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Dreamworks and Paramount Sued By Beeceuticals Over Bee Movie Slogan
By Elliot Zimmerman on Thursday, November 01, 2007 - 07:35 PM
Entertainment Law
Paramount Pictures Corp. and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., makers of the animated film "Bee Movie,'' were sued by a honey-products company over claims they copied the firm's "Give Bees A Chance'' slogan.

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Truth in Music Advertising Law
By Elliot Zimmerman on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 11:11 AM
Entertainment Law
On June 18, 2007, Florida joined 16 other states in passing a truth in music advertising law. See F.S. 817.4115, False, deceptive, or misleading advertisement of live musical performances. The law was created to protect artists from identity theft and consumers from being deceived by acts that are not comprised of the legendary artists that initially made the original songs famous. The states that have thus far joined the bandwagon and have passed laws regulating this practice are Pennsylvania, Conneticut, Illinois, Michigan, Massachutes, Maine, South Carolina, North Dakota, Virgina, New Jersey, Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas, Nevada and New York.

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Son of Sam Law in FL
By Elliot Zimmerman on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 07:01 AM
Entertainment Law
The "Son of Sam" Law in Florida is codified at F.S. 944.512.

In Rolling v. State ex rel. Butterworth, 741 So. 2d 627 (1999, FL 1st DCA), Appellee State, pursuant to Fla. Stat. ch. 944.512, sought imposition of a lien against property in an action against appellant, convicted criminal, especially seeking proceeds from sale of a book containing accounts of the crimes for which appellant was convicted. Appellants argued that Fla. Stat. ch. 960.291(7) violated U.S. Const. amend. I and was, therefore, unconstitutional both on its face and as applied to each of them. Under the plain language of the statute the lien encompassed appellant's art, autographs, and proceeds from them, as well as proceeds from his book. Appellant publisher was receiving benefits on appellant offender's behalf and thus the lien attached to the proceeds she garnered from sale of property. Appellant offender could not transfer his property to appellant publisher to avoid the lien.

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FL Scalping Law Repealed
By Elliot Zimmerman on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 08:25 PM
Entertainment Law
In the summer of 2006, FL Gov. Jeb Bush (R) signed legislation that replaced the Sunshine State's 60-year-old ticket scalping law, which forbade selling tickets for more than $1 above the face value, with an open-market system that allows ticket owners and Internet brokers to sell tickets at whatever price they can get. The law went into effect Oct. 1 (MIAMI HERALD).

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Apple Corps v. iTunes
By Elliot Zimmerman on Monday, May 08, 2006 - 06:15 AM
Entertainment Law
London. Apple Computer won its courtroom battle against the Beatles on May 8, 2006 when Mr. Jusitce Mann found no breach of a 1991 out-of-court settlement agreement between Apple Computer and Apple Corps, which included a $26 million payment by Apple Computer and set out areas in which each party would have exclusive use of their respective logos.

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Governor Bush Signs HB1129
By Elliot Zimmerman on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 11:14 AM
Entertainment Law
Governor Jeb Bush has signed HB1129 into law. This new law changes the term "television series" to "television programming" for purposes of defining the term "entertainment industry" and revises the program under which certain persons producing, or providing services for production of filmed entertainment are eligible for state financial incentives for activities in or relocated to this state, inter alia.

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House Passes Family Entertainment and Copyright Act
By Elliot Zimmerman on Sunday, April 24, 2005 - 07:25 AM
Entertainment Law
On April 19, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by President Bush. Read S.167 here.

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Warner Weathers Perfect Storm
By Elliot Zimmerman on Friday, April 22, 2005 - 09:41 AM
Entertainment Law
Warner Brothers' portrayal of the swordboat captain "Billy" Tyne in the movie, The Perfect Storm, did not violate the rights of his heirs under F.S. 540.08, Florida's statute regarding unauthorized pulbication of name or likeness.

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DVD-Jon Cracks iTunes Copy Protection
By Elliot Zimmerman on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 12:23 AM
Entertainment Law
Jon Johansen aka DVD-Jon, who was acquitted in 2003 for developing and distributing DVD copy protection code in 1999, has done it again. This time he has developed a Windows interface for purchasing and decrypting songs from iTunes. Apple is in the process of preparing its response. Read the full article at CNET here. Read a realted article at CNET here.

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New FL Talent Agency Statute Proposed
By Elliot Zimmerman on Tuesday, February 01, 2005 - 12:47 PM
Entertainment Law
Florida Senate Bill 750, submitted by State Senator Baker, removes talent agencies from DBPR's authority, sets business and bonding requirements for talent agencies, and provides for civil and criminal remedies for violations of the act. Click here to view.

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