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European Creative Community Unites Against Google and Facebook and Calls on EU Lawmakers to Stop Big Tech’s End Run Around the Value Gap Solution in Article 13

Music Technology Policy

[We don’t often reprint other people’s letters, but this one on closing the value gap in Europe is crucial. No surprise, Google and Facebook are pushing back hard with all their multinational corporate lobbying power.

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Lower Court Ruling Finding In Favor of Defendants in "Under the Gun" Defamation Lawsuit

Media Law Prof Blog

The Fourth Circuit affirmed the lower court in Virginia Citizens Defense League et al., Katie Couric et al., a defamation case involving the documentary "Under the Gun." In that case, the plaintiffs alleged that the creators of the film

YouTube Recruits Children to Lobby Against Article 13

Music Technology Policy

No one should be surprised that Google and Facebook are now recruiting children for their lobbying campaign against copyright reform in Europe. They’re using an old pimp’s scare tactic–get them addicted and then threaten to cut them off.

As Thomson Reuters Readies Layoffs of 3,200, What’s It Mean for Customers?

Media Law

Thomson Reuters, the dominant provider of research and information services for the legal profession, last week announced plans to reduce its workforce by 3,200 and close 30 percent of its offices by the end of 2020. What is going on and what does it mean for the company’s customers?

The Debate Over Europe’s Stolen African Art | The Daily Show

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December Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Reports, December FCC Meeting and Getting Ready for New Years’ Obligations

Broadcast Law Blog

While the holidays may be upon us, there is no rest in the broadcast regulatory world. December 1 brings routine EEO public file report obligations for radio and television station employment units with 5 or more full-time employees for stations located in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont.

The Ethical Pool Future: Will Fans Cut the Cord to Big Streaming Services if Artists Leave?

Music Technology Policy

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking. Everybody knows that the captain lied… From Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen.

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‘Context,’ Launching Today from LexisNexis, Applies Unique Analytics to Judges and Expert Witnesses

Media Law

A legal analytics product being launched today by LexisNexis does something no other analytics product does: It analyzes the language of specific judges’ opinions to identify the cases and arguments each judge finds persuasive.

Anger grows after death of Guatemalan migrant girl held in US | World news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

" The family of the young Guatemalan girl who died in the custody of US border officials after crossing the border is disputing the American government’s claim that she had not had food or water for days beforehand.

Just Seven Months to the Beginning of the License Renewal Cycle – Is Your Station Ready?

Broadcast Law Blog

As we have written before, the next license renewal cycle begins on June 1, 2019 , with radio stations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia submitting their applications. Radio renewals proceed in with applications every other month from a state or group of states (the schedule is available on the FCC website here ). TV renewals begin a year later – in the same state-by-state order.

New From LSU Press: Eric P. Robinson, Reckless Disregard: St. Amant v. Thompson and the Transformation of Libel Law @lsupress

Media Law Prof Blog

Newly published: Eric P. Robinson, University of South Carolina, has published Reckless Disregard: St. Amant v. Thompson and the Transformation of Libel Law (LSU Press, 2018). Here, from the publisher's website, is a description of the book's contents. In the

GC Are Typically White, Middle-Aged Men Living in California Who Earn Over $400K

Media Law

There are some 113,000 general counsel in the United States, but a statistical analysis being released today suggests that they are surprisingly homogeneous. The typical GC is male, between 35 and 54 years old, probably attended Harvard Law, and is most likely based in California or New York.

Opinion | A Partisan Ruling on Obamacare - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"After sitting on a ruling for months, a federal judge in Texas has given the Trump administration and a group of Republican-led states exactly what they asked for, and then some: the invalidation of the entire Affordable Care Act. Don't panic.

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Illinois Supreme Court To Decide Scope of Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

New Media and Technology Law

On November 20, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral argument on whether a company’s technical violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) is sufficient to confer standing or whether a plaintiff must allege actual harm resulted from the violation. Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. et al., 123186) ( prior decision ).

Boaty McBoatface Uses Fight For the Future Dialer Tool to Lobby Rand Paul on HR 1695 from…Scotland

Music Technology Policy

We’ve said for years that Google shills use a variety of dodges to create the impression of grass roots support among legislatures–when it really isn’t there.

Goldman and Ziccarelli on Emojis and IP Law @ericgoldman @IPwithGZ

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric Goldman and Gabriella Ziccarelli, both of Santa Clara University School of Law, have published Emojis and Intellectual Property Law. Here is the abstract. Everyone loves emojis, and why not? They are a fun and an increasingly ubiquitous way for

North Carolina Becomes Second State to Mandate Technology Training for Lawyers

Media Law

North Carolina has become the second state to mandate continuing education for lawyers in technology. Beginning in 2019, all lawyers will be required to complete one hour per year of CLE devoted to technology training. In 2016, Florida became the first state to mandate technology training for lawyers, when it adopted a rule requiring lawyers to complete three hours of CLE every three years “in approved technology programs.”. Until now, no other stage had followed suit.

7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion - The Washington Post. This is America in 2018. We are back the way America used to be. "EVIL"

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

" A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.S.

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Time Magazine Awards Journalists in Harm’s Way Person of the Year Award – What Are You Doing to Keep Your Broadcast Employee’s Safe?

Broadcast Law Blog

Yesterday, it was announced that Time Magazine had awarded its person of the year award to “the Guardians” – journalists around the world who risk their lives to bring us the news each day. Most broadcasters don’t think of their on-air personnel as facing the same risks as journalists in war zones or facing imprisonment for reporting stories that certain governments don’t want reported.

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Google Goes After Children as Lobbyists: What is to be done?

Music Technology Policy

My 13 year old son tried to convince me that Article 13 is horrid & that I should do my best as a musician's rights advocate to make sure it doesn't pass. I didn't fall for it. YouTube Recruits Children to Lobby Against Article 13 [link] … via @musictechpolicy. — Karoline Kramer (@RadioCleveKKG) December 3, 2018.

Sheff on Philosophical Approaches To Intellectual Property Law Scholarship @jnsheff

Media Law Prof Blog

Jeremy N. Sheff, St. John's University School of Law, is publishing Philosophical Approaches to Intellectual Property Law Scholarship in Handbook on Intellectual Property Research (Irene Calboli & Maria Lillà Montagnani, eds., Oxford University Press) (Forthcoming). Here is the abstract.

Evisort’s New Document Analyzer Offers Out-of-the-Box AI to Mine All A Company’s Contracts

Media Law

Evisort might just be the hottest legal tech and AI company you’ve never heard of.

National Enquirer publisher AMI strikes deal in Cohen probe

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Playing Music in Bars and Restaurants – Cautions When Allowing Broadcast Stations to Play in Retail Outlets

Broadcast Law Blog

Yesterday, I noted a news story about a bar that stopped hosting live music when it was hit with a lawsuit by BMI because it had not paid royalties for its use of music. The issue of music in bars and restaurants also came up in a continuing legal education seminar on music licensing that I moderated the week before last.

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Fair Winds and Following Seas All the Way Home

Music Technology Policy

The Bonin Islands are about 500 miles due South of Tokyo, Japan and about 700 miles due East of the island of Okinawa.

The Woman Who Published, and Signed, the Declaration of Independence

Media Law Prof Blog

From Smithsonian Magazine, a piece about Mary Katherine Goddard, the newspaper publisher who printed and signed the Declaration of Independence in January 1777. She also served as postmaster of Baltimore, until the first Postmaster General appointed a man instead

27 Additions to My List of Legal Tech Startups

Media Law

Here are 27 additions to my list of legal startups. This brings the list to 704 entries. Send additions and updates to ambrogi-at-gmail.com. To read more about this list and why I created it, see this post. Company. Description. Country. Status. A2J Tech Store. A social enterprise that builds technology to improve access to justice. Active. Avalex.

Stephen Has A Prison Tip For Michael Cohen

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Defend Trade Secrets Act Claims Subject to CDA Section 230 Immunity

New Media and Technology Law

In what is one of the most recent attempts to circumvent the immunity provided in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA” or “CDA Section 230”), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts made it clear that claims brought under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (18 U.S.C. §§ 1836, et seq.) (“DTSA”) are not exempt from the scope of CDA immunity. In Craft Beer Stellar, LLC v. Glassdoor, Inc. , 18-10510, 2018 U.S. LEXIS 178960 (D.

Weekly Key Dates and Accomplishments for the Mechanical Licensing Collective Under the Music Modernization Act (11/30) by Artist Rights Watch (The “Countdown to Modernity”)

Music Technology Policy

As best we can tell from the outside looking in, this chart has the dates for key events in the critical path to launch for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as required by the Music Modernization Act. We have called the chart the “Countdown to Modernity.” ” Obviously, this chart is not intended as legal advice, and you should consult your own attorney about any of these dates or events.

Hudson on Justice Kennedy and the First Amendment @BelmontLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

David L. Hudson, Jr., has published Justice Kennedy and the First Amendment at 9 Houston Law Review Off the Record 49 (2019). Here is the abstract. This essay reviews some of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s most significant contributions to First Amendment

Deadline Extended to Nov. 30 to Compete for Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW

Media Law

Attention startups: The deadline to apply for a spot in the third-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW has been extended one week, to this Friday, Nov. This is your last chance to be one of 15 startups that will be selected to receive exhibit space in a special Startup Alley within the exhibit hall at TECHSHOW, the American Bar Association’s annual legal technology conference, which is taking place in Chicago Feb. 27 to March 2, 2019.

Opinion | ‘His Dirty Deeds’ - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"By The Editorial Board, www.nytimes.com December 12th, 2018 Michael Cohen said President Trump led him into darkness. The courts brought him into the light. The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

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No Cost of Living Change in Webcasting Royalties for 2019 – Rate Proceeding for 2021-2026 about to Begin

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the Copyright Royalty Board announced its calculations for whether there would be a cost of living increase in the 2019 rates that Internet radio stations pay to SoundExchange for the public performance of sound recordings. In its initial release on the subject, the CRB’s announcement indicated that commercial webcasters would continue to pay at the rate of $.0018 0018 per performance (set after a cost of living increase last year – see our post here ).

FCC Approves Rule That Would Permit Cable Providers to Send More Notices via Email

New Media and Technology Law

In an effort to modernize communications, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) decided to allow cable operators to deliver general subscriber notices required under so-called Subpart T rules (47 CFR §§ 76.1601 et seq.) to verified customer email addresses. This decision was announced through a Report and Order on November 15, 2018.

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Time Magazine's Person of the Year: The Journalists Who Seek Out, and Speak Truth

Media Law Prof Blog

Time Magazine has named its person of the year: journalists, whom it has described as the guardians who speak out about truth, all around the world. Here's a link to the magazine's cover story on them, and on what Time

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LawNext Episode 22: Elevate’s Acquisition of LexPredict, with Pratik Patel and Dan Katz

Media Law

In major legal industry news, global law company Elevate announced its acquisition of the legal AI technology and consulting firm LexPredict. The move combines the comprehensive legal services offering of Elevate with the data science team and AI engine of LexPredict. With the combination of Elevate’s alternative services model and LexPredict’s cutting-edge technology, does this acquisition foreshadow the future of legal practice?

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