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Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'

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The settlement resolves an author's claims that he had exclusive rights to tell the stories of the real-life ghost hunters whose cases inspired the franchise. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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The Officer Tased Him 31 Times; the Sheriff Called His Death an Accident | The California Report | KQED News

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"Daniel Lee Humphreys was speeding on his motorcycle down a freeway in Stockton, fleeing from a California Highway Patrol officer, when he crashed. Humphreys, 47, staggered to the median and tried to climb over a metal divider. The officer shocked him repeatedly with a Taser gun and killed him.

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AT&T-Time Warner Merger Trial Set for March

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The companies will likely need to extend an April deadline for effectuating the merger. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

@TaylorSwift13 Thinks Outside the Stream to Bridge the Value Gap

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There are several myths about streaming, but none so prevalent as the “savior” trope, which streaming services are doing their best to splice into the DNA of the music business.

Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal on Standing Grounds of Biometric Privacy Suit over Videogame Facial Scan Feature

New Media and Technology Law

With the flood of Illinois biometric privacy suits lodged against employers in recent months, and multiple biometric privacy suits against social media and other mobile platforms currently pending over the use of photo tagging functions, 2017 has been a busy year in this area.

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The UnitedMasters, the Latest Tone-deaf Artist Exploitation Scam from Silicon Valley

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Yes, they really did brand it the “United Masters”, and no, that’s not a subplot out of Game of Thrones and no, it’s not the MIC Coalition price fixing cartel.

Third Class Action for Tezos ICO

New Media and Technology Law

For the third time this month, the Tezos blockchain project is the subject of a class action complaint for claims arising from their $232 million July initial coin offering (“ICO”). Consistent with both prior lawsuits, the plaintiffs allege that the Tezos ICO constituted the unregistered, non-exempt offer and sale of securities in violation of the federal securities laws.

Brouwer, van der Woude, and van der Leun on Framing Migration and the Process of Crimmigration: A Systematic Analysis of the Media Representation of Unathorized Immgrants in the Netherlands @jelmerbrouwer @UniLeiden @

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Jelmer Brouwer and Maartje van der Woude, both of Leiden University, Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology, and Joanne van der Leun, of Leiden University, Leiden Law School have published Framing Migration and the Process of Crimmigration: A Systematic Analysis

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The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Yes, the DOJ is suing over the AT&T-Time Warner merger, but on the antitrust front, the Trump administration appears to be retreating in other places. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

@profgalloway: Must See Presentation by NYU Professor Scott Galloway on “The Four Horsemen”

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A deep and prescient 2015 presentation by NYU Professor Scott Galloway, who predicted the Amazon/Whole Foods acquisition. “Facebook will disrupt YouTube…” Artist News Prof. Scott Galloway

U.S. Court Orders Coinbase to Share Information about Account Holders with the IRS but Limits to Transactions over $20,000

New Media and Technology Law

A U.S. federal district court judge on Tuesday, November 29 ordered Coinbase Inc., the largest cryptocurrency exchange and storage platform in the world, to provide information about certain of its account holders to the U.S. Internal Revenue Services (IRS). Information pertaining to as many as 14,355 account holders and 8.9 million transactions could be covered in this order, according to estimates provided by Coinbase. The full order by Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the U.S.

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Who Voted for Doug Jones? White Women Backed Roy Moore

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Democrat Doug Jones won the special election for the Alabama Senate seat on Tuesday night, defeating Republican candidate Roy Moore after a bitter election that captivated national attention for weeks. Jones won the election with 49.9 percent of the vote, while Moore received 48.4 percent.

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Aistars and Atkins: Amicus Brief in Fox News v. TVEyes @georgemasonlaw

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Sandra Aistars and Jennifer Sands Atkins, both of George Mason University Law School, have published Amicus Brief in Fox News v. TVEyes as George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 17-20. Here is the abstract. The district court’s holdings

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Disney Sues Redbox Over Sale of Movie Download Codes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The DVD kiosk rental company allegedly disassembles a product package and then sells codes separately in what Disney asserts is a violation of copyright law. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

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The Information’s Expose on Google’s Hostile Work Environment is a Cry for Corporate Reform

Music Technology Policy

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. Animal Farm: A Fairy Story by George Orwell.

Ninth Circuit Rejects VPPA Claims of Roku Channel User, Declining to Adopt Broad Definition of PII

New Media and Technology Law

In a decision that clarified aspects of the video privacy landscape, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an action alleging a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) based on an assertion that ESPN’s WatchESPN Roku channel had shared a user’s Roku device number and video viewing history with a third-party analytics company for targeted advertising purposes. ( Eichenberger v. ESPN, Inc. , 15-35449 (9 th Cir. 29, 2017)).

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 'Trump is where he is because of his appeal to racism' | Sport | The Guardian

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“Like all people my age I find the passage of time so startling,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says with a quiet smile.

Schauer on Free Speech, the Search For Truth, and the Problem of Collective Knowledge @UVALaw

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Frederick Schauer, University of Virginia School of Law, has published Free Speech, the Search for Truth, and the Problem of Collective Knowledge 70 SMU Law Review 231 (2017). Here is the abstract. This article, the written version of the Roy

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AT&T Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over "Exorbitant" Price Being Charged for Sports Network

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En-Touch Systems flags AT&T's use of a most favored nation clause in a deal with its subsidiary as allegedly restraining competition. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

On #GivingTuesday, Please Think of the Gary Sinise Foundation

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Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and we’d appreciate your considering a donation to the Gary Sinise Foundation. Gary’s one of the guys who has quietly been doing great work to support our veterans and their families for many years.

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Randazza: The Legal Battle Over Andrew Anglin Continues

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An article about one of Marc Randazza’s most controversial and groundbreaking cases – a case involving the founder of a Neo-Nazi website Andrew Anglin – was published in the December issue of the Atlantic magazine. The article, “The Making of an American Nazi”, tells the story of the founder of The Daily Stormer: the site […].

White People Are Upset That Amazon’s Alexa Believes Black Lives Matter

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"No matter how infinitely imaginative I may consider myself, there are some things I am still unable to fathom. I cannot imagine feeling so loyal to a political party that I don’t care if people lose their health care or if a man molested little girls.

Kaminski on Authorship: Disrupted: AI Authors in Copyright and First Amendment Law @MargotKaminski

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Lawsuit Over Mashup of 'Star Trek' and Dr. Seuss Gets Past Alpha Quadrant

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A federal judge won't dismiss copyright or trademark claims being asserted by Dr. Seuss Enterprises. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

A Guide to the Department of Justice Ruling on “100% Licensing”

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: This is a repost of the original from September 2016 in light of the recent appeal by the Department of Justice.]. By Steve Winogradsky and Chris Castle , all rights reserved. The recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Justice in United States v. Broadcast Music, Inc. and United States v.

Disney Can't Escape $37 Million Fraud Claims From Bill Nye the Science Guy

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At a hearing on Thursday, a Los Angeles judge gives Nye a green light to proceed. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Appeals Court Gives ESPN a Win Despite Opening Door to More Privacy Lawsuits

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The 9th Circuit says a man has standing to sue over disclosures of what he was watching online, but rejects the proposition that ESPN shared identifiable information about him. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Two Producers Say Harvey Weinstein Scandal Shouldn't Cost Them Paycheck

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Scott Lambert and Alexandra Milchan say they had a "pay-or-play" deal for a David O. Russell television series that was canceled by Amazon. They are also suing The Weinstein Co. for negligence. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Charlie Sheen Sues National Enquirer for Defamation Over Corey Haim Allegation

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Sheen says the tabloid's editor published the claims because he's angry he didn't break the story that the actor is HIV positive. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Charlie Sheen

Judge Lets Mexican Prisoner Sue Over Denial of Spanish-Language Entertainment

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A Tennessee assistant prison wardon must face a lawsuit saying she denied equal protection under the law. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

Viacom Settles Defamation and Discrimination Lawsuit From Ex-BET Exec

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Zola Mashariki sued in March, claiming she was terminated while on medical leave for breast cancer treatment. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business THR Online BET

"Big Pimpin'" Appellate Arguments Focus on Labels

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Does what a right is called affect how it's enforced? read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Scott Rudin Dragged Into Plagiarism Battle Over Film He's Not Making

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Girls' author Emma Cline and Chaz Reetz-Laiolo accuse each other of spying and abusive behavior. The former lovers are now involved in a truly one-of-a-kind legal fight that has a big-name producer involved simply for buying film rights to a book years ago. read more. THR, Esq.

A Civil Lawsuit Against Fox News Isn't Particularly Civil

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Andrea Tantaros' lawyers complain to the judge of being constantly threatened with sanctions by Fox News' attorneys. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online