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Author Sues Universal Over Musical Theater Adaptation of 'October Sky'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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Why theatre authors are more powerful than screenwriters.

Gordon P. Firemark

Authors in theatre enjoy privileges and approval rights not held by their screenwriting brethren. Practical Approaches. Conclusion.

Asked & Answered: What obligations when author is dead and publisher can’t be found?

Gordon P. Firemark

Often, when companies go out of business, they sell or transfer their assets, so it’s important to investigate carefully.

Two Books Help Lawyers Get LinkedIn

Media Law

The Knapp/Dayton book sells for $69, while the Kennedy/Shields book is $34.95 (or $19.95 for LPM Section members). Make it interesting.”

Why is there a Google Books? Part 1: Machine Translations and Customer X

Music Technology Policy

It’s worth taking a longer look at exactly what Google Books is and who it may be meant to serve. book on Peter F. Perhaps dozens. 

Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” by Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

But the rioting in London is really the stuff of the Internet made flesh, a virtual tableau come to life.  So this is as good a time as any to mention Robert Levine’s book, Free Ride, currently the subject of the Two Minutes Hate on the Internet.  For this reason alone Free Ride is an important book for policy makers to keep close by.

Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” by Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

But the rioting in London is really the stuff of the Internet made flesh, a virtual tableau come to life.  So this is as good a time as any to mention Robert Levine’s book, Free Ride, currently the subject of the Two Minutes Hate on the Internet. For this reason alone Free Ride is an important book for policy makers to keep close by.

Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” by Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

But the rioting in London is really the stuff of the Internet made flesh, a virtual tableau come to life.  So this is as good a time as any to mention Robert Levine’s book, Free Ride, currently the subject of the Two Minutes Hate on the Internet. For this reason alone Free Ride is an important book for policy makers to keep close by.

Judge Dismisses Authors Guild Suit Against Google

Media Law Prof Blog

District Court Judge Denny Chin has dismissed the Authors Guild lawsuit against Google, ruling that the search engine company''s practice of displaying parts of books as part of its Google Books Project does not violate the plaintiffs'' copyright

Google e-Book Takeover Still Struggling, but Not Stopping

JetLawBlog

It appears that in the very near future, when you snuggle up in bed with a good book, you may be snuggling up with your computer as well. Maybe.

Canadian Authors Oppose Google Book Settlement: The Smartest Guys in the Room Can't Handle the Truth--AGAIN

Music Technology Policy

In the latest round of Google's "make me" litigation strategy, the biggest bully in the schoolyard is confronted by yet another group of angry authors opposed to Google's wholesale landgrab of the works of civilization. As the Canadian authors so correctly point out: "As a state party to NAFTA, the U.S. If the U.S.

Google's author of books settlement jumps ship to Twitter while DOJ investigates his deal

Music Technology Policy

Talk about your getting while the getting's good.Paid Content reports that the chief architect of the Google Books settlement is leaving the company to take a general counsel job at Twitter. And oh, by the way, if you're a fan of Google Books, you'll love this story in the Independent: " Two weeks to save Britain's book trade

SAG Presidential Candidate: I'll Seek Strike Authorization Next Year if Elected

Digital Media Law

In an open conference call today, SAG VP and presidential candidate Anne-Marie Johnson said she will seek a strike authorization next year, before the mandated early negotiations next fall, if she’s elected. All content companies – management, in other words - are being squeezed by technology, and labor is not exempt. What a fizzle.

9 Tips to keep your podcast legal

Gordon P. Firemark

Copyright is a “bundle of rights” belonging to the “author” of a work of expression. ” 9 Tips to keep your podcast legal. Get permission.

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Why is the New York Times Coverage on Artist Rights So Oddly Inconsistent?

Music Technology Policy

Here is the author’s thesis: But starting with [Lars] Ulrich’s [2000] testimony [in the Napster case and hearings], a new complaint has taken center stage, one that flips those older objections on their heads. People didn’t stop buying books, they just stopped buying them from booksellers. You know:  Fire good, Napster bad.

Sergey Brin, Monopsonist Book Enthusiast

Music Technology Policy

If you’ve been following the Google Books settlement debacle, you know that there are some serious questions about what are probably inaccurately referred to as orphan works, but what are probably more accurately called “Google Orphans.” That’s not an objection from a company, that’s from the French Republic. country. How about this?

Why Can’t Songwriters Audit? A Brief Guide to Statutory Audits Under the U.S. Copyright Act

Music Technology Policy

An interested copyright party or an authorized representative. BLANCHE. From A Streetcar Named Desire , by Tennessee Williams. Copyright Act.

Authors Guild explains stance on new Kindle 2; muddies the waters

Copyrights & Campaigns

The Authors Guild has released a statement attempting to clarify an earlier quotation from its executive director, Paul Aiken, suggesting that the text-to-speech "read-to-me" feature of the new Kindle 2 violates authors' copyrights. Audiobooks surpassed $1 billion in sales in 2007; e-book sales are just a small fraction of that.

Google Fouls Up Again: Google Book Search is a Disaster for Scholars AND Copyright Owners

Music Technology Policy

Google's Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars. We've become accustomed to librarians and academics uncritically fawning over the disaster that is Google Books (especially those privileged librarians among the sovereign ly immune), yet give this one by Professor Geoffrey Nunberg a read: "Start with publication dates. book on Peter F.

The Wall of Shame Diaspora Jumps the Pond: UK Authors Speak Out on Brand-Supported Piracy

Music Technology Policy

This issue has come up in the shareholder suit against Google over the $500 million fine the company paid for advertising illegal drugs. Danuta Kean’s Action Plan for Authors. Welcome to the Diaspora. Yet users of the sites are induced to download whatever is available on them. They require vast servers to host stolen content.

Five Lies In YouTube’s Spin on Content ID

Music Technology Policy

The claiming companies in reach of “independents” necessarily have to take a larger share of a smaller revenue stream in order to operate.

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More Bunk from the CCIA: What do Derek Jeter, Tom Adams and Ari Emanuel have in common?

Music Technology Policy

If you think that the movie, television, recording, book and newspaper businesses think that they are in the “fair use” business, think again.  But even if you did believe that these companies receive some small benefit from the fair use defense, wouldn’t you think that the benefit to the U.S. The CCIA Study. Ah, yes.  Of course. 

Homeless Military Widow: “My heart is sad for my teenager”

Digital Media Law

She had both not long ago, but she got laid off, unemployment ran out, and the mortgage company took her home. Until earlier this week, even Cindy’s memories of her husband were at risk: almost everything she and Evan own is in storage, and the storage company threatened to auction the contents of her unit for non-payment. He did.

For Legal Professionals, the Internet Has Come a Long Way, But Still Has a Long Way to Go

Media Law

You still needed to use a dial-up terminal or hard-copy books in the library. And there have been some attempts to create legal treatises and encyclopedias using the wiki group-authoring format. Attempts at collaborative authoring among legal professionals seem to hit dead ends. After 17 years, I'm calling it quits. Ways to Go.

The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations The New York Times May 1, 2005 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations By FAREED ZAKARIA THE WORLD IS FLAT A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. The book is done in Friedman's trademark style. By Thomas L.

The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations The New York Times May 1, 2005 'The World Is Flat': The Wealth of Yet More Nations By FAREED ZAKARIA THE WORLD IS FLAT A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. The book is done in Friedman's trademark style. By Thomas L.

Why music publishers (and their licensees) should care about the Google Books Settlement

Music Technology Policy

I've been trying to beat the drum on the importance of the Google Books settlement for a while (see chez Reg "Is Google's Culture Grab Unstoppable?"). This is the "license" that allows the titles to get into Google Books. newspapers, magazines, journals) publishing companies that own a U.S. What's a "Book"? Now come on.

How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

Music Technology Policy

May, 2015 : Google, Pandora and companies with market cap over $2 trillion form MIC Coalition to lobby against songwriters. Hakim Jeffries, Rep.

Is The Music Industry Really Broken?

The Digital Lowdown

Without minimizing the role of companies like YouTube or Spotify, one oft-forgotten factor is that the barriers to entry are now completely gone. The same situation is already at play in the book world. Authors, too, no longer have any barriers to self-publish their ebooks. When I drive down Sunset Blvd. Simply amazing. Music

Hot Girls, Lawsuits, Defamation, and Douchebags

JetLawBlog

According to their complaint , the three girls had their pictures taken by a company named CLUBITUP while they were out at a club. Image Source.

Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, Copyright Protection and Trademarks

Current Trends

Also visit the Conan Doyle Estate website to see which Sherlock Holmes projects have been “licensed” or “authorized.”

Entertainment Law Update Podcast #46 – Top Ten Stories of 2013 – Forecast 2014

Gordon P. Firemark

Google Books. Background: In 2011, Fox Searchlight Interns Alex Footman and Eric Glatt brought suit against the company. Show Notes.

Copyright Registration Checklist Scripts or completed Motion Pictures

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Which persons or companies currently own the script? If a company, give full legal name and state of incorporation. Is the author (owner) a U.S. Is this script original or based on another work (like a book)? Either individuals or a company). Is the author (owner) a U.S. Are there any alternative titles?

Google blows it again: Which is more insulting? That they say it, or that they think we will believe it?

Music Technology Policy

It would appear that Google is starting to crack under the pile of opposition coming from European authors--don't you believe it. Such books can only be displayed to US users if expressly authorised by rights holders.'” How about the Canadians? Also a stunning--although expected--lack of consideration for the authors. Japanese?

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 13

Gordon P. Firemark

Eli Stone” series not an infringement of books with character Ely Stone. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Fleeting Expletives.

Rachael Ray Wins Trademark Battle Over Her Name

JetLawBlog

Ray is the star of the popular talk show, “ Rachael Ray, “ and the author of many classic cookbooks such as 30 Minute Meals and Yum O!

Jean Michel Jarre: ‘Don’t forget that us creators are the smart part in a smartphone’ by @Helienne Lindvall

Music Technology Policy

We should stop thinking that Google, Facebook and those kinds of companies are our enemies. Firstly, through authors’ societies.

Trickle Down Innovation Alert: Mr. Pandora the secret union buster

Music Technology Policy

According to Business Week : Google attorney Daralyn Durie told Judge Denny Chin in federal court in Manhattan that authors and photographers would be better off fending for themselves because their circumstances varied widely, especially since the copyright issue for authors involves the display of small snippets of text. That time.

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Artist Rights are Human Rights

Music Technology Policy

These discussions frequently center on the intellectual property rights of copyright or patent accorded to creators but often assigned to private companies. Newspapers, books, motion pictures and television are all feeling the onslaught of Google, its fellow travelers and their defenders. by Chris Castle. human rights treaties.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 045

Gordon P. Firemark

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird is back in court. Show Notes. AEG Not Liable in Michael Jackson’s Death, Jury Finds. AEG Live.