The “Happy Birthday” song is undoubtedly an idiosyncrasy in almost everyone’s childhood memories. Like the “ABC’s”, or “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” it’s likely you’ve never sought the origin of these familiar tunes. However, the origin of the “Happy Birthday” song recently found its way to the center of a class-action lawsuit between Time Warner and its […]
It’s been several years since Britney Spears’ crazy antics saturated tabloids and entertainment news, but the legal misadventures have yet to cease. In 2012, a man named Sam Lutfi, Britney’s former manager, brought suit against Spears and her parents for breach of contract, libel, and defamation. The libel and defamation claim stemmed from a memoir […]
As a Performer or Promoter, Am I Labile For Concert Cancellations or Postponements? A successful concert or tour can generate a huge amount of money and influence for all artists, promoters, venue owners, and cities involved. However, there are a variety of reasons why the parties may find it necessary or expedient to cancel a […]
In the United States, a copyright owner does not freely negotiate license rates and fees. Instead license rates and fees are set by Congress, the Copyright Office, and collective licensing organizations (CROs) that handle licensing on behalf of copyright owners. CROs track and protect six different exclusive rights. The table below summarizes the those rights. […]
Taylor Swift is not only America’s cultural darling; she is an economic juggernaut. Worth an estimated 200 Million at the age of 25, she is a trendsetter who has amassed a fortune in a otherwise anemic music industry. Her move to pull her entire catalog off Spotify was unprecedented, yet brilliant. How do you force more album sales down an […]
LA Opera, Opera UCLA, ArcLight Cinemas, and a whole list of other organizations all over Los Angeles are currently in the middle of a grand project called “Figaro Unbound.” This three-month celebration, “investigate[s] the ongoing relevance of Figaro,” and the French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais.  “His trilogy of Figaro plays—The Barber of Seville (1775), The […]
Back in the 1980s-90s, when the Sony Walkman was the hot new must-have item, people started making mixtapes as caring gifts to friends or heartfelt confessions of love to a sweetheart. Being born in 1989, I only caught the tail end of the golden age of cassette tapes, but I often see references to this […]
What Are Termination Rights and Work For Higher Limitations? Smokey Robinson sued his wife, Claudette Rogers Robinson, seeking declaratory judgment that he may terminate and “recapture” the copyrights to all the songs he wrote during their marriage, and that she cannot claim interest in them under California community property law. So, what are Smokey’s termination […]
It looks as though the stars have aligned in the worst way for Death Row Records founder, Suge Knight. Knight appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday to formally surrender under a warrant stemming from an altercation with a paparazzo in Beverly Hills in early September. According to the reports, Knight and comedian Katt […]
Let’s face it: the legal profession has its fair share of narcissism. From flashy cars to cocky attitudes, an entertainment lawyer can easily be picked out of a crowd. However, not even the most confident of us Juris Doctors can hold a torch to the greatest narcissist of the 21st Century, Kanye West. Part man, […]
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