Month: October 2017

After denying blind-deaf patron’s $200 aid request, movie theater chain hit with expansive, potentially costly appellate ruling on accommodating disabled

This guest post was contributed by Natalie M. Reynoso, a second-year Southwestern Law School student who is now taking the Entertainment Law and the Emerging Web course. Paul McGann can’t see nor hear them but he still loves the movies. The blind and deaf resident of a Pittsburgh suburb went to theaters often, with his late wife acting as his aide and guide, “interpreting” films so he could follow them in the American Sign Language he can understand. But after her death not long ago, he asked Cinemark Cinemas to provide him with “tactile interpretation services” so he could...

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Morricone may be a movie music titan but a guastafeste U.S. judge finds him a pen for hire, rejects his bid to recover rights to 3 scores

This guest post was contributed by Anne M. Lum, a student in Southwestern Law School’s SCALE program who also is now taking the Entertainment Law and Emerging Web course. Whose ears don’t prick up at the eerie whistling in his iconic composition for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (click on image above)? Who doesn’t feel a plaintive twinge on hearing the mournful harmonica solo in the theme he wrote for Once Upon a Time in the West? And who doesn’t feel a heart tug at the sonorous line of his tune Gabriel’s Oboe for The Mission? Hollywood and Rome may...

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Q-&-A: As e-sports rise, Prof. Zachary Levine considers if laws pertaining to games will whir, glow, and ping, or will they go on tilt?

E-sports — aka electronic sports, aka competitive/professional video gaming — offers a novel and burgeoning form of  competition,  frequently with teams and often viewed by large audiences, now including in-person, paying crowds. Some e-tournaments have won huge responses, such as a 2014 event that attracted an estimated 90 million viewers. As this new entertainment form rises, what might be some of its legal hurdles? Victoria G. Carthorn, a Biederman Blog editor, discussed some of these in a recent question-and-answer exchange with Zachary Levine, Esq., a partner in the law office of Wolk & Levine in Glendale and an adjunct professor at Southwestern...

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After film makers protest, U.S. court frees ‘We Shall Overcome,’ enshrining anthem in public domain and out of grip of folk legends’ claims

It has become an anthem of liberation and a hymn of hope and peaceful resistance. And though the folks who belt it out may not be free of various forms of oppression that they protest with its singing, the iconic We Shall Overcome has been legally liberated under copyright law. U.S. District Court Judge Denise L. Cote in New York recently has ruled that the first verse of the now legendary civil rights song has winged its way into the public domain, so all may feel free to raise their voices with: We shall overcome. We shall overcome some day. Oh, deep...

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Kudos to U.S. Ninth Circuit for posting video of key argument over what jurors could consider in controversial ‘Blurred Lines’ case

The music industry has been abuzz and ablaze for months now after Robin Thicke and Farrell Williams lost their copyright case over their chart-topping summer smash Blurred Lines, which the heirs to the estate of the legendary musician Marvin Gaye have said infringes on his hit Got to Give It Up. The dispute has roiled creatives with their concern that music always has been a derivative art. More than 200 recording artists have come out in support of Williams and Thicke. They have appealed the two-year-old verdict against them, awarding the Gaye heirs $5.3 million and a big slice of...

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