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Rockin' the Living Room - How Guitar Hero and Rock Band Aim to Change the Music Industry

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A PUBLICATION OF
THEABA FORUM ON
THE ENTERTAINMENT
AND SPORTS INDUSTRIES
VOLUME 26, NUMBER 2
SUMMER 2008

The Fine Print Can
(and Probably Will) KillYou
How Motion Picture Studios Account
to Avoid Paying
BY PETER J. DEKOM
Monies shall not be includable into Gross Receipts until earned orforfeited.
INTRODUCTION:A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
F    his is a little story about the mainstream studio feature-film business
and a little thing called net. Why have so many participants elected
to negotiate an upside in films that bear little or no resemblance to the
old classic net profits (also known as defined receipts, net proceeds, defined
proceeds, net receipts, and so on)? That's the easiest question in the world.
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Rockin' the Living Room
How Guitar Hero and Rock Band Aim
to Change the Music Industry
BY CHRISTINA SCELSI
INTRODUCTION
he finale of the most recent season of American Idol represented another
moment of significance in pop culture-though not so much for the
popular singing competition, but rather for the interactive music game
Guitar Hero. Finalists David Archuleta and David Cook channeled Tom Cruise
in Risky Business, rocking out while playing the game in their living rooms in
the commercials, demonstrating how widespread the popularity of the inter-
active music game truly is, and the impact that games like it continue to have
on the music industry. The growth of video gaming in the United States and
around the globe is hardly news to most people, as video gaming systems and
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Profile:
International
Sports
Lawyer,
Maidie E.
Oliveau
BY AMBER JORGENSEN
he is not one for wasting time. At
the outset of her illustrious legal
career in sports, Maidie E. 01-
iveau began as an associate at ProServ,
Inc., a division of the law firm Dell,
Craighill, Fentress & Benton, which
represented a number of professional
athletes. It did not matter or even
occur to her that her gender made her
unique in that practice area. At the
time, ProServ athletes included the
likes of the great Arthur Ashe, Stan
Smith, Tracy Austin, and, of course,
Mitch Kupchak, who is familiar to us
now as the resolute general manager
of the Los Angeles Lakers, and who
was then an NBA player himself.
Oliveau admits that she did not
plan for a career in sports but finds
that working in sports suits her
background perfectly. Her father was
an athlete, making Oliveau an avid
sports fan from an early age. Living
in France through two Olympic sea-
sons piqued her fascination with the
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