Monthly Archives: March 2008

360 deals – some basics from M.E.L.O.N.

My friend and colleague Tony Berman is at it again, preparing a useful and comprehensive blog post about the growing phenomenon of so-called 360 deals, where record companies participate not only in revenues from an Artist's record sales, but also from merchandise, touring, ticketing, online presence, marketing, sponsorships, endorsements, and the like.  Essentially, any money the artist earns is shared with the label..

Check it out the first installment of his multi-part article at  Multimedia Entertainment Law Online News.

Smoking Bans and Theatre – the debate continues

The New York Times reports in this article, that a Colorado State appellate court has ruled against the owners of several theatres who’ve challenged the State’s ban on smoking indoors on First Amendment grounds.  The theatres have indicated that they’ll appeal to the state’s Supreme Court. Will they succeed. Is “smoking” an expressive form of… Continue Reading

Some legal guidelines for Photographers

While surfing the net tonight, I discovered this article on Photojojo, which has some interesting tidbits of legal information for photographers. Most of the tips apply to amateur and professional photographers alike, but if your photos will be used for commercial purposes, don’t forget that some jurisdictions have stronger rights of publicity and privacy laws… Continue Reading

An Update on smoking bans and theater

Since I first wrote about this  here and here, there have been some interesting developments on the questions surrounding laws banning smoking in public places.   Following passage of a smoking ban law in Minnesota (the “Freedom to Breathe Act”), a growing  number of bar and restaurant owners have been staging “theatre nights”, wherein they involve… Continue Reading

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Law and Video entertainment law Podcast for March 4, 2008

The latest episode of The Law and Video Podcast is now available at This week we discussed: Smoking Bans vs. the First Amendment – Minnesota bars and restaurants casting themselves as theatres. Patrons as “performers”, with smoking as theatrical performance. Copyright Ownership of public access broadcasts of city council meetings Legality of UFC (Ultimate… Continue Reading

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