Money Can’t Buy You an Oscar
201501.15
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Money Can’t Buy You an Oscar

Money can buy a lot of things.  It may even be able to buy you love, but it certainly can’t buy you an Oscar. Robert Surtees won three Oscars for cinematography – for “King Solomon’s Mines” (1950), “The Bad and the Beautiful” (1953) and “Ben-Hur” (1959).  His Oscar for “The Bad and the Beautiful” has recently…

Marriage Equality May Extend to Copyright
201501.14
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Marriage Equality May Extend to Copyright

The U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts throughout the county have extended same-sex couples the right to marry in many states. When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in the Windsor decision, the Obama Administration began providing most federal spousal benefits to all same-sex married couples, regardless of where they…

Former NFL Players v. Madden NFL
201501.13
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Former NFL Players v. Madden NFL

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California rejected EA’s motion to strike former NFL players’ right of publicity claims for EA’s failure to license their likeness for Madden NFL. EA licensed the rights for current players but did not do so for former players. They also did not mention the players by name…