Sep 30

What’s so funny in the UK? Changes to Copyright Law

By Sean Richards

On Wednesday October 31st Copyright Law in the United Kingdom further aligned itself with US Copyright Law. A change in the UK’s Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1998 will now allow for an exception to allow artists to use Copyrighted material for the purposes of “parody, caricature or pastiche”. Formerly artists seeking to use the material had to seek permission from the author before they could legally proceed. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Who should pay for the Braves Stadium?


By Sean Richards

Please let us know what you think, who should pay for the Atlanta Braves new stadium?

The Atlanta Braves broke ground this week on their new stadium north of Atlanta in Cobb County. The Braves current stadium was built in 1996 to house the Olympic Games but the team believes it is in need of over $200 million in repairs. Unable to get a new stadium with the city of Atlanta, partially because Fulton County already committed millions of dollars to build the Atlanta Falcons football team a new $1.2 Billion stadium, the Braves will move north in 2017.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 18



By Sean Richards

When does a spoken word, or in this case, one that has been sung, become so minimal that it is devoid of any Copyright protection? Jay Z and his legal team are ready to answer that exact question. In a challenge to his single “Run this Town” TufAmerica, on behalf of the estate of artist Eddie Bo, claim that Jay Z stole the “Oh” in the background of “Run this Town.” Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Revised Bylaws

The Executive Committee of the newly re-formed National Sports and Entertainment Law Society has discussed, redrafted and approved the following bylaws, effective September 1, 2014. Any questions may be referred to National Director Sean Richards or any of the regional coordinators.


National SELS Bylaws.PDF.



Jul 28

Donald Sterling: Go on Take the Money and Run

By: Sean Richards

The Donald Sterling saga seems to be dragging on and on with no end in sight but multiple deadlines approaching. Closing arguments in one of three lawsuits begin today (7/28) and will end sometime this week. At that point the Los Angeles judge will take as much time as needed to issue a decision on the legality of wife Shelly Sterling’s sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 Billion. Meanwhile that sale technically expires on August 15th so if the judge has not ruled by then or rules for Mr. Sterling he will retain ownership. Read the rest of this entry »

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