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Defamation, Celebrities, and the Internet

By the very nature of their positions, celebrities in both the sports and entertainment spheres generate significant public attention and discussion.

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Kickstarting Litigation: What is the Future of Crowdfunded Films?

On April 12, 2013, The Veronica Mars Movie project broke fund raising records, with 91,585 backers pledging a total of $5,702,153. The catch? The film was funded on the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter.

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The NFL and Super Bowl Ticket Prices (Finkelman v. NFL)

A few weeks ago, Josh Finkelman sat in the upper decks of MetLife Stadium watching the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The price for those nosebleed seats? $4,000 for two tickets.

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Macklemore and the Fear of the Minstrel Show

The trajectory of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (“Macklemore”) is where the complexity of the race in music debate begins.

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“Unsportsmanlike” Conduct and That Richard Sherman Interview

Richard Sherman, star defensive back for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, has received severe public criticism for his comments in the immediate aftermath of his team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game this past Sunday.

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New Meaning of MVPD: A Future for Aereo?

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, on Tuesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote a blog post indicating that the FCC is considering a rule making proceeding to revise the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) to include online video providers. Wheeler mentioned that he hopes to update the definition to be technology neutral. Extending […]

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Future of Music Policy Summit

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According to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, The 14th annual Future of Music Policy Summit commenced on Monday. Among the topics discussed, was the role of copyright in the music industry. Copyright law has not been updated to reflect the rise in technology, and while Congress has begun to amend the current legal regime, it will take […]

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Judge Blocks NJ Track from Allowing Sports Gambling

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According to ESPN, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp issued a preliminary injunction that prevented the thoroughbred track at Monmouth Park from allowing legal sports gambling this past weekend. Judge Shipp found that allowing legal gambling in New Jersey would cause irreparable harm to the Plaintiffs, the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA. The ruling […]

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Kesha Sexual Abuse Case Updates

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, last week Kesha filed a lawsuit against the producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald for sexual abuse. The case began when Kesha was 18 years old and dropped out of high school at Dr. Luke’s suggestion. She eventually signed with Dr. Luke in 2005. The filed suit claims that Dr. Luke raped Ms. […]

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Bad Day for Hockey: Separate Lawsuits Filed Against NHL and CHL

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  According to Sports Illustrated, both the National Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League were slapped with separate class action lawsuits on Monday. The lawsuit against the NHL was initiated in federal court in Minnesota and is to be heard by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson of Brady v. NFL fame. The […]

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Facebook Sues Law Firms

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According to Businessweek, on Monday, Mark Zuckerberg filed a suit against several law firms and individual attorneys who represented Paul Ceglia in 2010. In 2010, Ceglia brought a suit in a New York state court asserting that Zuckerberg had promised him an 84% stake in Facebook. After researching Ceglia’s claim and finding it credible, DLA Piper took […]

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Winston, FSU Move Forward with Title IX Hearing

According to ESPN, Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston has agreed to move forward with a student conduct hearing concerning his role in an alleged sexual assault that occurred in December 2012. Winston faces four potential violations of the student conduct code: two charges of sexual misconduct and two charges of endangerment. Florida State University’s […]

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Aereo…Not Done Yet

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, on Wednesday, New York judge Alison Nathan presided over a hearing for a preliminary injunction against Aereo. Two years ago, Nathan denied an injunction on behalf of national broadcasters. Yet this summer, the Supreme Court decided otherwise, ruling that the distribution of individual copies of TV signals violated the Transmit Clause of the […]

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Few Players to Opt Out of NFL Concussion Settlement

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According to ESPN, very few players are likely to opt-out of the NFL Concussion Litigation Settlement proposed in June. Players are given three options with respect to the settlement: they can accept, opt-out, or object. Attorneys have predicted that any number from two dozen to several hundred of the eligible 18,000 players will choose to opt-out.  Some players have […]

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