Corporate media attorney Joshua Grode has been hired as transactions group co-chair and partner at Irell & Manella.
Grode, who has been a Hollywood ReporterPower Lawyer every year since 2007, joined the firm from Liner LLP, where he was a partner. He will co-chair Irell's transactions group with current chair Gregory Klein.
A Florida federal judge made social media history on Wednesday, determining that the woman who created a Facebook page for TV series The Game can't establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million likes she amassed.
Stacey Mattocks, an insurance agent, is credited with helping to revive the show about the lives of professional football players and their significant others. Following its cancellation in 2009 by The CW, Mattocks started a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter, and eventually, the show landed at BET.
Maria Pallante, a Homo Sapiens and the United States Register of Copyrights, has released a public draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, the first major revision in more than two decades.
It's 1,222 pages of pure beach reading, and in four months' time, these administrative practices take effect.
On Tuesday, after conducting a bench trial, a New York federal judge concluded that a subsidiary of Sony Music was liable for copyright infringement for Colombian superstar Shakira's "Loca" from her 2010 album, Sale el Sol.
A Tex(x)as federal judge will allow ExxonMobil's claim that cable TV's FXX Network is diluting its trademark by interlocking the X's in a logo. To hold otherwise, concluded the judge on Monday, might lead to a lot of cross people at the U.S. Trademark Office.
The son of legendary Mexican actor "Cantinflas" (Mario Moreno) will get to watch his father's accomplishments being celebrated on the silver screen.
Cantinflas was the Robin Williams of his time -- at least in Mexico, where he starred in dozens of films in the middle of the 20th Century. Charlie Chaplin once called him the best comedian alive. He's best known to American audiences for his Golden Globe-nominated role in the 1956 film, Around the World in 80 Days.
Having prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court, television broadcasters are now proposing that a New York federal judge issue a preliminary injunction against Aereo that would prohibit the digital service from "streaming, transmitting, retransmitting, or otherwise publicly performing any Copyrighted Programming over the Internet...or by means of any device or process throughout the United States of America."
With the specter that the first-place Washington Nationals might terminate a broadcaster's rights to its games as soon as Tuesday, Major League Baseball was in a New York courtroom on Monday at a hearing that repeatedly invoked the name of Bernie Madoff and had the judge questioning whether the Nationals were engaged in "blackmail." By the end of the hearing, the judge agreed with the broadcaster that a preliminary injunction was warranted.
Machinima's new CEO Chad Gutstein is continuing to build up the YouTube network's leadership ranks, this time with the appointment of Chris Riley as general counsel.
Riley joins the gaming-centric company from Bingham McCutcheon, where he was a partner in the corporate practice group. He previously served as general counsel for Ticketmaster and Match.com, and also was a legal consultant for Disney Interactive.