AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

Digital Media Law

Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. The retirement plan is said to have lost $2-3 million because of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the bank. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG Board Meeting Starts

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board meeting began this morning at 9:00 a.m. Spotted among the hardline group were Ed Asner and National Board member Frances Fisher. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. The leafleting was not.

DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. The deal, which provides for 2% annual pay increases and a one-time 1.5% boost in pension and health, will soon go to the membership for ratification, with a ballot return date in January.

Lawyer Blogs His ‘Island Paradise’ Life

Media Law

Through his blog, The Island Attorney , he writes about the day-to-day life of a lawyer in paradise. ” Lorfing is a 2009 graduate of St.

SAG National Board Unanimously Moves Towards Merger with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The move today was SAG’s, whose national board has now unanimously established a merger taskforce to work with AFTRA to develop “a formal plan to unite SAG and AFTRA members in one union,” in the words of a SAG statement. The goal is ambitious: to have a plan for approval by the two unions’ national boards in January 2012.

SAG National Board Candidates Announced

Digital Media Law

SAG yesterday released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national board elections. Notably, all of the open seats in LA (the Hollywood Division) are held by MembershipFirst members, which means that, as was the case last year, MF can at best maintain its level of representation on the national board. Clancy Brown (MF) 2.

Understanding Music Royalties – Congressional Research Service Releases Summary of the Law, While DOJ Asks for More Comments on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decree Reform

Broadcast Law Blog

While we try to provide some explanations of some of those issues on this Blog, I wanted to point to a couple of other resources available to address some of these issues and to, hopefully, help make some of those issues understandable. The new request for comment by the DOJ demonstrates just how difficult these issues can be. 

SAG Board Meeting Grinds On Into the Night

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board meeting, which began about 9:00 a.m. As I left, food arrived, suggesting more long hours for the sleep-deprived board, including the jet-lagged New Yorkers and regional (RBD) members. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. and end as a “hard out” (i.e.,

It’s Our Anniversary – A Decade of the Broadcast Law Blog

Broadcast Law Blog

The blog was recently profiled on Lexblog Leaders , relaying some of the stories about readers that I have discovered, and I have many more such stories.  When we first started the blog, I don’t think that I was sure how it would turn out.  About this Blog Appearances Uncategorized Website Issues broadcast law blog

AFTRA Board Approves Joint Bargaining With SAG

Digital Media Law

At a videoconference meeting today in New York and LA, AFTRA’s national board unanimously voted to approve joint bargaining with SAG for the Primetime Television Contract and the SAG TV/theatrical contract. The AFTRA press release is below. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

AFTRA board member accused of running SAGWatch

Digital Media Law

Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. For details, see my THR piece: [link]. ——————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Check out my residuals chart there too.

SAG-AFTRA Joint Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. A ballot referendum recommending ratification will soon go out to members, for return by mid-January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Check out my residuals chart there too.

WGA Candidates for President and Board Announced

Digital Media Law

Current WGA West president Patric Verrone is running for one of the open board seats, but not for president (I believe there are term limits). For more details, see the press release below. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Weiss. Rodman (inc.), Patric M.

SAG: Four Hardline Horsemen in the National Board Room

Digital Media Law

Yet, strangely enough, the leaders of the losing hardline faction will all find seats on the national board, and will continue to be a shadow government within the union’s Hollywood board—a board on which, in contrast, none of the key moderate leaders will be voting members. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Three Membership First Candidates Elected to AFTRA Boards

Digital Media Law

Many candidates were reelected, but new winners include two Membership First leaders—SAG 1 st VP Anne-Marie Johnson (AFTRA national board) and former SAG Hollywood Board member David Jolliffe (AFTRA Los Angeles local board)—as well as Membership First member Alan Ruck (AFTRA national board).

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It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles Arrival in the US – Why Are Their Songs Still Missing on Some On-Demand Music Services?

Broadcast Law Blog

Appearances Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights On Line Media compulsory license copyright royalty board interactive music royalties mechanical royalty performance complement statutory license But go to many of the interactive or on-demand music services, like Spotify, and search for Beatles music, and what will you find?  

Live 365 Files Suit Over Constitutionality of Copyright Royalty Board

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Blog of Legal Times: the Internet radio service Live 365 has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Copyright Royalty Board is unconstitutional. The company says that those who sit on the board have such authority that they should

AFTRA Moves Closer to Merger With SAG

Digital Media Law

For the first time, the union’s national board votes on the current merger attempt, passing a key resolution “overwhelmingly”; the measure includes a statement that AFTRA leadership is “encouraged by the renewed interest expressed by SAG’s current leadership.”. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

SAG Continues Down Path to Merger with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The union’s board allocates additional funding for task force working on merger; SAG president Ken Howard praises yesterday’s AFTRA resolution regarding merger. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast: Ken Davenport

Gordon P. Firemark

His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com , has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more.

Lafayette Theater Shooter Fan of David Duke, Neo-Nazis, and Antigovernment Conspiracies — Hatewatch Blog — Medium

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

“Look within yourselves.”

A New Home for the Broadcast Law Blog

Broadcast Law Blog

About 6 years ago, I started the Broadcast Law Blog, with a colleague now at the FCC, while at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. want to thank that firm for the support that they gave to me and the Blog, which has allowed its readership to grow to heights that I hardly could have imagined when it was started.

New Site Puts Spotlight on Exemplary Lawyers

Media Law

Each month, the site will feature one attorney, generally from a solo or small firm, nominated and selected by a legal advisory board. Rodney S.

Unsolicited praise post

The Legal Satyricon

For now, here’s two: Philly Law Blog, www.phillylawblog.com Disclaimer: I have come to use the blog’s writers, Jordan and Leo, as a sounding board for various ideas and talk with them one or two times a week. Blog Loot! blog recommendationsDeVoy I am capable of liking things.

Unsolicited praise post

The Legal Satyricon

For now, here’s two: Philly Law Blog, www.phillylawblog.com Disclaimer: I have come to use the blog’s writers, Jordan and Leo, as a sounding board for various ideas and talk with them one or two times a week. Blog Loot! blog recommendationsDeVoy I am capable of liking things.

Copyright Royalty Board Announces Settlement between Sirius and SoundExchange for New Subscription Services Packaged with Cable and Satellite Video – How Different Royalty Standards Result in Different Royalty Rates

Broadcast Law Blog

Nor does it have to do with the royalties payable for Sirius’ primary satellite radio service, which were just upheld by the Court of Appeals (see our article here ).  How did this happen? Is this difference all a result of the standard being used, or are there business differences in the services provided? 

Bar Suspends Law Clerk Who Sold Term Papers

Media Law

In a post I wrote in November 2009 at Legal Blog Watch,  Appeals Court Lawyer ‘Traffics’ in Term Papers , I told you about Damian R. The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers suspended Bonazzoli from law practice for six months, Herman reports. Herman and published in the fall 2009 issue of  CommonWealth magazine. General

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SAG National Executive Director Firing – How it Went Down

Digital Media Law

The SAG board’s moderate majority fired National Executive Director Doug Allen today by using a document signed by board members and called a “written assent.” Monday morning, a group of board members went to SAG’s LA headquarters. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. copy of the email is below. See below.

SAG - Hardliners Successful

Digital Media Law

As of earlier this afternoon, a source inside the room tells me Membership First beat back the majority (composed of moderates) on the SAG Board and prevented passage of a resolution that would have removed Doug Allen as Chief Negotiator and dissolved the Negotiating Committee and rescinded the Strike Authorization Vote.

Media Law - Untitled Article

Media Law

Notably, she covers not just the workaday wordsmithery of briefs and memoranda, but also gives guidance for writing letters, emails and blogs.

Who Owns an Employee's Twitter and Other Online Accounts?

New Media and Technology Law

Whose Blog Is It Anyway? But Kremer was ousted from the group’s board of directors following a dispute over the group’s policies. The group’s remaining board members filed suit against Kremer in Georgia state court. In the three cases discussed below, organizations learned that lesson the hard way. 113474 (N.D.

5 Things Broadcasters Should Know About SoundExchange Music Royalties

Broadcast Law Blog

The recent Copyright Royalty Board decision (see my summary here ) setting the rates to be paid by Internet radio operators to SoundExchange for the rights to publicly perform sound recordings (a particular recording of a song as performed by an artist or band) still raises many questions. Thus, repeating the basics can still be important.

Here We Go Again - Copyright Royalty Board Announces Date for Filing to Particpate in Proceeding to Set Webcasting Royalties for 2011-2015

Broadcast Law Blog

As we've written extensively on this blog, the statutory royalty allows an Internet radio station to use any publicly released recording of a song without the permission of the copyright owner (usually the record company) or the artist who is recorded, as long as the station's owner pays the royalty - currently collected by SoundExchange.

Adele Proves Again that Spotify Needs Hits but Hits Don’t Need Spotify

Music Technology Policy

Not even an astroturfed trolling comment from a Spotify message board.  I wonder why. What You Won’t See on Spotify.

4 ways do-it-yourself-ers mess up trademark applications

Gordon P. Firemark

Anthony Verna is an Intellectual Property lawyer in New Jersey, and he's written a blog post outlining four of the most common mistakes made in trademark registrations. I'm frequently asked by clients to help them "fix" defective applications for trademark registration, after the U.S. Here's the link to his article.

Basic Cable Clarification & Details

Digital Media Law

As part of the Basic Cable Live Action agenda item, the SAG National Board voted to explore the possibility of coordinated bargaining with AFTRA in the area of live action basic cable programming. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Sources close to AFTRA and SAG have corrected me on this—and provided more details.

Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

Digital Media Law

Remember the lawsuit that former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First members (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed against their own union? The president is not up, but 1/3 of the board is. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or maybe not.

SAG Moves towards Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board yesterday passed a resolution, by a surprising 82% to 18% vote, directing the guild’s president and National Executive Director to “seek engagement with AFTRA in a joint bargaining agreement for negotiation of the Television/Theatrical Contract,” as quoted in a SAG press release.

SoundExchange Seeks Permission to Distribute Royalties Based on Proxy Information

Broadcast Law Blog

As we've written many times on this blog, SoundExchange collects royalties from digital music services , including satellite radio, cable radio and webcasters, for the performance of sound recordings (i.e. recording of a song by a particular artist). The CRB has asked for comments on that proposal. Comments are due on May 19.

Lawsuit Blocks SAG Negotiations

Digital Media Law

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Guild’s hardline-dominated Hollywood Board took place tonight from 6:30-10:15 p.m. The MF-ers worked from a sheet of prepared questions, and different MF board members asked various questions. In contrast, Unite for Strength spokesman Ned Vaughn did most or all of the talking for UFS board members.