July 13, 2012 | Entertainment Law & Finance
This article explains California's anti-SLAPP statute and recent decisions concerning the entertainment industry. The article analyzes California decisions, noting anti-SLAPP analysis extends beyond speech, to the production and distribution of entertainment works as well. Mr. Weiman observes the courts continue to afford anti-SLAPP protection to works in a wide variety of media. He concludes trends indicate fewer anti-SLAPP decisions will turn on the question of whether the conduct at issue in the complaint concerns an issue of public interest, but instead will focus on whether the plaintiff can make out a viable prima facie case.