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Supreme Court Holds That Copyright Act Has No Time Limit For Damages But Declines To Decide When Infringement Claims Are Timely

Today, the Supreme Court held 6-3 that a copyright plaintiff can recover damages for any timely claim of infringement, even if the infringement occurred more than three years before the suit’s filing.

Client Alert | May 9, 2024

Four Gibson Dunn Partners Named to Variety’s 2024 Legal Impact Report

Variety has named Century City partner Scott Edelman, Los Angeles partners Kevin Masuda and Benyamin Ross and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2024 Legal Impact Report, an annual list of Hollywood’s top entertainment attorneys who “are well-equipped to make award-winning wins for their clients.”

Firm News | April 17, 2024

Scott Edelman and Orin Snyder Named Billboard’s 2024 Top Music Lawyers

Billboard named Los Angeles partner Scott Edelman and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2024 Top Music Lawyers list, which features “the attorneys guiding superstars and industry-driving companies.”

Firm News | April 1, 2024

Media & Entertainment – Review and Outlook 2024

Gibson Dunn’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group highlights some of the notable rulings, developments, deals, and trends from 2023 forward that will inform the industry this year and beyond.

Client Alert | March 29, 2024

Connell O’Neill Named Among Asia Legal Business’ Super 50 TMT Lawyers 2024

Asian Legal Business named Hong Kong partner Connell O'Neill in its Super 50 TMT Lawyers 2024 survey, which highlights the standout practitioners in the technology, media and telecommunications space in Asia.

Firm News | March 19, 2024

Tiaunia Henry and Steve Tsoneff named among Leading Professionals in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Business Journal named Los Angeles partner Tiaunia Henry and Century City partner Steve Tsoneff to its “Thriving in their 40s: LA’s Leaders of Influence” list.

Firm News | December 19, 2023

Four Gibson Dunn Partners Named to Variety’s 2023 Dealmakers Impact Report

Century City partner Steve Tsoneff and Los Angeles partners Sarah Graham, Kevin Masuda and Benyamin Ross were named to Variety’s 2023 Dealmakers Impact Report, honoring Hollywood’s leading dealmakers who “kept the industry on course in a turbulent year.”

Firm News | December 14, 2023

Jillian London Named Among Hollywood’s New Leaders of 2023 by Variety

Variety named Los Angeles associate Jillian London among its list of Hollywood’s New Leaders of 2023, which “highlights the creatives and executives in film, TV, music, agencies, management, law and talent newly emergent at the forefront of the entertainment industry.”

Firm News | November 1, 2023

11 Gibson Dunn Lawyers Named Lawyers of the Year for 2024

Best Lawyers® named 11 Gibson Dunn lawyers as the 2024 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas and cities.

Firm News | August 17, 2023

New York’s Highest Court Addresses Recent Anti-SLAPP Amendments and Multiple Aspects of Defamation Law in Lawsuit Against Kesha

Our lawyers review the recent decision of the New York Court of Appeals regarding several elements of the state’s defamation law, including which plaintiffs qualify as “public figures.”

Client Alert | June 15, 2023

M&A Report: Top Technology Sector-Specific Legal Diligence Concerns in Acquisitions

Our lawyers discuss the top technology sector-specific legal diligence concerns in acquisitions.

Client Alert | June 8, 2023

Supreme Court Rejects Allegations That Social-Media Companies Did Not Do “Enough” To Block Terrorist Content But Declines To Address Scope Of Section 230

Our lawyers discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that social media companies cannot be held liable for allegedly not doing “enough” to remove terrorist-related content from their services.

Client Alert | May 18, 2023

Six Gibson Dunn Partners Named to Variety’s 2023 Legal Impact Report

Variety has named Century City partner Scott Edelman, Los Angeles partners Kevin Masuda, Benyamin Ross, and Ilissa Samplin, and New York partners Brian Ascher and Orin Snyder to its 2023 Legal Impact Report, an annual list of the leading attorneys in the entertainment industry who “score wins for their clients and make deals to keep them ahead of the curve.”

Firm News | April 19, 2023

Kevin Masuda and Orin Snyder Named to Hollywood Reporter’s 2023 Top 100 Power Lawyers

The Hollywood Reporter has named Los Angeles partner Kevin Masuda and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2023 Power Lawyers List, which features 100 of the entertainment industry’s “dealmakers and litigators at the top of their game.”

Firm News | April 12, 2023

CHIPS Act Update: U.S. Department of Commerce Provides Guidance for Funding Pre-Applications

The U.S. Department of Commerce has provided guidance on the application process for the first funding opportunity of the CHIPS Act, and critical elements of a successful pre-application.

Client Alert | April 12, 2023

Media, Entertainment & Technology Highlights and Trends – April 2023

Gibson Dunn’s Media, Entertainment and Technology group highlights notable cases and deals from the first quarter of 2023, including cases involving Taylor Swift, Andy Warhol, and new copyright questions surrounding generative AI.

Client Alert | April 11, 2023

Scott Edelman and Orin Snyder Named Billboard’s 2023 Top Music Lawyers

Billboard named Century City partner Scott Edelman and New York partner Orin Snyder to its 2023 Top Music Lawyers list, which features the “the best attorneys in the business.”

Firm News | April 3, 2023

Ari Lanin, Kevin Masuda and Benyamin Ross Named to Variety’s 2022 Dealmakers Impact Report

Century City partner Ari Lanin and Los Angeles partners Kevin Masuda and Benyamin Ross were named to Variety’s 2022 Dealmakers Impact Report, which features the “top financiers, attorneys, executives and entrepreneurs” who “forged the major game-changing deals that changed the showbiz landscape.”

Firm News | December 7, 2022

Euromoney’s Rising Star Awards 2022 Recognizes 16 Gibson Dunn Partners

Euromoney named 16 Gibson Dunn lawyers among its 2022 Rising Stars in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific regions.

Firm News | October 12, 2022

Law360 Names Eight Gibson Dunn Partners as 2022 MVPs

Law360 named eight Gibson Dunn partners among its 2022 MVPs.

Firm News | September 6, 2022

California Supreme Court Holds That Seller’s Promotional Statements About Controversial Album Are Commercial Speech Not Subject To Full First Amendment Protection

The California Supreme Court held yesterday that a seller’s promotional statements about an artistic work of interest to the public amounted to commercial speech, regardless of whether the seller knew of the statements’ falsity.

Client Alert | August 19, 2022

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

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

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

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