In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss a dispute between Jerry West and HBO, over his portrayal in the Lakers docudrama “Winning Time”. Continue Reading Jerry West Thinks His Portrayal in HBO’s “Winning Time” is a Loser
Last month, HBO released its new drama series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty – based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman. To say that Jerry West, the former head coach and GM of the Los Angeles Lakers dislikes the way he is portrayed in the HBO series Winning Time is an understatement. West calls his portrayal “false and defamatory” and he has publicly called for a retraction and an apology. In a letter to HBO, West’s lawyer claims that Winning Time falsely and cruelly portrays West as an out-of-control, intoxicated, rage-aholic. West’s lawyer claims that the producers have committed the tort of false light invasion of privacy by creating a false impression about Mr. West that is highly offensive and injurious to his reputation and have also defamed Mr. West by attributing acts of rage to him that he never committed. Continue Reading Is Jerry West’s Potential Lawsuit Against HBO Over His Portrayal in the Lakers Docudrama “Winning Time” a Jump Ball?
In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss a dispute between the original USFL and Fox, over the network’s attempt to revive the football league. Continue Reading The Original USFL Throws a Flag at Fox’s Attempted Revival of the United States Football League
The recent opportunities for remote work and learning have provided improvements in lifestyle for a number of employees and students. Many of those able to work or study from home have benefited from more flexible schedules, reduction in time and money spent on commuting, reduction in work- and school-related stress, and more family time. But those benefits have come with some new challenges. For example, professors and teachers have confronted the challenge of how to prevent students from cheating on exams. When standard approaches failed, a business professor recently turned to copyright law, hoping for a solution. Continue Reading Can Copyright Law Prevent Cheating on Exams?
In this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog, Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss an intellectual property dispute between a typeface designer and Banana Republic, over the retailer’s use of a stylized ampersand design. Continue Reading The Case of the Stolen Ampersand and the (Non)Protectability of Fonts