Most business people in California and beyond want to maximize their assets whenever possible. Intellectual property law plays an important role regarding licensing and asset protection. However, unless an intellectual property owner understands the ins and outs of the licensing system, a well-intentioned action can actually do more harm than good.
Prominent attorney Tre Lovell is representing writing duo in their multi-million dollar lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey and others for claims of having stolen their ideas for the television show "Greenleaf." The lawsuit calls the actions of the defendants blatant and arrogant: "[T]hey didn't even seek to hide the theft; they used the same character names and copied verbatim unique and novel storylines, themes, subplots and the overall tone of the show. They even named their antagonist after Plaintiff Pastor Barrie (Pastor Basie in 'Greenleaf')." The lawsuit similarly notes that "creative theft, in Hollywood, has become a cottage industry."
Most California basketball lovers are familiar with LeBron James, a top player in the NBA. The All-Star is currently engaged in a battle involving entertainment law, specifically having to do with trademarks and copyright infringements that his platform, Uninterrupted, alleges against a college football coach. James has apparently threatened litigation if the situation is not resolved to his satisfaction.
Social networking sites, online commentary and content aggregation all have plenty of benefits. You can stay connected and updated better than ever. Unfortunately, these online platforms are also prone to defamatory content. These sites encourage and sometimes even monetize sharing information with minimal regulation or fact-checking. Someone can make a negative status update or video about you and spread it like wildfire.