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Los Angeles Entertainment Law Blog

What is poaching, and is it common in the entertainment industry?

Imagine for a moment an executive in the entertainment industry who makes hiring decisions regarding high-level employees. That person spends a lot of time, energy and creative thought in securing the best talent available to help drive business profits and success in an industry that is centrally marked by an intense competition among rivals.

How might he or she feel upon learning that a competitor has reached out to and is engaging in close conversation regarding new opportunities with a prized employee?

Career enhancer or flat-out company rip off? Arbitrator rules.

The entertainment and media company Lionsgate conceded to an arbitrator that it flooded the YouTube with free videos of top-tier fitness guru Jillian Michaels workout programs to make advertising revenue, but it also insisted that the free views enhanced Michaels' presence and career.

Specifically, the company noted, the fact that many millions of consumers zeroed in on the free Michaels programs helped the fitness icon claim a massive global audience and profit materially from spiked DVD sales engendered by that greater public awareness.

Did -- or did not -- restaurant chain properly pay for music use?

Who exactly is Music Dealers, and who does that business entity represent?

Those questions are at the heart of current litigation between Sony Music Entertainment -- a giant in its industry -- and the national restaurant chain Applebee's, which was commenced recently by the former.

Insights of successful company principal on product endorsers

Message from business entrepreneur and successful company principal Mike France: We don't need Brad Pitt -- or George Clooney, or Johnny Depp, or Tom Hanks or, well, you get the point -- to strap on one of our watches and hawk the product to the public.

And, for myriad reasons, we would forgo that option even if it was readily available to us.

Rap artist uses the law to fight bootleg merchandising

Copyright protection is a concern in many industries. In California, the entertainment industry’s presence illustrates the importance of protecting copyrights and merchandising.

In a recent example, musical artist Chance the Rapper, in conjunction with CTR Touring, brought a federal lawsuit in advance of his scheduled tour. The lawsuit seeks protection from merchandising bootleggers and illegal music downloads.

Andersen Tax wins trademark battle in U.S.; now it wants more

It is only logical that an enterprising business entity would want to profitably leverage the name of a one-time venerable mainstay in the global accounting and tax consulting industry, even if that company collapsed more than a decade ago in a huge financial scandal.

Readers of our blog posts at the entertainment/business and intellectual property Law Offices of Barry K. Rothman in Los Angeles have undoubtedly heard of Arthur Andersen. Indeed, we noted in our March 6 blog entry an ongoing and rapidly escalating dispute between a French-based business entity claiming sole rights to all of the intellectual property rights inhering in the Andersen name and an American company claiming precisely the same.

Judge issues order preventing release of Prince's 'Deliverance'

When Prince Nelson Rogers died last year, it seemed as if the music was over. Then, just a week before the anniversary of the internationally renowned artist's death, an announcement was made that a new, six-song EP called "Deliverance" was to be released -- including brand-new music.

Fans were elated. Until last Wednesday, when a federal judge put the kibosh on the release.

Movie licensing and distribution: not for the inexperienced

People who are not employed inside the entertainment industry -- let's just say lay persons who don't command any specialized knowledge of what it takes to create a film or television program and who simply enjoy engaging with the medium -- would undoubtedly be surprised , if not stunned, by how complex it can be.

Consider this, for example: When it comes to identifying the individuals and entities who play a central role in licensing, producing and/or distributing a motion picture or television program, the list is potentially as long as an arm. As we note on our entertainment and business law website at the long-established Los Angeles Law Offices of Barry K. Rothman, it ranges from individual filmmakers, production/distribution companies and directors to producers, performers, stakeholders and even additional parties.

Entertainment litigation complex, rancorous and multi-dimensional

Maybe they should make a movie featuring the below-cited subject matter, which relates centrally to, well, movies.

In fact, the emerging details spotlighting the realm of film financing seemingly have all the requisite drama and passion that are central to many fine cinema offerings, and they additionally have this core component that renders them quite compelling and singular: the story they pertain to has real people playing reality-based roles, with consequences in play that are anything but fictional.