Mark was interviewed by Newsweek regarding Hollywood actor Depp lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard, 35, for $50 million alleging that she defamed him in an opinion piece in The Washington Post in December 2018.
The New York Times has published a wonderful review of the new Jerrod Carmichael Special on HBO produced by our client Rotten Science. Read.
Recently artists like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell demanded that Spotify take down their music from their service. They objected to Spotify hosting Joe Rogan’s podcast, one of Spotify's most popular podcasts, because it spread COVID-19 misinformation. Whether an artist has the right to take down their music is an interesting question.
For sound recordings that are audio-only (meaning no video), Artists or their labels can take down their music from on-demand services like Spotify and Apple Music. However, if an artist’s music is on a non-interactive service radio streaming service like Pandora or iHeart, they cannot take their music in the USA but can do so internationally. That is because in the United States, there is a statutory right to broadcast sound recordings provided the radio service pays the per-play rate set by the Copyright Royalty Board. Attorney Elizabeth Moody explains in her recent article in The Hollywood Reporter why this is so. Article.
The International Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) which is known for providing arbitration of disputes with experienced entertainment attorneys has entered into an agreement with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), to administer its cases as of January 1, 2022.
As part of this new arrangement, IFTA has promulgated new Rules which designate ICDR as the Arbitration Tribunal and has revised the arbitration provision in IFTA Model Agreements. Existing IFTA arbitrators have been invited to join the new panel.
The new arbitration rules can be accessed at: LINK
I am once again presenting my Risky Business seminar for the New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. However, this year the seminar will be in the form of an online webinar on Zoom. The seminar will be presented over two days, 3 hours each day. For those of you who have wanted to attend this seminar but could not come to New York, now is your chance to participate remotely.
This comprehensive seminar is for new attorneys, attorneys transitioning to entertainment law, and filmmakers. It explores how independent films are financed and produced.
Particular attention will be paid to how producers and filmmakers can protect themselves, including:
· Criteria for selecting a distributor;
· Investigating distributors;
· Adding contract provisions and understanding terms;
· Dealing with investors, and more
Other topics will include compliance with state and federal laws regarding investors, retaining an attorney, producer's rep, and publicist, and confirming awards and enforcing judgments.
Participants will receive a 149-page detailed handout with a distribution contract, articles, forms and a self-defense checklist, as well as a 150 slide powerpoint of the presentation.
This program is a two-day online seminar offering up to 7 Continuing Legal Education credits to attorneys.
Dates and Time:
Thursday, March 17, 2022 1 - 4:30 PM EST
Friday, March 18, 2022 1 - 4:30 PM EST
For more information and to register click here.
The federal government is cracking down on those who exploit anonymous shell corporations, front companies, and other loopholes to hide ownership of small businesses and their beneficial owners. While meant to deter crimes, such as corruption, drug and arms trafficking, the law will also result in a lack of anonymity for investors in film projects. The Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 includes the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which became effective with Congress’ override of former President Trump’s veto on January 1, 2021.
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