Unpaid Wages and Labor Law Violations Rampant in Los Angeles Fashion District

Fashion is a highly competitive industry where workers are often forced to produce high quality products in less than favorable conditions.  While the facilities in the garment district in southern California may not look like stereotypical “sweat shops,” there are major concerns surrounding conditions and worker pay. During the course of labor department investigations of [...]

Judge Throws Out Noriega Lawsuit Over “Call of Duty Black Ops II”

Manuel Noriega, the former Military Dictator of Panama, has officially been denied in his Right to Publicity lawsuit filed against the creators of a popular video game franchise.  Noriega took issue with the use of his likeness in and to promote the Call of Duty Black Ops II game. This ruling could have easily gone [...]

Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Kim Richards Facing Lawsuit over Dog Bites Caused by Her Vicious Pit Bull

Kim Richards, one of the stars of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, could soon be taking on a bit of a different role – defendant in a personal injury lawsuit.  The reality star is accused of negligence and inflicting emotional distress following an incident where her dog attacked and injured her long time friend. [...]

Screenwriters’ Dealmaking Tips for Negotiating a Screenplay for a Film and Television Option/Purchase Agreement

Tips for Selling your Screenplay to Producers or Studios by Los Angeles Film and Entertainment Lawyer Rabeh Soofi  Breaking into the TV/Film industry by successfully selling a screenplay is no joke.  With all of the time and effort it takes to develop, write, and polish an audience-ready script, it is just as challenging getting the script [...]

“Blurred Lines:” Judge Finds Enough Infringement to Send to Trial

The legal issues surrounding the ultra popular hit song Blurred Lines began through communication from members of Marvin Gaye’s family.  The late recording artist’s loved ones questioned whether Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke might have borrowed a little too much of Gaye’s "Got to Give It Up" in their pop smash. In response to the [...]

Unpaid Internship Lawsuits Change Hollywood Entertainment Industry Hiring Practices

For decades young people who wanted to get a foot in the door in the entertainment industry have taken on the role of the unpaid intern.  Many of these eager souls were willing to do just about anything, for zero pay, in order to learn the business and have an opportunity to get in position [...]

Music Artists Score in Win Against Sirius XM and Pandora over Pre-1972 Royalties

 A recent lawsuit could result in a financial win for artists who produced music prior to 1972.  U.S. law provides no meaningful copyright protection for songs produced before 1972, but protection under specific state laws could force satellite and internet radio providers to pay up for playing these classic tunes. Companies like SiriusXM radio and Pandora [...]

How to Legally Sample Music

Overview of the Music Sampling Process and Tips for Success in Getting Sample Clearances  How to avoid copyright infringement claims when sampling music. Photo Credit: Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams. Every musician, musical act, or performer gets their start performing other people's works first, before composing and recording their own. With the use of sampling [...]

Feds Cracking Down on Los Angeles Fashion District Businesses

 Federal Authorities have officially handed down a new order that will require businesses in the Los Angeles Fashion District to report any cash transaction that involves $3,000.00 or more.  The order will be in place for the next six months and authorities hope that it will help prevent money laundering by the Colombian and Mexican [...]

Sears Accused of Copyright Infringement for Selling Knock-Off Clothing

California-based Star Fabrics has officially filed a lawsuit against multiple retailers, included Sears Holdings Corp, for selling copyright protected fabrics and patterns.  The lawsuits revolves around specific designs which Star Fabrics asserts are protected and names Sears and three designers as being involved in the illegal sales and distribution of those designs. This lawsuit names [...]

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