Monthly Archives: September 2015

  Donaldson + Callif Scores First Place at LAFEST Soccer Tournament

Donaldson + Callif won first place at the Los Angeles Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament (LAFEST), led by partner Christopher Perez, on Sunday, September 27. The firm came in first place and was awarded the Community Cup presented by the … Full Story

  ‘Happy Birthday’ in Public Domain: Washington Post, Law360 and Daily Journal Ask Michael Donaldson for Insight on Game-Changing Decision

After a two-year legal battle, a California federal judge has ruled that Warner/Chappell Music Inc. (Warner) has never had a valid copyright claim to the song “Happy Birthday to You”. The Judge determined that Warner failed to obtain rights to … Full Story

  ‘Happy Birthday to You’ in the Public Domain

As published in Washington Post, U.S. District Judge George H. King decided today that America’s go-to celebration song, “Happy Birthday to You,” now 120 years old, is in the public domain, deeming Warner Music’s (formerly Chappell Music, Inc.) copyright of … Full Story

  Landmark Fair Use Decision: LA Times, Variety and Daily Journal Turn to Spokesperson Michael Donaldson to Discuss its Impact

On Sept. 14, 2015, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that copyright holders must consider fair use prior to issuing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice. The case stemmed from a 2007 incident, when … Full Story

  Congrats to our clients in the 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival!

2015 URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets” | SPOTLIGHT FILM | Marc Silver, Director “Can You Dig This” | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | Christopher Leggett, Producer “In Football We Trust” | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | Erika Cohn, Co-Director More information … Full Story

  Fair Use and Copyright Protection: Dean Cheley Presents at CSULB’s Student Media Day

California State University of Long Beach (CSULB) welcomes Partner Dean Cheley to present on fair use and copyright protection for their annual Student Media Day on September 25, 2015 at the CSULB campus. Mr. Cheley’s years of experience advising clients … Full Story

  Congrats to our clients in the 2015 Camden International Film Festival!

2015 CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL “Best of Enemies” |  Morgan Neville “Breaking a Monster” | Tom Davis “Frame by Frame” | Mo Scarpelli “T-REX” | Drea Cooper Learn more!

  Rare Copyright Claim Made Against Netflix: Michael Donaldson Offers Insight to Daily Journal

After seeing his own artwork as a prop in a Netflix original series, artist Earl Swanigan filed a lawsuit against the on-demand media provider claiming the unpermitted use of his work was not fair use. Partner Michael Donaldson spoke with … Full Story

  2015 Venice Film Festival – Congratulations to Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow!

2015 Venice International Film Festival DEPALMA | Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, Directors More information here!

  Congratulations to our clients with films in the 2015 Telluride Film Festival

2015 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL HE NAMED ME MALALA | Shannon Dill, Exec. Producer HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT | Charles S. Cohen, Producer PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT | Stanley Buchthal and David Koh, Producers TIME TO CHOOSE | Charles Ferguson, Director TYRUS | Pamela … Full Story