California Society of Entertainment Lawyers
Lowe & Associates, in conjunction with ZernerLaw
, proudly announces the launch of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers
("CSEL"). CSEL is a non-profit, non-partisan, professional organization of attorneys representing authors, screenwriters, songwriters, and other creators of intellectual property in the entertainment industry.
CSEL seeks to balance the influence of the international conglomerates within the television, film, and music industries through education, public-policy advocacy, legislation, and litigation. CSEL provides informative counseling and advice to creator-litigants as to best practices for protecting and enforcing their rights, as well as advocating their interests to those in a position to correct perceived deficiencies in their legal protections. In furtherance of these ideals, CSEL's first official action was the filing of an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case of Paula Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., et al.
A copy of the CSEL brief may be viewed here
More about the society, including information on how to join, will be released in the coming days. For immediate inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include "CSEL" in the subject line.
Lowe & Associates In The News
Lowe & Associates filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, seeking $8.5MM in damages from Oxygen Media and other defendants for idea theft claims relating to two
television shows created by producers Jasper Cole and JR O'Neill. The shows which are the subject of the lawsuit are: Tori & Dean: Storibook Weddings
and Best Ink.
Plaintiffs pitched the ideas behind Storibook Weddings
and Best Ink
to Oxygen in 2009, only to see the network turn around (after having supposedly 'passed' on the ideas) and put both shows on air without the creators' involvement, credit, or compensation.
Access the Hollywood Reporter's article about the lawsuit here
; and a copy of the lawsuit here
Did You Miss The May 15th Copyright Panel?
If so, you can still get your hands on a DVD of the "Death of Copyright: The Sequel
" panel through the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Expert panelists included Steven Lowe (Lowe & Associates), Joel Smith (Leopold, Petrich & Smith), Glen Kulik (Kulik, Gottesman & Siegel), Allison Brehm (Kelley, Drye & Warren) and Corey Field (Ballard Spahr) who served as Moderator. The DVD may be purchased for $65 and includes 1.5 hours of continuing legal education credit. Click here to be taken to the BHBA Online Store.