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Taylor Swift Sued Over "Shake It Off" Lyrics

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The songwriters behind 3LW's "Playas Gon' Play" say the tune infringes on their lyrics. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Taylor Swift

Apple X’s Face ID Feature Places Spotlight on Facial Recognition Technology, Raising Numerous Mobile Privacy and Data Usage Issues

New Media and Technology Law

This week’s Apple X announcement was not more than a few hours old, and the questions began to come in. Apple’s introduction of Face ID facial recognition on its new phone – although already available in some form on several Android phones – generated curiosity, concerns and creativity. Unfortunately, the details about specifically how the recognition feature will really work are yet unknown.

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The Equifax Breach, and what you should do to protect your credit

Gordon P. Firemark

While this post is not, strictly speaking, on the “Entertainment Law” beat, several clients asked me about it, and I addressed their concerns in my e-newsletter (sign up in the sidebar). On recommendation from a friend, I'm reposting it here as a service to readers.

Digital Transformation Is About Much More Than Technology — ‘No Industry Is Immune’

Pathgather

Imagine a future in which every company in the S&P 500 drops off the stock index within a few years. That’s not as far-fetched as it may sound. Companies once spent an average of 36 years on the S&P 500. By 1990, that dropped to 20 years. Now, it’s dropping further. “At At our forecasted churn rate, about half of the S&P 500 will be replaced over the next 10 years,” Innosight found. Why is this happening? The business landscape is changing at a faster pace than ever.

Watch President Obama deliver his final speech at United Nations. Once upon a time we had a distinguished, non #ManchurianPresident. Now we have a kindergarten level President who calls a leader "Rocket Man" in front of the world body. What an embarrassing day to be an American.

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Google Sends in the Shills to Dodge Appearing at @SenRobPortman’s Hearing on Stopping Human Trafficking

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John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a legislative hearing titled “S.1693, The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017” (authored by Senator Rob Portman and Senator Richard Blumenthal). The hearing will be at 10:30 a.m.

President Trump explains responsibility to the United Nations - The Washington Post

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President Trump explains responsibility to the United Nations - The Washington Post

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'NBA 2K' Tattoos a "Ploy" to Draw Consumers In, Not Fair Use, Filing Argues

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Sobel on Artificial Intelligence's Fair Use Crisis @BKCHarvard

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Benjamin L. Sobel, Harvard University Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, is publishing Artificial Intelligence's Fair Use Crisis in the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. Here is the abstract. As automation supplants more forms of labor

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Recordkeeping Rules for Third-Party Fundraising by Noncommercial Broadcasters to be Effective November 13, 2017

Broadcast Law Blog

In July, we wrote about the effective date of the FCC’s new rules allowing non-CPB noncommercial stations to interrupt their normal programming to raise funds for third-party charitable and non-profit organizations (we wrote here about the decision itself), for up to 1% of their total airtime.

@KRSfow: Future of What Podcast on the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act

Music Technology Policy

Episode #94 : Recently, a bill was introduced by Republican congressman Jim Sensenbrenner which calls for the creation of a comprehensive database of compositions and recordings. The “Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act” claims to make things easier for coffee shops, bars and restaurants who want to license music to play in their establishments. To many in the music industry, the bill seems like a wolf in sheep’s clothing with the potential cause big problems.

Is Trump a White Supremacist? - The New York Times

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“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” That was only one in a string a tweets on Sept.

Producers of Tom Cruise's 'American Made' Sue Over Fatal Plane Crash

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Cross Creek Pictures and Imagine Entertainment seek indemnification from the company co-owned by Jimmy Lee Garland, who was injured in a Sept. 11, 2015, crash that killed two others. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online American Made autoplay

How First Amendment Battles Are Shaping Up in the Social Media Age

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As technology outpaces the laws that seek to govern its use, questions are being raised about who can control the flow of information and how, exactly, the freedoms of speech and petition come into play. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

'Wolf of Wall Street' Producer Red Granite Settles Forfeiture Case With U.S. Government

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Prosecutors previously told the court civil discovery would have an adverse effect on the related criminal investigation. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Hollywood's Use of "Stolen" Computer Technology Tests Ownership Theories

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In a bid to dismiss a lawsuit, Disney, Fox, and Paramount distinguish between human and technological output. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

'Walking Dead' Hearing Has AMC on the Defensive in Massive Profits Lawsuit

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In five hours of testy arguments, a judge repeatedly benchslaped the TV network. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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A Legal Campaign Against Spotify Intensifies Ahead of the Company's Plan to Go Public

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Hundreds of settlement objectors (Tom Petty, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Sir Anthony Hopkins, et al.), a new copyright lawsuit and a scathing reply to Spotify's recent bombshell filing. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Tech Business THR Online

Conan O'Brien to Probe Whether Copyright Office Was Duped by Tom Brady Joke

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Or at least the comedian's lawyers will in the midst of a copyright case. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Suge Knight's Fiancee Indicted for Selling TMZ Sealed Hit-and-Run Video

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The rap mogul's fiancee and business partner struck a deal just weeks after the deadly hit-and-run, prosecutors say. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Suge Knight

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Jessica Biel, Restaurant Partners Sued by Employees Over Tips, Compensation

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The nine plaintiffs claim that they never received proper rest or meal breaks or tips for working major Hollywood parties at Au Fudge and are seeking $461,649. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Style Style THR Online Jessica Biel Restaurants

Johnny Depp's Sister and Assistant Dragged Into Business Managers Lawsuit

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Christi Dembrowski, Nathan Holmes and several others are now named as cross-defendants in the suit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Johnny Depp

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Appeals Court: Rolling Stone Must Face Defamation Lawsuit Over Rape Story

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The 2nd Circuit rules two UVA fraternity members have plausibly made claims how the story was "of and concerning" them while also accepting a group defamation theory. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Defamation Lawsuit Against Donald Trump Gains Support From Law Professors

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"No one in our nation is above the law, not even the President," states an amicus brief. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Television Culture Politics THR Online

Director of Mel Gibson Movie Sues Producer Over Comment to L.A. Times

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Additionally, Farhad Safinia says he had no deal when shooting the film and is now claiming Voltage is committing copyright infringement on his screenplay for 'The Professor and the Madman.' read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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Milo Yiannopoulos Argues Failure to Return Book Advance Doesn't Doom Lawsuit

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The former Breitbart editor seeks to save contract claims against Simon & Schuster. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

Mel Gibson's 'Madman' Lawsuit Knocked as Harmless Griping

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Voltage Pictures files papers aimed at defeating the actor-producer's claims. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Fox News Says No Defamation in Story Alleged to Include Made-Up Quotes

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The network argues that a lawsuit from Rod Wheeler over a Seth Rich story must fail because the plaintiff echoed the fabricated statements elsewhere. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Charles Payne, Fox News Sued by Political Commentator Who Says She Was Raped

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Scottie Hughes says she was raped, retaliated against and defamed. Fox News says her lawsuit is a "shameful" publicity stunt. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Fox News Channel

Matthews: Donald Trump Has Lowered The Bar For Decency | Hardball | MSNBC

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The Shameful Embrace of Sean Spicer at the Emmys - The New York Times

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"I’m an awards-show geek who usually spends the morning after the Emmys or Oscars nattering about who was unjustly robbed, who was unwisely dressed and whether it’s a felony in Hollywood to consume more than 300 calories a meal, because it sure looks that way.

@Daca Abraham Lincoln and Mexico: A History of Courage, Intrigue and Unlikely Friendships by Michael Hogan. How America stole half of Mexico

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Natasha Bertrand: Robert Mueller's Probe Shifting To Criminal Investigat.

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Student tries to get undocumented girl deported, he gets expelled instead | theGrio

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Student tries to get undocumented girl deported, he gets expelled instead | theGrio

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