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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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« Fashion Law
[17 Jan 2012 | 7 Comments]
Shamballa Jewels fights to stop Trademark infringement

Shamballa Jewels has sued online retailers  Bling Jewelry, Ejeweler.com, overstockjeweler.com and its CEO Elena Castenada for falsely designating their goods as celebrity inspired Shamballa Jewels. You might have noticed Shamballa Jewels bracelets , Jay Z wore it at Watch the Throne tour, it is worn by style heavyweights like Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino Garavani, Boris Becker and even Ozzy Osbourne. In the accessory fashion law complaint, shown below, defendants are accused of falsely using the Shamballa mark on counterfeit goods which has caused unfair competition.
There are an onslaught of new jewelry …

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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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Store is Open! Made in USA Fame Appeal Fashion

Fame Appeal brand makes its debut with an American-made collection of scarves available  in six color combinations. (Yes ladies and gentlemen I have returned to my fashion designing roots!) Each scarf is designed to be worn by men and women and at nearly seven feet long, allow for wrapping in many different ways. I have gone to great lengths to find a fabric that is as soft and warm as natural fibers but as durable as synthetics. Assembled in the NYC, NJ and Philadelphia, in an effort to promote apparel …

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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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