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Entertainment & Media
One LLP has a specialized entertainment and media law practice—a practice that transcends the traditional copyright and trademark boundaries of other law firms. Renowned and internationally recognized movie studios, photography agencies, publishing companies, artists, musicians, writers, journalists, and media outlets have repeatedly sought our guidance in handling complicated legal issues at the interface of art, entertainment, journalism and commerce. Specifically, we have represented our clients in copyright and trademark infringement litigation, licensing and contract disputes, unfair competition and trade dress suits, and publishing, recording and production contract negotiations. We have handled disputes involving relationships with agents, artist representatives and managers and we have guided rightsholder in the proper securing on their intellectual property rights, including copyright and trademark registrations, and the management of their intellectual property portfolios. We have also successfully represented our clients in defamation and privacy invasion suits, right of publicity claims and First Amendment litigation involving the freedom of speech and of the press.
Our representative matters include:
- Defending Chuck DeVore, a candidate for the United States Senate, in an infringement suit by Don Henley of The Eagles over a politically themed song parody.
- Representing an apparel company in a dispute with Madonna over the “Material Girl” clothing brand.
- Representing musician Patricia Day of the HorrorPops in a right of publicity suit against Mattel and the Hard Rock Company for their Rockabilly Barbie Doll.
- Representing musician Chris Dowd in a royalties dispute with his former bandmates in the legendary fusion act Fishbone.
- Pursuing Bettie Davis’s right of publicity claims on behalf of CMG Worldwide, the world’s leading celebrity IP representation company.
- Representing a city with respect to image rights of John Wayne.
- Defending a prominent Internet entertainment news site against defamation claims by Tony Parker and Eva Longoria.
- Representing Hollywood photography agency X17 in an infringement and misappropriation suit against prominent celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton.
- Representing a leading movie studio in a copyright infringement suit challenging the DMCA safe harbor of a major tube site.
- Representing recording artist and actress Aubrey O’Day, formerly of Danity Kane, in contract negotiations involving MTV Networks and Bad Boy Records.
- Defending a leading Hollywood photography agency against invasion of privacy claims by a European supermodel.
- Representing a screenwriter in a misappropriation and idea theft suit against Nickelodeon involving their highest-rated situation comedy.
- Defending the First Amendment rights of a celebrity news agency against liability claims based on the allegedly tortious conduct of its photojournalists while taking photographs of Britney Spears.
- Representing New Line Cinema in a title dispute over a forthcoming summer blockbuster.
- Defending a prominent Hollywood producer and agent in a copyright ownership dispute over a contested literary property.
- Representing a British record label in a copyright ownership dispute over the rights to the last major concert recorded by Jimi Hendrix.
One LLP has published “What Every Artist Should Know About the Law” as an informative short manual on the complex issues confronting those in the art, publishing, and media industries. And if you click here and register we will provide you a free copy of the manual or our informative Copyright and Copyright Myths Manual.