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U.S. Supreme Court Adopts Test for Determining Whether Designs Are Copyrightable

The U.S. Supreme Court has determined that designs on clothing or other useful article can be copyrightable in a case involving cheerleading uniforms

Court Allows Copyright Lawsuit Over Iron Man Poster to Continue

Court Allows Copyright Lawsuit Over Iron Man Poster to Continue March 29, 2017 by Jerry Glover Horizon Comic recently filed suit against Marvel Ent...

New York Court Issues Dubious Right of Publicity Decision

New York Court Issues Dubious Right of Publicity Decision March 9, 2017 by Jerry Glover In 2006 Chris Porco was convicted of the murder of his fath...

Court Denies Blurt-Out Defense to Sony in Case Involving the Television Series “Timeless”

Court Denies Blurt-Out Defense to Sony in Case Involving the Television Series “Timeless” March 2, 2017 by Jerry Glover If you are a fa...

Court Decides Plaintiff Alleging Violation of Illinois Biometric Act Has Not Suffered Concrete Injury and Has No Standing to Bring Suit

Court Decides Plaintiff Alleging Violation of Illinois Biometric Act Has Not Suffered Concrete Injury and Has No Standing to Bring Suit March 1, 20...

Woman in Video Loses Fight Over TGI Friday’s Commercial

Woman in Video Loses Fight Over TGI Friday’s Commercial February 24, 2017 by Jerry Glover An actor, Shoshana Roberts, agreed to be the center...

Marlon Wayans Defeats Claim of Racial Discrimination/Harassment

NOTE: This article contains racially-charged language which may offend some readers. Please only click if you choose to read further.

Nicollette Sheridan Loses Again

Nicollette Sheridan Loses Again February 10, 2017 by Jerry Glover Remember the TV series “Desperate Housewives”? Remember one of the cast members, ...

Seventh Circuit Holds Dopp Kit Design is Functional, Not Protectable Trade Dress

A court has ruled that a bag design is not protected by the trade dress law, even though the defendant intentionally copied the plaintiff's design

Trademarks For Fictional Business Establishment: Is it Possible?

Will you be able to order at a real life Krusty Krab anytime soon? Read on to see if trademarks for fictional restaurants held up in court.

New York Court Concludes Blogger Not an Employee of Magazine

New York Court Concludes Blogger Not an Employee of Magazine January 6, 2017 by Jerry Glover The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division,* has r...

New Federal Trade Secrets Act

New Federal Trade Secrets Act January 4, 2017 by Jerry Glover In May, 2016, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the federal Trade...

NYC Passes Freelancer Law

NYC Passes Freelancer Law December 26, 2016 by Jerry Glover New York City has passed an ordinance which governs the use of freelancers. Known as th...

President Signs Consumer Review Fairness Act

President Signs Consumer Review Fairness Act December 20, 2016 by Jerry Glover So you purchase an airline ticket on line. During the process, you h...

New Copyright Regulations Require Updating Your Copyright Agent Information

New Copyright Regulations Require Updating Your Copyright Agent Information December 19, 2016 by Jerry Glover If you own a website, an app or any o...

Seventh Circuit Rules Student Athletes Not Employees of University

Seventh Circuit Rules Student Athletes Not Employees of University December 14, 2016 by Jerry Glover The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circ...

Federal Circuit Court Decision Clarifies Meaning of “Use in Commerce” Requirement for Trademark Matters

Federal Circuit Court Decision Clarifies Meaning of “Use in Commerce” Requirement for Trademark Matters November 30, 2016 by Jerry Glov...

Seventh Circuit Reverses Arbitration Ruling in Soccer Players Case

Seventh Circuit Reverses Arbitration Ruling in Soccer Players Case November 17, 2016 by Jerry Glover An arbitrator’s decision is rarely overturned ...

Federal Court Denies VARA Protection for School Bus Transformed into Spanish Galleon

Federal Court Denies VARA Protection for School Bus Transformed into Spanish Galleon by Jerry Glover November 15, 2016 The federal Visual Artists R...

OMG! Jared Leto Loses Copyright Infringement Suit Over Video About Taylor Swift (For Sure!!)

A video featuring Jared Leto talking about Taylor Swift that aired on TMZ has a real life legal lesson about ownership of creative work

Illinois Court Finds Lawyer Website Did Not Violate Attorney’s Right of Publicity

A federal district court decided that a directory of attorneys that also runs ads on attorney profile pages does not violate the Illinois Right of ...

Illinois Federal Court OK’s Bird Copyright

In order to be copyrightable, a work must be deemed original. But what about a work that takes its inspiration from common animals and is a functio...

TTAB Nixes Trademark for Pot Products

Marijuana and related products are not legal under federal law, so forget about getting a federal trademark for you pot-based offerings.

Court Decision Emphasizes Importance of Copyright Registration

Failure to register copyrightable material with the U.S. copyright office can lead to inability to file a lawsuit or collect statutory damages.

Court Allows Kanye West to Use Another’s Trademark as Title of Video Project

Kanye West and Damon Dash have won a copyright infringement lawsuit over a 2015 video project.

Recent Court Decision is Warning to Website Owners

This case about Uber's Terms of Service interface highlights the fact websites that offer services cannot just put a “Terms of Service” hyperlink a...

Federal Court Finds eBook Distributor Not a Publisher for Right of Publicity Violation

Self-publishing through Amazon and similar ebook services has resulted in thousands of books being made available to the public on-line eliminating...

Pleading Poverty at the FCC

Need to get an fine from the Federal Communications Commission reduced no matter what your sin? Plead poverty.

Federal Appeals Court Nixes Credit Score Company’s Bid to Enforce Arbitration Agreement

Have you ever noticed that most websites place a link at the bottom of at least the site’s home page entitled “Terms of Use” or “Terms of Service” ...

FCC Issues Fines/Admonitions in Children’s Programming Cases

On April 11, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission issued five decisions in which it fined or admonished stations for violating various regul...

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Former NFL Players’ Right Of Publicity Claims

Twenty-three former NFL players sued the NFL claiming that films produced by the NFL violated their right of publicity and well as the federal trad...

Illinois Federal Court Rules In Favor Of WTTW In Filmon Claim That It Is A Cable System

Raise your hand if you remember the Aereo case. That company used technology to capture local television signals in a given market and send them (i...

Court Implies Producer May Have To Infringe On Rights To Buck Rogers Character To Find Out If He Has Infringed

A California-based film production company was developing a film based on the Buck Rogers sci-fi character. The estate of the man who created that ...

Rolls Royce Wins Trademark Dilution Lawsuit Against Rapper But Loses On Trademark Infringement Claim

Luxury car company Rolls Royce recently sued rapper Robert D. Davis (a/k/a “Rolls Royce Rizzy”) in New Jersey federal court for trademark infringem...

Texas Film Commission Does Flip Flop On Grant For The Film “Machete”

Like many states, Texas offers incentives to film and television makers to produce projects in Texas. The program in Texas is called the Moving Ima...

Federal Trade Commission Addresses Native Advertising In Lord & Taylor Campaign

The Federal Trade Commission has settled charges against Lord & Taylor in connection with a fashion campaign it spearheaded that included the used ...

Fox Gets To Keep Its “Empire”

By now, most people are aware of (if not an actual fan of) the Fox television series “Empire,” which concerns a family’s ownership and feud over a ...

Where Did Marketing Get That Content?

In Jed Enlow’s recent Law360 byline “Where Did Marketing Get That Content?” he discusses the risks of using digital and social media content as par...

FCC Denies Claim by Man Claiming to be a U.S. Presidential Candidate For Ad Buy On WMAQ/Chicago

Every political season draws requests/demands by fringe and less-well-known candidates who want to buy ads promoting their candidacy on a radio or ...

They’re Back! Federal Tax Incentives For Film, TV And—Now—Theater

On December 18, 2015 President Obama signed legislation which reinstated Section 181 of the Internal Revenue Code permitting film and television pr...

Is The Chicago Marathon An Illegal Lottery?

Every year dozens of companies sponsor sweepstakes or contests to promote their products or services. What’s the difference between a sweepstakes ...

Classic Abbott And Costello Sketch Subject Of Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

“Who’s on First” is one of the greatest comedy sketches of all time. And the playwright behind the Broadway hit, “Hand to God,” thought it would be...

Strike A Pose – Just Don’t Expect to Get Copyright Protection For It

Even if you’re not a yoga enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Bikram Choudbury (the self-proclaimed “yogi to the stars”) or Bikram Yoga. He recent...

Court Grants Parodist Right To Own Copyright In Parody

A federal district court has ruled that a person who creates a parody of a copyrighted work can own a separate copyright in the parody even though ...

An Illinois Photographer Fails To Beat The Fair Use Defense

Jacob Meister was a supporter of politician Sam Yingling, a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, who was running for electio...

FCC Admonishes TV Station For Violating Ad Limits In Kids’ Programs

Federal Communications Commission regulations limit the amount of commercials that commercial TV stations can air during children’s programming. ...

Download A Free App, Use It And Say Goodbye To Your PII

Have you ever downloaded a free app that allows you to watch video clips or full length shows on one or more of your digital devices? Would you con...

FCC Changes Broadcast Contest Rules

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a final order and implementing rules that change the way broadcast stations, both radio and televi...

Court Allows Use Of Trademark In Sony Video Game

A California federal district court in California recently allowed Sony to use a trademark owned by Virag, S.R.L. in a car racing video game despit...

Was It Really Michael Keaton’s Fault?

Did you see the film directed by Michael Keaton entitled “The Merry Gentleman”? If not, that’s OK. Very few people did even though the late Roger E...

Court Decision Points To Importance Of Certain Clauses In A Contest’s Official Rules

A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims shows why sponsors of contests/sweepstakes must pay attention to the official rules accompa...

Write/Record A Rap Lyric, Go To Jail?

Two recent decisions have considered whether the lyrics of a rap song can be classified as threats under certain criminal statutes. One decision wa...

FCC Exempts New Television Series From Federal Equal Opportunity Rules

The Federal Communications Commission recently exempted a not-yet-broadcast television series from the requirements of the federal equal

Film Director Fails To Sign Work For Hire Agreement Then Claims Copyright Ownership Of Film—Really!

The federal court of appeals in New York recently ruled that the director of a motion picture is not the copyright owner of that film even if he di...

“Black Swan” Interns May Not Be Employees

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (with federal jurisdiction over New York and various other states) recently reversed a decision of...

Effect Of Florida Internet Law Goes Beyond Its State Borders

The Florida legislature has enacted, and Florida governor has signed, a new law entitled “The True Origin of Digital Goods Act” the effect of which...

Can You Now Get A Trademark Registration For The Title Of A Single Work?

It has been a rule for over fifty years that the Trademark Office will not register a trademark for the title of a single book, single motion, pict...

Legislative Note

The US Copyright Act does not allow a person in a same sex marriage to inherit any copyrights held by his/her deceased spouse. Several members of t...

Seventh Circuit Issues Unusual Fair Use Opinion

Copyright law gives copyright owners certain exclusive rights in and to their works of authorship which no one else can exercise without the owners...

Why Donald Trump Quit The Apprentice

Sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as the "equal time" rule, the equal opportunity rule is one of the big reasons why Donald Trump had to quit "Th...

Time To Face The Music: Current State and Federal Copyright Law Issues with Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

LSG, LLC Associate Heather Lieberman co-writes this article about the problem with the lack of copyrights on musical compositions recorded prior to...

Illinois Federal Court Solves The Mystery of The Sherlock Holmes Copyright

An Illinois federal district court has ruled that certain aspects of the Sherlock Holmes literary properties are still protected by copyright while...

Michael Jordan Scores!

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has given Michael Jordan another victory. The court held that a so-called “congratulato...

FCC Fines Three Illinois Radio/Television Stations

For the last several years it has become almost a common practice for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fine stations which fail to compl...

Music Publishser Gets Holiday Gift: Continued Ownership Of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”

During this holiday season, it really warms your chestnuts when one of the largest music publishers on earth, EMI, gets to retain copyright ownersh...

Two Housewives of Atlanta Tussle Over “Tardy For The Party”

Admit it. You’ve watched one or more of the series of Bravo programs focusing on “housewives” in different parts of the country. “The Real Housewi...

Legal Limits of Music In The Workplace

Music has become ubiquitous in our lives – its use and consumption does not stop at the workplace entrance. In fact, music has been a feature of th...

Dr. Oz Not Liable To Television Viewer Claiming Negligent Medical Advice

Millions of people have watched “The Dr. Oz Show” every day for several years, so it’s a little surprising that it took this long for a case to be ...

California Labor Commissioner Rules Attorney Acted As Broadcaster’s Unlicensed Agent

The California Talent Agencies Act (California Labor Code Sec. 1700 et seq) requires all talent agencies to be licensed by the state Labor Commissi...

Aereo Wins Another One

A federal district court in Massachusetts handed Aereo another win against a local broadcaster alleging copyright infringement of various original ...

Public Radio Station Gets Fined For Repeated Public File Failures; Receives Short-Term License Renewal

The Federal Communications Commission recently issued another in a string of decisions fining television stations for failing to keep their public ...

Chicago Literary Agent Gets A Chance To Prove He Actually Did Something For His Client

Ken Levin is a Chicago-based literary agent. His client, Alex Grecian, is a graphic comic book artist and novelist. Following what he thought of as...

Illinois Federal Court Disagrees With Illinois State Court In Right Of Publicity Dispute

An Illinois federal district court recently disagreed with an Illinois appellate court interpretation of the phrase “commercial use” as used in the...

Michael Keaton Loses Preliminary Round In Contract Case

Actor/director Michael Keaton recently lost a preliminary round in a dispute over whether a release between a motion picture production company and...

Thinking About Using An Unpaid Intern? Think Again

You may have heard recently that several lawsuits (most of them class actions with anywhere from 100 to 1,000 plaintiffs in the class) have been fi...

“Peeping Tom” Photographer Defeats Right of Publicity Lawsuit

A much publicized photographer’s exhibition of pictures a photographer took from his New York City apartment of people living in a nearby building ...

“50/50 Motion Picture Title Does Not Infringe Phifty-50 Trademark”

A rap duo, Phitfy-50, sued Lionsgate Entertainment for trademark infringement over a motion picture entitled “50/50.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for...

The Most Ridiculous Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Ever Filed–Ever!

William Faulkner’s novel, “As I Lay Dying,” is based on the theme that the past cannot be discarded or escaped. Unfortunately the organization rep...

Failure to Follow NDA Protocol Can Lead to Loss of Trade Secrets

It is common in many industries for parties who plan to enter into negotiations for the licensing of technology to sign a non-disclosure agreement ...

Oprah Loses The Right to Own Her Power

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is requiring Oprah Winfrey and her companies (including Harpo, Inc.) to go to trial in a trademark...

Jersey Boys, Ed Sullivan and Fair Use

“Jersey Boys” was a big success both on Broadway and in national tours. The so-called juke box musical portrayed the career of the Four Seasons, a...

Latest Illinois Case On Restrictive Covenants Increases Uncertainty, Burden For Employers

The plaintiff in this declaratory judgment action (Fifield v. Premier Dealer Services, Inc. (Ill. App. June 24, 2013) had been employed by a subsid...

Peter Strand at Grammy’s On The Hill Advocacy Day

Peter Strand at Grammy’s On The Hill Advocacy Day At the GRAMMY’s On The Hill advocacy day. From left, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Greenberg Tra...

FCC Slaps Television Stations With Public File Fines

The Federal Communications Commission has fined three commercial television and radio stations with substantial fines for failing to keep the stati...

Lawyers Mix It Up

The Wisconsin right of publicity statute has really been getting a work out lately. See our article below. In this case, lawyers are the parties t...

Google, Erectile Dysfunction, and a Wisconsin Woman

The Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently decided a case involving Wisconsin’s right of publicity statute as it appl...

Lindsay Lohan: “Don’t Talk About Me Like I’m Not Here” (With Apologies To Julia Roberts In “Steel Magnolias”)

Who doesn’t know about the troubles of actor Lindsay Lohan? But did you realize she’s also sensitive—perhaps too sensitive. At least that might b...

Sequence of Yoga Exercises Not Copyrightable

A federal district court in California has issued a ruling that seems to buttress the impression that copyright law is a very esoteric area of the ...

First Major Court Decision Concerning Casting and The First Amendment

A federal district court in Tennessee has ruled, in a case of first impression, that the First Amendment’s right to freedom of speech shields telev...

Hulk Hogan Denied Restraining Order In Sex Tape Case

Pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan (real name: Terry Gene Bollea) has been denied a restraining order against Gawker.com that would have required Gawker to re...

Bieber v. Beaver

Teen idol Justin Bieber has won the first round of a lawsuit brought by a video game maker who tried to get a federal trial court to rule that it’s...

FCC Fines Another Radio Station For Not Broadcasting Relevant Contest Rules

On August 28, 2012, we reported an FCC decision that fined a radio station for failing to conduct a “cute baby” contest as described in its broadca...

‘Tyra Banks Show’ Not Liable For Lying Teenage Guest

The mother of a guest on a 2009 episode of “The Tyra Banks” show has lost her case against the show who allowed her 15-year-old daughter to appear ...

FCC Again Fines Radio Stations For Broadcasting Telephone Calls

Several months ago, we posted an article on this site summarizing an FCC decision which fined a radio station for broadcasting a telephone call wit...

Trademark Office Requests Comment on Amendment

The U.S. Trademark Office is requesting comment from the public on a proposed amendment to the federal Trademark Act (the Lanham Act). Currently th...

Radio Station’s Cute Baby Contest Screw Up Not Cute To FCC

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau recently issued a decision, In re CBS Radio Holdings, Inc.. (EB-11-IH-1374 August 21, 2012), fining a CBS-owned radio ...

The Impact of Social Media On Privacy Is Unsettled

A recent New Jersey District Court case underscores the rise in tensions between employers and employees when it comes to Social Media Accounts. In...

Kanye West Proves To Be ‘Stronger’ In Copyright Infringement Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued a decision finding that Kanye West did not infringe the copyright in and to a song own...

Two Appeals Court Find No Fair Use In Publication Of Copyrighted Photos In Magazines

Two federal appellate courts recently ruled, just days apart, that two magazines had infringed the copyright in “celebrity” photos by publishing th...

Nicollette Sheridan May Feel Desperate After “Housewives” Ruling

As most people on the planet are aware, actor Nicollette Sheridan, a former cast member of “Desperate Housewives,” sued Touchstone Television Produ...

Federal Circuit Clarifies Meaning of “Use In Commerce” For Trademarks

In order to obtain a trademark registration for a mark in the U.S. Trademark Office, the applicant must prove that the applicant has used the mark ...

National Arbitration Forum Issues Two Internet Domain Name Decisions of Interest

The National Arbitration Forum (NAF), located in Minneapolis, Minn., serves as one of several international arbitration sites for domain name dispu...

Illinois Trial Court Reverses Itself and Upholds Reporter’s Privilege Protection for Technology Website Anonymous Source

In January, 2012 an Illinois trial court ruled that the Illinois “shield law,” which protects the identity of a news reporter’s confidential source...

Federal Court In Wisconsin Finds In Favor Of Harley-Davidson Logo Designer On Procedural Matters

A federal district court in Wisconsin recently ruled that Wayne Peterson, the designer of two Harley-Davidson logos, could proceed in his copyrigh...

Fashion, Design and The Law

Charles Colton famously stated "Imitation is the sincerest (form) of flattery." This has never been more true than in the fast-paced world of fashi...

Electronic Arts Loses Preliminary Round In “Battlefield 3” Video Game Case

Back in April of this year, we reported on a case involving a new video game, “Battlefield 3,” from game producer Electronic Arts (EA). At that tim...

Ginger Rogers Comes To Illinois

In the motion picture, “50/50”, a young man who has been diagnosed with cancer is told by his doctor that he has a fifty-fifty chance of survival. ...

Appeals Court Hands USA Networks A Royal Pain

At the end of June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (located in New York) aligned itself with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ni...

CBS Throws Stones At ABC’s “Glass House”

The CBS competitive “reality” series, “Big Brother”, has been on the air for 13 years. It takes place in a house constructed on a sound stage where...

FCC Fines Public Radio Station $12,500 For Broadcasting Advertisements

The Federal Communications Commission has fined a Woodlake, California public radio station $12,500 for broadcasting commercials in violation of th...

FCC Fines Radio Station $2,000 For Unconsented Taping of Telephone Call That Was Not Broadcast

The FCC has fined a Maryland radio station $2,000 for taping a telephone call it placed to an individual even though the station never broadcast th...

Federal Trial Court Destroys A Writer’s Guild Myth

Attorneys concentrating in entertainment law will, from time to time, have clients tell them that they have registered their scripts/treatments/man...

Bourbon 1, Tequila 0: Maker’s Mark Successfully Defends Its Red Wax Seal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled that the red dripping wax seal used by Maker’s Mark on its bourbon was not functiona...

Court Allows Co-Author Of “YMCA” and Other 70’s Classics to Terminate His Single Grant of Rights to Publisher

One of the first cases in what will probably be a long line of cases to determine the rights of authors who want to terminate an earlier grant of r...

FCC Requires Broadcasters to Put Public Files On-Line

Since 1965 all television and radio stations have been required to keep a “public file” at their station to show the general public information tha...

Public Comments Requested By The FCC: FCC Proposes Rules to Allow Fundraising for Others on Public TV

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has asked for comments from the public in connection with a proposed rule that would allow public broad...

Court Keeps NFL Athlete’s Morals Clause Case Alive

For many years celebrities who enter into endorsement agreements with a commercial enterprise would often find a so-called “morals clause” in those...

Documentary Filmmaker Gets IRS To “Smile ‘Til It Hurts”

For the first time, to our knowledge, the U. S. Tax Court has decided a case concerning a documentary filmmaker and her right to make certain expen...

One of Several “Avatar” Lawsuits Bites the Dust

There are at least four lawsuits against James Cameron, director of the motion picture “Avatar,” and the studio behind the film. Most of the lawsui...

Facebook Terms of Service: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Selection Clause

Most contracts, whether negotiated or adhesive (boilerplate contracts that you enter into when, say, you buy a major household appliance for which ...

Louis Vuitton, The Super Bowl and “The Hangover”—In That Order

Louis Vuitton, The Super Bowl and “The Hangover”—In That Order by Jerry Glover April 16, 2012   Louis Vuitton and its trademarked design on lu...

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ban On Commercial Spots For Public TV/Radio Stations But Knocks Out Bans on Political/Public Issue Ads

Federal law prohibits public television and radio stations from running spots for commercial entities touting their products/services (the exceptio...

Video Games & ‘Copters & Trademarks—Oh My!

Electronic Arts (EA), a major U.S. video game developer and publisher, recently filed a lawsuit for declaratory relief asking a California federal ...

Internal Emails Key to A Major Decision Involving YouTube and Copyright Infringement

In 2007, dozens of copyright owners including Viacom, owner of Paramount Pictures among other entertainment entities, filed suit against YouTube (n...

Justin TV’s Smackdown With The UFC

Justin.tv is a service that allows users to stream live videos (as opposed to YouTube’s pre-recorded videos) to people in over 250 countries. Each ...

Do You Know Who You’re Dating? Proposed New Laws Affecting Online Dating

If you’ve ever used an on-line dating service like match.com or eHarmony.com you may have had a feeling that you really don’t know with whom you’re

“Own Your Power” Not Infringed By O Magazine

According to a recent trademark infringement case, Simone Kelly-Brown has provided “a personal brand of self-awareness and motivational communicati...

When is an E-Book Not A Book?

E-books are challenging hardcover/paperback books for supremacy. A recent survey by the American Publishers Association found that in 2011 e-book s...

Indiana Court Requires Newspaper to Reveal Identify of Anonymous Newspaper Website Commenters

Many newspapers have embraced the Internet as a way to keep, and perhaps enlarge, their readership. Most newspapers will post articles on their web...

A Guide To The New Illinois Live Theatre Production Tax Credit

The Illinois legislature has passed and Governor Quinn has signed into law the Illinois Live Theatre Production Tax Credit Act. This tax credit is ...

Illinois Federal Court Throws Out Lawsuit Against Weiner’s Circle

If you live in Chicago, you’ve probably seen, if not actually eaten, at The Weiner’s Circle, a popular hot dog stand where the employees love to h...

Michael Jordan Loses Suit Against Jewel-Osco For Tribute Ad

In 2009, Jewel-Osco (Jewel) placed an ad in a special issue of Sports Illustrated magazine that paid tribute to Jordan’s career. The Jewel-Osco log...

FCC Fines WLS (AM) for Airing News Story that was Actually a Paid Advertisement

The Federal Communications Act requires television and radio stations to identify the sponsor whenever the station broadcast matter “in return for ...

The Importance of Clearing Titles

One thing newbie producers forget to do is make sure the title for their film/television series is not already being used by someone else for simil...

Documenting Reality TV

Q: I’m going to produce a reality television series for a cable network. It’s a competition type of series like “Top Chef”. What type of contest...