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 »

Jul 21

James Garner: A Pioneer for Hollywood Activism

Actor, activist and Korean War Veteran James Garner was most famous for his roles in the hit Western series ‘Maverick’, as detective Jim Rockford in ‘The Rockford Files’ and as the older Duke in 2004’s ‘The Notebook’. Amongst his distinguished career as an actor, which included numerous award nominations, Garner was an activist for civil rights, the environment and the entertainment industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 03

Game of Royalties: Pandora’s Battle in the Face of Declining Industry Revenue

          From 2008 to 2013, total music industry sales revenue decreased from $8.8 billion to $7 billion. Of that revenue, 21% came from music subscription and streaming services such as Sirius XM, Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes Radio. This steady decline in revenue and increase in internet music use has left the music industry scrambling to restructure statutory royalty rates as they relate to digital music. Pandora has been at the forefront of this battle. Read the rest of this entry »

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