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Paul McCartney Sues Sony to Regain Rights to Beatles Songs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Sony/ATV is the defendant and could be primed to make a defense similar to the one being used against Duran Duran. read more. THR, Esq.

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ROSS Artificial Intelligence Outperforms Westlaw and LexisNexis, Study Finds

Media Law

ROSS Intelligence, the artificial intelligence legal research platform, outperforms Westlaw and LexisNexis in finding relevant authorities, in user satisfaction and confidence, and in research efficiency, and is virtually certain to deliver a positive return on investment. General

Debuting Tomorrow: A Keyboard Designed Just for Lawyers

Media Law

Brian Potts had me at the section symbol. The lawyer and founder of Pro-Boards LLC was explaining why he has developed the LegalBoard, a computer keyboard designed specifically for lawyers, which he will formally introduce tomorrow at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I was furiously writing a brief when I went to insert […].

As Super Bowl Approaches, Advertisers Should Be Aware of The NFL’s Efforts to Protect Its Golden Goose – 2017 Update

Broadcast Law Blog

Last year, we posted some guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly alludes to the Super Bowl without a license from the NFL. We are at that time of year again, so here is an updated version of our prior post. Many of the activities challenged by the league undoubtedly deserve a yellow flag.

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Facebook’s Misappropriation Problem Selling Artist Names as Keywords

Music Technology Policy

“Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.” ” Article 27(2), Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What do Prince, The Beatles, The Chainsmokers, Celine Dione, Maroon 5, Jimi Hendrix and Rev. 1953).). 978 F.2d

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FCC Clarifies Public File Obligations for Identifying Issues and Sponsors for Political Ads – Admonishes Numerous TV Stations for Violations

Broadcast Law Blog

Late Friday, the FCC’s Media Bureau issued an order (at this time available in Word format only, here ) clarifying its public file rules for political ads – both ads from candidates and from third-party groups.  The FCC’s order interprets Section 315(e) of the Communications Act, which sets the rules for the disclosures required for political ads. 

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Gordon P. Firemark

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A New Blog About Fashion and Law, From Two Canadian Law Students

Media Law Prof Blog

Two Osgoode Hall law students, Saba Samarian and Alessia Monastero, have launched a fashion law blog, Unprecedentedly Chic. The women

Self-Proclaimed Inventor of Email Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Techdirt's Mike Masnick

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

This is the latest case from attorney Charles Harder, who previously represented Hulk Hogan against Gawker. read more. THR, Esq.

In Trump’s Feud With John Lewis, Blacks Perceive a Callous Rival - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Days before his inauguration, President-elect Donald J.

Petitions to Participate in Copyright Royalty Board Proceeding to Establish Royalty Rates for Business Establishment Services Due by February 2, 2017

Broadcast Law Blog

Early this month, the Copyright Royalty Board announced that it will be starting a new proceeding to set the royalty rates to be paid by “ business establishment services ” for the rights to make ephemeral copies of sound recordings. The rates will apply for the period 2019-2023. Details on the filing requirements are set out in the CRB’s Notice.

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Buzzfeed Publishes Original Memos Concerning Allegations Re Trump and Russia

Media Law Prof Blog

Here, a story from CNN, here a piece from Slate. Here, Buzzfeed's original piece

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Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams Accused of Copying "Spark the Fire" Chorus

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Among other things, the court will consider whether pronouncing "fire" as "fi-ya" is protectable by a copyright. read more. THR, Esq.

Podcast: How Small and Solo Law Firms View Success

Media Law

I’ve written a number of times here about the findings of a Thomson Reuters survey, The State of the U.S. Small Law Firms Study, in which solo and small firm lawyers were asked about how they define success, the challenges they face and what firms are doing to achieve success. Recently, I joined Karl Florida, […]. General

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Putin is mad at Hillary Clinton for calling out his violent reprtession after Russia'a 2011 election.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Bill Introduced in Congress to Repeal FCC Information Collection Requirements for Noncommercial Biennial Ownership Reports

Broadcast Law Blog

A bill was introduced in Congress this week (see press release here ) proposing to roll back the FCC’s requirement that noncommercial broadcasters, in connection with the Biennial Ownership Reports that are due by December 1 of this year, get an FCC Registration Number for every person who has an attributable interest in a noncommercial licensee.

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Peukert on An EU Related Right for Press Publishers Concerning Digital Uses

Media Law Prof Blog

Legal Analysis as Research Paper of the Faculty of Law, Goethe University Frankfurt am

Snapchat Accused of Misleading Investors in Ex-Employee's Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An ex-Snapchat employee says he was fired just weeks after the company poached him from Facebook and is being blackballed. read more. THR, Esq.

Video: Unboxing and Using the LegalBoard

Media Law

After I wrote last weekabout the LegalBoard, a keyboard designed just for lawyers, I received a review unit. General

Trevor Noah: Trump Is Racist

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Background on the GMR/RMLC Dispute – 5 Questions on the Basics of the Controversy

Broadcast Law Blog

Commercial radio broadcasters have been seeing numerous communications over the last week about Global Music Rights (GMR) and its seemingly contentious music royalty negotiations with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC). Many stations are confused about this controversy and what it is all about. It is unrelated to the GMR controversy. _.

Handke on Intellectual Property in Creative Industries: The Economic Perspective @erasmusuni

Media Law Prof Blog

Waelde and A. Brown, eds., Cheltenham, E. Elgar, forthcoming).

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Mariah Carey Sues Over Canceled Concerts in South America

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The superstar says she called off the shows because of late payments. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Mariah Carey

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More Information on Changes to Legaltech News

Media Law

Earlier this week, this blog reported that Legaltech News, the ALM-owned legal technology magazine, will cease publishing as a stand-alone magazine and instead be published as a quarterly 24-page technology section that will appear in the magazines Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer. General ALM

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Along With Chelsea Manning, Obama Granted Hundreds Of Federal Drug Offenders Early Freedom | The Huffington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Along With Chelsea Manning, Obama Granted Hundreds Of Federal Drug Offenders Early Freedom | The Huffington Post

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FCC Extends Comment Dates on Petitions for Reconsideration of the Media Ownership Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC today announced that it is extending , by one week, the time in which to file comments on the Petitions for Reconsideration of the FCC’s decision on media ownership rules. The new deadline for comments on the reconsideration petitions is now January 24 , with reply comments now due February 3.

Manias-Muñoz on The Impact of a Legal Framework on National Film Industry: An Approach to Basque-Language Cinema @UofGlasgow

Media Law Prof Blog

Here is the

'Duck Dynasty' Creators Sue ITV for $100M, Claim Extortion

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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My Most Popular Posts of 2016

Media Law

As 2016 draws to a close,  I thought I would perform an exercise of idle curiosity and look back at which of my posts were most popular during the year. rank these based on total page views, not unique visitors. have two lists here. First I list the 10 most popular posts of […]. General

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New Orleans Scales Back Its Extensive, Expensive Bail System | FiveThirtyEight

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Earlier this week, the Vera Institute of Justice released a report showing that New Orleans’s bail system was costly for criminal defendants — and for the city, which was spending more money to jail people who couldn’t pay bail, fines and fees than it was collecting.

First Chance for New FCC to Deregulate – Abolition of Requirement to Maintain Public File of Letters from the Public About Broadcast Station Operations on January 31 Tentative Agenda

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released its tentative agenda for its January meeting , to be held on January 31. This will be the first meeting of the post-Chairman Wheeler era, and the two Republican commissioners will be in the majority for the first time in 8 years. We wrote in more detail about the FCC’s proposal to abolish this requirement, here.

Todd on Satire in Defamation Law

Media Law Prof Blog

Here is the abstract. Though defamation, with its blend

Phillip Phillips' Bombshell Talent Dispute Moves Forward Despite 'American Idol' Producer's Bankruptcy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A bankruptcy judge held that California's Talent Agencies Act issues are predominant. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

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Legaltech News To Cease Publishing As Stand-Alone Magazine

Media Law

The ALM legal technology magazine Legaltech News will cease publishing as a stand-alone magazine and instead will be published as a quarterly 24-page technology section that will appear in the magazines Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer. Legaltech News had previously been published six times a year. General ALM

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