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Los Angeles Entertainment Law Blog

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.

Defining entertainment law: What does the term actually mean?

Well-informed and singular connotations would likely quickly emerge for many people across the United States asked to make a short list of attributes that most closely define Southern California.

And we suspect that this item would feature rather high on the list: the entertainment capital of the world.

Despite fall from grace, one-time firm's name still valued

A recent article in Accounting Today recounts the story of a one-time "Big-Five" member of the world's largest accounting firms, most notably its collapse in the wake of unprecedented corporate scandals in the early 2000s.

Since then, Arthur Andersen, while not formally dissolved, has withered away and presently exists in only skeletal form.

President Trump scores personal trademark triumph in China

China was never far from being front-and-center subject matter for current President Donald Trump just a few short months ago, when he was competing vigorously for the preeminent executive position he now holds.

And it continues to hold the spotlight (along with a select few other topics, of course) in the early innings of the president's recently launched tenure