5 Essential Things You Need to Know Before Hiring an Entertainment Lawyer

5 Essential Things You Need to Know Before Hiring an Entertainment Lawyer

By PPLAdmin / September 29, 2022

1. They Should Be an Expert in Copyright Law The “Copyright Act,” which regulates how creative or “expressive” works are treated in the law, is the foundation of entertainment law. Many lawyers claim that they are “entertainment lawyers” without being sufficiently knowledgeable or up-to-speed on copyright law. If a prospective entertainment lawyer lacks these essential…

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Entertainment Industry Con Faces 20 Years for Defrauding Investors in $650 Million-Dollar Scheme

By PPLAdmin / January 27, 2022

On October 4th, 2021, Zachary Joseph Horwitz, a Los Angeles actor, pled guilty to one count of securities fraud in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Horwitz, also known by his stage name, Zach Avery, admitted to raising $650 million from investors by leading them to believe that he had…

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Investors in Genius Brands, An Entertainment Company, Assert They Were Duped By Pump-And-Dump Scheme

By PPLAdmin / February 24, 2021

In a complaint filed on August 18, 2020, in the Central District of California, plaintiff Salvador Verdin, individually and on behalf of all investors who purchased Genius stock between March 17 and July 5, 2020, accused defendants Genius Brands and its CEO, Andy Heyward, of violating Federal Securities Law. In the complaint, Plaintiffs claim that,…

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Fortnite Game Developer Doesn’t Miss A Beat in “Running Man” Dance IP Victory

By PPLAdmin / July 22, 2020

On May 29, 2020, Judge Paul W. Grimm of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed a lawsuit that accused the creators behind the popular video game, “Fortnite,” of appropriating the “running man” dance without permission from the former University of Maryland students who came up with the viral trend. In…

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Live Nation Can’t Shake Lawsuit Over Female Artist Country Music Festival

By PPLAdmin / July 14, 2020

On May 14, 2020, Live Nation failed to convince a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee to dismiss a $25 million-dollar lawsuit in which concert organizers claimed that Live Nation stole their idea for a country music festival with an all-female lineup. In a complaint filed in…

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Jay-Z, Timbaland, and Numerous Record Labels Obtain a Technical Triumph in Copyright Suit

By PPLAdmin / July 10, 2020

On April 16, 2020, Judge J. Paul Oetken of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, dismissed a musician’s lawsuit against artists Jay-Z and Timbaland for unlawfully using parts of the plaintiff’s soul song, finding fatal flaws in the complaint. In the lawsuit filed on May 18, 2019, musician Ernie…

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Steinbeck Family Battle Appealed to Supreme Court

By PPLAdmin / June 26, 2020

On March 10, 2020, John Steinbeck’s heirs filed an appeal to the United States Supreme Court concerning a decades-long battle over creative rights to the author’s literary works. In taking up the fight, the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (“CSEL”), a non-profit organization of attorneys representing creative professionals in the entertainment industry, also submitted an amicus…

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Sweet James is Anything But In Accusing Rival Firm of Brand Theft.

By PPLAdmin / June 23, 2020

On April 24, 2020, a leading personal injury law firm in Southern California brought a suit against a rival firm based in Beverly Hills for stealing and misusing its registered “Sweet James” trademark online. In the complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Central District of California, plaintiff Sweet James LLP accused…

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No Justice For Filmmaker in Copyright Clash with Apple

By PPLAdmin / June 19, 2020

In yet another casualty for creative professionals in 2020, on May 28, 2020, United States District Court Judge John F. Walter of the Central District of California dismissed a filmmaker’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Apple and M. Night Shyamalan in connection with the Apple TV+ series, “Servant.” Notwithstanding overwhelming similarities between the two works at…

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Ex-Met Strikes Out in New York Court

By PPLAdmin / June 16, 2020

On May 29, 2020, New York State Court Judge, Robert D. Kalish, tossed retired professional baseball star Lenny Dykstra’s defamation suit against former teammate, Ron Darling, finding that an unsavory depiction of Dykstra in Darling’s recent book couldn’t further besmirch Dykstra’s “already tarnished reputation.” In July 2019, Dykstra filed and in September 2019, later amended…

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