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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 www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/121.

Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Aimed at Bytedance/TikTok IPO

Music Technology Policy

The nauseating Daniel Ek made something like a billion dollars in the last week on Spotify stock appreciation, while at the same time crying poor and fighting songwriter royalties every step of the way.

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VE Day in Norway

Music Technology Policy

At midnight of 8 May 1945, German military forces in Norway surrendered to the Allies. On 10 May this fellow in a kilt, aka Lt. F.R.G.

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Legal AI Book Wins Law Libraries Award; Here’s My Chapter on AI and the Future

Media Law

Proud to report that a book to which I contributed has been selected by the American Association of Law Libraries for its 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award.

Pedrioli on Regulating Online Hate Speech: A U.S. Perspective

Media Law Prof Blog

Carlo A. Pedrioli, Liverpool Hope University, has published Regulating Online Hate Speech: A U.S. Perspective at 6 International Journal of Digital & Data Law 259 (2020). Here is the abstract. In the early 2010s, Terry Jones of Florida became known

Malcolm X : White Liberals and Conservatives

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Protecting Business Information Assets in the “Work From Home” Environment

New Media and Technology Law

This past March, many organizations were forced to suddenly pivot to a “work from home” environment (“WFH”) as COVID-19 spread across our country. However, many companies did not have the necessary technical infrastructure in place to support their full workforce on a WFH basis.

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Cornell Law School's First Amendment Clinic Opens Applications for Position of Local Journalism Attorney @CornellLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Cornell University Law School's First Amendment Clinic is accepting applications for the new position of Local Journalism Attorney. The attorney, based in New York City, will have primary responsibility for developing and managing a New York Metropolitan Area based project

Malcolm X. Oxford Union Debate, Dec. 3 1964

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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French Data Protection Authority Speaks to Web Scraping

New Media and Technology Law

Late last month, the French data protection authority, the CNIL, published guidance surrounding considerations behind what it calls “commercial prospecting,” meaning scraping publicly available website data to obtain individuals’ contact info for purposes of selling such data to third parties for direct marketing purposes.

TikTok the Massive Infringer Thumbs Nose at FTC Ruling on Kids: Can CFIUS be far behind?

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers may recall that in between getting banned by the Department of Defense , the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA as well as being investigated by CFIUS , TikTok got caught and fined by the FTC for exploiting children in violation of U.S.

Three Legaltech Companies, All in Contracts, Have Financing Rounds, for Total of $26M

Media Law

We may all be working from home, but that doesn’t mean investment money isn’t flowing into legaltech — and particularly into legaltech for commercial contracts.

Is Local News Also Pop Culture and Entertainment? @openculture @MarkLintsenmayer

Media Law Prof Blog

Via Open Culture, a podcast episode asking whether local news is also pop culture and entertainment. Listen here to episode 44 of Pretty Much Pop

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Trump issues mandate to reopen houses of worship l GMA

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Pandemic: @MusicCanada COVID Study Sets the Gold Standard for Reopening Data-Driven Policy

Music Technology Policy

MusicCanada commissioned an outstanding survey by Abacus Dat a using serious data-driven methodology to credibly measure the Canadian public’s experience with the COVID shut down of live music and expectation for reopening.

Leading Music and Film Organizations Call on Congress to Fix Safety Net in New CARES Act

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: Artist Rights Watch, Music Tech Policy and The Trichordist are pleased to support this effort. Please let your representatives in Washington know that you do, too!]. PRESS RELEASE. WASHINGTON, D.C.

Despite Pandemic, Companies Plan to Invest In Updating Legacy Software, New Survey Finds

Media Law

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies say that updating underperforming or legacy enterprise software is a priority for them in 2020, according to a survey being released today.

A Full-Functioned Platform For Remote Depositions and Mediations

Media Law

It seems that Zoom has become the go-to video conferencing platform for all sorts of uses, and that extends to conducting online depositions and mediations. But why use generic video conferencing software for depositions when there is a product specifically designed for that purpose?

District Court Judge Dismisses OAN Defamation Suit Against Maddow, MSNBC

Media Law Prof Blog

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed the lawsuit that Herring Networks, owner of One America News Network, brought against Rachel Maddow and other defendants, based on a statement Ms. Maddow made about the general bent of OAN's content, which

NYPD Arrests Journalist Jill Nelson For Writing Graffiti On Storefront

Media Law Prof Blog

Hyperallergic reports that the NYPD arrested journalist Jill Nelson for writing graffiti (Trump=Plague) on a storefront. Nelson says that although the officers allowed her to make a call to her husband, they cut off the call after a few

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Ransomware Attack Allegedly Hits NYC Law Firm To Superstar Musicians Including Lady Gaga and Elton John

Media Law

A New York City law firm that represents superstar musicians such as Lady Gaga, Elton John and Madonna has allegedly been hit with a ransomware attack that threatens to expose celebrities’ privileged legal information.

Covid-19 Outbreak Caused Steep Drop In New Matters for Lawyers, Clio Data Shows

Media Law

Thomson Reuters Sues ROSS Intelligence Claiming Theft Of Proprietary Data

Media Law

In what could be a Goliath v. David legal battle, legal research giant Thomson Reuters has filed a lawsuit against legal research startup ROSS Intelligence alleging that it surreptitiously stole content from Westlaw to build its own competing legal research product.

Wright on A Variable Number of Cheers For Viewpoint-Based Regulations of Speech @IUMcKinney

Media Law Prof Blog

George Wright, Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, has published A Variable Number of Cheers For Viewpoint-Based Regulations of Speech. Here is the abstract. It is widely taken for granted that viewpoint-based restrictions of speech are, as a class

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Register for Tomorrow’s Legaltech Journalist Roundtable, or Catch Up on Last Week’s

Media Law

As we’ve done for the past two weeks, we will be back tomorrow at 3 p.m. Eastern time with the live Legaltech Week journalist roundtable — a live video panel of leading legaltech and legal innovation journalists discussing the week’s top stories.

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Tomorrow: Join Leading Legaltech Journalists For A Live Week-in-Review Panel

Media Law

Tomorrow, we’re going to try an experiment. We’re convening a live video panel of leading legaltech journalists for an open, roundtable discussion of the week in review. Consider it the legaltech version of Washington Week, but with less gravitas and more attitude.

We’re Back Friday: Join Us for the Legaltech Journalists’ Week-in-Review Roundtable

Media Law

Last week, we tried an experiment — a live video panel of leading legaltech journalists coming together for an open, roundtable discussion of the week in review.

Arithmetic On the Internet Revisited: The Sustainable Ethical Pool Solution to User Centric Royalties

Music Technology Policy

[ This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions ]. “Sick of my money funding crap.” ” A Fan. These companies are taking power away from listeners, because listeners don’t have any say where their money goes,” Keating said. “If

ROSS Comes Out Swinging, Vows To Fight Thomson Reuters’ Lawsuit Alleging Data Theft

Media Law

The legal research startup ROSS Intelligence came out fighting this morning in response to a lawsuit filed against it yesterday by Thomson Reuters alleging ROSS surreptitiously stole content from Westlaw to build its own competing legal research product.

California Bar Takes Giant Step Towards Regulatory Sandbox

Media Law

California could become the next state, after Utah , to establish a regulatory sandbox to explore new methods of delivering legal services, after the State Bar of California Board of Trustees voted 9-2 yesterday to form a working group to explore the development of such a sandbox.

First-Ever Legal Blogger Says He Will Cease Publishing May 31

Media Law

Somewhere in the rafters of legal blogging, someone needs to retire the jersey of legal blogger number one, Walter Olson. After 21 years of blogging at Overlawyered , a blog dedicated to chronicling the high cost of the legal system, Olson announced today that he will cease publishing May 31.

Layoffs Hit Two Well-Known E-Discovery Professionals

Media Law

Two widely known e-discovery professionals have been laid off from their jobs in recent weeks as the impact of the coronavirus crisis continues to be felt across the legal industry.

On the Latest LawNext: Legal Education In A Lockdown, with UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin

Media Law

The coronavirus crisis has created turmoil for legal education and bar admissions, as law schools have shut down their campuses and states have put off bar exams. One proposal, advocated by Jennifer L.

Suffolk’s Legal Innovation Certificate Program Gets New Faculty Member – Me

Media Law

I wrote previously about the online legal innovation and technology certificate program run by Suffolk University Law School — a series of six courses, delivered online, that teach lawyers and other legal professionals how to deliver their services more effectively and efficiently in a rapidly changing marketplace.

How Will COVID-19 Change the World? Historian Frank Snowden on Epidemics.

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Introducing the LawSites Resource Center: A Library of Downloadable Resources

Media Law

Today I am pleased to introduce something new for this blog: The LawSites Resource Center.

Pompeo asked to explain why he wanted inspector general fired

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