Rolling Stones not happy about Trump using their music

KWIKA founding and managing partner Larry Iser was quoted in The Washington Post today in Travis Andrews' piece on a phenomenon as predictable as the morning sunrise: the unauthorized use of popular songs by political candidates in their campaigns. Read the full article

Howard Weitzman and Larry Iser comment on Prince’s estate

Big news travels fast. And big questions follow right behind. On the very day pop superstar Prince was found dead, KWIKA founding members Howard Weitzman and Larry Iser were asked by The Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times, respectively, about the future of Prince's music catalog. Read the full article

Is it ‘fair use’ or not? ‘That’swhatshesaid’ ruffles some copyright feathers

Driven by frustration over the lack of women's roles in theater, playwright Courtney Meaker, director Hatlo and creator/performer Erin Pike set out to show how women's roles in theater are light years behind men's, and in the process have raised the ire of the playwrights whose works appear in bits and pieces in the trio's new production illustrating their point, "That'swhatshesaid." Read the full article

Can Trump use Adele’s songs in his campaign? Larry Iser explains

KWIKA founding partner Larry Iser was quoted by ABC News and Forbes magazine on one of his favorite legal points: whether a political candidate can use a song without the permission of the artist. Read the full article

Chad Fitzgerald comments on streaming revenues

KWIKA partner Chad Fitzgerald was quoted by the Los Angeles Business Journal in Marni Usheroff's "Fresh Money In Old Shows" piece, highlighting a new type of income generated by television productions long past their prime. Streaming services such as Hulu, Inc. and Netflix are snapping up the rights to multiple seasons of popular shows from the past, introducing a new generation of viewers to the hit series of yesteryear. Read the full article

KWIKA sues 20th Century Fox on behalf of ‘Bones’ producer

Barry Josephson, executive producer of 20th Century Fox Television's mega-hit Bones, has hired KWIKA to represent him in his lawsuit against Fox, alleging the studio has cheated him out of his share of profits from the show. But Josephson's claims don't end there. He says he was "fraudulently threatened" by Fox executives into accepting a lower fee to avoid cancellation of the production. Read the full article

Greg Aldisert quoted by Law360 in look at bench’s lighter side

KWIKA founding partner Greg Aldisert was one of the attorneys asked to comment in Bill Donahue's piece for Law360 on something we don't hear much about: the "benchslap." That's when judges get a little frisky and decide to spice up their rulings with unexpected rhetoric. Read the full article

Michael Kump featured in University of Michigan Law notable alumni profile

KWIKA founding partner Michael Kump is profiled in the Fall 2015 issue of The Law Quadrangle, the official publication of the University of Michigan Law School, in its “Hooray for Hollywood” look at the legal success of well-known alumni in Tinseltown. Read the full article

‘Gutsy move’ ends Jay-Z ‘Big Pimpin” trial

KWIKA partner Jonathan Steinsapir was again quoted in a Daily Journal account by Ashley Cullins of the latest development in the eight-year complex litigation brought by an Egyptian plaintiff who claimed his copyright was infringed by rapper Jay-Z in the 1999 hit "Big Pimpin'." Read the full article

Greg Aldisert quoted by Bloomberg in ‘bond king’ Bill Gross’s wrongful termination suit against PIMCO

KWIKA founding partner Greg Aldisert was quoted by Bloomberg in Edvard Pettersson's article on bond guru Bill Gross's suit against the firm he co-founded, Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as PIMCO. Gross's 2014 shocking departure from the investment giant whose success he was principally responsible for rocked the normally serene world of bond investors far and wide. Read the full article