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Explaining the New NBA CBA

In December of 2016, the NBA ratified a seven-year agreement for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NBA has had an influx of money in recent years, largely due to a nine-year, $24 billion dollar extension of a television rights deal with ESPN and TNT.. Due to the structuring of the CBA, approximately half of…

Entertainment’s Youngest Old Problem: Age Discrimination Still Alive and Kicking in Hollywood

If you were old enough to watch “Beverley Hills, 90210” in the 1990’s – admittedly, I was not – you might remember Andrea Zuckerman, the show’s socially awkward, school-newspaper editor. As a 16-year-old high school student, Andrea was played by Gabrielle Carteris who at the time of casting was 29-years-old; a fact kept completely hidden…

Trump, Immigration & Sports

On January 27th, 2017, Donald Trump issued an executive order titled “PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES”, which outlined a plan to temporarily halt immigration from seven Muslim majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order was received with immediate criticism, as thousands around the country…

“Ridin’ on a ‘Cole’ Train:” Former Football Player Sues Over Alleged IP Infringement in Gears of War Video Games

Football player turned wrestler, Lenwood Hamilton, filed suit last month alleging the makers of the video game Gears of War used his likeness to create one of the game’s main characters. The suit, filed in federal court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, names five defendants to include Hamilton’s former business associate, Lester Speight, and…

The Fair Use Of Hip-Hop Sampling In Copyright Law

Sampling isn’t about hijacking nostalgia wholesale. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. —Mark Ronson[i] What Is Sampling? Sampling is procedure that transfers the analog signal from an original song to a set of binary numbers representing an audio waveform.[ii] The signal is then put into…

Fan Fiction Features: The Film Industry’s Final Frontier?

For most creators, gaining adoring fans is one of their chief goals. Perhaps the most adoring fans are those who are so inspired by creators’ works, that they attempt to continue the storylines through fan fiction. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary characterizes fan fiction as fan-written stories involving popular characters, often posted online, but fan fiction predates…