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

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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.

Shapira on How the Legal System Facilitates Investigative Journalism

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Roy Shapira, Stigler Center, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Interdisciplinary Center, is publishing Law As Source: How the Legal System Facilitates Investigative Journalism in volume 37 of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Here is the abstract. Legal

YouTube Recruits Children to Lobby Against Article 13

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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.

Gould on Whether the "Hate" In Hate Speech Is the "Hate" In Hate Crime @rrgould

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Rebecca Gould, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is publishing Is the ‘Hate’ in Hate Speech the ‘Hate’ in Hate Crime? Waldron and

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

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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.

Nadler: Trump payments likely impeachable

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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.

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

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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.

Carl Bernstein: This could make the world tremble

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

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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.

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

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

Sheff on Philosophical Approaches To Intellectual Property Law Scholarship @jnsheff

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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.

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

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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?

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Undocumented staff claim Trump golf club hired them

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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 ).

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.

North Carolina Becomes Second State to Mandate Technology Training for Lawyers

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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.

Prosecutors’ Narrative Is Clear: Trump Defrauded Voters. But What Does It Mean? - The New York Times

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"WASHINGTON — The latest revelations by prosecutors investigating President Trump and his team draw a portrait of a candidate who personally directed an illegal scheme to manipulate the 2016 election and whose advisers had more contact with Russia than Mr. Trump has ever acknowledged.

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 ).

Fair Winds and Following Seas All the Way Home

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

Hudson on Justice Kennedy and the First Amendment @BelmontLaw

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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

This Blog’s 16th Birthday is Sweet Indeed

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After 16 years, I guess I’m finally eligible to get my blogger learner’s permit. It was 16 years ago this week, on Nov. 19, 2002, that I launched this blog. The original purpose was to “post news and reviews of Web sites of interest to the legal profession.” ” Since then, I’ve expanded to cover legal technology generally, including social media and ethics. I’ve had some companies tell me this blog was responsible for launching their sales.

School Segregation in 2018

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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.

Artist Rights Watch COUNTDOWN TO MODERNITY (11/23): Key Dates and Accomplishments for the Mechanical Licensing Collective Under the Music Modernization Act

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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.” ” Recall that the Register of Copyrights gets to pick the entity to operate as the Mechanical Licensing Collective.

Call for Papers: 2019 University of Massachusetts Law Review Roundtable Symposium on Law and Media

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From the mailbox: The UMass Law Review has issued the following call for papers. Download the call in PDF here, and please share it with any interested scholarly communities. UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LAW REVIEW CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

27 Additions to My List of Legal Tech Startups

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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.

The Integratiopn Of The New York City Schools Part 2 A Personal Narrative

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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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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.

Long on Copyright Reform in the 21st Century: Adding Privacy Considerations Into the Normative Mix

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Doris Estelle Long, John Marshall Law School, is publishing Copyright Reform in the 21st Century: Adding Privacy Considerations into the Normative Mix in Making Copyright Work for the Asian Pacific: Juxtaposing Harmonisation with Flexibility (ANU Press 2018). Here is the

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

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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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Prosecutors implicate Trump in 2 crimes in 2016 campaign

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FCC Starts Warning Stations of Noncompliance with Online Public Inspection File Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

This morning, the FCC has started to email out notices to numerous radio stations throughout the country, notifying them that there are issues with their online public inspection files. The email notices do not reveal what the specific problem is – but instead simply say that there are issues and ask for notice of corrective actions to the FCC.

“Cyberattack” Campaign That Purportedly Flooded YouTube Channel with “Dislikes” Not a CFAA Violation

New Media and Technology Law

A recent dispute between an advertiser AXTS Inc. AXTS”) and a video production company GY6vids (“GY6”) produced an interesting issue involving the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) – that is, whether an entity that allegedly overloaded another company’s YouTube channel content with a flood of “dislikes” following a contractual dispute is liable under the CFAA for accessing a protected computer “without authorization.” ( AXTS Inc. GY6vids LLC , No. 18-00821 (D. 24, 2018)).

New Belarusian Regulation Requires Posters To Identify Themselves

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Via Bloomberg News: a new Belarusian regulation now requires people to verify their identities before they can post comments on Internet sites. The rule takes effect December 1, 2018. More here

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

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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.