-debate-says-hollywood-should-control-your-tv

http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-copyright-office-criticizes-fccs-plan-on-set-top-boxes-1470260812

https://www.eff.org/document/letter-maria-pallante-fcc-re-set-top-boxes (Copyright office letter)

 

For Fun – Are Crossword Puzzles copyrightable?

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/a-plagiarism-scandal-is-unfolding-in-the-crossword-world/

 

Woman Defaces Crossword Art: Claims Copyright

http://artforum.com/news/id=62642

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/08/pensioner-fills-in-crossword-puzzle-art-exhibit-claims-copyright-of-new-work/

 

Announcement:  Join Entertainment Law Update at Texas Bar CLE’s Entertainment Law Institute, in Austin, November  3-4, 2016/  For more information, visit http://texasbarcle.com

Stairway to Heaven, Copyright Small Claims, Tattoo T-Shirt & DOJ Ruling – Episode 76


SHOW NOTES

 

Led Zeppelin Ruling – No infringement

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/latest-jury-led-zeppelin-steal-stairway-riff-40079137

http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/23/media/stairway-to-heaven-trial-verdict/

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/led-zeppelin-trial-verdict/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/led-zeppelin-wins-stairway-heaven-905866

http://katzjustice.com/led-zep-wins/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jury-deliberations-begin-stairway-heaven-905595

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/a-stairway-heaven-appeal-would-905922

http://mcir.usc.edu/inplay/Documents/skimore.summaryjugement.pdf (just background information)

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/led-zeppelin-prevail-in-stairway-to-heaven-lawsuit-20160623

http://www.inquisitr.com/3229045/led-zeppelin-wins-copyright-lawsuit-courts-deem-stairway-original-work/ (more on why the recordings weren’t able to be used)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lawyer-who-sued-led-zeppelin-907780 (side note: attorney for Plaintiff may not be allowed to practice anymore)

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/07/led-zep-lawyers-want-800k-for-defending-stairway-to-heaven-lawsuit/ (side note: the legal fees)

http://www.worldipreview.com/news/led-zeppelin-s-publishers-demand-800-000-damages-10416?utm_source=World+IP+Review&utm_campaign=26142bebd5-WIPR_Digital_Newsletter_27_06_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d76dcadc01-26142bebd5-27468325#.V4OmfOEFDrk.linkedin (LedZep Publisher’s demand for $800,000)

 

Is there a Small Claims Copyright Court in the future?

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/copyright/article/70915-authors-guild-backs-small-claims-copyright-bill.html

http://intheopen.net/2016/07/copyright-small-claims-an-update-on-legislation/

 

Apple’s Streaming Royalties Proposal

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7439046/apple-proposes-simplified-statutory-licensing-scheme

 

J.R. Smith’s Right of Publicity in his Tattoos?

http://sports-law.blogspot.com/2016/06/does-jr-smith-have-right-of-publicity.html(picture of t-shirt for reference)

 

Three Texas SLAPP Cases

http://www.haynesboone.com/news-and-events/news/publications/2016/07/13/three-texas-supreme-court-decisions-affecting-media-companies

 

Brexit IP Impact

http://www.haynesboone.com/news-and-events/news/alerts/2016/06/28/what-brexit-may-mean-for-your-ip-rights-in-europe

 

Brexit being trademarked (quick take)

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/07/youll-never-guess-which-portmanteau-everyone-is-suddenly-trying-to-trademark/

 

Pre-1972 Magic from the 11th Circuit

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-asks-sound-recording-907360

http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201513100.cert.pdf

 

Department of Justice denying consent decree

http://www.billboard.stfi.re/articles/news/7423321/department-of-justice-deny-consent-decree-amendment?sf=exewrda#aa

http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7431011/understanding-music-publishing-dept-of-justice-consent-decree

 

Fox News Hamster Follow-Up (quick take)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-news-anchor-advances-lawsuit-913757

Politicians and Music Rights

Huckabee Pays for the Eye of the Tiger

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160628/07134034840/mike-huckabee-settles-five-figures-with-survivor-over-copyright-infringement.shtml

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/mike-huckabee-tries-religious-assembly-855582?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/06/28/mike-huckabee-eye-tiger-lawsuit

 

Melania Trump Plagiarism

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/19/melania-trump-republican-convention-speech-plagiarism/87278088/

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-speechwriter-takes-blame-melania-plagiarized-speech-article-1.2718741

 

Trump  – We are the Champions

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-gop-rnc-queen-champions-20160719-snap-htmlstory.html

http://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2015/10/28/music-in-political-campaigns-what-licenses-do-i-need?rq=campaign(relating note)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/why-donald-trump-should-have-914367 (Posted after the fact)

 

Ted Cruz Infringing

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160714/06365134968/ted-cruz-campaign-infringed-copyright-will-probably-be-treated-with-kid-gloves-just-because.shtml

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2993705/Leopona-v-Cruz-MTD.pdf (Cruz motion to dismiss)

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2993707/leoponaVcruz7122016.pdf (court decision)

Taxing Dead Celebs, Fee Shifting in Copyright Cases and Red Flag Knowledge- ELU 75


SHOW NOTES

This month’s guest:  Jon Janecek (Pepperdine 3L, and ELU contributor)

Quick Follow up on Dead Celebrities

Whitney Houston http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/whitney-houston-estate-challenges-11-897991

Prince
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7385067/prince-estate-claimants-object-to-undergoing-genetic

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/7393500/how-to-prove-youre-related-to-prince-and-how-his-estate-may-be-sliced-up

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7400356/princes-estate-is-open-for-business-following-judges

More Songs IN Public Domain

Quick Take:  “Woodie Guthrie’s  “This Land is Your Land”   in P.D.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/rock-band-seeks-judicial-declaration-902573

Quick Take 2: “We Shall Overcome” and go into P.D.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lee-daniels-butler-involved-effort-904041

Supreme Court Fee Shifting (Kirtsaeng Ruling)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-rules-copyright-fee-903737

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/15-375_4f57.pdf

Vimeo Second Circuit Ruling (when does red flag knowledge pop up?)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-gives-internet-service-903519

http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/d8070ae4-48d4-45ae-af3c-661e72cd1987/1/doc/14-1048_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/d8070ae4-48d4-45ae-af3c-661e72cd1987/1/hilite/

 

McCain Flips on another campaign using his ad (quick take) 

http://gawker.com/john-mccain-used-to-feel-very-differently-about-copyrig-1777804400

 

Fair Use for the NYTimes (quick)

http://fair.org/home/for-nyt-fair-use-depends-on-whos-doing-the-using/?curator=MediaREDEF

 

Net Neutrality upheld in DC Circuit Ruling

http://click.et.npr.org/?qs=8dd8249c97e92bdf44b8e50fe55209ff98c808d166e6a8724f36961eb2635dcdc116fb96082739b4

State Ownership of Copyrights – more news.

Georgia Copyrighting its laws (relate to Butts/CA statute from last ep)

http://www.lawsitesblog.com/2016/05/matthew-bender-seeks-become-amicus-georgia-copyright-suit-public-resource.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lawsitesblog%2FZSJUCom+%28Robert+Ambrogi%27s+LawSites%29

(podcast about fastcase suing casemaker)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/legal-talk-network-law-news/id73802197?mt=2&i=366021297

 

More on California’s move to copyright it’s works.

http://copyright.lib.harvard.edu/states/ (map of copyright status of govt docs per state)

http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/california_state_copyright_bill.php

http://scvnews.com/2016/06/02/state-assembly-rejects-transparency-votes-to-allow-govt-to-copyright-public-records/

 Yosemite Brand Names (why CA may be pursuing IP rights)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/02/us/bitter-contract-dispute-extends-to-who-owns-yosemite-national-park-names.html  

 

1972 Recordings  

CBS victory on question of copyrightablitiy
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cbs-beats-lawsuit-pre-1972-898633

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2016/06/articles/us-district-court-finds-digitally-remastered-pre-1972-sound-recordings-are-derivative-works-covered-by-federal-law-dismisses-suit-against-broadcaster-seeking-over-the-air-p/

(RIAA commentary on 1972 ruling) http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/riaa-writes-judge-controversial-ruling-902801

 

 

Drones and Dead Rockers. Special guest: Enrico Schaefer – Episode 74


SHOW NOTES

DRONE LAW

Special Guest: Enrico Schaefer

ELU074_-_Google_DocsEnrico Schaefer, Esq. is a Unmanneed Aerial Systems pilot and technology lawyer at TraverseLegal in Traverse City, Michigan.  He has been a UAS enthusiast for years, and has completed a number of advanced UAS classes in the UAS program at Northwestern Michigan College.  Enrico is considered one of the top Section 333 and UAV attorneys in the country, representing Fortune 100 and start-up companies on drone law and Section 333 issues.  He is the author of many articles concerning FAA drone regulations, Section 333 exemptions and FAA compliance, many of which can be found here at DroneLaw.pro.  Enrico has been a speaker at the International Drone Conference on its insurance panel and has had numerous media appearances ranging from MITech News, Robotics Business Review,  Internet Advisor Podcast and The Steve Gruber Show (1240 WJIM Radio), WJR Radio (Detroit), DroneLife.com and “That Drone Show.”

Some basic takeaways:

A checklist for compliance with Drone FAA regs (and some common sense)

N.B.- The checklist doesn’t cover everything, but is a good place to start. Please review all FAA rules and regulations on commercial operation for drones:

  • Maintain a valid Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Registration with the FAA;
  • Drone is physically marked with the sUAS registration number (N-number);
  • Comply with all rules, regulations, and applicable laws whether local, state, or federal for the operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System;
  • Secure an approved FAA Exemption under Section 333 (it could be months or longer before the new Part 107 (which will replace Section 333 is approved and implemented);
  • Airworthiness certification from the FAA for the drone;
  • Fly the drone below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles;
  • Keep the drone within visual line of sight at all times;
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations;
  • Do not not fly within 5 miles of an airport;
  • Do not fly near people or stadiums (500 feet or the equivalent to a city block away from people or structures);
  • Do not fly a drone that weighs more than 55 pounds;
  • Do not fly at night;
  • The operator of the drone holds a valid airline transport, commercial, private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate;
  • Operator of drone will not be  negligent, careless, or reckless in the operation of the drone;
  • Confirm there are no airspace restrictions where the drone will be flown;
  • Maintain a commercial drone liability insurance policy (this will most likely be a rider to a commercial insurance policy).


Filming With Drones Raises Safety Concerns in Hollywood – Variety

https://apple.news/AVj_pU60nNtqLTiEw-ft03w

Drone rules: Everything you need to know to fly domestic drones legally – The Independent

https://apple.news/AKQtu6hjpMEOEKuKJODY5YQ

Filmmakers Seek Looser Drone Regulatory Rules – The Hollywood Reporter

https://apple.news/AYbOMQiSmTISlgIjmCP2uzA

Disneyland is in fact seeking an exemption from the FAA to allow use of drones in its fireworks display

http://m.ocregister.com/articles/disney-699452-drones-use.html http://m.ocregister.com/articles/disney-632730-drones-use.html

Other  Resources

http://dronelawjournal.com/
http://dronelaw.net/post/134373918057/sources-in-drone-law
http://dronelegalservices.com/

 

Prince’s death;  Review of his legal influences

http://biedermanblog.com/music/rip-to-a-celebrated-force-in-entertainment-law/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/princes-legal-legacy-contract-fights-886521

http://www.newsweek.com/debbie-harry-ceelo-green-and-tony-bennett-battle-youtube-prince-videos-start-455671?piano_d=1

Tamera Bennett interviewed on Prince estate and right of publicity

Prince died with no will – an interesting wrinkle

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/princes-estate-no-will-could-887717

Minnesota Lawmaker wants a “Prince Act”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/minnesota-lawmaker-proposes-prince-act-892154

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF3609&session=ls89&session_year=2016&session_number=0&version=latest

 

Tupac’s estate will continue to honor the artists mother’s wishes following her death

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7356896/tupacs-estate-after-his-mothers-death-wishes-will-be

 

Michael Jackson Estate Faces Billion-Dollar Tax Court Battle

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/what-is-michael-jacksons-image-884963

 

Supreme Court Ends 11-Year Copyright Challenge to Google Books

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/7340672/supreme-court-ends-11-year-copyright-challenge-to

 

Congress Passes Sweeping New Legislation To Protect Trade Secrets

http://www.trademarkandcopyrightlawblog.com/2016/05/congress-passes-sweeping-new-legislation-to-protect-trade-secrets/

 

Mayor Butts Returns: California Passes New Copyright Legislation

Electronic Frontier Foundation  material:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/04/ab-2880

The Bill itself:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_2851-2900/ab_2880_bill_20160315_amended_asm_v98.pdf

CALL TO ACTION: Contact your legislators about this!

Buck Rogers, Darfour Refugees, Thai Math Professors and more – Entertainment Law Update Podcast 73



 

SHOW NOTES

Judge Rejects Film Producer’s Bid to Have Buck Rogers Character Declared in Public Domain

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-rejects-film-producers-bid-877683

 

Judge Lets 54 Sudanese Refugees Pursue Copyright and Fraud Claims Over Reese Witherspoon Film

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-lets-54-sudanese-refugees-878021

 

Judge Doesn’t Want Google to Google the Favorite Books and Songs of Potential Jurors

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-doesnt-want-google-google-878548

 

Judge Knocks Out Key Claim in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Lawsuit

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-knocks-key-claim-straight-879604

→ The Court order: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2780934-Compton.html

Serial Trademark Denied

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2016/04/articles/serial-trademark-denied-should-one-of-the-most-popular-podcasts-ever-be-able-to-protect-its-name/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BroadcastLawBlog+%28Broadcast+Law+Blog%29

 

EU Stories

Photos of artwork on Wikimedia

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/05/wikimedias-free-photo-database-of-artworks-violates-copyright-court-rules

http://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/04/04/strike-against-freedom-panorama/ (wikimedia’s statement on the matter)

https://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=File:TheSwedishSupremeCourtsDecisionBUSvWikimediaFINAL-English_Translation.pdf&page=2 (the ruling)

 

EU attorney says Playboy links shouldn’t be infringing?

http://fortune.com/2016/04/07/copyright-links-eu/

http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2016-04/cp160037en.pdf (the opinion)

 

Kirtsaeng – Thai math prof whose copyright case is headed for SCOTUS – again

http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2016/04/11/meet-the-thai-math-prof-whose-copyright-case-is-headed-for-scotus-again/

 

 

Consent Decrees, Sex Tapes, Klingons and Nude Scenes – ELU #72

elulogox1400



 

SHOW NOTES

100 Percent Licensing: U.S. Copyright Office Argues New Proposal Threatens Song Owners’ Rights

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6890404/100-percent-licensing-us-copyright-office-argues-new

Links to this article: http://copyright.gov/policy/pro-licensing.pdf

 Erin Andrews and Hulk Hogan win big.  Are they the poster children for the new Privacy?

Erin Andrews (peephole case)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/erin-andrews-awarded-55m-lawsuit-873313

Hulk Hogan (Bollea v. Gawker)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hulk-hogan-gets-115m-verdict-876768

 

Princess Cruises (Quick Take)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/princess-cruises-faces-lawsuit-barry-876787

Lindsay Lohan’s GTA5 lawsuit allowed to continue

Lindsay Lohan GTA V

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2016/03/16/does-lindsay-lohan-actually-have-a-point-with-her-gta-5-lawsuit/#380a92b626c2

http://bgr.com/2016/03/16/lindsay-lohan-gta-5-lacey-jones-rockstar-lawsuit/ (side by side images)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-allows-lindsay-lohan-advance-875269

Flipagram – Asking forgiveness instead of permission

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/03/14/flipagram-ceo-admits-to-massive-copyright-infringement/

Rick Ross’ ‘Hustlin’ – Copyright Under Examination as part of suit against LMFAO

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lmfao-bombshell-rick-ross-hustlin-871698

Batmobile Case denied Cert.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-wont-hear-batmobile-873092

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/dc-comics-is-entitled-copyright-826678 (previous coverage from 2015)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/batmobile-lawsuit-warner-bros-wins-419661 (previous coverage from 2013)

Start Trek Fan Film Case — Paramount claims infringement of Klingon Language.  Is this entitled to copyright?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/crowdfunded-star-trek-movie-draws-851474

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/star-trek-fans-want-paramount-868691

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/paramount-claims-crowdfunded-star-trek-874985

http://www.kli.org/about-the-kli/ (about the Klingon Language)

Appeals Court allows Producers to continue  breach of contract counterclaims  against actress for refusing Nude Scene.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/california-appeals-court-allows-actress-874603

(Initial complaint)  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/custom/Documents/ESQ/Femma_Fatales_bc497183.pdf

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2601114/Actress-Anne-Lee-Greene-sued-85K-refusing-nude-love-scenes-Cinemax-soft-core-series-Femme-Fatales.html

Opinion:  http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/B260333.PDF

Scalia, Prevailing Parties, Hurt Locker and more. Episode 71



 

SHOW NOTES

Antonin Scalia Viewed Hollywood as “Foul-Mouthed Glitteratae,” But Wasn’t Entirely Unfriendly – Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/antonin-scalia-viewed-hollywood-as-865334

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLASS ACTION  SETTLED

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/warner-music-pays-14-million-863120

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-happy-birthday-lawsuit-settlement-public-domain-20160208-story.html

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2706567-Birthday-Settlmemo.html

 

ATTORNEYS FEES – Blurred Lines and Kirtsaeng

Robin Thicke’s Attorney Argues $3.5M Fee Award in “Blurred Lines” Case Would Set Bad Precedent – Hollywood Reporter

Supreme Court will address the question.

Is A “Prevailing Party” Really Entitled To Attorneys Fees Under the Copyright Act? SCOTUS To Decide

 

Hollywood Studios Say No Law Requires Captioning of All Song Lyrics in Movies

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-studios-say-no-law-857893

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2696091-Anthony-Dismiss.html

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2696092-Anthony-Strike.html

 

Supreme Court Asked to Review Batmobile Copyright Dispute

Recap: 28, 38, 67

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-asked-review-batmobile-858268

http://www.worldipreview.com/news/car-designer-demands-us-supreme-court-ends-batmobile-copyright-9445

http://www.bna.com/supreme-court-asked-n57982066533/

 

Another Actor claiming copyright in performance, this time in NY

(Followup from episode 65)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-docket-hobbit-trial-straight-857914

“For those who followed the legal saga over Innocence of Muslims, specifically actress Cindy Lee Garcia’s attempt to assert a copyright interest in her performance and have a judge wipe the film trailer from YouTube, check out this new lawsuit from Brian McCabe against Entertainment One and Swirl Recording & Film. McCabe says he acted on a program titled Community Service, and that his agreement only gave Swirl the right to air his performance on TV networks, not DVD or online. He’s now alleging that exhibition of the show has violated the copyright to his performance and further constitutes a violation of his right of publicity under New York law. The latter claim is probably doomed (see why here), but the copyright issue could give the New York judge an excuse to adopt or stray from what the 9th Circuit said in the Garcia case. ” So something to watch.

 

A busy month in the trademark area…

Reacting to The Fine Brothers Trademark on “React”

http://ryanmorrisonlaw.com/attorneys-react-the-fine-bros-react-trademark/

http://superfame.com/post/fine-brothers-copyright-react-trademark/

https://www.youtube.com/user/React

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFineBros/videos

http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/youtube-finebrothers-entertainment-license/

http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/fine-bros-youtube-react-trademark-backlash/

Ended up backing off: http://go.delicious.com/?id=63408X1518852&xs=1&url=http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/02/02/fine-bros-cancel-react-world-contentid/?mc_cid=3b80337165&sref=https://delicious.com/gfiremark

 

TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS IN VIDEO GAMES

Real Trademarks in Virtual Game Worlds – VIRAG

Gamasutra – Court rules for Gran Turismo in trademark suit, cites First Amendment

 

Sports Player Tattoos in Video Games

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/02/nba-2k16-tattoo-lawsuit/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/nba-2k-videogame-maker-sued-861131

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160202/06345533489/take-two-software-sued-over-copyright-nba-players-tattoos.shtml

Big Fees, Strikeouts and Disparaging Brands – Entertainment Law Update Episode 70



 

SHOW NOTES

 Webcasting Rates

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/dc-sets-new-webcasting-rates-849669

 

Marvin Gaye Estate Wants $3.4 Million for attorneys’ fees and Expenses

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-docket-marvin-gaye-family-854928

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Abbott and Costello

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/nyregion/heirs-of-abbott-and-costello-lose-copyright-claim-over-whos-on-first.html?_r=1
http://deadline.com/2015/12/broadway-hand-to-god-who-on-first-lawsuit-1201669009/
Link to Opinion

 

The Slants 

http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2015/12/are-legal-restrictions-on-disparaging-personal-names-unconstitutional-in-re-the-slants-guest-blog-post.htm

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/rock-band-wins-first-amendment-850689
http://www.haynesboone.com/news-and-events/news/alerts/2016/01/05/federal-circuit-rules-disparagement-clause-of-2a-of-the-lanham-act-unconstitutional

 

**RE: The Redskins

http://lawstreetmedia.com/blogs/ip-copyright/appeals-court-okays-trademarking-offensive-names-how-will-it-affect-the-redskins/

 

Kung Fu Panda

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/feds-charge-artist-fraudulent-attempt-850589

 

Monkey Can’t Sue

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/picture-monkey-see-monkey-cant-852831

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/judge-says-monkey-cannot-own-copyright-to-famous-selfies/

 

Rosa Parks relatives lose case over likeness

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/rosa-parks-heirs-lose-legal-851986

 

Richard Prince (short talk)

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/richard-prince-lawsuit-expert-opinions-402173

Complaint

 

US Copyright Office is taking comments about how well the DMCA is working | Ars Technica

http://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/2015/12/30/is-the-dmca-working-us-copyright-office-evaluates-dmca-safe-harbor-provisions

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/got-an-opinion-to-share-about-dmca-takedowns-let-the-copyright-office-know/

http://copyright.gov/policy/512/