Entertainment Litigation

Jackson Walker’s entertainment litigation attorneys handle every type of civil dispute pertaining to the entertainment industry, enabling our broad range of entertainment clients to solve their business challenges and protect their creative works. Our attorneys take an aggressive, but strategic, approach toward the protection and enforcement of our clients’ rights – from minor disputes to precedent-setting cases.

With a strong understanding of the entertainment industry’s various subsets, businesses, and nuances, Jackson Walker has extensive experience in litigation matters concerning rights ownership disputes, royalty disputes, idea submission disputes, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, cybersquatting, Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) domain name disputes, right of privacy violations, defamation claims, and more.

Jackson Walker has represented businesses and individuals around the country at both the state and federal levels, as well as in mediation and arbitration proceedings before providers including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS), and the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).

Jackson Walker has also served as go-to local counsel for premiere entertainment law firms out of New York and California for entertainment litigation pending in Texas courts.

While we are proud of our years of courtroom success, Jackson Walker attorneys bring their experience in the complex world of entertainment transactions and digital to bear to help clients craft deals and agreements with the goal of minimizing risk and resolving matters outside of litigation.

  • Defense and prosecution of copyright and trademark claims for various industry clients
  • Defense of various television networks and celebrities in defamation cases involving traditional and online media
  • Defense of major film studio in right of publicity case involving a successful feature film
  • Representation of film production company in dispute over film distribution agreement and royalty payments and accountings
  • Representation of producers in film production finance agreement disputes
  • Representation of large independent music publisher in multi-jurisdictional dispute over music catalog of prolific songwriter
  • Representation of entertainment company in dispute over ownership of new media technology for the music industry
  • Representation of concert promoter in artist performance agreement dispute
  • Representation of various commercial businesses against copyright licensing claims asserted by music and film performance rights organizations
  • Defense of major book publisher in copyright infringement suit
  • Representation of video game developer in First Amendment dispute
  • Defense of online service provider in multi-million dollar online photography copyright infringement suit
  • Defense of various entertainment and media companies in online photography cases involving claims of copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Defense of magazine publisher in trademark dispute with competitor
  • Defense of major reality television production company in suits involving unfair labor practice claims, including Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims
  • Local counsel to various entertainment industry clients in the prosecution or defense of copyright and trademark infringement claims brought in Texas
Bob Latham

May 11, 2022

Depp vs Heard: What Does Each Side Need to Prove? | FOX 26 Houston

Bob Latham spoke with FOX 26 Houston about Depp v Heard and the dynamics of the ongoing defamation trial.

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March 29, 2022

John Edwards Featured in Courthouse News Service Article Discussing Lawsuit Brought Against Travis County District Clerk and Office of Court Administration

As lead counsel for Courthouse News Service, John Edwards recently submitted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Austin clerk and the Director of the state court administrative office to ensure newly-filed non-confidential civil petitions will be made available to the public and press upon receipt, not after delays caused by later administrative processing.

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November 8, 2021

Courthouse News Service Shares Story of John Edwards Questioning Witness in First Amendment Case

In an op-ed from Courthouse News Service, editor Bill Girdner recounts Jackson Walker partner John Edwards questioning a witness in a case involving the First Amendment right of timely public and press access to newly filed state civil, non-confidential complaints. John represents Courthouse News Service in the case.

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October 29, 2021

State Court Clerks in New Mexico Delay Access to Court Records in Violation of the First Amendment, But an Adequate Remedy Proves Elusive

By John K. Edwards

On October 8, 2021, after a preliminary injunction hearing held on September 28, 2021, Judge James O. Browning of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico issued a 92-page opinion in which he found that the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts and the First Judicial District Clerk’s Office violated the First Amendment right of timely public and press access to newly filed state civil, non-confidential complaints. While a favorable ruling in many respects, the resulting preliminary injunction does not, for now, fully remedy the constitutional violation.

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September 27, 2021
Attorney News

Jackson Walker Expands Dallas Litigation Section With Addition of Demi Williams

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the addition of Demi Williams as a senior counsel in the Dallas office. In her practice, Demi focuses on all facets of complex litigation, including sports, media, and entertainment matters, as well as government investigations.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

August 30, 2021

JW Media | VIA ePostcard – August 2021

View the August 2021 edition of the JW Media | VIA ePostcard.

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June 24, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Rules High School Cheerleader Cannot Be Disciplined for Criticizing School’s Decision Keeping Her Off Varsity Team

By Stacy Allen
For the first time in over 50 years, a high school student has won a free speech case in the Supreme Court. In a narrow decision issued on June 23, 2021, an 8-1 majority (including all but Justice Clarence Thomas) ruled that a Pennsylvania high school could not punish a student for sending an off-color Snapchat to about 250 people in which she complained about not making the varsity cheerleading squad or getting her preferred softball team position.

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May 14, 2021

Student Snapchat Decision May Hint at SCOTUS Social Media Rulings

In an article published by Bloomberg Law, James Carlos McFall, Eric Wong, and Lauren Ceckowski discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending ruling in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. The free speech case involves a cheerleader’s Snapchat post and may provide insight on how the Court will rule on future social media cases.

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