By joe bahgat on Posted in Defamation,Media Law,SportsBy now, everyone has heard about the $10 million defamation lawsuit filed against ESPN by a disgruntled NY Yankees “fan” who became the butt of a joke after falling asleep during a Yankees–Red Sox game this past April. The lawsuit was filed July 3rd in a New York state supreme court in Bronx County (yes,… Continue Reading
By joe bahgat on Posted in Copyright,Media LawNot to beat a dead horse, but yesterday's ruling by a U.S. District Judge Denise Cote is a great example of why the fair use doctrine is so complicated, and widely misunderstood.… Continue Reading
By joe bahgat on Posted in Media Law,SportsAs I'm sure was the case with most people who watched any track & field coverage during the summer Olympics, I was practically blinded by the fluorescent green shoes worn by more than 400 Olympians, and nearly half of all medal winners. So it never occurred to me that Nike wasn't an official sponsor of the Games.
Apparently it wasn't Nike, but rival brand adidas that was the official shoe sponsor of the the 2012 Games. Adidas paid $155 million for that right. Why is that a big deal? Aside from the fact that Nike's Volt sneakers literally stole the show, they did so in spite of an IOC rule that stubstantially regulates advertising, and outright prohibits athlete endorsements from July 18 through August 15, 2012.… Continue Reading
By joe bahgat on Posted in Entertainment Law,Media LawBesides 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
By joe bahgat on Posted in Media LawA picture may be worth a thousand words, but apparently, it’s not worth a half million bucks. While we’re all still waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral argument in the F.C.C. v. Fox case later this term (see earlier posts here & here), we finally have an answer to a related question concerning… Continue Reading
By joe bahgat on Posted in Media LawShortly after I posted about the FCC's broadcasting indecency policy heading to the U.S. Supreme Court, a senior writer from Law360.com interviewed me for a feature article she was working on in anticipation of the site's new Media & Entertainment section.
Ordinarily, I would say thanks, and post a link to the article, but the article can't be viewed without buying a Law360 subscription, so I've asked for and received permission to repost the article here. The article is well written and well researched, and includes the perspectives of a few different attorneys, one of whom was my lawschool mentor, Chris Fairman, who just published a book titled Fuck: Word Taboo and Protecting Our First Amendment Liberties.… Continue Reading
By joe bahgat on Posted in Media LawAt the 2003 Golden Globes, U2 front-man Bono accepted the award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture (Martin Scorcese’s Gangs of New York), and when Bono took the microphone he was apparently speechless, because all he could say was: “This is really, really…fucking brilliant!” (footage of the live broadcast available here). Probably not… Continue Reading
By joe bahgat on Posted in Media Law Regardless of whether you liked the teams or the outcome of last night’s BCS National Championship game, you have to admit how much better the championship is now that it’s back on ABC’s family of networks. During the three years that Fox carried the title game, the coverage was dreadful. The production was bad,… Continue Reading
By joe bahgat on Posted in Copyright,Media Law Because of the fact being that I’m in the process of opening a second office—in another state, no less—my office won’t be sending out “holiday” cards this year. It’s not that I don’t have the time. I could easily plug something into my word processor, send it through mail merge, and they’d all pop… Continue Reading
By joe bahgat on Posted in Media LawCongress Agrees on Legislation Impacting Americans in All Tax Brackets It may soon be tougher to catch your teenage child watching TV when they’re supposed to be studying (or sleeping). But actually, this may be a good thing. Everyone is all too familiar with spikes in TV volume during seques between programming and commercial breaks,… Continue Reading
By joe bahgat on Posted in Intellectual Property,Media Law,Right of Publicity,SportsIf criminal law is the body of law that governs criminals and the commission of crimes, and labor law is that which governs wages, employment, and labor unions, shouldn’t it follow that sports law is the body of law that governs athletes and athletic competition? Although attorneys, law students, and the media refer to sports… Continue Reading