Category Archives: Entertainment Law

I have a new podcast for showbiz professionals!

A few weeks ago, I quietly began releasing episodes of a new podcast, called More, Better, Faster! Success Strategies for Show Business Professionals.
Today, I released the 11th episode, featuring conversation with Financial expert, Cortlon Cofield, in which we discussed some common financial mistakes creative folks make, and some tips to get set up for success… Check it out, and subscribe.

Oldies and Goodies

Oldies and Goodies

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/114

  • California Governor signs two controversial bills affecting entertainment and sports
  • BILLIONS LAWSUIT BEATEN BY SHOWTIME 
  • ORAL ARGUMENTS HELD in LED ZEPPELIN STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN CASE
  • PARKER V. WINWOOD “Gimme Some Lovin’” 51-years later… (lack of admissible evidence of copying)
  • Jerry Seinfeld wins COMEDIANS IN CARS AUTHORSHIP LAWSUIT DUE TO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
  • E*TRADE BEATS LAWSUIT CLAIMING IT STOLE PERSONA  of Instagram’s coolest man
  • Gilda Radner documentary producer's Copyright Lawsuit defeated by lack of registration (The plaintiff didn't have the tapes anymore.)
  • US Judge Tosses French Court’s $2.2MM Picasso Judgment over photos
  • Indianapolis Photographer/Lawyer RICHARD BELL’S LAWSUIT THROWN OUT JURY SAID NO TO QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP
  • IT’S ELECTION SEASON AND Nickelback SUCCESSFULLY stops Trump’s use of song/video

It’s Criminal, I Tell Ya!

It’s Criminal, I Tell Ya!

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/113

  • Yamashita v. Scholastic Inc., No. 17-1957 (2d Cir. 2019)
  • Illegal Streaming Services Prompt Multiple Indictments (Conspiracy -– Criminal Copyright) 
  • Barack Obama’s Production Company Runs Into a Trademark Problem | Hollywood Reporter
  • Ariana Grande Sues Forever 21 for Using a “Look-Alike Model” on Social Media
  • ‘WHATEVS’: St. Louis brewery fires back after French firm’s trademark threat 
  • ‘Friday the 13th’ Writer Ridicules Notion That Winning Back Rights Means WGA’s Demise 
  • MERCEDES ROLLS PAST MOTION TO DISMISS 
  • CALIFORNIA SAYS STUDENT ATHLETES CAN PROFIT FROM THEIR NAMES AND LIKENESS
  • CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE PASSES AB5 GIG-WORK BILL 
Dark Horses, Study Guides & Supertitles

Dark Horses, Study Guides & Supertitles

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/112 Here’s what we talked about.. KATY PERRY LOSES DARK HORSE CASE  Gigi Hadid beats Instagram copyright lawsuit  Narkiewicz-Laine v. Doyle (Stored Artwork… Continue Reading

Gordon Firemark named among the Best Lawyers in America

For the fourth year in a row, Gordon Firemark has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I’m grateful for this recognition. It really validates what I’ve been doing” says Gordon who describes his mission as Helping Entertainment Professionals Realize Their Dreams. Gordon Firemark’s… Continue Reading

The Trouble with Tunes – approaches to using music in podcasts (Podcast Movement 2019)

Thursday afternoon, I’ll be presenting my talk at Podcast Movement in Orlando. I’ll be outlining the various ways in which music can be used by podcasters, where the music may come from, and the complex web of copyright and licensing issues that have historically made using commercial music both difficult and costly. Then, I’ll sound… Continue Reading

States’ Liability for copyright infringement

States’ Liability for copyright infringement

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 http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/111 Here’s what we talked about.. VIDANGEL POSTMORTEM TRUMP CAN’T BLOCK ON TWITTER TEXAS APPEAL COURT: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BUT SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY. (TIE TO… Continue Reading

Special Episode: Iancu v. Brunetti (USSC deals with FUCT trademark)

Special Episode: Iancu v. Brunetti (USSC deals with FUCT trademark)

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 http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/FUCT Here’s what we talked about.. Iancau v. Brunetti-SCOTUS Continue Reading

Drug Kingpins and Cartoon Frogs.

Drug Kingpins and Cartoon Frogs.

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 http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/110. Here’s what we talked about.. SUPREME COURT: BANKRUPTCY DOES NOT TERMINATE A LICENSE (FOLLOW-UP)  THE COPYRIGHT TRIAL THAT ALMOST WAS… “PEPE THE… Continue Reading

The Merry Month of May

The Merry Month of May

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 http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/109. Here’s what we talked about.. MORAL RIGHTS (quick) FOURTH CIRCUIT SAYS FAIR USE ISN’T TO PROTECT LAZY APPROPRIATORS ANTI-TRUST AS A DEFENSE… Continue Reading

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