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Hollywood Confronts a Copyright Argument With Potential for Mass Disruption

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Who really owns the CG characters in blockbuster films like 'Avengers' and 'Night at the Museum'? On Monday, a judge was told it's not the studios. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Will Congress Bring Songwriters a Lump of Coal or Justice?

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It is axiomatic that as government expands, liberty contracts. Songwriters are among the most highly regulated workers in America, so on the continuum of liberty, guess where songwriters score? Most people are surprised by that unadulterated, and rather bleak, fact.

When Does a Sexual Advance Amount to Sexual Harassment? An Attorney Explains (Guest Column)

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In the Harvey Weinstein situation, an actor or crew member working on a film that he produced, or any person working at The Weinstein Co., would be an employee under the law. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Movies THR Online

Frederica Wilson 2015 video shows White House Chief of Staff John Kelly got it wrong - Sun Sentinel Chief of Staff and General Kelly John Kelly blatantly lied about Fredrica Wilson. This racist General should resign now. He has defamed Congressman Wilson and is not fit to serve. Watch her whole speech. He fabricated everything he said. General Kelly has no honor!

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"White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, criticizing Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, misrepresented a 2015 speech she made at the opening of a new FBI building, an exclusive South Florida Sun Sentinel video of her speech shows.

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Russo and Risch on Virtual Copyright @ProfRisch

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Jack Russo, ComputerLaw Group, LLP, and Michael Risch, Villanova University School of Law, are publishing Virtual Copyright in The Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality (Woody Barfield and Marc Blitz eds., 2018). Here is the abstract. This book chapter explores

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Wilson responds to John Kelly (full interview) General Kelly lied according to Congressman Frederica Wilson and use a racially tinged insult.

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Post on The Classic First Amendment Tradition Under Stress: Freedom of Speech and the University @YaleLawSch

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Robert Post, Yale Law School, has published The Classic First Amendment Tradition Under Stress: Freedom of Speech and the University. Here is the abstract. This forthcoming chapter in a book to be edited by Lee Bollinger and Geoffrey Stone scrutinizes

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FCC Political Broadcasting Rules for Write-In Candidates

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In these last few weeks before the many municipal elections that will be occurring in November in states across the country, I have recently received several questions about a broadcaster’s legal obligations toward write-in candidates who want to run advertising on a radio or television station.

Supreme Court Denies Appeals of Notable Data Scraping, Computer Fraud Decisions from Ninth Circuit

New Media and Technology Law

This past week, the Supreme Court denied the petitions for certiorari in two noteworthy Ninth Circuit decisions that had interpreted the scope of liability under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in the context of wrongful access of company networks by employees and in instances involving unwanted data scraping from publicly available websites. See Power Ventures, Inc. Facebook, Inc. , 844 F.3d 1058 (9 th Cir. 2016), cert. denied (Oct. 10, 2017); Nosal v. U.S. , 828 F.3d

Trump’s mindless cruelty to a soldier’s widow speaks to the core of his character - The Washington Post

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"By Eugene Robinson Opinion writer October 19 at 7:57 PM One person who obviously didn’t know ‘what he was signing up for’ is President Trump. Others include Trump voters who believed they were electing a decent human being to be commander in chief.

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Walker on Investigative Journalism and Counter Terrorism Laws

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Clive Walker, University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, has published Investigative Journalism and Counter Terrorism Laws at 31 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy 129 (2017). Here is the abstract. Since terrorism is now perceived

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Court Rejects Appeal of FCC Decision Not to Mandate Multilingual EAS Alerts – Highlighting Requirement that Broadcasters Report To Their SECC in Early November About Emergency Information to Non-English Speakers

Broadcast Law Blog

The United States Court of Appeals yesterday issued an order denied the appeal of an FCC order that rejected a requirement that multilingual EAS alerts be provided in every market. We wrote about the FCC’s proceeding here and here.

'Wolf of Wall Street' Producers Push for End to "Libel in Fiction" Lawsuit

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Paramount Pictures, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio fight claims from the former general counsel at Stratton Oakmont. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Must Read Post by @miramulholland on the Significance of the Loss of Professional Creators

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A fallen black soldier being disrespected? That's not an aberration in America. The reported treatment of Sergeant La David Johnson’s family is part of this country’s ugly history regarding black people and the military. | Ameer Hasan Loggins | Opinion | The Guardian

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"Donald Trump’s reported response to Myeshia Johnson, widow of slain soldier Sergeant La David Johnson, has the 45th president of the United States in the thick of yet another controversy.

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Tsesis on Social Media Accountability for Terrorist Propaganda @LoyolaLaw

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Alexander Tsesis, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, is publishing Social Media Accountability for Terrorist Propaganda in volume 86 of the Fordham Law Review (2017). Here is the abstract. Terrorist organizations have found social media websites to be invaluable for

Update: Comment Dates Set on FCC Proposal to Abolish Requirement for Paper Copies of FCC Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

The comment dates have now been set on the FCC’s proposal to abolish the requirement that licensees of certain classes of broadcast stations (including translators and auxiliary stations) maintain a paper copy of the FCC rules. We wrote about that proposal, one of the first actions of Chairman Pai under the Modernization of Media Regulation initiative, here and here.

Major Studios, Streamers Declare Legal War on TickBox

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"What TickBox actually sells is nothing less than illegal access to Plaintiffs’ copyrighted content," a lawyer for the studios and streamers says. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Harvey Weinstein Could Still Be Prosecuted for Rape In Utah

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The state stops the clock when an alleged offender is out of state, keeping old felony cases alive for prosecution — but there are practical hurdles and possible constitutional challenges. read more. THR, Esq. Business Home Movies Television Business THR Online Harvey Weinstein Rose McGowan autopla

Johnny Depp Sues Longtime Talent Lawyer for Malpractice, Wants $30M in Fees Returned

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The actor claims attorney Jake Bloom and his firm collected more than $30 million in fees without a written contract. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Johnny Depp

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Harvey Weinstein and Steve Bannon: The Troubled Business Relationship Revealed

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And the huge, ongoing fraud lawsuit that accuses Weinstein of using Bannon's old company — and ESPN, WWE, Discovery, and others — as a piggy bank. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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Netflix Settles With Executive Claiming Widespread Sexual Harassment

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A former Netflix HR director accused the company of routinely "tolerating harassment and discrimination" by its executives. Netflix denies it, but settled a case. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Movies Television Culture Tech Business THR Online Automotive NSFW autoplay

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'Spinal Tap' Lawsuit Now Seeks Confirmation That Creators Reclaimed Rights

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Is Vivendi sticking Harry Shearer with the bill for defending a profit participation lawsuit? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online

VidAngel Files for Bankruptcy Amid Hollywood Legal Battle

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The family-friendly streaming service has no plans to curb its offerings or back off the litigation. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Disney Seeks Reimbursement of Some of Its $177M "Pink Slime" Payout

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ABC's parent company files a lawsuit against AIG Specialty Insurance Company. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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Trump's Justice Department Lawyers Ask Court to Toss Twitter Users' Lawsuit

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The DOJ argues Trump's tweeting isn't "state action" and its supporting statements imply the site would be well within its rights to ban the president if it wanted to. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics THR Online

BuzzFeed Invokes Reporter's Privilege to Shield Trump Dossier Source

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Aleksej Gurbarev wants to know the identity of the source after learning BuzzFeed didn't get the spy report from Fusion GPS. read more. THR, Esq. Business Politics Tech Business THR Online

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Lisa Bloom Reveals Why She Took On Harvey Weinstein as a Client

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"I saw this as a unique opportunity to change the way these stories go," says the lawyer. "I I was wrong. It turns out nobody is ready to hear an apology when a shocking story comes out." read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Harvey Weinstein

Lionsgate Beats $55M Lawsuit for Overdubbing Actress' Voice in Movie

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An appeals court says Paz de la Huerta hasn't offered proof of damages from a second actress recording voiceover narration in "Nurse 3D." read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Trump Isn’t Hitler. But the Lying … - The New York Times

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Charles's Blow's last question is also the one I have and I have my doubts. "It It is a commonly accepted rule among those who are in the business of argument, especially online, that he or she who invokes Adolf Hitler, either in oratory or essays, automatically forfeits the argument.

From Lincoln to Trump, how presidents console families of fallen soldiers - The Washington Post

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On May 25, 1861, Abraham Lincoln sat down to write a New York oyster salesman and his wife what was probably his first condolence letter of the Civil War. “My My dear Sir and Madam,” he began, “in the untimely loss of your noble son, our affliction here, is scarcely less than your own.”

Al Franken Cross-Examines Jeff Sessions On Lying About Russian Meeting

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Demagogue - a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument. #LiarInChief

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Madison and Lombardi on Blurred Justice: The "Blurred Lines" Case @ChanceyGardener

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Allen D. Madison, University of South Dakota Law School, and Paul Lombardi, University of South Dakota School of Music, are publishing Blurred Justice in volume 38 of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review (2018). Here is the abstract