No ‘Stairway to Heaven’ for Copyright Infringement Defendants, US Court Rules

Photo by Ana Grave on Unsplash. A six-year long legal battle involving one of the greatest rock bands in history, Led Zeppelin, came to a close on October 5, 2020, when the United States (US) Supreme Court declined leave to appeal from a US appeals court decision in favor of the defendant. This copyright infringement … Continue reading No ‘Stairway to Heaven’ for Copyright Infringement Defendants, US Court Rules

A Not So Charlie Brown Christmas (Unless You Subscribe to Apple TV+)

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash. For many, a cherished holiday tradition involves sitting curled up on the couch with a warm hot chocolate, preparing to watch a movie marathon of Charlie Brown Christmas movies with friends and family.  However, this year’s holiday season might look a little bit different due to a deal made between … Continue reading A Not So Charlie Brown Christmas (Unless You Subscribe to Apple TV+)

The Changing Nature of Sound Recording Rights

Photo by Anthony Roberts on Unsplash The ongoing history of sound recording rights provides a fascinating study in the United States’ copyright regime’s ability to contemplate and absorb new technologies into its framework. The evolution of these rights in America over the last 50 years charts alongside the country’s evolving music industry, crystallizing the importance, … Continue reading The Changing Nature of Sound Recording Rights

Kobe Bryant Law Passed Criminalizing First Responder Misconduct

This post originally appeared in Obiter Dicta. Photo by José Martín Ramírez Carrasco on Unsplash. On Monday, September 28, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, approved the Kobe Bryant Act. This invasion of privacy bill moved to make it a criminal office for any emergency responders to take or share unauthorized photos of deceased persons … Continue reading Kobe Bryant Law Passed Criminalizing First Responder Misconduct

Masai Ujiri incident demonstrates how not even success and power can protect you from ridiculous racial profiling

This post originally appeared in Obiter Dicta. Photo by Edgar Chaparro on Unsplash. The night of June 13th, 2019 was supposed to be the greatest night in Masai Ujiri’s professional career. It was the night Ujiri’s Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals 114-110, to secure the first … Continue reading Masai Ujiri incident demonstrates how not even success and power can protect you from ridiculous racial profiling

Under Armour tells UCLA they want out of $280M Sponsorship Deal

UCLA AD Dan Guerrero (left) & Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank (right) aren’t nearly as happy as they were four years ago. Photo from Daily Bruin In May 2016, Under Armour agreed to a 15-year, $280 million deal with UCLA to become the school’s official sponsor for all athletic apparel and equipment, including $135M in rights fees, … Continue reading Under Armour tells UCLA they want out of $280M Sponsorship Deal

Wiseau Studio, LLC v Harper: Good News for Canadian Filmmakers on Fair Dealing and Documentaries

This post originally appeared on The IPilogue. Photo by Thomas William on Unsplash. Justice Paul Schabas has provided artists in Canada with the most authoritative statement yet on the bounds of fair dealing as it applies to documentary films in releasing his decision in the case of Wiseau Studio, LLC v Harper on April 23, 2020. The … Continue reading Wiseau Studio, LLC v Harper: Good News for Canadian Filmmakers on Fair Dealing and Documentaries

22nd Annual Entertainment & Sports Law ConferenceTickets ON SALE NOW

ESLA's Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Conference is Canada's premier student conference for aspiring industry leaders in entertainment and sports law. Our 22nd annual conference will feature speakers from the legal and business side of film, television, music, and sport. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn from the industry's best. Refreshments will be provided. … Continue reading 22nd Annual Entertainment & Sports Law ConferenceTickets ON SALE NOW