Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

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It should not be lost on any artist that what Google really wants is to destroy the ability of individual artists to organize and fight back collectively when their life’s work is stolen.  If you ever doubted that premise, doubt it no longer.  Which is, of course, why it is a shabby proposition.  The Authors Guild sued in 2005.

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'Hobbit' Affair Still Rankles NZ Unions

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As fans of The Hobbit scanned the red carpet at the film’s premiere in Wellington last night, some New Zealand activists are still bitter about the outcome of a failed unionization attempt in 2010, even as NZ Actors Equity is finally making progress in negotiations with the country’s producers association. Normal. 0. false. false. false.

A “New” Entertainment Union - And a Possible Name

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The union makes clear that any such effort will encompass all of its members, and emphasizes that the goal is “creating one media and entertainment union for all actors, performers and broadcast journalists.” Joining SAG and AFTRA to create a single union is essential to performers’ maximizing their power. Not necessarily.

The Future for Television: More Google Union-Busting

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Google Backed Netcoalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. This flyer was circulated by the Net Coaltion lobby shop in Washington recently.  As you will see it clearly refers to a “host of union thugs” who had the temerity to oppose Net Coalition backer Google and other giant consumer electronics companies. 

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Mr. “Don’t Be Evil” has a new one: YCombinator Says “Kill Hollywood” Starting with the Unions

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What we really need to “kill” are the two institutions that have protected artists for 100 years: talent agents and unions

Basic Cable Clarification & Details

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Sources close to both unions confirmed that there have been emails and conversations between the two unions, with one source implying that these informal communications have been between the National Executive Directors of the two organizations, David White (SAG) and Kim Roberts Hedgepeth (AFTRA).

Controversy Still Surrounds Google Book Project

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to move forward with its plan to scan millions of books and make them available on an online database. That’s a problem.&#. Image Source.

SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

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Ratification ballots will go out to the members of both unions next week, with a return date in mid-May. Back to the tentative TV/theatrical deal: Critically, this deal would expire on June 30, 2011, effectively synchronizing it with the Writers Guild, Directors Guild and AFTRA (smaller actors union) deals. higher than SAG’s.

SAG TV/Theatrical Contract Ratified Overwhelmingly, 78%-22%

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Tomorrow morning I will be contacting the elected leadership of the other talent unions with the hope of beginning a series of pre-negotiation summit meetings in preparation for 2011. This concludes a two-year negotiating process that has resulted in agreements with all major Hollywood Guilds and Unions. percent to 29.30 percent to 14.26

SAG’s Strange Voyage

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That appears to violate an agreement between the two unions that prohibits disparagement and raiding. Rejection will plunge the union and the AMPTP—the alliance that represents studios and producers—back into stalemate, once again adrift in uncharted nebulas. That one will pass easily, as there’s no organized opposition.

IATSE and Teamsters Reach Mutual Assistance Pact

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The move represents a major change from the previously frosty relationship between the two unions. The pact sets out how the unions will address organizing efforts, deal with jurisdictional issues and establishes new lines of communication aimed at strengthening the relationship. IATSE represents most below the line crew.

SAG-AFTRA Ratify Advertising Agreement; SAG Townhall Features Fireworks

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SAG and AFTRA announced yesterday that their combined paid-up membership, about 132,000 members, overwhelmingly ratified the contracts between the unions and the advertising industry. The result was expected, as there was no organized opposition. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

The Register: Google Buzz Settlement Pays “organizations that are currently paid by [Defendant] to lobby for or to consult for the company”.

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The article notes that the Google settlement involved “cy pres” payments to “independent” groups often called “watchdogs” like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  Kind of like Google Books, but without the messy scanning. Why that particular faculty? Nothing.

Canard du jour: Do residuals make you lazy? If the age of privacy is over, is the age of royalties over, too?

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One of the common misapprehensions one hears from the “music/facts/books/news/movies/games are like water” crowd is that creators don’t deserve the royalties and residuals for which their unions and they fought for so long.  How Did We Ever Get Along Without Him. million to fund Lessig’s pet Creative Commons.

A New Scholarly Journal of Law and Courts

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Klein,  an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia an author of the 2002 book, Making Law in the United States Courts of Appeals.

California Labor Federation Endorses 'Biggest Loser' Strike

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million union members; it's unknown what additional steps the organization may take to support the strikers. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Group represents 2.1 Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -.

Ratification of Teamsters / Basic Crafts Contract Complete

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Ratification by those unions was expected and, indeed, the AMPTP said today that the last of those just ratified their contract. The two sides reached a fair deal with gains in wages, benefits and other terms for the unions while recognizing the current economic realities of the industry. 40, Plumbers, Local No.

Hollywood Labor: SAG Source Says a Strike Unlikely, Joint SAG-AFTRA Bargaining Likely; and the Year Ahead

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A SAG strike in the upcoming negotiating cycle is “difficult to envision,” a source from SAG’s moderate faction, Unite for Strength, told me, though he/she cautioned that avoiding one will require that management negotiate reasonably and he/she wouldn’t take the strike option off the table (as, indeed, no union could). 3.5%) behind AFTRA.

Big Tech Has Become Way Too Powerful: Google Is Playing By the Rules They Make

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Google is heading into a major fight with antitrust officials in the European Union for some of the same reasons the F.T.C. The F.T.C. Hesse?

The Unelected: Lessig taking shots at artists again

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Once again, Lessig is trying to position himself both as a friend of artists and of copyright.  He is a friend of neither. Trade Representative.

Joshua Johnson’s KQED Forum on Rogue Sites

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Darryl Issa joining briefly. 1.  Nobody Died From Rogue Sites :   This is actually not true.  An unknown number of consumers have suffered and possibly died from purchasing prescription drugs online.  One example:  Ryan Haight. Senator Califano, Jr. Google ignored this letter. 2.  500,000,000 of the stockholders’ money.  Half a billion. 

Nipper, the EFF and the Badges: Triangulating their master’s voice

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Unless you refer to meeting at Caribou Coffee for an off the books meeting in your off the books emails that you get caught with.

No More Sounds of Silence on the Music Composition Front?

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Union scale, that is (or, even better, above scale). One of the few non-unionized sectors of Hollywood, composers and lyricists - the people who write music (as opposed to musicians, the people who perform it) - are now in talks with the Teamsters for representation. Everyone knows that composers and lyricists makes scales.

It gets you a meeting: How Google Music Failed to Deliver

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Given Apple’s anticipated announcement of its fully licensed cloud music service in a few days, the Google Music negotiation team must be under tremendous pressure to explain away their failure to close even one license.  The latest revision of the narrative as dutifully reported (or regurgitated) is that Google offered the major labels (i.e.,

Nipper, the EFF and the Badges: Triangulating their master’s voice

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And for Ben Scott to try to get a line inserted in the State of the Union address by the President of the United States  (“SOTU”).

Google’s Guide to RICO

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And you know, here in the United States we already have a law on the books, time tested and used all the time that handles just this situation.

The Unelected: Lessig taking shots at artists again

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Is it any wonder that people like Lessig who come from a non-union background would be immediately critical of artists who prefer to have the protection of their elected union officials advocating their views to Congress, or elected  songwriter representatives taking the public heat for criticizing Lessig and his Creative Commons? 

AFTRA Board Approves Joint Bargaining With SAG

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In a statement, AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon cited “productive discussions with our counterparts at Screen Actors Guild” and added, “I look forward to continuing our work with SAG President Ken Howard and the leadership and members of our sister union as we move forward to bargain the strongest possible contracts for professional talent.”

Intermission in the First Act of The Fetishism and Cognitive Dissonance of the Singularity

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As Jaron Lanier wrote of hive mind collectivism, “It’s not hard to see why the fallacy of collectivism has become so popular in big organizations: If the principle is correct, then individuals should not be required to take on risks or responsibilities. Not a government , but government altogether.

A Royal Flush: The Poker Prof and his Full House React to the Protect IP Act–Part 1

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Consumers Union of US, Inc.,  466 US 485 (1984); and United States v. Yes, you guessed it.  The Poker Prof. Lofgren but not Rep. Smith?).

Reader Question of the Week 3/14/09: Interview with Randy Himes of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists

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There are two principle unions in the music industry, the American Federation of Musicians (" AFM ") and the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists (" AFTRA "). AFTRA is a member of the AFL-CIO , which is the largest federation of unions in the United States with over 10 million members. Virginia, 377 U.S. 1 (1964)).

WGA Awards Fete Slumdog, Milk, Mad Men, 30 Rock

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Dustin Lance Black won the award for best original screenplay for Milk. Sarah Silverman provided a touch of elegance.

Rogue Sites Legislation: Enter the Amendments for the 1% (Part 1)

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Well, they would be happy to, once you get a final nonappealable judgment from the highest court on a case by case basis for each pill, movie, song or book. Now they will try to amend to death that which they can’t othewise kill. Rogue Sites—what’s the problem? law enforcement. The rogue site uses U.S. What’s the problem, you say? 

Mellencamp Is Right, Brand-Supported Piracy Screws Songwriters AGAIN: Snakes in the Grass, @McDonalds, Google and Other Species of Vermin

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They are an SEO dream.  (Why do you think that Google tried to sneak song lyrics into the Google Books settlement ?). pirates.  for his crimes.

SAG Moves towards Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

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Phase One is the 1981 agreement between the two unions under which they have jointly bargained with the studios for almost three decades, with the notable exception of 2007-2009. White updated the board on new institutional and member service initiatives including a revitalized organizing strategy and program.

Update: Joshua Johnson’s KQED Forum on Rogue Sites

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Aside from the fact that statements like these are directly contradicted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  and by First Amendment authority Floyd Abrams , it should be clear to everyone now that this is a tactic by Google and others to wrap themselves in the First Amendment with new found friends the American Civil Liberties Union

SAG-AFTRA Joint Bargaining: AFTRA Hesitates, Slightly; and More

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One is that AFTRA is continuing with an organizing training program in all Locals whose purpose, I’m told, is to build strength at the bargaining table in AFTRA’s existing areas or jurisdiction, including by increasing AFTRA’s share of work in a variety of areas. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets.

The MTP Interview: Randy Himes of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists

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AFTRA is part of the coalition of labor unions and guilds (including the AFL-CIO) supporting rogue sites legislation in the US Congress]. There are two principle unions in the music industry, the American Federation of Musicians (“ AFM “) and the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists (“ AFTRA “).

Justice Sotomayor's Views on Copyright--is her reversal in Tasini instructive?

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Underlying all of the conflict between the technology business and the creative community is one essential truth--the technology business is owned by rich people getting richer and avoiding giving workers rights and dodging unions like the plague. Organize Google. The plaintiffs in the Tasini case were 'authors'.people

The Delay’s The Thing: April Fools and the Google Antitrust Case at the European Commission

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John Irving was once asked how he came up with his novels.  He said that after he finished one book, he would keep a journal.  It would be very detailed and document every single thing that he observed or happened to him every day.  And then one day he was writing his next book. This post is not a joke, by the way.)  Think again.