The Pitch – January 2022 – Media, Telecoms, IT, Entertainment


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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the
same time.” – Thomas Merton

AGG News

Georgia’s “Name, Image, and Likeness” Law
for Student-Athletes Goes Into Effect


January 6, 2022 (Arnall Golden Gregory LLP)

In May, Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 617, which goes into
effect on July 1, 2021. In doing so, Georgia has joined several
other states with “Name, Image, and Likeness”
(“NIL”) laws that take effect on this date. The Georgia
law, like others around the country, allows student-athletes to
profit from their name, image, and likeness through sponsorships,
endorsements, personal appearances, autographs, and social media
marketing. More >

Industry News

Coachella Wins Restraining Order Against Live Nation
Over Similarly Named New Year’s Eve Event


December 21, 2021 (Rolling Stone)

A judge ruled that the original name of the “Coachella Day One
22” concert likely infringes on the annual festival’s
trademark. More >

Is Copyright-Free Music the Future of Commercial
Music?


December 20, 2021 (Music Business Worldwide)

The idea of releasing music that has no copyright attached to it
would probably seem absurd to most people working in the music
industry. The point is to at least try to earn money from all uses
of music, right? NoCopyrightSounds (NCS) would disagree. More >

How NIL Will Impact Insurance, Taxes and Other Legal
Issues for Collegiate Athletes


December 21, 2021 (Law.com)

Changes to the law, both enacted and proposed, mark the start of a
lasting potential impact on the legal and tax considerations for
college athletes. Perhaps most importantly, students and their
families should be cautious and careful when capitalizing on their
NIL and signing on any dotted lines. More >

Lawsuit Filed Challenging MLB’s Antitrust
Exemption


December 20, 2021 (New York Law Journal)

Recently filed lawsuit possibly set the stage for the U.S. Supreme
Court to reconsider a 1922 decision holding that baseball leagues
were not subject to the Sherman Act. More >

Tarantino vs. Miramax — Behind the ‘Pulp
Fiction’ NFT Case, and Who Holds the Advantage


November 24, 2021 (The Hollywood Reporter)

Big-name players are likely to come to blows over NFTs sooner
rather than later, and often there’s no clear contractual
language to determine rights. More >

Prince’s Estate Settles IRS Tax Case

December 7, 2021 (Forbes)

Prince’s Estate has settled its tax dispute with the IRS over
the value of the star’s assets on his death. More >

The Crypto Music Industry

December 21, 2021 (The Limial Space)

A framework to understand what a Crypto Music Industry could look
like and how it could evolve. More >

Nevermind Baby’s Child-Porn Lawsuit Against Nirvana
Dismissed by Judge


January 4, 2022 (Ars Technica)

A federal judge yesterday dismissed the complaint filed against
Nirvana by the man who appeared on the band’s Nevermind album
cover when he was a baby. More >

The Lawsuit That May Pave the Way for a Denver Broncos
Sale


December 28, 2021 (The Wall Street Journal)

A decision on the team’s future is expected soon. But first,
the team went to court to settle an unexpected claim that someone
holds rights of first refusal on a potential sale. More >

Live Nation, Ticketmaster Sued Again for ‘Predatory
and Exclusionary Conduct’


January 26, 2021 (NME)

Consumers’ class action suit revisits claims defendants have
created a “barrier to entry” in the primary and secondary
ticketing markets. More >

Thieves Steal Gallery Owner’s Multimillion-Dollar
NFT Collection: ‘All My Apes Gone’


January 6, 2021 (NME)

Consumers’ class action suit revisits claims defendants have
created a “barrier to entry” in the primary and secondary
ticketing markets. More >

Nas to Let Fans Buy Shares In Streaming Royalties via
NFTs on Music Investment Platform Royal


January 6, 2021 (Music Business Worldwide)

Fans were given the opportunity to invest in Nas’s music by
buying shares in the royalties earned from streaming for two of his
tracks: Ultra Black, the lead single from his 2021 Grammy
Award winning-album King’s Disease, and Rare,
a single from follow-up 2022 Grammy Award-nominated album,
King’s Disease II. More >

Concerts In The Metaverse Are Making Artists
Millions


November 18, 2021 (Forbes)

Virtual concerts and the future of “live” music. More >

At Least $5 Billion Was Spent On Music Rights
Acquisitions In 2021. Could 2022 Be Even Bigger?


January 10, 2022 (Music Business Worldwide)

Based on confirmed prices and information from industry sources
– at least $5.05 billion was spent on catalog and music
rights acquisitions across the 60-plus big-money deals we reported
on during last year. More >

The Secret Sauce of Georgia’s Extraordinary Film
Industry: Georgians


January 11, 2022 (Georgia Entertainment News)

Homegrown educational oppotunities and training resources are
proving to be game-changing for the Georgia film industry. More >

Student Athletes File Lawsuit Challenging Boundaries of
Florida Compensation Rules


January 12, 2022 (JURIST Legal News & Research Services,
Inc.)

Two Florida student athletes filed a lawsuit against the Florida
High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), the National Federation
of State High School Associations and the National Collegiate
Athletics Association alleging that the FHSAA currently prevents
Florida high school athletes from profiting off their name, image,
and likeness (NIL). More >

Cardi B Awarded $1.25 Million in Defamation Lawsuit
Victory Over Tasha K


January 24, 2022 (Rolling Stone)

Cardi B won her defamation case against celebrity blogger Latasha
Kebe — known as Tasha K — on Monday. The jury awarded
the rapper $1.25 million in damages after a trial in federal court
in Georgia.. The rapper sued the blogger for defamation, invasion
of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress over
false claims she had herpes, used cocaine, and worked as a
prostitute. More >

Jay-Z Leads Group of Musical Artists Supporting New
York’s ‘Rap Music on Trial’ Bill to Change Rules of
Evidence


January 20, 2022 (Law.com)

A group of musical artists including Jay-Z and Meek Mill on
Wednesday sent a letter urging New York legislators to pass
legislation that would change the rules of evidence to make a
defendant’s “creative expression,” including rap
lyrics, inadmissible at trial. Under the “Rap Music on
Trial” bill, the proffering party would have to overcome the
presumption of inadmissibility by proving that the lyrics or other
material were meant to be literal, are relevant to a disputed issue
of fact and have “a strong factual nexus … to the specific
facts of the crime alleged.” More >

People ask me,
‘Don’t you ever run out of ideas?’ Well, on the first
place, I don’t use ideas. Every time I have an idea, it’s
too limiting and usually turns out to be a disappointment. But I
haven’t run out of curiosity.


Robert Rauschenberg

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