This is an entertainment news article dealing with an interesting story that many people may find amusing. An entertainment lawyer in California has filed suit against a well known Shock Jock radio show and its talk show hosts for violating anti-harassment and equal employment opportunity laws. The suit names as defendants both the shock jock and the show’s hosts, Steve Whitmire, Dan Bennett and Kyle Weismen of KFI Radio. The three men were fired from their jobs last March after complaining to the human resources department of XM Satellite Radio for being illegally discriminated against while hiring.
Many radio hosts and other entertainment industry workers have become the object of intense criticism over the past several months. There has been much debate over whether or not they have been discriminated against based on their gender, race, age or other qualities. Others have accused the entertainment industry of “age gap” marketing and of not providing enough opportunities for young people. These are all valid issues, and they should be addressed by competent lawyers with years of experience in handling entertainment law cases.
The problem stems from the fact that the employers are claiming that they did not discriminate against the three men. They did hire each of them based on their own talent and skills, and they say that they never intended to fire the three men. According to the employers, they simply had to choose another employee who was less talented, older, and of a different race. The employees and their lawyers claim otherwise. The case has been making the national news because it is being seen as an example of the seemingly limitless abuse of power by corporate executives who feel they can get away with it when they violate the rights of workers.
This particular case has generated widespread interest because it goes to the very heart of America’s entertainment industry. The key players are XM, a satellite radio company; John B. King Jr., an engineer; and Dan Bennett, a talk show host. In addition to the fired employees, three other people who work at the company were asked to leave for insubordination. All of these people claim that they have been unfairly targeted for reasons that have nothing to do with their jobs. This is the type of entertainment law case that is likely to become very prominent in the coming years.
The basic idea behind the Fair Use Act is to allow the use of certain copyrighted materials for one purpose, which is to stimulate the American economy. If this original song is being used for that purpose and if it is being used without profit, then it must be licensed for that purpose. If it is a song that is used for commercial advantage, then there is no requirement to license it for fair use. That means that any US citizen can use this copyrighted music for any purpose whatsoever. Whether they are using it for private purposes or for profit is not at all relevant here.
There are a number of different ways that people are getting around this by either putting the song on their own website and charging visitors for it, posting it as part of a paid download, or selling the musical piece itself. All of these options are perfectly legal and above board. However, some legal issues are of an apparent concern. For example, someone could argue that they are purchasing the right to use the copyrighted work for their private purposes and, therefore, they have the right to profit from it. Whether or not this can be considered a fair use is a matter of debate.
The courts have traditionally been open to broad interpretations of copyright law. The US Copyright Office has attempted to tighten the no-copyright clause, but the result has been less than successful. For example, in the past, people could burn their CDs in microwaves in their cars without running into any serious legal troubles. As a result, the no-copyright clause was ignored. Burning a CD is still illegal and a potential way for people to get illegally downloaded music.
There are many ways to enjoy a great show or a DVD movie from your home. Many people use their iPods to listen to music, others watch television, and others play video games. If you want to use a copyrighted work and do so through an online source, you may be stepping into a very tricky and complex area of the law. This is why it is important to contact a professional entertainment attorney who can help you understand your situation and guide you through it.