3.27.2015

The Jiminian Law PLLC News Clipboard - 3.27.15

The magic word today is... DIVERSITY.

And so, at least 3 of the 4 categories below address diversity.

Without further ado, I chose 3 interesting and important news stories or advice articles in the following categories: Media/Entertainment, Business, Intellectual Property and Nonprofits. 

MEDIA/ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Deadline website mishandles the issue of diversity in film and TV. I think it's time to revisit my 8 takeaways from a WGAW 2015 report on the lack of diversity in television.
  2. Midnight Rider director Randall Miller, releases statement from jail on his responsibility for the death of AC Sarah Jones. Moral of the story: Don't be like Randall Miller - Think Safety.
  3. U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross has decided to all an antitrust lawsuit filed by a Georgia-based movie theater chain, Cobb Theaters, against exhibition powerhouse AMC Entertainment to move forward. Cobb Theaters alleges that AMC used "its worldwide market power to coerce film distributors to deprive competitors of access to studio films." (read the complaint)
BUSINESS


  1. Since we are on the issue of diversity, here's Fast Company with why "the lack of diversity in venture capital firms has become a problem for the entire tech industry."
  2. Yes. Regulation is coming for bitcoin
  3. House committee approves estate tax repeal bill. Here's why that is not a good idea based on 10 facts you should know about the federal estate tax.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY


  1. The Beastie Boys beat a lawsuit over the sampling of "Paul's Boutique." (THR, Esq)
  2. Culture Crash: the most important book of 2015 based on it's analysis of the economics of digital products, the effects of technology on art, music, film, books, etc., the impoverishment of content creators and the inadequacies of current intellectual property measures.
  3. A little, but important tip, courtesy of JD Supra for when it comes to deciding whether or not to disclaim a term on your trademark application.
NONPROFITS

  1. Here's one more diversity themed entry: Nonprofit Quarterly tries to answer the question - How might nonprofit organizations advance minority, gender or other types of imbalances in Wikipedia content?
  2. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the presidency at Liberty U. But Liberty U., a tax-exempt organization prohibited from endorsing or opposing candidates for public office, may have violated the law in allowing Cruz to make his announcement there and "forcing" students to go. Patheos explains how. Unfortunately, because of IRS moratorium, little action is expected.
  3. Finally, what are some trends, pitfalls and opportunities in celebrity philanthropy?

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