Month: January 2018

Courts drop a legal brick house on a former band member for infringing on trademark of top soul group ‘The Commodores’

Thomas McClary, Lionel Richie, William King, Walter Orange, and other students from Alabama’s legendary Tuskegee Institute founded The Commodores in 1968, with the slick soul ensemble in its various incarnations steering its way since with such hits as Easy, Brick House (click on image above to hear this tune), and Three Times a Lady.  The band has released more than 40 albums and has topped the charts with seven No. 1 singles, as well as a Grammy Award (1986, Nightshift). Although Richie, of course, went on to a separate superstardom, other Commodores also have come and gone. And now a federal...

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CBS TV fails to shake off defamation suit over ‘docu-series’ suggesting brother played fatal role in killing of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey two decades ago

Cold case solved? Not quite. There may be at least a new-ish and widely publicized theory about a scandalous homicide cold case. But a Michigan judge recently denied CBS TV’s motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Burke Ramsey, the brother of JonBenet Ramsey, a slain Boulder, Colo., tot and kiddie beauty queen. That means his legal action, seeking $750 million in damages, will advance, creating yet more infamy for an already notorious homicide in which no formal charges have been filed after more than two decades. In September, 2016, CBS aired a two-part docu-series, The Case of JonBenet. The...

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For Video Game Manufacturers, Hollywood, and Other Makers of E- Entertainments Targeting Kids, Uncle Sam Offers 650,000 Reasons to Protect Privacy of Vulnerable Young

Uncle Sam took out his regulatory stick recently and rapped the knuckles of a Hong Kong toy company, fining it $650,000 ─ a civil penalty that also may serve as a potent reminder to Hollywood, video game manufacturers, and any other makers of electronic entertainments targeted at kids that they must protect vulnerable youngsters and their privacy or face public opprobrium and federal penalties The case involving VTech Holdings Ltd. and the Federal Trade Commission also pushed the technological bounds of regulators’ oversight on youngsters’ cyber privacy. The FTC earlier had warned companies about their child-targeted web sites, apps, and...

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No ‘fake news’ here: 15th annual ‘Entertainment and Media Law Conference’ will tackle Trump Administration’s legal ‘disarray’ for media, entertainment industries

The Media Law Resource Center and Southwestern Law School have hosted for 15 years the Entertainment and Media Law Conference, an annual forum at which renowned experts discuss the most timely, important, and controversial topics in entertainment and media law. This year, the program ─ on Jan. 18 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  ─ will examine the impact on the global entertainment and media industries of: Policy decisions issuing from the Trump Administration Contemporary publicity rights issues confronting content producers Employment discrimination versus free speech in the entertainment world And the increased regulation of social media-influencer endorsement and marketing...

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