Entertainment & Intellectual Property Web Sites

The pleasure of researching entertainment law is that a proportion of the information can be found on entertainment news Web sites, for example, E!Online, which provide news & information about the entertainment industry as well as gossip about the stars. For other resources on entertainment that provide news, gossip, features, movie reviews, celebrity facts and information about television & cable shows, you can browse several Web sites listed in this article that are devoted to the film & television industry. The majority of the entertainment Web sites listed in this article were selected from a chapter in a book written by Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch, The Lawyer's Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet, located at: KF/242/A1/B55/2006 in the law library. See the chapter titled, Entertainment Industry and Intellectual Property Research. This easy to read legal research book provides hundreds of sites of interest to lawyers and legal professionals. Entertainment Sites E!Online at http://www.eonline.com Entertainment Weekly at http://www.ew.com Baseline Hollywood http://www.baseline.hollywood.com Hollywood Reporter http://www.hollywoodreporter.com Variety at http://www.variety.com TV Week http://www.tvweek.com Broadcasting Cable http://www.broadcastingcable.com Findlaw's Hollywood Secret: Findlaw, a Web site for legal traffic, provide information for Entertainment & Sports Law, go to http://lawcrawler.findlaw.com and locate the Legal Subject tab at the top of the page, select and scroll to the Entertainment & Sports link or for IP information, select the Intellectual Property link on the same page. Another Findlaw site, perhas providing more entertaining value than fact gathering, is Findlaw's FBI celebrity file at http://news.findlaw.com/legalnews/entertainment/fbi. Or for a little more gossip try these sites: Mugshots at http://www.mugshots.org The Smoking Gun at http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstagetour/index.html or Trademarks: Thomson & Thomson's Trademark & Service Mark Services at http://www.t-tlaw.com/trademarks.htm Derwent at http://www.thomsonderwent.com/ LexisNexis.com at http://www.lexisnexis.com/patentservices/default.asp Government Sites United States Patent & Trademark Office at http://www.uspto.gov United States Copyright Office at http://www.loc.gov/copyright/search Google Patent New to the list of patent search sites is Google Patent, launched in December, 2006, which can be located at http://www.google.com/patents . This site provides full-text searching from 1790 to the present. Google Patent also provides PDF versions of the patents. For more information on patent sites, see the previous law school article, Patent Sites on the Web, at http://law.wisc.edu/newsletter/archives/viewArticle.php?iAID=2620

Submitted by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian on September 4, 2007

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