Retail Shop Infringes on “Harry Potter” Licensing Rights

As South Florida readers in the entertainment industry likely know, licensing right disputes are a common threat to incomes and profits. While infringement most often occurs during the whirlwind days when a film, song, book […]

Electronic Evidence and Business Litigation

Email, intra-office messaging and digital image transference are hardly new concepts, however few business owners realize the long-term implications of this style of free-flowing communication, particularly in light of litigation and e-discovery requests. If you […]

Entertainment Lawyers Can Ensure Your Rights are Protected

All entertainers bring their unique talents and goals to the entertainment industry, Actors may want to land a lead role in a Blockbuster production while an upcoming singer’s ultimate goal might be to have a […]

‘Game of Thrones’ was most-pirated show of 2012

By Pankaj Ladhar of Manos • Alwine P.L. As Miami readers undoubtedly know, Internet piracy is a significant threat to the entertainment industry. If consumers are not paying for music, films and television shows, then […]

Sony asks judge to dismiss copyright infringement suit over ‘Midnight in Paris’

By Pankaj Ladhar “Midnight in Paris” was Woody Allen’s most successful movie of all time, but at least one entity was not pleased with it — the estate of William Faulkner, which sued Sony Pictures […]

Estate of Mario Puzo, Paramount Pictures settle countersuits

By Pankaj Ladhar of Manos, Alwine & Kubiliun, P.L. Back in September, we told Miami readers about how the estate of Mario Puzo, the author of the novel “The Godfather,” and Paramount Pictures, which made […]

Changes to Instagram’s terms of use frighten, confuse users

By Pankaj Ladhar Instagram users in Miami and elsewhere in the country are struggling to comprehend the photo-sharing service’s new terms and whether they are comfortable with them. For the uninitiated, Instagram is an app […]

With ‘Girl on Fire,’ Did Alicia Keys infringe on someone else’s copyright?

There are probably quite a few fans of Alicia Keys here in Miami. For years, the singer has consistently impressed critics with her richly textured songwriting and deeply felt lyrics. Her recent single “Girl on […]

Universal Studios sues over pornographic ’50 Shades of Grey’ ‘parody’

by Pankaj Ladhar of Manos • Alwine P.L. We assume that most Miami residents are pretty comfortable with parodies, satires and spoofs. After all, the U.S. has a strong tradition of being reluctant to limit […]

Contract dispute between British singer, ‘The X-Factor’ means a $2.3M lawsuit

Chances are very few Miami residents know who Cheryl Cole is. Although the singer gained popularity in her native United Kingdom, first as a member of the girl group “Girls Aloud” and then as a […]