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Jersey Boys’ Use of Ed Sullivan Show Clip is ‘Fair Use’

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment Law, New Jersey
The penalties for copyright & trademark infringement can be substantial, even crippling. Don't ever assume that you can borrow someone else's material based on the fair use doctrine. Before you "borrow" something for your movie, song, advertisement, website, blog, photograph, etc., speak to an attorney who is familiar with the fair use doctrine… Continue Reading

Thou Shalt Know Thy First Amendment

Posted in Entertainment Law, Media Law
Besides giving me a good laugh, Sarah Palin's statement that boycotting Chick-fil-A chills free speech' made me question whether the average person understands how the First Amendment works. (I do realize, however, that the average person--probably even the average fifth-grader--understands a lot more than does Sarah Palin.)… Continue Reading

Travolta Lawsuits are Foolish

Posted in Entertainment Law
What I’m about to say might make me seem like a hypocrite, but I’m gonna say it anyway, in the interest of being honest, so-called full disclosure, or whatever: When I first heard about the lawsuit(s) against John Travolta, my initial thought was that they’re bullshit (PDF). I say that in spite of my firm belief … Continue Reading

Conrad Murray Gets Maximum Sentence for Michael Jackson’s Death

Posted in Entertainment Law
Judge Michael Pastor just gave Conrad Murray the maximum sentence allowed by California law for involuntary manslaughter — four years in the L.A. County Jail. Video footage of the entire hearing is available at CNN.com. I have no doubt that Murray’s attorneys will appeal, but as I said previously, appellate courts don’t make a habit … Continue Reading

What if Conrad Murray had Kept his Mouth Shut?

Posted in Entertainment Law
Although we’re still almost two weeks away from Conrad Murray’s sentencing, I just read a great post by white-collar criminal defense attorney Charles Kreindler that makes a very salient point: We all have a constitutional right not to speak to police who are investigating a potential crime, but just because you think you have nothing … Continue Reading

How Much Time Will Conrad Murray Spend Behind Bars?

Posted in Entertainment Law
First thing first: I’m not at all shocked by yesterday’s guilty verdict in the case against Michael Jackson’s former physician, Conrad Murray. Sure, I said before that Murray was not a criminal, and explained my reasoning, but I never said that the jury would find him not guilty of manslaughter. Given the circumstances of this … Continue Reading

Dr. Murray is a Quack, not a Criminal

Posted in Entertainment Law
Nancy Grace should stick to dancing, because even though she looks like a clydesdale in high heels, she’s a better dancer than attorney/legal analyst: Dr. Conrad Murray is a certifiable quack, but that doesn’t mean he’s guilty of manslaughter. As everybody probably knows by now, the trial of the physician accused of causing Michael Jackson’s … Continue Reading

Witness Examination at a Deposition is Different from Trial

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment Law
The Oscars are happening this weekend, so it’s a good thing that I finally got around to seeing The Social Network (the one about how Facebook started), which is one of the best-picture nominees. What a great film. Great acting (Justin Timberlake notwithstanding). Great directing. Great cinematography. But bad depiction of what is called the discovery process, in pre-trial … Continue Reading

GoDaddy Domain Thief to Spend 5 Years in Prison

Posted in Computer Crimes, Cybersquatting, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Internet & Media Law, New Jersey, Sports
This is not cybersquatting. In fact, it’s being called the first legal case of its kind—theft of an Internet domain name. A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to felony theft by deception in connection with his admission that he stole a company’s Internet domain name, and then sold it on eBay for $111,211. The domain … Continue Reading