Entertainment Law

“In short, the Appellants were erroneously ‘hustled’ out of court, and now deserve to be heard on the merits.”

BMI scores a legal win over the Justice Department. When radio stations, TV broadcasters, bars, restaurants, fitness clubs and others wish to transmit music to the public, they may be dealing with some complication. That’s because on Tuesday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that BMI is not precluded by an old consent decree from […]

Here’s what’s happening in entertainment law news. By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A roundup of entertainment law news including director Albert Hughes still seeking money for the aborted “Motor City.” One of the producers of Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks, is attempting to defeat a lawsuit alleging a stolen script. The complaint was […]

Here’s the latest on the “Blurred Lines” trial. By Austin Siegemund-Broka, The Hollywood Reporter Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and members of the Marvin Gaye family were on hand at a Los Angeles federal courtroom for the start of the copyright infringement trial. The “Blurred Lines” trial is underway in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. On […]

By Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter The unusual offering may be just the ticket for products with celebrity endorsement. Today, many, maybe most, celebrities endorse products. And that means brands face a challenge when their endorser suddenly shows up in the news for the wrong reasons: a drug scandal, domestic violence charge, hate speech, even […]

By Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter Suge Knight has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with Thursday’s fatal hit-and-run near the set of a promotional shoot for Straight Outta Compton in Los Angeles. Knight was arrested at approximately 3 a.m. local time Friday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced, and is being […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter CEO John Chen’s proposal sparks ridicule, including one person who compares it to forcing Disney to release “Frozen” on Laser Disc. Somewhere within Comcast headquarters, there’s surely an executive smirking at Blackberry CEO John Chen‘s proposal that the FCC take a broad approach to net neutrality by having it […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter The 63-page ruling largely favors Dish on the copyright front, Fox on the contract side. Fox Broadcasting and Dish Network are optimistic about a settlement in the nearly three-year-old lawsuit over the satcaster’s DVR technologies, but U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee has decided that it would be best to release […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter Negotiations over Fox News appear to have paved the path to a breakthrough that will put off a high-stakes trial scheduled for next month. With about a month to go until a trial, Fox Broadcasting and Dish Network have requested that a California federal judge pause litigation over the […]

By Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter The criminal charges against Michael Egan proceed in North Carolina, as does a malicious prosecution suit in Hawaii. Michael Egan — who sued X-Men director Bryan Singer and three others last April for teen sex abuse, only to drop his suits within months in the face of his own contradictory […]