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|Louisiana Court Not "Ultimate Fan" of Sports Marketer's Trademark|
Proskauer Rose LLP;
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 2014Ultimate sports fans can crack open a cold one to celebrate a recent Louisiana ruling clearing Anheuser-Busch's Ultimate Fan sweepstakes from trademark infringement claims. The major brewing company (and famed sponsor of the stop-motion animated Bud Bowl) prevailed in a suit over the use of the...
|Yep, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Wins Final Knockout in Copyright Infringement Suit|
Proskauer Rose LLP;
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 2014Facedown on the canvas, the boxer slowly opens his eyes. His ears still ringing from the punch that knocked him down, he can vaguely hear the referee counting, "1! 2! 3! 4!..." Meanwhile, the champion boastfully circles the ring, pumping his chest in celebration of imminent victory. The...
|Reminder: Webcaster Minimum Fee Payments for 2014 are Due No Later than January 31, 2014|
Lerman Senter PLLC;
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 24, 2014Commercial and noncommercial entities streaming sound recordings over the Internet under statutory licensing are reminded that the annual minimum webcasting fee for 2014 is due to be paid to SoundExchange no later than January 31, 2014. The annual minimum fee payment is $500 per channel or...
|Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines Set Regarding FCC’s Proposed Elimination of Sports Blackout Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding, Ari Z. Moskowitz; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 24, 2014As announced last month, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to eliminate its “sports blackout rules,” which allow sports teams to demand that cable systems and DBS providers black out imported distant broadcast signals when they are presenting a live telecast of a local...
|What Employers Can Learn From Legendary Coach John Wooden: Achievable, Basic Resolutions That Employers Should Keep in 2014|
Marc R. Engel; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014The legendary college basketball coach, John Wooden, famously taught his players on the first day of practice each year how to put their socks on correctly. Wooden believed first and foremost that elite basketball players needed healthy feet and that “sock instruction” was necessary to...
|Super Bowl Sunday and Social Host Responsibilities: Keeping the Party “In Bounds” and Safe|
Christian Stegmaier; Collins & Lacy, P.C.;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014As is true for other get-togethers, alcohol often plays a role in Super Bowl Sunday festivities. Accordingly, good hosts should take steps to keep their guests “in bounds” when it comes to alcohol consumption. The consequences relating to impaired driving can be catastrophic. The most...
|Making Progress for the Gulf, but the Fight Continues...|
Joseph F. Rice; Motley Rice;
January 22, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014On Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, the awaited opinion from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill class certification was filed. In a two-to-one decision, Judge Davis and Judge Dennis wrote a 48-page opinion that confirmed the actions by Judge Barbier in certifying...
|Bad Actors: Snubbed at Golden Globes, But Awarded Guidance from SEC|
Parker B. Morrill, Michael J. Rivera; Venable LLP;
January 17, 2014, previously published on January 2014Bad actors received no accolades at last night’s Golden Globe Awards. However, persons designated as "bad actors" under the federal securities laws are very much in the SEC’s limelight. On December 4, 2013 and January 3, 2014, the SEC issued guidance on the provisions that...
|Copyrights: Amplifying Sound Signals Is Not Infringement|
January 17, 2014, previously published on January 13, 2014In a recent case, the Portuguese Supreme Court of Justice decided the following issue: does the use of sound expanding devices with TV sets (such as loudspeakers and equalizers) in a public establishment (restaurants, bars, hotels and so forth) require a (second) authorization or license from the...
|The NFL Goes Back to the Eighth Circuit|
Ryan G. Koopmans; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
January 15, 2014, previously published on January 14, 2014The decades-old battle between the NFL and its players is returning to the Eighth Circuit this morning, when the NFL Players Association will ask a three-judge panel to reinstate its lawsuit against the teams and their owners for secretly setting a salary cap for the 2010 season, which was supposed...