Browse the articles I've written on entertainment and technology.
In addition to practicing law, I'm a contributing editor at The Hollywood Reporter, where I cover entertainment labor, law, business and select other matters. I also blog on the Huffington Post, and occasionally write freelance articles. My writing has been published in/on the Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal, Daily Journal, Huffington Post, Billboard, Campaigns & Elections magazine, Forbes.com and IMDb.com.
You can browse my journalism portfolios on Pressfolios and on Muck Rack (where I was a featured journalist) and read two biographical pieces to find out how I accidentally became first a blogger and then a professional journalist (or listen to this interview).
Trademarking Movie Titles
The courts and the Trademark Office say you can't trademark a movie title. I say you can. See how in Mark My Words, which was selected as a cover article by Los Angeles Lawyer magazine.
Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown
My law review article Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown: Why Content’s Kingdom is Slipping Away discusses the struggle between content and technology. If you'd like a shorter take, read my HuffPo post "Is Content Worthless?"
Hollywood Reporter Articles
I've written hundreds of articles in The Hollywood Reporter on entertainment labor issues (particularly relating to AFTRA, the Directors Guild (DGA), IATSE, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild (WGA)) and other topics: entertainment law, high profile legal cases, business, technology and more.
I blog on the Huffington Post from time to time on various subjects: gadget reviews mostly, and sometimes politics, entertainment labor or other topics. I also blog occasionally on the News page on this site, and on my own blog (and for several years blogged there heavily), which is syndicated to IMDb.com.
My articles and books have been reviewed and cited a number of times:
Entertainment Labor: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography was reviewed on the American Association of Law Libraries’ Spectrum Blog (Ingrid Mattson, July 23, 2014) and in 39 Labor Studies Journal 323 (Sheree Gregory, December 2014). See quotes from the reviews here.
The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis was cited in Carol Jess, ‘The Hobbit Dispute’: Organizing Through Transnational Alliances, 5(2) Global Labour J. 196, 206 (2014) and discussed in Book Slams NZ Over Hobbit Union Crisis (11/26/2012).
My Hollywood Reporter coverage of the New Zealand Hobbit unionization dispute was cited twice during debate in the New Zealand Parliament. See 668 Hansard 14954 & 14993 (Oct. 28, 2010) (here and here).
Hollywood on Strike! was listed as suggested reading in Writers and Organized Labor in Robert E. Weir, Workers in America: A Historical Encyclopedia (2013).
No More Sounds of Silence on the Musical Composition Front was cited in Robert Alan Brookey, Hollywood Gamers: Digital Convergence in the Film and Video Game Industries 16, 143 n. 51-52 (2010).
Jennifer Holt, Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996 at 6 n.15 (2011).
Catherine L. Fisk, The Role of Private Intellectual Property Rights in Markets for Labor and Ideas: Screen Credit and the Writers Guild of America, 1938-2000, 32 Berk. J. Employ. & Lab. L. 215, 277 n.241 (2011).
Jessica Wang, A Brave New Step: Why the Music Industry Should Follow the Hulu Model, 51 Idea 511, 533 n.118 (2011)
Priti Trivedi, Writing the Wrong: What the E-Book Industry Can Learn from Digital Music's Mistakes with DRM, 18 J.L. & Pol'y 925, 940 n.98, 955 n.197, 956 nn. 200, 201 (2010).
Lauren A. Rieders, Old Principles, New Technology, and the Future of Notice in Newspapers, 38 Hofstra L. Rev. 1009, 1029 n.144 (2010).
Zahr Said, Embedded Advertising and the Venture Consumer, 89 N.C. L. Rev. 99 (2010), http://nclawreview.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Said.wptd.pdf, at 114 n. 62.
Jon M. Garon, Content, Control and the Socially Networked Film, The University of Louisville 2nd Ann. Conf. on Innovation and Communication Law (August 21-22, 2009), http://ssrn.com/abstract=1480160, at 13n.108; 48 U. Louisville L. Rev. 771 (2010).
Hollywood Under Siege was cited in:
Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, State Bar of Cal., Cal. State Antitrust & Unfair Compet. L. § 10.02(C) n.19 (Cheryl Lee Johnson, ed.) (2010).
Kevin C. Hormann, Comment, The Death of the DMCA? How Viacom v. Youtube May Define the Future of Digital Content, 46 Houston L. Rev. 1345, 1346 nn. 4, 6, 1374 nn. 189, 190 (2009).
Discussed in Malin Ekman, Tidningskrisen i USA ”Where are we going?” (Stockholms Universitet, 2011).
Discussed in Federico Telmo, Modelos de negocios para la prensa digital (Universidad de San Andres, 2012)
Discussed in the book Free: The Future of a Radical Price 140-142 (2009), by Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired.
Cited in Michael S. Sawyer, Filters, Fair Use, and Feedback: User-Generated Content Principles and the DMCA, 24 Berk. Tech. L. J. 363, 364 n. 3 (2009).
Cited in Seth A. Metsch, Setting the Stage: New Technologies and New Entertainment Challenges, 943 PLI/Pat 11 (Practising Law Institute, Sept. 2008).
Reflections on Residuals: Go Forth and Multiply, The Huffington Post (11/23/07) was cited in Miranda Banks and Ellen Seiter, Spoilers at the Digital Utopia Party: The WGA and Students Now, 7.04 FlowTV (12/7/2007).
Howard M. Frumes and Jonathan Handel, Commentary on the IFTA International Censorship Rider was reprinted in Donald E. Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute and Beverly Hills Bar Ass'n, Entertainment Without Borders: Practicing Entertainment Law in a Global Environment, 30, 31- 32 (Nov. 1, 2005) (program materials) and cited in Robert Lind, et al., 1 Entertainment Law 3d: Legal Concepts and Business Practices § 3:44 and in Thomas D. Selz, Entertainment Law 3d at 3-110.
Memo to a client regarding a film library acquisition was cited favorably in Santa Monica Pictures, LLC v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2005-104 (United States Tax Court 2005), at 67-69.
Reverse Chronological List of Articles
Making for the Exit: Poli-Tech Firms are Waiting on a Lucrative, Silicon Valley-Style Exit that Could Change the Industry Forever, Campaigns & Elections (July 2014).
Several hundred articles for The Hollywood Reporter (July 2010 to present).
Book Review, Los Angeles Times (October 23, 2009) (review of William Patry, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars); "There's a Lot of Residual Pain Ahead if Current System Isn't Remedied," Hollywood Reporter (July 23, 2009); "SAG Contract is Ratified, but Drama is Likely to Return Quickly," Daily Journal (June 30, 2009); "New-Media Distribution Giving Hollywood a Makeover," Los Angeles Business Journal (June 15, 2009); "Why the Film Biz Still has Far to Go," Variety.com (June 11, 2009); "SAG Contract Ratified; Now What?," 15 Century City Lawyer no. 15 (June 2009); "The Struggle Over Content and Technology Will Define Hollywood's Future," Daily Journal (June 9, 2009); "Why Content's Kingdom is Slipping Away," TVWeek.com (June 9, 2009); "SAG's Strange Voyage," 15 Century City Lawyer no. 14 (May 2009); “Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown: Why Content’s Kingdom is Slipping Away,” Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law (Spring 2009, v. 11, no. 3, p. 597); “Actors Strike a Deal, but Is a New Compensation System on the Horizon?,” Daily Journal (April 7, 2009); “Economy, New Media Are Conspiring to Make Things Tough on Actors,” Daily Journal (March 24, 2009).
"Hollywood Under Siege," American Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, vol. 24, no. 3 (Fall 2008) (excerpted in "Hollywood Under Siege," Daily Journal (October 22, 2008)); "Actors' Labor Plan in Need of a Rewrite," Los Angeles Business Journal (September 15, 2008); “Curtain Call,” Daily Journal (June 20, 2008); “With One Union Already Done, SAG Auditions for an Actors Deal,” Daily Journal (June 4, 2008); “No Time for Drama In Contract Talks For Studios, Actors,” Los Angeles Business Journal (May 26, 2008); “Entertainment Industry Could Be Headed for a Scary Sequel,” Daily Journal (May 15, 2008); “To Look and Sound Great On Air, Lawyers Should Be Prepared,” Daily Journal (April 8, 2008); “Fete the Press: Lawyers, Make the Most of Media Interactions,” Daily Journal (April 1, 2008); “Mark My Words,” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (April 2008); “Write On,” Daily Journal (March 10, 2008); "DGA as peacemaker: If the directors cut the right deal, it could save Hollywood from civil war," Los Angeles Times (January 16, 2008) (Op-Ed piece).
Blogger, Huffington Post (November 2007–present); author, Digital Media Law blog (August 2007-present); author, Script Magazine column, "Ask the Lawyer" (January 2007-October 2008); "Ask Super Lawyers," Los Angeles Magazine (February 2007); "Attorneys," chapter of Final Draft Presents Ask the Pros: Screenwriting (May 2004) (primary author); "When Worlds Collide—'Take Me to Your Lawyer'?" (in UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies, Fall 2002); "AFMA [now IFTA] International Censorship Rider: Some Suggested Revisions," American Film Marketing Association (February 1994) (co-author) (in The AFMA Model International Licensing Agreements, 2d ed.).
"Machine Readable Passports," Nexus: The Journal for Computer Users in the Public Interest Community (review) (September/October 1984); The MSG Frame System, BBN Labs report (April 1984); Zmail Concepts and Techniques, Symbolics reference manual 990096 (January 1983) (co-author); "The New Literacy: Programming Languages as Language," BYTE (March 1981); Short review of Godel, Escher, Bach, in The Knight Letter (newsletter of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America) (March 1981); An English Parser, IBM Systems Research Institute Technical Report TR-73-005 (January 1980).