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October 10, 2017 3:15 pm
muhammad ali v fox right of publicity lawsuit illinois
The company that owns and manages former boxing great Muhammad Ali's right of publicity and trademarks has sued Fox Broadcasting in federal district court in Illinois. The complaint filed today claims that Fox's broadcast of a memorial to Muhammad Ali leading up to the broadcast of the 2017 Super...
October 06, 2017 4:00 pm
daniels fanduel right of publicity lawsuit indiana
Last week while a California trial court let the right of publicity run roughshod over the First Amendment in a case involving a docudrama, an Indiana district court in Daniels v. Fanduel rejected the right of publicity claims brought by former NCAA football players, Akeem Daniels, Cameron...
October 04, 2017 10:45 am
de Havilland feud FX right of publicity california lawsuit
On Friday, a California superior court agreed with two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland that her lawsuit against FX Networks could proceed. FX had sought to put a swift end to her lawsuit arising out of her portrayal in the network’s critically acclaimed miniseries, Feud. The series...
August 31, 2017 2:45 pm
thelonious monk v. north coast brewery six pack right of publicity lawsuit
Earlier this week, Thelonious Monk, Jr. filed a lawsuit against North Coast Brewing Co. in the federal district court of California for allegedly using his father, the great jazz musician Thelonious Monk’s name, likeness, and image on its beer labels, for its brand name, and in advertising and...
August 30, 2017 12:30 pm
right of publicity suit actor nude photographs
An unknown, but allegedly famous television actress has sued a website for posting nude photographs of her on its website and using her name to drive traffic to a pornographic site. The complaint in Jane Doe v. Roe Corporation was filed in a Los Angeles superior court. It alleges a violation of...
July 05, 2017 3:15 pm
Feud Olivia de Havilland right of publicity right of privacy lawsuit
One of Hollywood’s most successful plaintiffs and actresses is at it again. Olivia de Havilland, the two-time Oscar winner, who appeared in such Hollywood classics as Gone with the Wind and The Heiress, has sued FX Networks and Ryan Murphy in California Superior Court over her...
June 21, 2017 9:15 pm
Advertisement Opposed New York Right of Publicity Bill
Feeling the heat from many different sides, the New York legislature today smartly pulled the seriously flawed right of publicity bill (with the SAG-AFTRA provision that undermined the statutory speech protections).  As Professors Christopher Sprigman, Christopher Buccafusco, and I wrote in an...
June 14, 2017 5:00 pm
right of publicity SAG logo ny bill
Today the New York Legislature amended its proposed right of publicity bill, A08155, and not for the better.  Instead, it added language that undermines statutory protections for expressive works. The bill is deeply flawed to begin with and this only makes matters worse--far worse. The...
June 09, 2017 12:00 pm
letter to new york legislature on right of publicity bill 08155
Today, I submitted a letter opposing the current draft of a "right of publicity" bill being rushed through the New York legislature before it closes up shop for the summer. Since my earlier post about the bill SAG-AFTRA has proposed adding language that would eviscerate the exemptions in the bill...
June 07, 2017 12:45 pm
new york right of publicity bill proposed right of privacy repealed
The New York Assembly introduced yet another right of publicity bill last week, Assembly Bill A08155. Such legislation is introduced almost every year in New York―focused on trying to add a post-mortem right which currently does not exist under New York law. Thus far, these bills have all failed to...

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