Author: Carla L. Martin

‘Oh, Really?’ President, With Loads of Deceit But Little Law on Her Side, Tries to Trump Rival With Baby Bump. Will It Topple Her House of Cards?

In our ‘Oh, Really?’  feature, the Biederman Blog’s editors — voracious consumers of all matters pop culture — cast a curious, skeptical, fanciful, fun, and smart end-of-the-week eye on popular productions, sharing their keen observations about legal matters these raise. House of Cards, the Netflix Original series and political thriller has launched into its sixth season, despite doubts of its return due to a giant #MeToo scandal and Kevin Spacey’s ouster after sexual misconduct allegations. Netflix parted ways with Spacey, also hoping to redirect the focus of its high-flying series. But the U.S. Nielsen ratings for the first episode...

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Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer hits ‘sweet home’ in NYC, where appellate judges reject bar to filming and release of ‘Street Survivor’ biopic dramatizing not just band tragedy but also rise of southern rock

A trio of federal appellate judges in New York have taken a rare role typically reserved for Hollywood moguls: They have green-lighted a biopic that touches on the tragedy involving a band that pioneered the Southern rock sound decades ago, with hits like Sweet Home Alabama, Freebird, and What’s Your Name. The movie, Street Survivor: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, had gotten hung up in legal controversies that roiled not only film makers but also First Amendment advocates. But, ultimately, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit set Street Survivor “free as a...

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MMA and USMCA? They’re not piles of letters. They’re the future of copyright, protections key to Hollywood, music and entertainment industries.

*Editors note: This post was updated (see below) on Nov. 12, 2018: In recent years, courts, lawyers, and judges have held huge sway over copyright law, which plays a central role in the creative life of the movie, television, publishing, and recording industries. But Congress and the executive branch have bestirred themselves with new legislation and agreements that seek to hurl intellectual property protections, especially for music, into a more modern era, with new technologies and realities. After years of maneuvering by various interested and competing parties, sufficient political and practical compromises were struck so lawmakers recently could pass...

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Filmmakers working with tight budgets face daunting legal expenses. Southwestern’s Entertainment & The Arts Legal Clinic offers no-cost help, in exchange for students getting invaluable hands-on experience.

Legal fees for entertainment projects in Los Angeles are costly and daunting. But they’re necessary to protect valuable intellectual property, deal with big risks of creative enterprises, and help filmmakers and their associated talent excel. Still, what would it mean to artists in the movie industry, especially innovative auteurs working with smaller budgets, if they could get needed legal counsel at no cost?  Just such assistance is available from Entertainment Law students at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Under the close supervision of five seasoned and expert attorneys in the field, the aspiring counsel, in a highly competitive...

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Ask not what a bot does to thee: Sony and Facebook back down after taking down part of British pianist’s posted J.S. Bach performance video

Johann Sebastian Bach may have died 268 years ago, but does legal discord still prevail over the ownership of his musical works? It may, particularly if computers play a part. Earlier this month, James Rhodes— a British classical pianist who has attracted increasing public attention, not just for his virtuosity but also his harrowing personal story of childhood sexual abuse — posted a video on Facebook of his performance of Bach’s Partita No. 1 for keyboard, published in 1726. But shortly after the social media post went up on its site, Facebook silenced 47 seconds of it because Sony Music Entertainment...

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