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[17 Jul 2012 | No Comment ]
Photographer’s Copyright double take

Photographer Jay Gorodetzer is a man with a lot of patience. Back in 1996, Jay was hanging out in a fancy restaurant and took a snapshot of two friends Guy Sileo and James Webb hugging each other. A couple months later Webb is murdered and Sileo is accused with the crime. , Jay permits the Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper to publish his 1996 photograph but it must give him full credit of owning the photo (view the photograph and complaint below).
Jay is such a good photographer that the Inquirer later hires …

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[2 Jul 2012 | No Comment ]
Public performance license: A quick overview

Jennifer Hill owns “Jen’s Bar and Grill,” a simple place where you can get dinner and watch performers get on stage to perform famous country songs. You see places like this all the time, and it seems harmless right? Well, Jennifer Hill can totally allow people to perform copyright protected songs so long as she gets a performance license to do so. This license is permission from the music owners to allow others to perform copyright protected music in the public.
So all Jennifer Hill has to do is contact the …

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Why Is The E.U. Being A #CookieMonster?

Companies have had the privilege of personalizing their marketing schemes due to the benefit of cookies. Now, it seems the EU begs to differ and they will begin to regulate the amount of access websites have from cookies.
Found on Wikipedia, a cookie “was designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.” This means that the person who created …

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Tumblr sued by Perfect 10 for copyright infringment

The implications of this lawsuit could send shock waves to Pinterest, Flickr and other image hosting sites. Perfect 10, an adult entertainment company ( not worth visiting), alleges that Tumblr failed to respond to repeated requests for takedowns of their copyrighted photographs. In addition Perfect 10 states that “Tumblr employees have posted infringing content to Tumblr’s servers to help start the business.”
In addition to pornographic material Tumblr is full of photo’s that are copyright protected. Remember that the right to reproduce copyright protected work must be given by the copyright …

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[6 Apr 2012 | No Comment ]
Even Hip Hop can catch a cold: Kanye sippin’ Theraflu

Now we’ve been experiencing some awesome weather this Spring season, nonetheless cold season is not over according to Hip Hop mogul Kanye West. Kanye’s new tune;”Theraflu; “relates” to the over-the-counter product used to help relieve cold and flu symptoms that millions of consumers rely on. Is this the beginning of a legal cold for Kanye West, (being that he has a new beau) or does the cough medicine enjoy the free advertising?
The issue here is whether a company will take affirmative steps to break an association with a celebrity when it wants to ensure  …

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[1 Feb 2012 | One Comment ]
Cancelled Lady Gaga performance makes Russian Music TV sue for $1.5M

Russian media holding UTV, which owns Muz-TV  (Russian version of MTV) , has filed a $1.8 million lawsuit with a Miami court, claiming losses from Miami based New Wave Entertainment ( NWE ) over a canceled appearance at Moscow Music Awards by popular singer Lady Gaga. (read complaint below)
NWE Talent  Entertainment claimed that they could get Lady Gaga & Akon to perform at the awards show for the a down payment of $1.5 Million!
“ZAO TV Service (Muz-TV) and the American NWE Talent Agency & Management Company reached agreement that the …

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[4 Jan 2012 | 4 Comments ]
Pink N Yellow vs. Black and Yellow

Max Gregory Warren (stage name Maxamillion) has filed lawsuit against Cameron Jabril Thomaz “Wiz Khalifa” for copyright infringement in Pennsylvania Eastern District court. Warren registered his song “Pink N Yellow” and received copyright certification in Feb. 2008 (see exhibit A in complaint below). Listen to Pink N Yellow here Allegedly the tune in Khalifa’s Black and Yellow is derived from the Warren’s melody in Pink N Yellow.
Simply stated once you own the copyright to a musical work, others must get yourr permission before they create a work derived from you …

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Top Ten posts of 2011

Thank you so much for following Fame Appeal legal blog. I appreciate your support as this blawg is nearing its second anniversary next month. Graduating law school and becoming a lawyer has really made 2011 a special year for me. How has 2011 been a special year for you? I have many things in store for 2012 that I am sure you will enjoy. I always love to get to know my readers so keep in touch, follow me via twitter @fameappeal or you can shoot me an e-mail at …

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[14 Dec 2011 | One Comment ]
Wiz Khalifa royalties up in smoke

In a distribution deal gone bad Babygrande Records owes it at least $200,000 in royalties for promoting rapper Wiz Khalifa’s 2009 album “Deal or No Deal,” which has sold more than 100,000 copies. Malbon Brothers Farms, (btw gr8 company to work for) a marketing firm, says it signed an agreement with Babygrande Records in May 2009 to distribute “Dopium,” an album by a Wu-Tang Clan member.
The agreement provided that Babygrande (who needs to update their website) would pay Malbon Brothers 90 percent of net profits from the commercial use of “Dopium.” …

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Fashion Models Legal Protection – Modeling Law

The Victoria’s Secret fashion show aired last night on CBS and as usual it is always a spectacle of physical and artistic perfection. I thought it would be befitting to dedicate this post to legal protection for fashion models both in an agency and freelance.  A fashion model uses his/her appearance and natural chemistry to sell goods or services. Often times Models feel they are getting the short end of the bargain and I thought the following may help out.
1. Things you should pay attention to when signing a modeling …

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