The New York Times reports that hotels all over the United States are adding libraries to their lobbies and bars. Designed as a means to generate revenue from patrons who spend more time in their restaurants and bars, hotels are stocking their shelves with hot titles from current authors. Some hotel libraries are even specializing, like the Renaissance hotel lobby in D.C., which boasts books about presidents and sports. (see picture in the article). As another example, the "Hyatt Magnificent Mile in Chicago completed a renovation that includes a bar stocked with books and magazines and a small number of computers." Some hotels are even creating lending libraries which allow guests to check out a book at one location and return it at another.
The Cleveland Law Library will kick off its Fall 2012 CLE season on November 9th with an engaging CLE program on Entertainment Law, featuring lawyer, author, and singer, Sheldon P. Starke, Esq. Although the heart of the field of entertainment law is either in New York City or Los Angeles, Mr. Starke has created and established a thriving practice from his home base of Cleveland, Ohio. With over 30 years in this field, Mr. Starke will share his expertise with lawyers who would like to enter this field without moving to another state. He plans to cover business paradigms, talent representation, management, and book publishing. He will also generously share some examples of contracts and agreements that he has drafted and negotiated. Mr. Starke is an engaging speaker who will provide a lively and informative program. Registration for the program begins at noon, and the program will run from 12:30-2:45 p.m.
On Wednesday, Governor Stickland signed an Executive Order banning electronic video games that pay out cash. Likening them to slot machines, the Governor has given Attorney General Marc Dann immediate authority to promulgate rules to help law enforcement officers shut down illegal gambling machines. The order is not intended to cover legal amusement machines like those that are found at Chuck E. Cheese or Cedar Point or machines that award prizes worth less than $10.00. The Plain Dealer reports that Dann is in the process of issuing about 700 cease and desist orders to businesses with offending machines, dozens of which are located in Cuyahoga and Summit counties. The print Daily Legal News reports that the letters indicate that the machines must be shut down within 3 days. Click here for a press release describing the specifics of the Executive Order.