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June 6th, 2022
Drag Queens Traverse Trademark Law: ‘I Don’t Think We’re Safe’
Advertising and Intellectual Property Partner Brian G. Murphy is quoted in the article, “Drag Queens Traverse Trademark Law: ‘I Don’t Think We’re Safe’” published by Bloomberg Law. The article discusses that while drag has gone mainstream, intellectual property laws have not kept up with the shifting landscape leaving some performers in copyright disputes over performances and stage names. For example, with their growing popularity drag queens must take music copyrights into consideration. Brian is quoted saying, “Anytime you play a song—and to anyone other than, like, your friends in your own living room—that requires a license.” He explains, “When performing in a club, most drag queens are covered by the establishment’s music licenses. If they incorporate the music into an act in a different setting, however, they might need additional rights.”
Lastly, Brian says there are many rights holders to specific songs which make obtaining music licenses more complex. “When it comes to music, you know, there’s multiple rights holders,” and “There’s the songwriters, and these days just about any song is written by not one person but multiple people. And each of those is a different rights holder.”
Read the full article here.
Jeremy S. Goldman on Movies Inc: The Business of Film Podcast
Jeremy S. Goldman is a guest on Movies Inc: The Business of Film podcast discussing NFTs in the film and entertainment space. Read more.
March 16 2023
Top NY Judge Misled Lawmakers To Justify DiFiore’s Detail
Law360 quotes Ronald C. Minkoff on the testimony by acting Chief Administrative Judge Tamiko Amaker about the warranty of former Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s multimillion-dollar security detail. Read more.
March 8 2023
GRWM: Everything You Need to Know About the Growing World of Online Influencers and the Opportunities it Presents for Lawyers
Chambers Associate interviews Dorian Slater Thomas on the growing influencer market and what the rise has meant for lawyers representing influencer talent. Read more.
February 27 2023