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'STELA': Hollywood's Next Big Legislative Fight?

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Drones and Dead Rockers. Special guest: Enrico Schaefer – Episode 74

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The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment. Entertainment Law

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 045

Gordon P. Firemark

Entertainment Law Update is brought to you by Clio, the best way to manage your practice online. Anti-Paparazzi Law Passed. Show Notes.

Using Legislative Action To Protect Intellectual Property

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas, University of Florida, Warrington College of Business Administration; Business Law & Legal Studies, and Cassandra Aceves, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, have published Vanquish Copyright Pirates, Patent Trolls, and Content Counterfeiters: Protecting Intellectual Property Through Legislative Change Robert E.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 019 – Boop Boop Be Doo.

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Entertainment Law Update is brought to you by Clio, the best way to manage your practice online. is a post from: The Law Offices of Gordon P.

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 21 – Tough Cookies and Heart Attacks

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Tennessee Neftlix Law. Entertainment Law Update is brought to you by Clio, the best way to manage your practice online. Show Notes.

Federal Anti-SLAPP Legislation Proposed!

The Legal Satyricon

There is federal legislation pending that would enact a nationwide Anti-SLAPP law! I had the privilege of having some input into its content. I’m so glad that I can finally talk about this! The final version is pretty damn good. HERE IT IS! Filed under: misc.

Rogue Sites Legislation: Enter the Amendments for the 1% (Part 2)

Music Technology Policy

So how will these profiteers delay that day of reckoning again with the rogue sites legislation? Enter the amendments to the rogue sites legislation—because what causes more delay than federal copyright litigation?  If Google is For It, You Know Professional Artists Are Being Robbed. More or less than the drugs? Censorship.  court.”

Support Legislators Who Supported You

The Legal Satyricon

Jones sponsored the strongest Anti-SLAPP law in the country. If proponents of Anti-SLAPP legislation can’t make a strong showing in a small […]. Today is an important deadline in the Nevada senate race, where Justin Jones, is in a tight contest.

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Illegal Downloading and Legislative Responses

Media Law Prof Blog

Anne_Catherine Lorrain, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, University Paris-Sud 11, has published Delineating and Promoting an Online ''Legal Offer'': A Proper Task for Copyright Legislation? in volume 3(2) of the Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology

Legislators in Connecticut Agree on Broad New Gun Laws - NYTimes.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

state legislative leaders announced on Monday that they had agreed on what they called the most far-reaching gun-legislation package in the country. Legislators in Connecticut Agree on Broad New Gun Laws - NYTimes.com

Anti-Stalking Legislation In the UK

Media Law Prof Blog

Robin Callender Smith, University of London, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Law, has published Protection of Harassment Act 1997: From Anti-Stalking Crimes to Celebrity Privacy Remedies, at 5 Queen Mary Law Journal 23 (Spring 2014). Anti-stalking legislation Here is the abstract.

Secretary of State Clinton Rejects Foreign Policy Critics of Rogue Sites Legislation

Music Technology Policy

”  She further addressed the argument that the rogue sites legislation “will undermine United States foreign policy and strong support of freeexpression on the Internet around the world.”. ”    She also reaffirms that “[t]here is no contradiction between intellectual property rights protection and.

Secretary of State Clinton Rejects Foreign Policy Critics of Rogue Sites Legislation

Music Technology Policy

”  She further addressed the argument that the rogue sites legislation “will undermine United States foreign policy and strong support of freeexpression on the Internet around the world.”. ”    She also reaffirms that “[t]here is no contradiction between intellectual property rights protection and.

An Open Letter to Journalists

The Legal Satyricon

ethics imbeciles law practice misc secondary effects journalism legislative lawyering Dear Members of the Media, I sincerely appreciate all of your hard work in bringing us the news of the day. However, there is one thing you […].

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

Music Technology Policy

We are now entering the amendment phase of the rogue sites legislation–which means that those who oppose protecting the public health and American artists and the jobs they create have finally decided they can’t just say no.  There has been quite a bit of discussion about “rogue sites” legislation in the Congress. 

Examining Copyright Term Legislation

Media Law Prof Blog

Karjala, Arizona State University College of Law, has published "Judicial Review of Copyright Term Extension Legislation," at 36 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 199 (2002). Dennis S. Here is the abstract. In Eldred v. Ashcroft, the Supreme Court has

Legislation banning “crush” videos signed into law

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy Ever the free speech patriot, president Obama signed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 (ACVPA) into law earlier this month. The bill, which labels crush videos as “obscene,&# contains a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment for violating its provisions. full text here.)

Azadeh Shahshahani: Georgia Must Enact Anti-Profiling Laws

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The Legislature should pass anti-racial profiling legislation to give law enforcement agencies, policymakers and the public the tools necessary to identify and address the problem of racial profiling in the state. Vasquez now avoids certain areas of Sugar Hill where he has come to expect harassment by the police. Last month, the U.N.

Yet Another Post On SOPA (Redux/Reposted)

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However, the SOPA/ PIPA legislation , which pitted new tech against old media, requires a response. However, the legislation as drafted is bad law. If these bills became law then it would be legal for the government to shut down sites without due process. Note: Cross-posted in part from my tumblr blog.

Texas Anti-SLAPP Bill Becomes Law

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Texas joins 26 other states in passing legislation that supports a defendant’s defense of freedom of speech in civil lawsuits. The “Citizens Participation Act&# (HB 2973) , provides protections for individuals targeted with strategic lawsuits against public participation (anti-SLAPP). Blogroll freedom of expression Texas

Newly Enacted Law Removes Maximum Price Restriction on Sales of Admission Tickets to Entertainment Facilities

Film and Television Law Blog

This law would presumably help overcome that disadvantage. 2008 Nissenbaum Law Group, LLC. Tags: New Jersey Legislation

Blog Covers Endangered Species and Wetlands Law

Media Law

The Endangered Species & Wetlands Report is a blog that covers the Endangered Species Act and federal laws to protect wetlands. It covers judicial, legislative and regulatory developments related to the topic. It includes links to full-text documents, news stories and other resources. General

The MTP Interview: Indie Film Makers Jason Stall and Topper McDaniel on Producing Indie Films in the Age of Google and Rogue Sites Legislation

Music Technology Policy

We saw it on hundreds of sites being  downloaded over 25K times, so those are all potential sales we missed and unfortunately the laws need to protect us better and go after and shut these sites down once and for all.  This is an excerpt from the MTP Monthly Interview with Jason Stall and Topper McDaniel about producing independent films. 

Songwriter’s Equity Act Reintroduced – What Does It Propose?

Broadcast Law Blog

This legislative proposal is one reflection of the complaints by songwriters that they are not sufficiently compensated for the use of their music. The Act makes seemingly small changes in legislation, but those changes could have a significant impact on how rates paid to songwriters are computed.

"Do Not Track" Legislation and Data Collection in Advertising

Media Law Prof Blog

Omer Tene, College of Management, School of Law, Israel, and Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum, have published To Track or 'Do Not Track': Advancing Transparency and Individual Control in Online Behavioral Advertising. Here is the abstract. The past decade

Legislators Bury Bills That Would Expose them to Sunshine

Media Law

Many in Massachusetts do not realize that the legislature has exempted itself from the open meeting law. While most state and local boards and committees are required by law to conduct their business in public, the legislature has no such requirement. Two bills that would have changed that have effectively been killed. Jennifer M.

UK Government May Re-Draft Child Actor Legislation

Media Law Prof Blog

The UK is re-examining child actor laws as reality shows gain in popularity. More here

Legislation Would Help Save the Paper Boy (and Girl)

Media Law

Legislation to address this issue is badly needed. 2004 change to Massachusetts law eliminated the traditional "right to control" test used to determine whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor. This makes virtually any freelancer an employee under the law if the freelancer's work has any relation to the business.

History of Orphan Works Legislation: Corporate Theft Video

Music Technology Policy

All artists should be aware of these issues and the way that companies like Google intends to twist the law to their benefit.  This is a great video that was made at the time of Google’s last big effort to jam through an orphan works regime.  And it won’t just be Google. Why is this not a paranoid prediction? 

Lessig on Colbert: Congressional copyright legislation is an 'idiot issue'

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Colbert on Lessig's charge that copyright laws "are turning our kids into criminals": "Isn't that like saying arson laws are turning our kids into pyromaniacs?" (15:50). Lessig -- apparently in all seriousness, though I'm not 100% sure -- says that such a "remix" would be OK because "we're joint copyright owners."

Andean Information Network » Blog Archive » Conflict and Consensus: The Anti-Racism and Discrimination Law in Bolivia; Part I: Content and Justification of the Legislation

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Andean Information Network » Blog Archive » Conflict and Consensus: The Anti-Racism and Discrimination Law in Bolivia; Part I: Content and Justification of the Legislation On October 8, Bolivian President Evo Morales signed the “Law against Racism and all Forms of Discrimination” (O45) into effect.

JSTOR: What is it Good For?

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Copyright Cyber/Tech For Law Profs Public DomainSwartz is facing 35 years behind bars for allegedly cracking JSTOR. Photo: Demand Progress).

New California Law Impacts Use of Information from Minors, Offers Right to Delete

New Media and Technology Law

Law Targets Sites and Mobile Apps Directed to Minors, Offers “Online Eraser”     . Still others contended that federal law contains a gap that fails to offer privacy protections for teenage users. That is not the only expansion of COPPA presented by this new law.  The law will come into effect on January 1, 2015.

NYTimes: North Carolina Exemplifies National Battles Over Voting Laws

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

NYTimes: North Carolina Exemplifies National Battles Over Voting Laws "A high-profile lawsuit is taking on a voter identification law and other voting changes. There are four other suits challenging North Carolina’s congressional or state legislative districts on racial grounds.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 34 – Publiciity, Politicians, Godfathers and more…

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Libel Tourism Law Passes!

The Legal Satyricon

That can’t be a coincidence, because he is the Congressional King of Free Speech legislation. Cohen sponsored HR 2765, the Libel Tourism bill, and Obama signed it into law on Tuesday. The new law now protects Americans from defamation judgments [.]. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) represents the people of Memphis, TN.

Crying Wolf: Is San Francisco’s New Cell Phone Law Based on Fear or Science?

JetLawBlog

San Francisco has once again waded into a controversial debate by passing novel legislation. Reaction to the law has been mixed.

Venture Capitalists and Rx Activists Speak Out Against the PROTECT IP Act

Digital Media Law

Opposition to the PROTECT IP Act – Hollywood-supported legislation intended to reduce content piracy and block counterfeit goods – is growing among the tech community, with a letter blasting the bill released Thursday by more than fifty venture capitalists from forty firms that have funded many top Internet companies.

Orphan Works in the UK: Photographers standing against overreaching orphan works laws

Music Technology Policy

Visual artsts are the ones who are most affected by these laws, and they founded a campaign in the UK called “ Stop43 “, a reference to the bizarre section of the Digital Economy Act that would have handed Google all the free content they could steal.  Stop43 has a short recap of their history online that is well worth reading.