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Music Modernization, Resale Royalties and more – Entertainment Law Update Episode 102

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link]. Here's what we talked about. MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT – Summary Overview. THE AMERICAN ROYALTIES TOO ACT OF 2018 . CALIFORNIA ENACTS STRONGEST NET NEUTRALITY PROTECTIONS IN THE COUNTRY AS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FILES SUIT.

$20 Million a Month Daniel Ek Shows “Million a Month” Tim Westergren How It’s Done

Music Technology Policy

Remember when we were all appalled that Pandora founder Tim Westergren was making $1,000,000 a month from selling Pandora stock while he was behind fighting songwriters in rate court for ASCAP and BMI royalties and stiffing artists with the Internet Radio Fairness Act and refusing to pay pre-72 artists? And then there was the 13 bathroom house in Marin. It was all a bit hard to stomach. According to Jem Aswad in Variety , Daniel Ek is putting Westergren in the rear view mirror for sheer excess.

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Stanford and Suffolk Create Game to Help Drive Access to Justice

Media Law

Here’s an idea: What if there was a way to promote access to justice while having fun at the same time? That is the idea of a unique project launching today that uses a game to train a machine-learning algorithm.

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Aswad on The Future of Freedom of Expression Online

Media Law Prof Blog

Evelyn Aswad, University of Oklahoma College of Law, is publishing The Future of Freedom of Expression Online in the Duke Law & Technology Review. Here is the abstract. Should social media companies ban Holocaust denial from their platforms? What about

Opinion | Where the Streets Have No Names, the People Have No Vote - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"The Enlightenment gave us street addresses and ushered in democracy. The Age of Un-Enlightenment is using addresses to usher it out.

Another EEO Audit – This Time for Cable – Reminds Broadcasters to Observe Their EEO Obligations

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this month, the FCC announced another of its regular EEO audits , though this time it’s just for cable systems and other MVPDs who, like broadcasters, have EEO obligations. The FCC will audit 5% of all broadcasters and cable companies each year to assess their EEO compliance, so be prepared in case you are next. Broadcasters were last audited in June (radio stations only – see our article here ), so their turn will come again.

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RIP Paul Allen

Music Technology Policy

Paul Allen was a co-founder of Microsoft and hence a “tech billionaire.” ” But he used that wealth to make a contribution to music in smart and lasting ways through supporting music in Seattle and by doing so being an important voice for our business whether we knew it or not. And of course he was a sailor, making great contributions on and below the surface.

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A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting (Wiley, 2018) @joshshepperd

Media Law Prof Blog

New(ish): From August 2018: A Companion To the History of American Broadcasting (Aniko Bodroghkozy, ed., Wiley, 2018

Before Jailing a Young Woman, a Judge Puts Her Mother’s Racist Views on the Stand - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"A group of 10 white teenagers in Mississippi went to Jackson, the state capital, from a neighboring county in June 2011 on a drunken mission to terrorize black residents. James Craig Anderson, who worked at a local Nissan plant, became their target.

Two Week Extension of C-Band Satellite Dish Registration Deadline

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday announced a two-week extension of time , through October 31, 2018 , for the registration of C-Band earth stations used by many radio and TV stations to receive programming. As we have written before , the FCC is trying to determine what users are in the C-Band (aka the 3.7-4.2 GHz band) as it is trying to maximize its use and may want to consolidate or otherwise modify protections afforded to existing users.

Illinois Appellate Court Reinstates Biometric Privacy Action, Finding Potential Harm in Alleged Disclosure of Fingerprint to Outside Vendor

New Media and Technology Law

Late last month, an Illinois appellate court reversed a lower court’s dismissal of biometric privacy claims against a tanning salon franchisee that had collected the plaintiff’s fingerprint to allow entry in its own salon and any L.A. Tan salon location nationwide. ( Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan, Inc. 2018 IL App (1st) 180175 (Ill. 28, 2018)).

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Chalk Up Another State that Has Adopted the Duty of Technology Competence

Media Law

Another state has adopted the ethical duty of technology competence for lawyers, bringing the total that have done so to 32. Related: Full list of states that have adopted the duty of technology competence. This week, the Vermont Supreme Court ordered amendments to the comments to Rule 1.1 of the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct.

Arpaio Suing NYT and Reporter for Defamation, Tortious Interference, and False Light

Media Law Prof Blog

Via Politico and The Hill: Joe Arpaio, who recently ran for Congress, is now suing the New York Times and reporter Michelle Cottle for defamation, tortious interference with prospective business relations, and false light over Ms. Cottle's article "Well, At

Chris Cuomo: Border wall will not end drug problem

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Music Modernization Act Becomes Law – Mechanical Rights To Become Easier Just As Performance Rights May Become More Difficult

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, after passage by both chambers of Congress and signature by the President, the ‘‘ Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act’’ became law. The law underwent a few changes on its journey to approval, adding new provisions in the Senate to those which we summarized here upon its initial passage by the House. The Act retained its same principal purposes.

Biometric Suits Continue, Including Recent Action Against IoT Company

New Media and Technology Law

Last December, we noted the continuing robust wave of Illinois biometric privacy suits.

LawNext Episode 15: Lexicata CEO Michael Chasin on His Company’s Acquisition by Clio

Media Law

It was big news earlier this month when practice management company Clio announced that it had acquired Lexicata , the first cloud-based CRM and client-intake platform for lawyers. It was the first acquisition by 10-year-old Clio, which says it will continue to operate Lexicata but will also develop its technology into a new, more advanced client-engagement platform, Clio Grow.

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Pen American Center Files Lawsuit Against Trump For Violation of First Amendment Protections

Media Law Prof Blog

PENAmerica is suing Donald Trump over certain acts that he has taken as President and comments that he has made while in office that PEN alleges that have "violated the First Amendment and his oath to uphold the Constitution." Among

Voter Suppression | October 17, 2018 Act 2 | Full Frontal on TBS

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Yemini on The New Irony of Free Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Moran Yemini, Center for Cyber, Law and Policy, University of Haifa; Information Society Project, Yale Law School, is publishing The New Irony of Free Speech in volume 20 of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review (2019). Here is the

In the Latest Legaltech Investment, Court Buddy Raises $6 Million Series A

Media Law

Court Buddy , a San Francisco-based company that matches consumers and small businesses with attorneys who provide a la carte services at fixed rates, has raised a $6 million Series A round of funding, bringing the total raise by the company to $7.1 million. The company says it will use the new round of funding to ramp up growth in new markets and to hire top talent to to support the company’s growth and expansion plans.

Starting Its Second Year, Global Legal Blockchain Group Unveils New Guides and World Tour of Briefings

Media Law

August marked the first anniversary of the formation of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium , an organization created to drive the adoption and standardization of blockchain in the legal industry. In that time, the GLBC has grown to have 125 organizations from 20 countries as members and is the third-largest blockchain consortia in the world in any industry, with major law firms and legal companies as members.

New Partnership Will Allow Attorneys to Get Analytics On Judges They’re About to Appear Before

Media Law

A partnership announced today between judge-analytics company Gavelytics and remote court appearance company CourtCall will allow lawyers who are scheduled to appear before a judge via CourtCall to obtain analytics on the judge from Gavelytics that will provide insights about the judge’s patterns and propensities in decision-making.

GOP Voter Suppression Ramps Up in Georgia | The Daily Show

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Stacey Abrams Always Knew They’d Try to Cheat | The Nation

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

By Joan Walsh 10/18/2018 "As she campaigns across all of Georgia’s 159 counties—from Fulton to Brantley, Gwinnett to Chatham, Glynn to DeKalb—Democrat Stacey Abrams’s pitch comes down to this: I’m one of you. “I’m

Audio Offers Gruesome Details of Jamal Khashoggi Killing, Turkish Official Says - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Whether Mr. Khashoggi was killed before his fingers were removed and his body dismembered could not be determined. But the consul was present and objected, the official said. “Do Do this outside.

In Final Column, Jamal Khashoggi Laments Dearth of Free Press in Arab World - The New York Times

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Author defends calling Trump supporters cruel

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Jake Tapper calls out Trump's 'stunningly dismissive' tone

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DACA: DOJ Threatens to go to the Supreme Court, The Justice Department has warned that if the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals doesn’t rule on the program, it’ll take it up to the new conservative Supreme Court majority. - The Atlantic

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"The Trump administration wants a decision on DACA from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by the end of the month—or else it will go to the Supreme Court with Brett Kavanaugh in a new conservative majority.

Jeff Sessions Is Transforming Immigration Courts - The Atlantic

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

" The attorney general has stepped up the hiring of immigration judges, ordered them to hear more cases, and shown a preference for those who’ve previously been prosecutors." Jeff Sessions Is Transforming Immigration Courts - The Atlantic

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A History of Crushing Dissent: Before Khashoggi, Saudis Targeted Feminis.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

“Cornerstore Caroline” Falsely Accuses a 9-Year-Old Black Boy of Sexual.

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The Jamal Khashoggi Case: Suspects Had Ties to Saudi Crown Prince - The New York Times

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The Jamal Khashoggi Case: Suspects Had Ties to Saudi Crown Prince - The New York Times

Fmr CIA Dir.: Khashoggi Scandal Will Be The Downfall Of Mohammad Bin Sal.

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Georgia Election 2018: Seniors ordered off bus for black voters

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression.

'Privilege doesn't protect you': Facebook exec's brother dead after police encounter | US news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Chinedu Okobi, who was unarmed and living with mental illness, died after being Tasered near San Francisco Lois BeckettFirst published on Tue 16 Oct 2018 14.57 EDTThe first news of his death came as a traffic update.