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Appeals Court Clarifies Idea Submission Claims

A case against the makers of the wildly successful movie Avatar shows how California courts examine and decide fraud in the context of idea submission claims. In the Intellectual Property Magazine article “Appeals Court Clarifies Idea Submission Claims,” Lee Brenner and Andreas Becker examine Eric Ryder v. Lightstorm Entertainment, et al., and analyze Ryder’s fraud, … Continue Reading

Summary Judgment Upheld In Avatar Creators’ Favor After California Appellate Court Determines That Film Is Not Substantially Similar To Plaintiff’s Sci-Fi Work

James Cameron’s 2009 box-office hit Avatar is the subject of a California idea submission lawsuit that was decided in Cameron’s favor both at the trial and appellate level, in Eric Ryder v. Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc., et al., Case No. B254922.  Plaintiff Eric Ryder claimed that Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc. fraudulently expressed an interest in … Continue Reading

Join Kelley Drye at the ABA Forum on Communications Law – February 5-7 in Scottsdale, Arizona

The American Bar Association will present the 20th Annual Conference of the ABA Communications Law on February 5-7, 2015, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference is geared towards attorneys and professionals in the entertainment, broadcast, online and mobile media, and telecommunications industries. Partner David Fink is on the faculty of the 2015 Media Advocacy Workshop, which … Continue Reading