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China: Apple Sets Deadline for App Developers to Obtain Government Approval
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In 2016, China introduced regulation requiring that mobile game developers obtain approval from government censors for any premium games or games with in-app purchases. The only games exempted were those using an ad-only revenue model. Many of the games currently on the Chinese App Store appear to be out of compliance, but…

One-Month Countdown to the New California Consumer Privacy Act: Is Your Business Ready?
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What is CCPA? The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) becomes effective January 1, 2020. It will provide California consumers with an unprecedented level of privacy protection while requiring affected businesses to both make certain privacy-related disclosures and to respond, without delay, to consumer’s requests regarding privacy.  To avoid penalties, and to minimize…

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Licensing Professionals and Fans Converge at 2015 Anime Expo in LA
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More than 90,000 attended the 24th annual Anime Expo (AX), North America’s largest Japanese pop culture convention, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California from July 2 to 5. The four-day event featured a concert by Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z, joined onstage by two members of…

3D Printing Is The New Black
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When you hear the word “gaming,” what types of things come to mind? Video games? Online multiplayer games? Mobile games? Virtual reality? Well, yes, but that’s all about to change…

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Hatsune Miku: Virtual Diva
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On her own, Japanese pop superstar Hatsune Miku can’t sing. Nor can she rap, dance or DJ. She is drug- and alcohol-free because she can’t indulge in either, and she can’t have affairs or engage in offstage shenanigans fit for YouTube scandals or tabloid headlines. Now entering her sixth year as a…

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Anime’s Next Generation of Female Auteurs
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Many women in Japan remain mired in a patriarchal culture that caps their career opportunities.

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Aramid and Relativity
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As we’ve written before, the recent slate deal trend among Hollywood financiers can be very tricky, even for the savviest of investors. The latest and probably best-known victim is Aramid Entertainment, a sophisticated hedge fund with a Cayman Islands address. In a lawsuit filed last year, Aramid claims it was ensnared in “one of the greatest heist stories ever told in the movie business.”

Anatomy of a Presale, Part 3: Terms of Agreement
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We continue our discussion of film finance and in particular foreign pre-sale agreements. This post will focus on the issues to be considered when structuring such agreements for distribution.

Anatomy of a Presale Part 2: Foreign vs Domestic
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The rights conveyed by a pre-sale discussed in Part 1 of this series typically include the theatrical and video release of a film. A release in the United States and Canada is considered “domestic.”