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Billboard’s 2023 Top Music Lawyers Revealed

Posted by Johnson & Johnson, LLP | Apr 03, 2023 | 0 Comments

LEGAL NEWS 04/3/2023 Billboard's 2023 Top Music Lawyers Revealed The best attorneys in the business are defending the rights of their clients, negotiating smart deals — and warily watching the rise of artificial intelligence. By Bill Donahue, Thom Duffy Neville L. JohnsonFounding partner, J...

2023 Super Lawyers

Posted by Jackie Berganza | Feb 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

Johnson & Johnson would like to recognize Neville Johnson on being selected as top 100 lawyers in Southern California. Doug Johnson is also a Super Lawyer and Daniel Lifschitz is a Rising Star.

The Top 3 Copyright Law Developments of 2022 (So Far)

Posted by Johnson & Johnson, LLP | Aug 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Ninth Circuit Frees Up More Musical Building Blocks (Gray v. Hudson) In 2018, the Ninth Circuit upheld a jury verdict against the writers of the song “Blurred Lines” for copyright infringement[1] in a controversial decision that, while arguably based on a technicality, quickly ricocheted through the creative community, leaving many musicians feeling that they could no longer safely predict where the line would be drawn between inspiration and appropriation. In 2020, the Ninth Circuit took the opportunity to course correct in the case of Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin by clarifying that it had no intention of locking up basic musical motifs under the auspices of copyright law.[2] Now, two years later, the Ninth Circuit has doubled down on Skidmore’s direction in the case of Gray v. Hudson.[3]

WorldStarHipHop Attys Score $95K In Fees After TM Win

Posted by Johnson & Johnson, LLP | Mar 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

By Jasmin Jackson · Listen to article Law360 (March 16, 2022, 7:00 PM EDT) -- A Georgia federal judge awarded counsel for entertainment platform WorldStarHipHop more than $95,000 in fees and expenses on Tuesday for helping the business obtain a $1.2 million default judgment in a trademark infringement suit over the use of its name and likeness.

Say Goodbye to the Back-end

Posted by Johnson & Johnson, LLP | Feb 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

“The only constant in life is change,” opined the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus. No business embodies this maxim quite like the movie business, which is currently in the throes of hammering out new prevailing formulas for compensating talent in the age of digital streaming. Starting with Netflix,...

Recent Right of Privacy Developments

Posted by Johnson & Johnson, LLP | Aug 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Kiara Belen, a well-known model, was filmed changing clothes in a fashion show’s dressing area for an episode of reality television program Shahs of Sunset. (Belen v. Ryan Seacrest Productions, LLC (2021) 65 Cal.App.5th 1145.) She signed no waiver or release, yet her nearly nude image was broadcast to a national audience without her consent.

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