House Passes Family Entertainment and Copyright Act

On April 19, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by President Bush. Read S.167 here. “TITLE I–ARTISTS’ RIGHTS AND THEFT PREVENTION” makes the following acts criminal violations: a) unauthorized recording of motion pictures at a motion picture facility, and/or b) infringing a work being prepared for commercial distribution. “TITLE II–EXEMPTION FROM INFRINGEMENT FOR SKIPPING AUDIO AND VIDEO Continue reading House Passes Family Entertainment and Copyright Act

Warner Weathers Perfect Storm

Warner Brothers’ portrayal of the swordboat captain “Billy” Tyne in the movie, The Perfect Storm, did not violate the rights of his heirs under F.S. 540.08, Florida’s statute regarding unauthorized pulbication of name or likeness. On April 21, 2005, the Florida Supreme Court ruled against Appellants/Plaintiffs in Tyne v. Warner, Case No. SC03-1251, because “… the term ‘commercial purpose’ as used in section 540.08(1) does not apply to publications, including motion pictures, which do not Continue reading Warner Weathers Perfect Storm