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The Hollywood Reporter And Billboard Feature Lawsuit Filed By Grimes LLC On Behalf Of Evergreen Media Holdings and Stage and Mot

Leading entertainment industry publications The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have featured a lawsuit filed by Grimes LLC on behalf of Evergreen Media Holdings and producer Tony DeRosa-Grund concerning publishing rights to the Stax Records music catalog. The Stax Records music label is iconic in the history of music having launched the careers of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and The MG’s, among others.

Grimes LLC Founder Chuck Grimes’ Career Featured In The Connecticut Law Tribune

A recent issue of The Connecticut Law Tribune featured an in-depth look at the distinctive and exciting career of Grimes LLC’s founder and Managing Partner, Chuck Grimes. The article, which appeared on July 15, 2014, highlights Chuck’s “40-plus-year career in IP law” and notes that he “has carved out a niche for himself, specializing in character licensing at his four-lawyer boutique with offices in Connecticut, M

Grimes LLC Founder Chuck Grimes Interviewed By Reuters With Regard To Upcoming “Peanuts” Feature Film

GRIMES LLC Founder and Managing Partner Chuck Grimes was recently interviewed by Reuters with respect to character licensing in view of the upcoming “Peanuts” feature film, starring such famous characters as Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy, which is due in theaters next year.Chuck is an expert in character licensing and has authored more than twenty books on intellectual property and licensing matters, including T

Beastie Boys Score Copyright Victory Against Monster Energy

Rolling Stone reports that the Beastie Boys sought damages over $2 million. However, Monster Energy claimed that, at most, it could be liable for only $125,000 and claimed that their conduct was inadvertent and not “willful”. According to media reports, a Monster Energy employee had mistakenly believed Monster Energy had the requisite permission to use the Beastie Boys’ songs in the video. During the eight day tri

Enforcement Efforts Are Key To Continued Success Of Godzilla Brand

Toho’s U.S. intellectual property attorneys have sent out countless cease and desist letters over the years, and have commenced more than thirty copyright and trademark litigations since 1991. The result of these enforcement measures is a thriving licensing program for the “GODZILLA” brand, which continues with the May 2014 release of the feature film “GODZILLA” and associated merchandising efforts. In addition, th

‘The Hobbit’ Franchise Spawns Lawsuit Over Revenue

Last month, heavyweight movie producers (and brothers) Harvey and Robert Weinstein, co-founders of Miramax Films, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan against New Line Cinema Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. claiming they were cut out of their fair share revenues from the hugely successful series of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

University Of Texas Protects Trademarks Incorporating Coach’s Name

the University of Texas has now taken steps to protect trademarks incorporating Coach Strong’s name. Shortly after he was hired, unauthorized merchandise utilizing the words “STRONGHORNS”, “TEXAS STRONG” and “UT STRONG” showed up online and in retail stores. Now, the University of Texas is attempting to eradicate such usage, sending cease and desist letters to demand the removal of such items from sale.

Postmortem Rights Of Publicity

Not surprisingly, California and Tennessee (home to Elvis) are among those states with express statutes extending the right to publicity beyond the grave. In fact, Mr. Richman was influential in getting the California statute enacted in 1985. That statute grants heirs rights lasting 70 years from death. The duration of the right varies from state to state, typically ranging from 20 to 100 years.

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