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New Year, New Laws.

New Year, New Laws.

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/129

  • LIEBOWITZ LAWSUIT  OVER $15.00 IN REVENUE DEFEATED IN FAIR USE
  • OH THE PLACES WE’LL BOLDLY GO –  REVERSED EN BANC
  • $1B DAMAGES AWARD AGAINST COX UPHELD
  • NIKI MINAJ SETTLES WITH TRACY CHAPMAN
  • IN MGM/STARZ EXCLUSIVITY SUIT, COURT INTERPRETS PETRELLA
  • CASE ACT NOW LAW
  • LAWFUL STREAMING ACT PASSED
  • TRADEMARK MODERNIZATION ACT PASSED
  • NETFLIX/HULU DEALT LOSS IN MISSOURI LOCAL TAX CASE
  • NETFLIX SETTLES ENOLA HOLMES CASE

A glimmer of good news for theatres, producers and other live-performance operators suffering during pandemic

Theatre owners, operators and producers are among those eligible for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program being administered by the Small Business Administration.

The program was created under The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

This grant program cannot be used by a business that is receiving funds this year under the Paycheck Protection Program. It's either-or, so you'll want to talk with your tax and financial advisers before selecting which program under which to apply.

More information about the program and how to apply (when applications begin being accepted next month) available at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant

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2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

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/128

  • AGREEMENT REACHED OVER STREAMING THEATER PERFORMANCES
  • PLATFORM LIABLE FOR USER COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT DUE TO FAILURE TO PAY $6.00.
  • NETFLIX SCORES EARLY WIN IN TIGER-KING LAWSUIT
  • COPYRIGHT TROLL ATTORNEY RICHARD LIEBOWITZ SUSPENDED FROM PRACTICE OF LAW
  • DESCENDIBLE  RIGHT OF PUBLICITY BECOMES LAW IN NY
  • Top Stories and Cases in Entertainment Law for 2020
  • COVID-19 SECTION
  • Warner Brothers shift to Same Day Film Releases on HBO Max (PLUS THEATERS MORE GENERALLY 126-125)
  • USPTO v. Booking 123
  • Stairway to Heaven/Led Zepplin 124, 119 “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN”
  • Instagram Embedding  127, 123
  • Allen v. Cooper (Blackbeard’s Revenge) 119
  • Fair Use Cases we’ve talked about in 2020
  • 2021 UPCOMING ISSUES 
The Gratitude Episode

The Gratitude Episode

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/127 5 Points VARA DISPUTE DENIED CERT (TWO SENTENCES)  TERRENCE HOWARD SUES EMPIRE STUDIO FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT* *BUT REALLY IT’S A SORT… Continue Reading

Promoting your show with sweepstakes, contests and  lotteries

Promoting your show with sweepstakes, contests and lotteries

Running a contest or a giveaway is a brilliant, and cost-effective way to get your audience engaged and get fresh leads, drive lots of meaningful actions, Attract people to your content, get them to share it, and more.  But it’s important to exercise caution and make sure that you’re complying with the relevant laws. You… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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