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November 2014 Archives

Aereo files for bankruptcy in complex entertainment industry

Aereo Inc is a company that allows subscribers to view television stations as live streams on their computers and similar devices. Subscribers have to pay for this service, with charges in the $8 to $12 range. However, the company has recently put in a filing for bankruptcy. It is a Chapter 11 filing, and the company either plans to reorganize or sell off the assets that remain.

Bad celebrity behaviors affect terms of sponsorship deals

Los Angeles celebrities who please the public are rewarded with lavish attention and fabulous incomes. Entertainment law attorneys know praise can turn to criticism and condemnation quickly when well-known individuals misbehave. Advertising agencies and sponsors, who once vied for long-term sponsorship and merchandising agreements with movie, television and sports stars, are now hedging their bets.

One author, two shows, same plot: is it copyright infringement?

If you're a regular visitor to our blog then you will have noticed the number of real-world cases that we have presented to best exemplify the complexities of entertainment law. By looking at these cases, our readers are oftentimes left with a better understanding of how complicated the law can get and why it's typically necessary to seek legal help during these situations.

Why you shouldn't replace a skilled lawyer with an iPhone app

Released in 2012, the iPhone app called Shake gave people across the United States, including our readers here in California, the opportunity to draft legally binding contracts with just a smartphone device. Users could, for free, draft stock agreements by answering a few questions. Afterwards, both parties could then sign the contract, making it legally binding.

Retailers and licensing agreements: how does it work?

If there is one thing that we have tried to make clear on this blog in past posts it's that the entertainment industry is a relatively complex machine that depends on its many pieces to make the entire system work properly. One small aspect of this process that we will look at today is how licensing agreements work within the industry.

Does Weird Al pay out royalties for his songs?

To continue our conversation from last week, we wanted to talk once more about Weird Al Yankovic rise to success by using the melody of another singer's to create his own works of art. As frequent readers of our blog may remember, last week we talked about fair use, which allows Yankovic to write and produce parodies of other songs without fear of copyright infringement.