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Judge Allows Copyright Claims Over Technology Used on Disney's 'Avengers'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Disney, Paramount and Fox must contend with a lawsuit over "stolen" technology. The judge looks at past piracy cases and finds this situation more comparable to Napster than Google. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Law, Borders, and Speech Conference 2017

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Law, Borders, and Speech Conference: Proceedings and Materials (2017). Here is the abstract. Tensions between national law and the Internet’s global architecture have existed since the network’s earliest days. They took on new urgency in recent years, with developments like

AT&T-Time Warner Merger Gains Judge's Approval

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The blockbuster ruling comes in a historic antitrust case that will impact the future of the entertainment and media landscape. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Spotify’s Latest Wrong Turn: Direct Licenses With Managers for Rights They Don’t Control

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Billboard reports that Spotify’s latest and greatest is paying a minimum guarantee (aka an advance against royalties) for direct deals for artists: Under the terms of some of the deals, management firms can receive several hundred thousand dollars as an advance fee for agreeing to license a certain number of tracks by their independent acts directly to Spotify. That is an odd sentence for a number of reasons.

New York State Court Declines to Compel Arbitration, Cites Purported Ambiguities in Mobile Contracting Process

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Courts are increasingly taking a magnifying glass to electronic contracting processes, particularly how the presentation of the terms of service and call to action are displayed.

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Grimmelmann on Whether Robot Transmissions Are Speech For First Amendment Purposes @grimmelm

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James Grimmelmann, Cornell Law School, is publishing Speech in, Speech Out in Robotica: Speech Rights and Artificial Intelligence (Ronald K. Collins and David M. Skover, eds., Cambridge University Press 2018). Here is the abstract. This invited short response was

Marc Randazza at Alex Jones Show: The most intriguing moments of the latest interviews

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Over the past few weeks, Marc Randazza has been appearing on Info Wars. You can take a look at the video interviews on the Randazza Legal Group YouTube channel. Marc Randazza discussed various issues related to the First Amendment and freedom of speech and expression. In the interview (titled) Marc Randazza at Infowars: freedom of […]. First Amendment free speech misc internet interview

Now We Know Who's Willing To Defend Caging Children

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Hollywood Docket: Bravo's Filmed Birth; DJ Khaled's Trademark; 'Blackish' Settlement

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A roundup of entertainment law developments. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

The Return of the Fifty Dollar Handshake: Are Spotify’s Direct Artist Deals Really Less Than Meets the Eye–or Are We Looking in the Wrong Place?

Music Technology Policy

If I gave two f s – two f s about streaming numbers. Would have put Lemonade up on Spotify. F**k you, f**k you, you’re cool, f**k you, I’m out (Ah!). I ain’t never seen a ceiling in my whole life, that’s word to Blue. Freestyling live, blueprint from my Jigga who never bribes. From Nice performed by The Carters.

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Rothman on The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined For a Public World (Introduction) @profrothman

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Jennifer Rothman, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), has published The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World (Introduction) (Harvard University Press, 2018). Here is the abstract. THE RIGHT OF PUBLICITY: PRIVACY REIMAGINED FOR A PUBLIC WORLD (Harvard University

A Busy Month in the Facebook Photo Tagging Biometric Privacy Dispute

New Media and Technology Law

As discussed in past posts about the long-running Facebook biometric privacy class action, users are challenging Facebook’s “Tag Suggestions” program, which scans for and identifies people in uploaded photographs for photo tagging. The class alleges that Facebook collected and stored their biometric data without prior notice or consent in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), 740 Ill. 14/1 et seq.

Woe to those who stifle children joyful impulses. Woe to Trump, Sessions et al. Woe to those who stifle children joyful impulses. Woe to Trump, Sessions et al.

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Ron Wyden’s Oregon Updates the Business Plan: Sell Electricity to Data Centers

Music Technology Policy

Here’s a blast from the past–five years ago Senator Wyden was already demonstrating his fealty to Google, Amazon, Facebook and Rackspace–all members of the Internet Association. Music Technology Policy.

Byron, Molidor, and Cantu on US Newspapers' Portrayals of Home Invasion Crime

Media Law Prof Blog

Reginald A. Byron, William S. Molidor, and Andrew Cantu, all of Southwestern University, have published US Newspapers’ Portrayals of Home Invasion Crime at 57 Howard Journal of Crime and Criminal Justice 250 (2018). Here is the abstract. This article presents

AT&T-Time Warner Legal Analysis: How the Judge Came to Approve a Mega-Merger

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

District Judge Richard Leon examined the government's theories and finds vertical mergers "are not invariably innocuous," but faults the Trump Justice Department for presenting insufficient evidence demonstrating why competition in the media industry will be substantially lessened. read more.

Al Jazeera Says Peyton Manning Was "Source" Confirming Doping Claims in Film

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In court briefs in an ongoing defamation case, the news network also states that its primary source only recanted after being visited by Manning's investigators. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Jay-Z Triumphs in "Big Pimpin" Appeal as Egyptians Can't Enforce Moral Rights

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The rapper and producer Timbaland were accused of mutilating a song first featured in a 1960 Egyptian film. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online

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Bill Cosby Replaces Legal Team as He Awaits Sentencing

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Tom Mesereau has been fired, Cosby's publicist confirms. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Television Culture THR Online

BuzzFeed Allowed Key Defense in Russian's Defamation Suit Over Trump Dossier

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A Florida judge rejects a Russian entrepreneur who argued that the Trump dossier publication wasn't protected as a fair report of official government action. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

Hollywood Docket: Dr. Dre Goes to Trial in $100 Million Beats Headphone Royalties Case

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A roundup of entertainment law news including Viacom getting a First Amendment victory in a lawsuit brought by Jayceon Taylor, the rapper known as The Game. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

Bill Cosby Asking Supreme Court to Review Janice Dickinson Defamation Lawsuit

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The comedian's lawyer wants the high court to analyze whether statements of opinion can be actionable. According to an application to Justice Anthony Kennedy on Friday, uncertainty in the law chills an attorney's ability to effectively represent an accused client. read more. THR, Esq.

Weinstein Co. Board Members Targeted in Racketeering Class Action

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The new case follows a similar action, which has stalled thanks to the bankruptcy of TWC. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online The Weinstein Company

Harvey Weinstein Employment Deal Becomes Public Record

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Alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct convince a judge to let them move forward with a lawsuit that was paused by the bankruptcy of The Weinstein Co. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Harvey Weinstein The Weinstein Company

Hollywood Guilds Sue Union Bank Over Weinstein Movie Residuals

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Lantern Capital made a successful $310 million bid for Weinstein Co. assets, but where will the proceeds go? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Steven Mnuchin Wins Appeal in Film Finance Fraud Suit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Treasury Secretary preserves his win in a case examining the alleged misappopriation of tens of millions of dollars for print and advertising expenses. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online

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AT&T-Time Warner Merger: Read the Judge's Ruling

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"The Government here has taken its best shot to block the merger based on the law and facts," writes the judge. The defendants did their best to oppose it. The Court has spoken." read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Disney Comes Out Against New York's Proposal to Curb Pornographic "Deepfakes"

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As do other Hollywood studios and media groups warning of unintended consequences. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Culture Business THR Online

Netflix Directors Ask Judge to Reject Shareholder Lawsuit Over Executive Bonuses

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The plaintiff accuses Netflix's board members of not disclosing Netflix's liability on the tax front after allegedly rigging its compensation system with sham bonuses. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Bill O'Reilly Claims He's Beneficiary of Sexual Harassment Settlement

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The former Fox News host looks to kick a dispute with Laurie Dhue into arbitration even though he had no direct deal with her. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Bill Cosby's Insurer Has a Duty to Defend Him, Appeals Court Rules

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Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter issues Thursday's decision. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Mel Gibson Loses Court Bid to Reclaim Rights to 'Madman' Film

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A Los Angeles judge doesn't see enough evidence that Voltage Pictures breached a contract to a motion picture about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Weinstein Co., A&E At War Over How Harvey's Misconduct Impacts Deals

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A+E says it would have never have licensed "Project Runway" for Lifetime had it known the truth. In response, The Weinstein Co. pledges to go after A&E for airing movies without paying. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

AEG Says Ozzy Osbourne Lawsuit Isn't What It Pretends to Be

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Live Nation is behind the antitrust action, suggests AEG in a bid to dismiss the case. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online