Entertainment and Sports Law Section

This section was created in recognition of the increasing number of practitioners in entertainment and sports law. The section presents an annual CLE program and helps members stay up to date on trends and activities in this specialized area of practice.

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Legislators Propose Compensating Student Athletes

Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic state Rep. Antonio Parkinson of Memphis plan to sponsor legislation in 2020 that will allow student athletes in the state to be paid for endorsements, the Daily Memphian reports. In addition, they hope to create a grant program funded by a portion of ticket sales to help student athletes who do not go on to play for a pro team after they graduate. This past April, the state Senate unanimously passed a resolution by Kelsey encouraging universities to work with athletic conferences to end the NCAA ban on compensating athletes.

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Dollywood Sued for Copyright Violations in Christmas Show

The copyright owners of the "Charlie Brown Christmas" theme song recently sued Dollywood for copyright violations, claiming the park has illegally used the song in live Christmas shows for more than a decade. According to Los Angeles-based Lee Mendelson Film Productions, no one from Dollywood secured permission to perform the song, even after warnings from the firm’s attorneys last year. The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $150,000 for each performance of the song plus attorneys’ fees. Knoxnews reports that the show, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” has been running since 2007. Dollywood denied using the song in last year’s performance according to court records.

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