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Choose Your Own Litigation

Many of you may remember reading a “Choose your own Adventure” book in your childhood, and being fascinated by the different trajectory a story could take as you made different selections in the story line. R.A. Montgomery created the children’s book series entitled “Choose Your Own Adventure” in the late 1970’s. The original Bantam [...]

By |2019-03-29T15:36:03-05:00March 29th, 2019|Entertainment Law, Litigation, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on Choose Your Own Litigation

Secret Blend of 11 Herbs: Three Things to Know about the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Acts

By Drew Harris How delicious are those 11 “secret herbs and spices” assembled by Harland Sanders in 1930 for his popular “Kentucky Fried Chicken” sold at his local service station? It was so “finger lickin’ good” popular that the Governor Ruby Laffoon proclaimed him a “Colonel” and he started franchising his chicken business. But rather [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:36-05:00July 18th, 2017|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Trademark Issues, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secret Blend of 11 Herbs: Three Things to Know about the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Acts

Will the real Sarah Palin please standup?: Interplay between Right of Publicity and Trademark

OR, What's in a Name? Personal Names as Trade Names REMIXED. By Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire (with Ashley Trout) "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." You may know this quote from William Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet or from the more "pop-culture" reference by Anne Hathaway [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:04-05:00April 29th, 2011|Entertainment Law, RIAA, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on Will the real Sarah Palin please standup?: Interplay between Right of Publicity and Trademark

TIVO v. ECHOSTAR

Editors Note:  The following is a research paper from one of the students in my Entertainment Law & Licensing class I teach at Belmont University’s Curb School of Music. By G. GRANT GUINANE On July 30, 1998 Tivo Inc. registered a patent for their multimedia time warping system that allows a user to store selected [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:10-05:00May 19th, 2010|Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, RIAA, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on TIVO v. ECHOSTAR

Hey, what’s the big idea? Protecting your ideas when submitting them to a third party.

One question clients often asked me is whether an idea can be protected.  The question frequently arises when a client has an idea for a screenplay, or an outline for a story, or a unique title for a song or book, and wishes to submit or  “pitching” that idea to a major movie house, publisher [...]

By |2008-06-12T13:49:43-05:00June 12th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Law, RIAA, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on Hey, what’s the big idea? Protecting your ideas when submitting them to a third party.

What’s in a Name? Personal Names as Trade Names

 By James H. Harris III* More than just occasionally, entertainers adopt stage names. They do so because they believe the new name will add a luster and specific identity to their careers. Thus, Harold S. Jenkins became Conway Twitty. A stage name, of course, is a type of mark that an entertainer uses to identify [...]

By |2002-03-22T08:08:02-05:00March 22nd, 2002|Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on What’s in a Name? Personal Names as Trade Names