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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.

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.

AFTRA Investigation Finds No Misconduct by Board Member Over SAGWatch Site

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 union's outside counsel determines that David Browde did not violate non-disparagement or confidentiality rules and is not an owner or editor of the site. Details: The Hollywood Reporter.

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Voting on party lines, a sharply divided SAG board approved the tentative deal with the studios yesterday by a vote of about 53% to 47%. On a personal note, I had a surreal experience outside yesterday’s board meeting. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. The board passed the below motion shortly after 4:00 p.m.

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.

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

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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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.,

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

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.

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.

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

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

“Look within yourselves.”

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.

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.

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? 

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.

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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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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?  

Entertainment Law Update Podcast 032 – Lawyers, Libel, Logos and Lolipops

Gordon P. Firemark

The 11th Circuit recently decided the case of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees v. Defamation Law Blog: [link]. In the Butt?

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New Service Helps You Vet Expert Witnesses

Media Law

References in news, blogs and social media. By way of disclaimer, you will see if you visit the Expert Witness Profiler website that I am on the company’s advisory board. More specifically, the profile includes: Testimonial history. Challenge (Daubert/Frye) history. Disciplinary history. Professional background. Publications.

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.

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.

Housework. And sex keeps selling (but you knew that).

Trademark, Copyright, and Entertainment Law Forum

In the meanwhile, the blog (oh, how I hate that word) did receive a few accolades and I would like to acknowledge them now. LexisNexis recognized this blog in its Trademark and Copyright Law Centers. Just look for this blog in the "Top Blog" page just off the centers' main web pages.

JLH on Forbes.com

Digital Media Law

Just a note (or point of personal privilege, as I guess some SAG board members are wont to say): my blogging now appears on Forbes.com's The Biz Blog. Check it out - or keep reading me here, since everything I write for Forbes.com will also be posted here.

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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.

It’s Their Web: Google’s land grab with the new gTLDs for.music,film,movie,book

Music Technology Policy

The key example is former ICANN Chairman of the Board Peter Dengate Thrush. Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss. But it doesn’t matter.

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.

DGA and Studios Reach Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

However, union will not release details until Wednesday board meeting. 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. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.