A former professional jazz musician, Joeseph Bahgat knows all too well how professionals in the spotlight can easily become embroiled in high-profile legal proceedings. The Sports & Entertainment Law Playbook provides a forum for discussing entertainment, intellectual property, media, and internet legal issues. The blog posts always promise to be entertaining and interesting, as Mr. Bahgat has a wealth of cases to draw upon when updating readers on the most current legal developments in the entertainment industry.
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The way things usually work when marketing and advertising cross paths with the TV and film industries, is that the former pays the latter for what's known as product placement — i.e. the advertiser or ad agency pays the TV producer or actor to use/wear/eat a their product during the ordinary...
Shortly after I posted about the FCC's broadcasting indecency policy heading to the U.S. Supreme Court, a senior writer from Law360.com interviewed me for a feature article she was working on in anticipation of the site's new Media & Entertainment section. Ordinarily, I would say thanks, and...
Here is an example of a poor judgment with regard to spending money on legal fees. In a nutshell, a popular legal blogsite Lawyerist.com filed suit to invalidate two trademarks registered by another popular legal blogsite, Technolawyer. The trademarks in question are "BigLaw," and "SmallLaw," which...
Selection Sunday is upon us. For a lot of business owners and department heads, that means the upcoming week will be one of the least productive work weeks of the year, especially since this year, "for the first time ever, every tournament game will be carried live nationally in its entirety...
The Barry Bonds verdicts are in. Sort of. The jury found Bonds guilty—not guilty of lying to a grand jury—guilty of one count of obstruction of justice, for allegedly misleading investigators, giving evasive testimony, etc. The jury hung on the other three charges. In our...
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently departed from the 30-year-old standard by which federal courts evaluate trademark infringement claims. The issue in that case, Network Automation, Inc. v. Advanced Sys. Concepts, Inc., No. 10-55840 (9th Cir. Mar. 8, 2011), was whether a company...
I don't know what Dan Abrams, Nancy Grace, and Mark Geragos were saying about the Dharun Ravi trial, and I didn't need to know, because I was there. Granted I didn't see the whole trial from opening statements to closing arguments, but I did see direct and cross-examination of most of the key...
I've been fortunate enough that over the past week-and-a-half all of my trials/hearings/court appearances have been at the Middlesex County Courthouse, which is not only one block from my New Brunswick, New Jersey office, but also happens to be the venue for the criminal trial of Dharun Ravi,...
Last week, a Virginia jury found former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely guilty of murder, but found him not guilty of first-degree murder. I'm not at all surprised by the verdict, and my purpose in posting this follow-up is not to call attention to my original post on the...