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Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2022 U.S. Legal 500

Gibson Dunn earned 55 practice area rankings, including 17 top-tier rankings in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 – United States.

Firm News | June 22, 2022

Recent Developments in New York’s Amended Anti-SLAPP Law

Our lawyers discuss recent developments in New York's anti-SLAPP law, including questions about if 2020 amendments to the law apply retroactively.

Client Alert | June 1, 2022

New District Court Decision Provides Useful Guidance on Application of Trademark Law to Virtual Goods

A decision issued on May 18, 2022 by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York may provide valuable insight into how courts will consider trademark claims regarding NFTs.

Client Alert | May 20, 2022

Courts Continue to Debate the Legal Status of Reposted Social Media Content

Washington, D.C. partner Howard S. Hogan and New York associate Connor S. Sullivan are the authors of "Courts Continue to Debate the Legal Status of Reposted Social Media Content," published by The National Law Journal on April 22, 2022.

Article | April 26, 2022

Eight Partners Named to Variety’s 2022 Legal Impact Report

Variety has named Century City partners Scott Edelman and Steve Tsoneff, Los Angeles partners Kevin Masuda, Benyamin Ross, and Ilissa Samplin, New York partners Brian Ascher and Orin Snyder, and Orange County partner Michelle Gourley to its 2022 Legal Impact Report.

Firm News | April 21, 2022

Gibson Dunn Wins Two Awards at 2022 Benchmark Litigation US West Coast Awards

Benchmark Litigation named Gibson Dunn as the “West Coast Entertainment Firm of the Year” at its 2022 West Coast Awards. Additionally, Benchmark named Century City partner Scott Edelman as the West Coast Entertainment Litigator of the Year.

Firm News | April 8, 2022

The Hollywood Reporter Names Five Partners Among its 2022 Power Lawyers and Legal Legends

The Hollywood Reporter named Los Angeles partners Theodore Boutrous, Kevin Masuda, and Benyamin Ross and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2022 Power Lawyers list, which features “the entertainment industry’s top 100 attorneys.” Century City partner Scott Edelman was named one of five Legal Legends, a “special feature dedicated to honoring entertainment industry attorneys whose career achievements are extraordinary.”

Firm News | March 30, 2022

Scott Edelman and Orin Snyder Named Billboard’s 2022 Top Music Lawyers

Billboard named Century City partner Scott Edelman and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2022 Top Music Lawyers list, which features the “savviest legal counselors in the business.”

Firm News | March 28, 2022

Gibson Dunn Named a 2021 Firm of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn a Firm of the Year for 2021 in its January 17, 2022 article "The Firms That Dominated in 2021,” featuring nine firms that received the most Practice Group of the Year awards.

Firm News | January 19, 2022

Kevin Masuda and Benyamin Ross Named to Variety’s 2021 Dealmakers Impact Report

Los Angeles partners Kevin Masuda and Benyamin Ross were named to Variety’s 2021 Dealmakers Impact Report, which features those who “forged the major game-changing deals that changed the showbiz landscape.”

Firm News | December 8, 2021

Benchmark Litigation Names Four Gibson Dunn Partners Among its 2021 Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Benchmark Litigation US named four partners to its 2021 “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” list: Dallas partner Veronica Moyé, New York partners Randy Mastro and Orin Snyder, and Washington, D.C. partner Richard Parker. 

Firm News | October 7, 2021

Second Circuit Issues Important Ruling Concerning Authors’ Termination Rights Under The Copyright Act

In Horror Inc. v. Miller, the Second Circuit affirmed that Victor Miller had successfully reclaimed his rights in the screenplay for Friday the 13th by invoking the Copyright Act’s termination provisions, notwithstanding his assignment of those rights to a film production company in 1980.  The Court reached that conclusion after finding that Miller’s assignment was made as an independent contractor, rather than as an employee.

Client Alert | October 5, 2021

Ninth Circuit Unanimously Affirms First Amendment Protection for Rachel Maddow’s “Paid Russian Propaganda” Commentary

Los Angeles of counsel Nathaniel L. Bach and associate Marissa M. Mulligan are the authors of "Ninth Circuit Unanimously Affirms First Amendment Protection for Rachel Maddow’s 'Paid Russian Propaganda' Commentary," [PDF] published by MLRC MediaLawLetter in August 2021.

Article | August 25, 2021

Recent Developments in California Anti-SLAPP Case Law, Summer 2021

Gibson Dunn lawyers survey recent case law and legislative developments involving California’s anti-SLAPP statute, California Civil Code § 425.16. 

Client Alert | July 19, 2021

Second Circuit Issues Important Ruling on Trademark Settlements and Antitrust/IP Interface

On June 11, 2021, the Second Circuit issued its decision in 1-800 Contacts, Inc. v. FTC, an appeal of an administrative litigation brought by the Federal Trade Commission against 1-800 Contacts.  The decision—which rejected the FTC’s claim that several trademark settlements by 1-800 Contacts violated the antitrust laws —found that the trademark settlement agreements at issue were “typical” and procompetitive, and provides crucial guidance for parties considering settling trademark disputes.

Client Alert | June 14, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter Names Theodore Boutrous, Scott Edelman, Kevin Masuda and Orin Snyder to its 2021 Power Lawyers List

The Hollywood Reporter named Century City partner Scott Edelman, Los Angeles partners Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. and Kevin Masuda, and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2021 Power Lawyers list, which features “the entertainment industry’s top 100 attorneys.” The feature was published on May 26, 2021.

Firm News | May 27, 2021

Seventeen Partners Named Among the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America

Seventeen Gibson Dunn partners were named among the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America.

Firm News | May 13, 2021

Legal issues to watch in navigating the secondary market for NFTs

Los Angeles partner Michael Dore is the author of "Legal issues to watch in navigating the secondary market for NFTs," [PDF] published by the Daily Journal on April 27, 2021.

Publications | May 4, 2021

Media, Entertainment and Technology Litigation Update – Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) – April 2021

This month Gibson Dunn’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group highlights the increasingly popular digital asset known as non-fungible tokens or “NFTs” and related issues in the entertainment space and beyond.

Client Alert | April 19, 2021

Five Partners Named to Variety’s 2021 Legal Impact Report

Variety has named Century City partner Scott Edelman, Los Angeles partners Kevin Masuda and Ilissa Samplin, and New York partners Brian Ascher and Orin Snyder to its 2021 Legal Impact Report, an annual list of the leading attorneys in the entertainment industry who have “made an impact in entertainment, helping showbiz artists in their endeavors.” The report was published on April 8, 2021.

Firm News | April 8, 2021

Media, Entertainment and Technology Litigation Update – March 2021

Gibson Dunn’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group highlights some recent notable rulings and developments that may impact future litigation in this area.

Client Alert | March 18, 2021

Brian Ascher and Molly Senger Named Among LMG’s 2020 Rising Stars Americas

Euromoney Legal Media Group named New York partner Brian Ascher and Washington D.C. partner Molly Senger among its 2020 Rising Stars Americas in their respective practice areas.

Firm News | February 2, 2021

Media, Entertainment and Technology Group 2020 Year-End Review

Gibson Dunn’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group highlights some of the notable rulings, developments, and trends that will inform industry litigation long after the COVID-19 pandemic has faded from view.

Client Alert | February 2, 2021

Kevin Masuda Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Dealmakers of 2020

Los Angeles partner Kevin Masuda was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Dealmakers of 2020 list, which “spotlights the people who kept on their toes to keep the entertainment industry on its feet.” The list was published on January 25, 2021.

Firm News | January 25, 2021

D.C. Circuit Issues Rare Opinion Clarifying Right of Public Access to National Security Information in Judicial Documents

On January 8, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in CNN v. FBI, issued a rare precedential opinion clarifying application of the factors relevant to determining whether competing interests outweigh the “strong presumption” of public access to judicial records, in particular, in a context in which the government provides a national security justification for continued sealing.

Client Alert | January 15, 2021

COVID-19 Relief Bill Creates New Small Claims Copyright Board, Stronger Criminal Penalties for Illicit Streaming

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the bipartisan COVID-19 relief and government funding bill, which incorporated the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020. Known as the CASE Act, it contains various revisions to the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq., with the goal of creating a new avenue for copyright owners to enforce their rights without having to file a lawsuit in federal court.

Client Alert | December 28, 2020

New Law Creates Procedural Tools to Challenge Fraudulent Trademark Filings and Formalizes Presumption of Irreparable Injury for Trademark Violations

On December 22, 2020, Congress passed the content of a pending bill, H.R. 6196, the “Trademark Modernization Act of 2020,” as part of its year-end virus relief and spending package. Among other things, the Act seeks to create more efficient processes to challenge registrations that are not being used in commerce, including by establishing new ex parte proceedings. The Act also seeks to unify the standard for irreparable harm with respect to injunctions in trademark cases, in light of inconsistencies that have emerged across federal courts after the Supreme Court’s decision in eBay v. MercExchange, LLC, 547 U.S. 388 (2006).

Client Alert | December 22, 2020

Kevin Masuda Named to Variety’s 2020 Dealmakers Impact Report

Los Angeles partner Kevin Masuda was named to Variety’s 2020 Dealmakers Impact Report, which features the “top negotiators that have kept Hollywood humming.” The report was published December 9, 2020.

Firm News | December 10, 2020

Gibson Dunn Named a 2020 Firm of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn a Firm of the Year for 2020 in its November 30, 2020 article "The Firms That Dominated in 2020,” featuring eight firms that received the most Practice Group of the Year awards.

Firm News | December 2, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Revised Anti-SLAPP Law to Deter Frivolous Lawsuits and Strengthen Free Speech Protections

On November 10, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will expand First Amendment protections under New York’s anti-SLAPP law by providing new tools for defendants to challenge frivolous lawsuits.

Client Alert | November 11, 2020

Law360 Names Eight Gibson Dunn Partners as 2020 MVPs

Law360 named eight Gibson Dunn partners among its 2020 MVPs. Law360 MVPs feature lawyers who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” The list was published on October 4, 2020.

Firm News | October 5, 2020

Thirteen Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law

Expert Guides has named 13 Gibson Dunn partners to its 2020 Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, which recognizes top female legal practitioners advising on business law.

Firm News | September 22, 2020

Media, Entertainment and Technology Group – Fall 2020 Update

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the practice of law in 2020, courts have continued to churn out important rulings impacting the media and entertainment industries. Gibson Dunn lawyers highlight some of those key cases and trends.

Client Alert | October 8, 2020

New York Legislature Passes Revised Anti-SLAPP Law to Deter Frivolous Lawsuits and Strengthen Free Speech Protections

On July 22, 2020, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation that, if signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will expand First Amendment protections under New York’s anti-SLAPP law by providing new tools for defendants to challenge frivolous lawsuits.

Client Alert | August 5, 2020

Scott Edelman Named 2020 Top Litigator & Trial Lawyer in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Business Journal named Century City partner Scott Edelman among its 2020 Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers, which is a list of “the very best litigators in the business” who “go to the proverbial mat to fight for their clients.”

Firm News | July 22, 2020

Four Partners Named to Variety’s 2020 Legal Impact Report

Variety has named Century City partner Scott Edelman, Los Angeles partner Kevin Masuda and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2020 Legal Impact Report, an annual list of the leading attorneys in the entertainment industry who have “made massive deals and litigated thorny disputes for entertainment industry clients, studios and networks.” Los Angeles partner Ilissa Samplin was named to the Up Next category, recognizing up and coming attorneys in the entertainment industry.

Firm News | July 14, 2020

Law360 Names Five Gibson Dunn Lawyers as 2020 Rising Stars

Five Gibson Dunn lawyers were named among Law360’s Rising Stars for 2020, featuring “attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.” The following lawyers were recognized: New York partner Brian Ascher in Media & Entertainment, Dallas partner Krista Hanvey in Benefits, New York partner Saee Muzumdar in Mergers & Acquisitions, New York associate Lindsey Schmidt in International Arbitration, and Washington, D.C. of counsel Molly Senger in Employment.

Firm News | July 6, 2020

Game On: How the Right of Publicity, Legalised Gambling and Fair Pay to Play Laws Are Changing US Professional and Amateur Sports

Century City partner Scott Edelman, Los Angeles associate Nathaniel Bach and summer associate Hannah Yim are the authors of "Game On: How the Right of Publicity, Legalised Gambling and Fair Pay to Play Laws Are Changing US Professional and Amateur Sports," [PDF] published by Business Law International in May 2020.

Article | May 28, 2020

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Report on Recommended Changes to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office (the “Office”) released a nearly 200-page report (the “Report”)[1] suggesting changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512) (“DMCA”), which governs how online service providers (OSPs) police potential online copyright infringement. The report was the result of a multi-year study of the DMCA—the first comprehensive study by the Office on the DMCA’s operation—and was prepared to analyze whether the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions are successfully balancing the needs of OSPs and copyright holders, “particularly in light of the enormous changes that the internet has undergone in the last twenty-plus years.”[2]

Client Alert | May 22, 2020

Gibson Dunn Earns 84 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2020

In its 2020 edition, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business awarded Gibson Dunn 84 first-tier rankings, of which 31 were firm practice group rankings and 53 were individual lawyer rankings.

Firm News | April 24, 2020

A World Without Sports – What Happens Now?

Gibson Dunn lawyers discuss the short-, medium- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sports industry and related sectors, and note considerations for stakeholders facing the new business environment.

Client Alert | April 7, 2020

The Hollywood Reporter Names Scott Edelman and Orin Snyder to its 2020 Power Lawyers List

The Hollywood Reporter named Century City partner Scott Edelman and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2020 Power Lawyers list, which features “the top 100 entertainment attorneys in America.” The feature was published on March 26, 2020.

Firm News | March 27, 2020

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among Its 2019 Technology Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn one of its five Technology Groups of the Year for 2019. The firm’s Technology practice was profiled on February 5, 2020. The Media, Entertainment and Technology Group represent both established and emerging media, entertainment and technology companies and handle our clients’ most important and complex corporate and intellectual property transactions, litigation, antitrust, internal investigations and other legal challenges.

Firm News | February 7, 2020

Gibson Dunn Named a 2019 Law Firm of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn a Firm of the Year for 2019 in its article, “The Firms That Dominated in 2019,” featuring seven firms that received the most Practice Group of the Year awards.

Firm News | January 13, 2020

Gibson Dunn Promotes 13 Lawyers to Partnership

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has elected 13 new partners, effective January 1, 2020. “We congratulate our new partners on this important and well-deserved professional achievement,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.

Press Releases | November 20, 2019

Law360 Names Nine Gibson Dunn Partners as 2019 MVPs

Law360 named nine Gibson Dunn partners among its 2019 MVPs and noted that Gibson Dunn was one of two law firms with the most MVPs this year. Law360 MVPs feature lawyers who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” The list was published on November 12, 2019.

Firm News | November 12, 2019

Gibson Dunn Lawyers Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2020

The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 has recognized 158 Gibson Dunn attorneys in 54 practice areas. Additionally, 48 lawyers were recognized in Best Lawyers International in Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Firm News | August 15, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2019 U.S. Legal 500

Gibson Dunn earned 54 practice area rankings, including 18 top-tier rankings in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 – United States, and 32 partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective practices with an additional 15 partners recognized as Next Generation Lawyers and two attorneys recognized as Rising Stars.

Firm News | July 11, 2019

Best Lawyers in Belgium 2020 Recognizes Three Gibson Dunn Partners

Best Lawyers in Belgium 2020 has recognized three Gibson Dunn partners as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas: Peter Alexiadis – Competition/Antitrust Law, European Union Law, Media Law, Technology Law and Telecommunications Law; Ali Nikpay – Competition/Antitrust Law and Litigation; and David Wood – Competition/Antitrust Law and European Union Law.

Firm News | June 28, 2019

Best Lawyers in France 2020 Recognizes 16 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

Best Lawyers in France 2020 has recognized 16 Gibson Dunn attorneys as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas: Ahmed Baladi – Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Privacy and Data Security Law and Telecommunications Law; Nicolas Baverez – Administrative Law, Public Law and Regulatory Practice; Maïwenn Béas – Public Law; Amanda Bevan-de Bernède – Banking and Finance Law and Investment; Eric Bouffard – International Arbitration; Bertrand Delaunay – Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Private Equity Law; Jérôme Delaurière – Tax Law; Jean-Pierre Farges – Arbitration and Mediation, Banking and Finance Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation; Pierre-Emmanuel Fender - Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Benoît Fleury – Corporate Law

Firm News | July 1, 2019

Supreme Court Holds That The First Amendment Does Not Apply To Private Operators Of Public Access Television Channels

On June 17, 2019, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that private operators of public access television channels are not state actors subject to the First Amendment.

Client Alert | June 17, 2019

Gibson Dunn Earns 79 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2019

In its 2019 edition, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business awarded Gibson Dunn 79 first-tier rankings, of which 27 were firm practice group rankings and 52 were individual lawyer rankings.

Firm News | April 25, 2019

Five Partners Named to Variety’s 2019 Legal Impact Report

Variety has named five partners to its 2019 Legal Impact Report, an annual list of the leading attorneys in the entertainment industry: Scott Edelman - Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group, Edelman has first-chaired numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, including class actions, taking well over twenty to final verdict or decision.

Firm News | April 9, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter Names Scott Edelman, Ben Ross and Orin Snyder to its 2019 Power Lawyers List

The Hollywood Reporter named Century City partner Scott Edelman, Los Angeles partner Ben Ross and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2019 Power Lawyers list, which features 100 of the most influential entertainment attorneys in the industry.

Firm News | March 27, 2019

Supreme Court Holds That Copyright Owners May Not Sue For Infringement Until Copyright Office Processes Registration

On March 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court held 9-0 that the Copyright Act requires copyright owners to wait until the Copyright Office has approved or denied an application for registration before bringing an infringement action.

Client Alert | March 4, 2019

Media, Entertainment and Technology Group Outlook and Review – 2019

With an active end to 2018 and a quick start to 2019, we have had no shortage of material to report on for our semi-annual Media, Entertainment & Technology Practice Group Update.

Client Alert | February 21, 2019

Ari Lanin and Benyamin Ross Named to Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report

Century City partner Ari Lanin and Los Angeles partner Benyamin Ross were named to Variety’s 2018 Dealmakers Impact Report, which profiles the entertainment industry’s top attorneys, executives, managers and financiers.

Firm News | December 4, 2018

Theodore Boutrous Named Lawyer of the Week by The Times

The Times named Los Angeles partner Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. “Lawyer of the week” [PDF] for helping CNN’s Jim Acosta win back his press pass after it was revoked by the White House in November.

Firm News | November 29, 2018

Theodore Boutrous and Theodore Olson Named Litigators of the Week

The Am Law Litigation Daily named Los Angeles partner Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. and Washington, D.C. partner Theodore B. Olson as “Litigators of the Week” [PDF] for leading a team that “jumped into action when the White House revoked the press pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta, suing to force the Trump administration to restore his access.” Boutrous and Olson formed a team with deep knowledge of First Amendment law, including Washington, D.C. partner Joshua S.

Firm News | November 30, 2018

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Awards Gibson Dunn 132 Top-Tier Rankings

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® awarded Gibson Dunn Tier 1 rankings in 132 practice area categories in its 2019 “Best Law Firms” [PDF] survey. Overall, the firm earned 169 rankings in nine metropolitan areas and nationally.

Firm News | November 1, 2018

Lessons from FTC’s Loss in, and Subsequent Abandonment of, DirecTV Advertising Case

The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") is increasingly focusing on the advertising, data privacy/security, and e-commerce processes of prominent companies marketing legitimate, valuable products and services, as compared to the types of fraudsters and shams that have been a central focus of FTC attention in the past.

Client Alert | October 24, 2018

SEC Warns Public Companies on Cyber-Fraud Controls

On October 16, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report warning public companies about the importance of internal controls to prevent cyber fraud.  The report described the SEC Division of Enforcement's investigation of multiple public companies which had collectively lost nearly $100 million in a range of cyber-scams typically involving phony emails requesting payments to vendors or corporate executives.

Client Alert | October 17, 2018

Media, Entertainment and Technology Group – 2018 Mid-Year Update

For our latest semi-annual update, Gibson Dunn's Media, Entertainment and Technology practice group is taking stock of another active period of deals, regulatory developments, and litigation.

Client Alert | August 8, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter Names Scott Edelman and Orin Snyder to its 2018 Power Lawyers List

The Hollywood Reporter named Century City partner Scott Edelman and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2018 Power Lawyers list, which features 100 of the most influential entertainment attorneys in the country.

Firm News | April 4, 2018

D.C. Circuit Applies U.S. Copyright Law to Video Content Streamed from Abroad

On March 2, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided an important case addressing two separate, still unsettled questions about the scope of copyright infringement liability.

Client Alert | March 9, 2018

NAURA Technology Group’s Acquisition of Akrion Systems Named Deal of the Year

China Business Law Journal has named the acquisition by NAURA Technology Group of Akrion Systems as one of its Deals of the Year 2017. Gibson Dunn represented NAURA Technology Group, a Chinese semiconductor company, in the transaction.

Firm News | January 30, 2018

Media, Entertainment and Technology Group – 2017 Year-End Update

2017 was a banner year in the media, entertainment, and technology industries, chock full of deals, regulatory changes, and important copyright, trademark, and First Amendment rulings.

Client Alert | January 19, 2018

Media, Entertainment and Technology Group – 2017 Mid-Year Update

At the middle of 2017, Gibson Dunn's Media, Entertainment and Technology practice group has taken stock of another particularly active period in deal-making, developments in both live and on-demand streaming, the rise of eSports, and a plethora of key cases and rulings that together provide a crucial snapshot of trends in these ever dynamic industries.

Client Alert | July 19, 2017

Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Registration of Disparaging Trademarks on First Amendment Grounds

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously held in Matal v. Tam that a decades-old statute prohibiting the registration of disparaging trademarks violates the First Amendment to the U.S.

Client Alert | June 21, 2017

Supreme Court Establishes National Test to Determine When an Artistic Element of a Useful Item Is Protectable Under the Copyright Act

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, holding that design features incorporated into clothing and other useful articles are copyright eligible under Section 101 of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C.

Client Alert | March 31, 2017

Media, Entertainment and Technology Group – 2016 Year-End Update

As we look back on an active 2016, and ahead to the rest of 2017, ushered in by a new administration, Gibson Dunn's Media, Entertainment and Technology practice group has taken stock of a particularly active period in deal-making, including Hollywood going (even more) global and the world coming to Hollywood.

Client Alert | February 16, 2017

Media, Entertainment and Technology Group – 2016 Mid-Year Update

As we cross the mid-point of 2016, Gibson Dunn's Media, Entertainment and Technology practice group has been reflecting on many of the notable recent deals, cases, rulings, and trends that we have been closely following, and which we expect to continue to shape these industries.

Client Alert | August 4, 2016

New Rules are Monumental for Commercial Drones

​Orange County associate Jared Greenberg is the author of "New Rules are Monumental for Commercial Drones" [PDF] published on July 27, 2016 by Daily Journal.

Article | July 27, 2016

Third Circuit Strikes Down FCC Rule Prohibiting Joint Sales Agreements and Stresses FCC’s Legal Duty to Review All Broadcast Ownership Rules Every Four Years

On May 25, 2016, the Third Circuit issued a decision in Prometheus Radio Project et al. v. FCC (Nos. 15-3863, 15-3864, 15-3865, 15-3866), that will have significant implications for the agency's future broadcast ownership reviews, the ownership rules themselves, and "the future of the nation's broadcast industry." Gibson Dunn lawyers Helgi Walker, Ashley Boizelle, and Lindsay See successfully represented the National Association of Broadcasters ("NAB"), and served as lead counsel for the broadcast industry group, in the appeal.

Client Alert | May 26, 2016

1st Circ. Video Privacy Decision Creates Split With 11th Circ.

​Orange County and Palo Alto partner Joshua Jessen and Palo Alto associate Priyanka Rajagopalan are the authors of "1st Circ. Video Privacy Decision Creates Split With 11th Circ." [PDF] published on May 13, 2016 by Law360.

Article | May 13, 2016

How The Fight For Streaming Royalties Is Going Over The Top

​Los Angeles associate Nathaniel Bach is the author of "How The Fight For Streaming Royalties Is Going Over The Top" [PDF] published on May 3, 2016 by Law360. 

Article | May 3, 2016

Sensible Regulations Encourage Drone Use

​Orange County associate Jared Greenberg is the author of "Sensible Regulations Encourage Drone Use" [PDF} published on April 11, 2016 by The Daily Journal.

Article | April 11, 2016

Commercial Drone Industry May Be Ready For Takeoff Soon

​Orange County associate Jared Greenberg is the author of "Commercial Drone Industry May Be Ready For Takeoff Soon" [PDF] published on February 18, 2016 by Law360.

Article | February 18, 2016

Paxton Ruling on Fantasy Sports is Good for Texans

​Dallas partner James C. Ho is the author of "Paxton Ruling on Fantasy Sports is Good for Texans" [PDF] published on January 26, 2016 by Austin American-Statesman, and "Let Texans Keep Daily Fantasy Sports" [PDF] published on January 12, 2016 by Dallas Morning News.

Article | January 26, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Big Data Case with Far-Reaching Implications

​Denver associate Timothy Zimmerman is the author of "U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Big Data Case with Far-Reaching Implications" [PDF] published on November 9, 2015 by Law Week Colorado.

Article | November 9, 2015

A Practical Guide to the Use of the Commissioned Public Report as an Effective Crisis-Management Tool

Washington, D.C. partner F. Joseph Warin and associates Oleh Vretsona and Lora MacDonald are the authors of "A Practical Guide to the Use of the Commissioned Public Report as an Effective Crisis-Management Tool" [PDF] published in the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, Volume 29, Issue 1.

Article | June 12, 2015

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Outlook and Review: 2015

Concerns about cybersecurity and data privacy have exploded into the public consciousness in recent years, accompanied by a host of new and rapidly developing legal issues.

Client Alert | February 17, 2015

New FTC Report Sets Out Principles Likely to Influence Regulation of the “Internet of Things”

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") released a report on the "Internet of Things" ("IoT"), which refers to everyday objects that are connected to the Internet and send and receive data.

Client Alert | February 5, 2015

Judicial Campaign Rules Go to Court

Los Angeles partner Blaine H. Evanson and associate Lali Madduri are the authors of "Judicial campaign rules go to court" [PDF] published in the December 23, 2014 issue of the Daily Journal.

Article | December 23, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Aereo’s Streaming of Broadcast Television Programming Violates the Copyright Act

On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc., 13-461 (U.S. June 25, 2014), that the video streaming service offered by Aereo, Inc.

Client Alert | June 25, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split on Standing to Bring Lanham Act False Advertising Claims

On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that resolves a split among the courts of appeals on the requirements for standing to bring a false advertising claim under the federal Lanham Act.

Client Alert | March 26, 2014

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Plan to Accelerate Transition to Private Management of the Domain Name System

On March 14, 2014, the United States Department of Commerce announced that it is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") to begin discussions on a transition proposal for replacing the Department with a non-governmental entity to serve as steward of the Internet's Domain Name System ("DNS").

Client Alert | March 18, 2014

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Vacates FCC “Net Neutrality” Rules

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision vacating the FCC's anti-discrimination and anti-blocking requirements for broadband providers.

Client Alert | January 14, 2014

The Enduring and Universal Principle of “Fair Notice”

Los Angeles partner Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. and associate Blaine Evanson are the authors of “The Enduring and Universal Principle of 'Fair Notice'” [PDF] published in the Southern California Law Review, Vol.

Article | April 30, 2013

Federal Trade Commission Updates Online Advertising Disclosure Guidelines; Addresses Mobile Devices and Social Media

On March 12, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") updated its advertising disclosure guidelines for mobile and other online advertisers. The new guidance, .com Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising, explains how advertisers can make disclosures "clear and conspicuous" to avoid deceiving consumers.

Client Alert | March 14, 2013

Shining the Light on California’s “Shine the Light” Law

Companies with customers in California are facing an increasing number of class action suits seeking significant sums in statutory damages, attorney's fees and costs under California's "Shine the Light" law, a part of California's Consumer Records Act.

Client Alert | September 5, 2012

Searching questions: Freedom of expression, competition and search engines

Brussels partner David Wood is the author of "Searching questions: Freedom of expression, competition and search engines" [PDF] published in Competition Law Insight on June 12, 2012.

Client Alert | June 12, 2012

Under Fire: Continued Attacks on Exclusive Forum Provisions May Slow Adoption

Century City partner David Hernand and Los Angeles associate Thomas Baxter are the authors of "Under Fire: Continued Attacks on Exclusive Forum Provisions May Slow Adoption" [PDF] published in the April 2012 issue of Wall Street Lawyer.

Client Alert | April 20, 2012

The Obama Administration Unveils New Consumer Data Privacy Framework for the Digital Economy

On February 23, 2012, the Obama Administration unveiled a new framework for protecting privacy and promoting innovation on the internet and in the digital economy ("Framework").   The Framework consists of five key elements: (1) a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights ("Bill of Rights") that sets out seven basic principles; (2) a process to develop more detailed sector-specific opt-in codes of conduct ("Codes of Conduct"); (3) enforcement powers for the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") to enforce both the Bill of Rights and Codes of Conduct (when a company opts to abide by a Code of Conduct); (4) a national standard for security breach notification; and (5) greater global interoperability.

Client Alert | February 24, 2012

The Supreme Court of India Rules in Favor of Vodafone in a Landmark Judgment

The Supreme Court of India ("Supreme Court") on January 20, 2012 has overturned a 2010 decision of the Bombay High Court which ruled that Vodafone was liable to pay $2 billion to the Indian tax authorities because Indian capital gains taxes applied on share transfers between two non-resident entities, as long as the underlying assets transferred were within India.The case in question involved Vodafone International Holdings BV's acquisition of CGP Investments from Hutchison Telecommunication International Limited ("HTIL").  HTIL, a company incorporated in BVI, owned CGP Investments, a company incorporated in Cayman Islands, which through its Mauritius subsidiaries owned and/or controlled approximately 67% of one of India's leading mobile phone operators - Vodafone

Client Alert | January 20, 2012

Nationwide Privacy Class Action Dismissed in In re iPhone Application Litigation Based on Lack of Article III Standing

On September 20, 2011, Judge Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in In re iPhone Application Litigation, Case No.

Client Alert | September 27, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates California Statute Prohibiting Sale or Rental of “Violent” Video Games to Minors

On June 27, 2011, the Supreme Court invalidated a California statute prohibiting the sale or rental of "violent" video games to minors.  In Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, the Court held that restrictions on video games are subject to strict scrutiny under the First Amendment, and that the California statute failed strict scrutiny.  In an opinion by Justice Scalia, joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, the Supreme Court held for the first time that video games are constitutionally protected speech.  "Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them," the Court explained, "video games communicate ideas--and even social messages--through many familiar literary devices (such as characte

Client Alert | June 28, 2011

Ninth Circuit Rules that Emailed Receipts Do Not Trigger the Identity Theft Provisions of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act

With its May 24, 2011 decision in Simonoff v. Expedia, Inc., No. 10-3559 (9th Cir.

Client Alert | June 2, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Settlement Of Copyright Infringement Claims Involving Unregistered Works

On March 2, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, ___ U.S. ___, No. 08-103, interpreting the Copyright Act to allow judicial approval of settlements of copyright infringement claims involving unregistered works.  Reversing the U.S.

Client Alert | March 3, 2010

OPEN Government Act Restores Promise of FOIA

Gibson Dunn of counsel James C. Ho authored an article entitled "OPEN Government Act Restores Promise of FOIA" [PDF] for the January 2008 issue of the MediaLawLetter, published by the Media Law Resource Center.

Client Alert | December 31, 2007