Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022

Plaintiff Michael Hayden is an American who, in the late 1980s, was living la dolce vita in Italy, working as an artist and set designer. Among his gigs was designing sets and props for films featuring Italian adult film star (and future member of the Italian Parliament) Ilona Staller,...

Friday, Dec. 17, 2021

It’s that time again. The current SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and the SAG-AFTRA Audio Commercials Contract (the "Commercial Contracts") will expire on March 31, 2021, and negotiations for successor contracts will begin early next year. The ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent...

Monday, Nov. 8, 2021

Plaintiff Jacob Aaron Leveille is a visual artist who lives in Florida. (You can check out his work on Instagram.) Defendant Ryan Edward Upchurch is a rapper, singer, songwriter and...

Monday, Oct. 11, 2021

Pro baller Terry Rozier (our defendant) began his career with the Boston Celtics and now plays for the Charlotte Hornets. Rozier's reputation around the NBA as a “dangerous scorer” and “fearless...

Monday, Sep. 20, 2021

Yet another photo embedding case, but this time Instagram wins based on the court's application of the "server test." 

The plaintiffs own the copyright in photos that they voluntarily posted on Instagram. They sued Instagram in the Northern District of California, alleging that Instagram...

Thursday, Sep. 16, 2021

The Joint Policy Committee ("JPC") and SAG-AFTRA have issued requirements for producers that wish to issue policies mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for performers in commercials. These requirements are included in an ...

Monday, Aug. 23, 2021

Since 1949, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Inc. and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (together, the "Academies”) have bestowed Emmy Awards on worthy recipients to recognize excellence and achievement in television. (Not that they always get it right: after all, it...

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

I don't think it is possible to love Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, more than I do. I love her recipes: they are relatively easy to execute, delicious (no surprise, since they tend to double down on butter), and leave guests with the impression...

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2020

Another post about embedding photos using Instagram’s API!

As we have written about here and ...

Tuesday, May. 5, 2020

This is a story about the cold-blooded murder of a rock star, the reissue of his famous guitar without permission from the friend who customized the instrument with attention-grabbing artwork, and allegations of copyright infringement. Notify Netflix  immediately! This could be the next...

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