The saga of litigation over the scope of the California Resale Royalty Act (CA Civil Code § 986) has come to an end. The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal brought by artists including Chuck Close and Sam Francis after the appellate court found a portion of the Act unconstitutional. While both sides […]
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 […]
Animation fans who tuned into the premier of Comedy Central’s Moonbeam City were treated to a nostalgia laden treat. The new show centers around an Archer-esq playboy cop named Dazzle, played by Rob Lowe. (I think we can all agree that Rob Lowe should dedicate the entirety of his career to exploring the “playboy cop” archetype.) […]
Disclaimer: This article is an informative guide for artists to conduct preliminary research pertaining to their legal rights. DO NOT TAKE THIS ARTICLE AS SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL COUNSEL. Although any information on the current state of the law is thoroughly researched it is intended as information, not advice. Secondly, this article is tailored to the 9th circuit (Montana, Idaho, […]
Figaro 101 Gioachino Rossini’s world famous opera, “The Barber of Seville,” stars the barber (and town handyman) Figaro. This is an opera adaptation of the first part of the Figaro Trilogy written by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. It is an opera buffa (comic opera) about Figaro helping an incredibly wealthy Count Almaviva marry the love […]
Classic trademark cases involve two restaurants vying to use a particular look  or a celebrity complaining to a clothing company for using a name that is too close to their stage name . Trademark issues come up when the two parties are involved in industries that are “next door neighbors,” or at least “close […]
If you’re a fan of British chocolates like “Toffee Crisps” and “Yorkies,” I suggest you go to the shop and stock up, because you won’t be seeing them in the U.S. for much longer. In a recent deal between Let’s Buy British Imports (a.k.a. L.B.B.) and Hershey’s Company, it was decided that the U.S. will […]
Walt Disney created Disneyland to take its guests away from the real world and immerse them into a pure world of fantasy. He created a world in which his guests could leisurely walk through and be part of his famous films. In order to do this, Walt did everything he could to completely control how […]
Ladies and Gentlemen: I present to you Nurse Case E, the Ebola Free Doll. You may have been too busy to notice, but this unique doll (aka, “Ebola Nurse Action Figure) went on sale late last year as Ebola riveted our nation and the world. The doll’s producer, a company called HeroBuilders, prides itself on […]
When It All Began… Unless you’ve been hibernating under a rock, you know by now that new life has been breathed into the decade-old rape allegations against legendary comedian and actor, Bill Cosby. It all started in 2005, when a woman named Andrea Constand accused Cosby of drugging and inappropriately touching her after Cosby had […]
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