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November 2012 Archives

The Black Keys drop lawsuits against Pizza Hut, Home Depot

The band The Black Keys recently settled its lawsuits against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot, which the band alleges were using The Black Key's songs in advertisements without paying for them. As you can guess, if that were true, it would be a merchandising and licensing issue.

Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien sues over "Lord of the Rings" gambling game

As Los Angeles fans of "Lord of the Rings" gear up for the December premiere of "The Hobbit," we have an interesting entertainment law development related to the blockbuster films and the bestselling novels they are based upon to tell you about.

Lawsuit: Who owns a character?

Sometimes, audiences associate a character so strongly with an actor or actress that it gets difficult to differentiate between the two. Can Los Angeles readers picture anyone other than Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Buffy The Vampire Slayer, for example? (Random trivia sidenote: The character of Buffy was actually first portrayed in a movie by Kristy Swanson.)

Anheuser-Busch wants Budweiser edited out of Denzel Washington's new thriller

Usually when we tell Los Angeles readers about merchandising and licensing issues on this blog, it's a positive thing. By that, we mean it is usually a situation in which one party is actively seeking permission to use another's name, image or likeness because it wants to share in that party's goodwill or positive reputation.