Author: Victoria Carthorn

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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For little Cindy Lou, raunchy play is a fair-use parody, judge finds, declining to be writer’s Grinch

Although countless children have embraced the notion advanced by Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, that goodness beats in even the darkest heart, playwright Matthew Lombardo didn’t. Instead, he created, Who’s Holiday! his own twisted take on Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic and its characters, purporting to tell what happened to the Grinch and the adorable little girl Cindy Lou. Lombardo envisions a sad, vulgar fate for Cindy Lou, whom he depicts in middle age as a bawdy, boozing, rhyming single mom with an illegitimate daughter fathered by the Grinch. She has killed him, has done jail time, and is...

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Couple who clip a he-man get a last, fair-use laugh in YouTube ‘reaction’ video tiff

On the internet, even the most casual conversation can erupt into a flame war — in which, of course, huge satisfaction can be derived from getting the last word. But U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest has offered up more than l’espirit  de l’escalier, settling a recent, nasty copyright infringement battle between some YouTube commentators by accepting a fair-use defense on a “reaction” video. The dispute involved H3H3 Productions, run by Ethan and Hila Klein. They’re partners in marriage, and in YouTube, where they create reaction videos. Their piece on another YouTuber, Matt Hosseinzadaeh, aka Matt Hoss, provoked a sharp reaction. They...

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VidAngel can’t content filter, re-offer studio movies, appellate court affirms

The U.S. Ninth  Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s standing order barring VidAngel, from content filtering others’ productions so as to avoid creating“ a giant loophole in copyright law.” Analysts saw the court ruling as a win for Hollywood studios. Disney, Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox had battled VidAngel in recent months over the firm’s naughty behavior, buying single copies of Hollywood films, and then purportedly “cleaning” them of pornography, nudity, and violence, and then offering them through its service to subscribers. A federal judge already had ruled this violated studio copyrights and told VidAngel...

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