James Garner: A Pioneer for Hollywood Activism

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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.

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

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          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.

10 Questions for ABC Family’s Counsel Alan Lewis

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We were fortunate enough to sit down with Counsel for ABC Family Alan Lewis. Mr. Lewis has been in the film and TV industry for a number of years working in film distribution, contractual negotiations and other areas of the business. He offers his advice to young lawyers looking to get into the industry and some current events including ABC’s Supreme Court fight with Aereo.

Interview with Fox Searchlight’s VP of Legal Affairs

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This past week we were fortunate enough to interview Fox Searchlight Pictures Vice President of Legal Affairs Chris Ann Maxwell. Ms. Maxwell has been in her current role for 17 years and has worked on countless award winning films. Below she offers great advice for students and young professionals on breaking into the industry, the future of entertainment law and her favorite projects.

Love Tweets: What Courtney Love’s Tweets Mean to Social Media

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By Sean Richards

Last Friday a Los Angeles Jury decided one of the first Twitter defamation lawsuits. The case revolved around a tweet from musician Courtney Love, the wife of former Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain. Love wrote in 2009 of San Diego attorney Rhonda Holmes, who was hired to manage the estate of Cobain, “@noozjunkie I was f**king devastated when Rhonda J. Holmes esq. of san diego was bought off @FairNewsSpears perhaps you can get a quote.”

Aereo: Why the Supreme Court must Clean Up the Broadcasting Mess

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By: Sean Richards

The Supreme Court sees thousands of petitions to hear cases every year, but only a handful of them are selected to come before the Court. The Court usually takes cases that have a Circuit split which is why many were surprised to hear them take review upon a 2nd Circuit copyright infringement case, ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. For those not familiar with Aereo, the company has built a business model off of redistributing public broadcasting airwaves and a loophole in the Copyright Act.

Santa Claus is Coming…to Collect Royalty Checks

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By Sean Richards

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town, but he’s not stopping by the Copyright Office. The popular song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934 was expected to go into the public domain in 1990. However legislative extensions, a series of confusing contracts and poor legal work has led the U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of New York to conclude in the case Baldwin v. EMI Feist Publishing Co. that EMI, the current owner of the Copyright, has such rights until 2029 at which point the song will enter the public domain barring any further legislative increases in the length of a Copyright term.

BSM Sports Law/Management Conference 2014

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The BSM Sports Law/Management is very pleased to open up registration for its Conference on May 8th & 9th, 2014 in Miami Beach, Fl. Whether you want to fulfill your CLE Credits, network with some of the biggest names in Sports Law and Business or learn about other areas of the industr,y the BSM Sports Management Conference has a wide variety of events. Panelists will include NBA Commissioner David Stern, Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, TNT commentator Charles Barkley, Agent Drew Rosenhaus and many more.

Hollywood: I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

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Written by Sean Richards

             It’s no secret that Hollywood has taken quite a nasty spill. Industries around the world world have seen rapid change with advancements in the internet and social media sites, but few more so than the entertainment industry. It has been predicted that by this year, 2013, there will be nearly 135 million User Generated Contented viewers in the United States.[1] This means over 52% of the estimated internet users in the U.S. will be registered and active on Silicon Valley sites like Facebook and YouTube where it is estimated that over 350 million photos are uploaded every day and 100 hours of video content are uploaded every minute, respectively.[2] [3]

Under New Management

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Beginning in the Spring Semester of 2014 the National Sports and Entertainment Law Society will be under new management. Students from all around the country are invited to take part in re-forming this organization by serving in leadership positions, submitting articles for our blog or in any creative way you can imagine. If you are interested please contact Penn State 2L Sean Richards at smr399@dsl.psu.edu.

 

 

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