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An Announcement About Brave Noise Legal

I have some big news about Brave Noise Legal, which may have already reached some of you by way of social media.

I recently accepted an offer to expand my relationship with re:discover, Inc. and am delighted to announce that I will be joining their team as in-house counsel. However, this also means that I am closing Brave Noise Legal at this time.

This is a bittersweet announcement to make because I’ve come to care immensely about the projects and the people I work with. This was not a decision undertaken lightly, but after several years of private practice, I am excited to have the chance to focus my energy and attention on a single client. For those of you who are curious about my work, I recently published an essay about this transition, which you can read at https://medium.com/on-startups/d66179953ae8.

I hope that we’ll opportunity to cross paths or work together again in the near future. Please hit me up if you need a referral to another attorney. I have more than a few good ones up my sleeve.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll stay in touch.

Yours sincerely,

Annie

Wednesday
04
September 2013

Film distributors facing new administrative hurdles in Argentina

“Unexpectedly, the government of Argentina has decided to enforce law 23,316, enacted on May 23, 1986, regarding certain requirements for dubbing motion pictures and television programming (the “Dubbing Act”), which was only in the books and never implemented … The Dubbing Act states that all dubbing must be in a neutral dialect and accent of the Spanish language.”

Film distributors facing new administrative hurdles in Argentina

Thursday
15
August 2013
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Music Publishers File Lawsuit Against Fullscreen For YouTube Song Covers

“The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has sued the L.A.-based Multi-Channel Network (MCN) Fullscreen, which boasts 15,000 channels, a total of 200 million subscribers and more than 2.5 billion views each month, making it one of the largest MCNs—networks that produce their own content while also representing works from thousands of other creators online.”
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- Music Publishers File Lawsuit Against Fullscreen For YouTube Song Covers

Friday
09
August 2013

Sony Rejects Loeb Proposal for Splitting Off Entertainment Unit

Sony said late on Monday that it planned to hold onto all of its vast entertainment arm, rejecting a proposal by one of the Japanese conglomerate’s biggest investors, the activist hedge fund manager Daniel S. Loeb.

Sony Rejects Loeb Proposal for Splitting Off Entertainment Unit

Tuesday
06
August 2013

Ariel Pink Litigation: No Case For Band Member Partnership

“U.S. District Judge Otis Wright holds that the plaintiff hasn’t sufficiently made the case there was a partnership agreement. Sperske hasn’t shown that his profit sharing was anything more than wages and further, ‘even if some of the hallmarks of a partnership are present,’ writes the judge, ‘Sperske has not proven the primary element of a partnership: participation in the band’s management. Rather, evidence suggests that Rosenberg was the main force behind the band and controlled the band’s creative and business decisions, including personnel decisions.’”

- Ariel Pink Litigation: No Case For Band Member Partnership

Monday
05
August 2013

The Turtles Lead $100M Class Action Against SiriusXM

“A new proposed class action raises the theory that SiriusXM has infringed millions of these older recordings from thousands of song artists. Damages are alleged to be at least $100 million, but for a company that last reported quarterly revenues of $940 million, the attorneys representing the plaintiff believe that damage figure to be on the conservative side.”

The Turtles Lead $100M Class Action Against SiriusXM

Friday
02
August 2013

JoJo Sues to Break Free of Label Blackground Records

“JoJo (nee Joanna Levesque), claims that her label, Blackground Records (once home to the late Aaliyah, who was its first artist signed) and its imprint Da Family Records, have been holding her hostage for the better part of seven years, during which the company failed to release a third (or any other) album as her recording contract stipulated, and is suing to be released from any further obligations to the entities.”

JoJo Sues to Break Free of Label Blackground Records

Thursday
01
August 2013

Zynga sues ‘Bang With Friends’ maker for trademark infringement

“Zynga is going after hookup app Bang With Friends, suing its maker with trademark infringement over its use of the phrase ‘with friends’ — common to a series of Zynga games including Words With Friends and Chess With Friends. Bloomberg reports that the company is asking for the court to stop the app’s maker from using the mark as well as pay unspecified damages.”

Zynga sues ‘Bang With Friends’ maker for trademark infringement

Wednesday
31
July 2013

Braxton loses copyrights in post-bankruptcy auction

“American R&B star Toni Braxton has lost the rights she owned in some of her biggest hits after being outbid at an auction for the copyrights, caused by her bankruptcy. As previously reported, Braxton declared bankruptcy in 2010, with debts of somewhere between $10 and $50 million. Her assets were sold to pay off creditors, though the singer negotiated the rights to buy back some of her property.”

Braxton loses copyrights in post-bankruptcy auction

Tuesday
30
July 2013

Google adds Grooveshark to autocomplete blacklist

“Google has seemingly added Grooveshark to its autocomplete blacklist, meaning that the search engine won’t suggest to a user that they might be looking for pages on the controversial streaming website when searching for music content. Blacklisting the names of piracy enablers in this way has been one of a number of initiatives lobbied for by the music and movie industries in recent years, who see companies like Google as having an important role to play in steering web-users away from unlicensed content.”

Google adds Grooveshark to autocomplete blacklist

Monday
29
July 2013