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Asserted Truths

Asserted Truths

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/125

  • AMC TO TAKE OVER SHUTTERED THEATERS 
  • FALL OUT FROM CONSENT DECREES CONTINUES IN APPELLATE RULINGCentury Theater Owner’s Negotiation Tactics Approved.
  • IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT, DIVISION ONE
  • JERSEY BOYS-NEW STANDARD FOR NON-FICTION CORBELLO V VALLI (USCA, 9th Circuit)
  • TONY BASIL LOSES AGAINST AGENTS DUE TO COPYRIGHT PREEMPTION
  • CHICK-FIL-A LOGO DENIED COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION
  • VID ANGEL SETTLES (quick take-1 paragraph) (CAN COME OUT OF BANKRUPTCY)
  • RAZORCREST LEGO SET CHANGES NAME DUE TO TRADEMARK
  • SOCIAL MEDIA SERVICE APPROVED IN TEXAS 
  • CALIFORNIA PASSED AMENDMENT TO AB5

For the 5th year running, Gordon Firemark named among “Best Lawyers”

For the 5th year running, Gordon Firemark named among “Best Lawyers”

Gordon Firemark has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater.

“I've always loved helping creatives and entertainers people bridge the gap to build successful businesses. I find this work so very rewarding.” says Firemark, ” This recognition is very welcome icing on the cake.”

Gordon Firemark's practice covers the fields of Theatre, Film, Television and New Media. He is especially proud of his work representing podcast networks and platforms, as well as independent podcast creators as The Podcast Lawyer™.

Generic .coms, Lady A and more…

Generic .coms, Lady A and more…

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/123

  • GENERIC.COM TRADEMARKS GRANTED
  • LADY ANTEBELLUM VS. LADY A.
  • MAKE-UP DESIGNS, COPYRIGHTABILITY & PREMPTION
  • ESTATE OF CONAN DOYLE SUES NETFLIX OVER ENOLA HOLMES
  • SHAPE OF WATER LAWSUIT RECONSIDERED
  • SLAPP MIGHT NOT APPLY-JOY REID HAS SETBACK IN FEDERAL COURT
  • INSTAGRAM EMBEDDING RECONSIDERED
  • UNICOLORS FIRST IMPRESSION OF SINGLE UNIT OF PUBLICATION 
  • PSA: MAKE SURE TO DO CLEARANCE/CHECK YOUR RESIDENTIAL LEASES 
  • PSA: COPYRIGHT DAMAGES DECISION IN 9TH CIRCUIT 
  • PSA: NEW GROUP REGISTRATION FOR SHORT ONLINE WORKS
  • NO SUMMARY NEEDED-PODCAST ACCESSIBILITY

“Literally” Libel… Proof

“Literally” Libel… Proof

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/122 “THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED” MOVES TOWARDS PUBLICATION United States of America v John R. Bolton [USDC for the District of Columbia]… Continue Reading

Can (and should) producers use COVID-19 waivers from cast and crew to limit their liability?

Can (and should) producers use COVID-19 waivers from cast and crew to limit their liability?

The scenario An actor client today told me that she’s been asked to sign a document before coming to work on a new project. The waiver expresses all kinds of new protocols for minimizing disease transmission on and around the set, but then it goes on to include a waiver, stating that she understands that… Continue Reading

April Quarantine Edition

April Quarantine Edition

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/120 RIAA SUED OVER SONGS IT DIDN’T HAVE RIGHTS TO (WOOPS! WE DIDN’T OWN THAT) YES NBA2K, YOU CAN USE THAT TATTOO  YES,… Continue Reading

Achieve More, Better, Faster

As you know, I love to help creatives and business folk in all fields… film, tv, theatre, podcasting, online/digital business, or whatever, to forge their paths forward to bigger, better, accomplishments, as quickly as you can imagine. I do this through: One-on-one coaching (sign up for a discovery call to learn how this works​https://firemark.as.me/Discover) Group Coaching (click… Continue Reading

Resources to help during Covid-19 Crisis

(no, I don’t have a secret resource for T.P.) But here are a few useful links.: ​The Freelancer’s Guide to The CARES Act: New Funds and Benefits (from my friend and client Abbey Woodcock) ​What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus​ ​Where entertainment industry workers can go for help (LA Times) ​Financial Help for Hollywood workers (Variety.com)… Continue Reading

Blackbeard’s Revenge!

Blackbeard’s Revenge!

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/119 BREAKING: STATES CANNOT BE SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT- YES NORTH CAROLINA, YOU CAN BE A PIRATE. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND –… Continue Reading

A new look at the old standard: “Force Majeure” clauses

With Covid-19/Coronavirus causing cancellation of events and transactions around the globe, people are naturally looking at whether they must still perform their contractual obligations and whether they are entitled to refunds of deposits and advance payments they’ve made. Most contracts do include a so-called “force majeure” clause as part of what’s usually considered the boilerplate.… Continue Reading

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