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Blockchain: Here’s What You Need to Know to Keep Up With the Holiday Party Chatter — and to Spot Legal Issues with This New Technology

Blockchain Is All the Rage, So… What Is It? This post was written by Orly Ravid,  Director of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School and an Associate Professor of Law. She is an attorney at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP (MSK), which she joined after earning her undergraduate degree at Columbia University’s Barnard College in 1993 (where she majored in English with a Film Concentration) and her Juris Doctor at Southwestern in 2014.  She founded The Film Collaborative, a film distribution non-profit that advises independent filmmakers about all aspects of distribution and distributes films without...

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Yes, It Takes 400 Bureaucrats, 20 Or So Judges, and Now 9 Supreme Court Justices to Decide a Copyright Basic: When Can Creatives Sue to Protect IP?

This guest post was written by Crystal R. Nobregas, a Southwestern Law School fourth-year evening program student who is taking the Entertainment Law and the Emerging Web class. The 400 or so staffers of the U.S. Copyright Office in 2017 processed 468,000 claims and issued registrations for intellectual property protection to more than 414,000 applicants. The office, which handles submissions with and without correspondence and via online and snail mail, reports its work can take anywhere from 1 to 37 months to complete, averaging about 6 months for the bulk of the filings made on its web site. But...

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The ‘Cobbler’ was a dud. But it has stitched up an appellate ruling on IP addresses, preventing copyright owners from acting like heels.

This guest post was written by Crystal R. Nobregas, a Southwestern Law School fourth-year evening program student who is taking the Entertainment Law and the Emerging Web class. For any internet users who may be saddled with naughty kids, n’er do well drop-in nephews, or neighbors who employ sneaky tech to “borrow” their wi-fi without permission or paying for it, federal appellate judges in California have sent a small but key message recently: Got your back, man. That’s one way to look at the decision this fall by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which delivered...

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Not your average ROM com: No love lost as video game ’emulators’ get legal blast from Nintendo

This guest article is a courtesy cross-post from the social media of the Wolk & Levine law firm. It is by associate attorney Adam Gertz, with contributions from law clerk Diana Aramyan and managing partner Sarah R. Wolk. If you’re a fan of classic video games, you have probably heard of ROMs (read only memory). A ROM also is a digital image of a video game or other software that a player can display and manipulate via other software known as “emulators.” For example, a player can download emulator software onto her device and then download a ROM of the Super Nintendo...

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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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The Biederman Blog is now ranked NUMBER ONE on Feedspot's Top 20 Entertainment Law blogs (May 2018). It is very exciting to top this list. We are extra proud of number six - Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark. Mr. Firemark graduated from Southwestern in 1992, and is a top entertainment blogger and webinar presenter in addition to being a world class entertainment attorney!

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