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Lookin’ for some lovin’ for infringement claim? Internet articles won’t do, as rock legend Steve Winwood’s case proves

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. The internet may be one of the major forces reshaping the 21st century. But, of course, not everything on it can be believed, much less accepted in a court of law. The rules of hearsay evidence played their own key role in a federal judge tossing a recent copyright infringement claim — filed a half century after the fact — over Gimme Some Lovin, a rock classic by music icon Steve Winwood...

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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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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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Family wrath runs deep still in ‘Grapes,’ subject not only of Hollywood dreams, drama, but also a $13.15 million verdict

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. When Salinas, Calif., native John Steinbeck chronicled how the economic ravages of the Great Depression led the fictional Tom Joad and his family to flee the Oklahoma Dust Bowl in misguided hopes for a brighter future in the Golden State, who knew the Nobel Laureate also had planted the seeds of a multi-generational legal brawl among his own kin? The latest outbreak of this family feud not only has resurrected...

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