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Thank You Senator @MarkWarner, but Senator @RonWyden is the Perfect Leader in the Fight Against Behavioral Addiction

Music Technology Policy

Senator Mark Warner has released a (or leaked) a comprehensive plan to combat fake news and foreign manipulation of the American electorate through Silicon Valley.

Ruby Receptionists Introduces Plan Tailored (And Priced) For Solos

Media Law

The virtual receptionist service for law firms and other businesses, Ruby Receptionists , introduced a new plan this week designed specifically for solo attorneys and solo business owners.

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How do you Persuade Your Competitors and Colleagues to Comply with Copyrights and Contract Provisions? – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

VIDEO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: How do you persuade your competitors and colleagues to comply with copyrights and contract provisions?

LAWCLERK, Where Firms Can Hire Freelance Lawyers, Now Integrates With Clio

Media Law

LAWCLERK , a legal services marketplace where solo and small-firm attorneys can hire freelance lawyers for short-term projects, is announcing today its new integration with the practice management platform Clio.

The Times of London Confirms that Google is Behind Astroturf “Opposition” to Article 13

Music Technology Policy

Since the earliest days of MTP , we’ve been pushing what has come to be called the “value gap”–the margin of profit that Big Tech makes from playing games with the DMCA safe harbor (and the Section 230 safe harbor in the Communications Decency Act).

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Utah Nears Licensing of Paralegals to Practice Law in Limited Circumstances

Media Law

Utah is on track to become the second state to license non-lawyers to practice law in limited circumstances, similar to the limited license legal technician (LLLT) program pioneered by Washington state. The Utah Supreme Court has approved a new class of legal professional called the licensed paralegal practitioner. New rules governing LPPs take effect Nov. 1, and classes to train LPPs are slated to begin this fall at Utah Valley University.

Lemley on Privacy, Property, and Publicity

Media Law Prof Blog

Mark A. Lemley, Stanford Law School, has published Privacy, Property, and Publicity as a Stanford Public Law Working Paper. Here is the abstract. In Jennifer Rothman’s new book The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public Age, she argues

The "Bolton Effect" Trumps Announces US Abrogation of Treaty Banning Weapons In Space - Outer Space Treaty

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The "Bolton Effect" #IdiotInChief has just announced his intention to abrogate America's treaty which bans weapons in space.

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Comment Dates Set on FCC Proposals for Dealing with False EAS Alerts

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, we wrote about FCC changes to its EAS rules , including the adoption (not yet effective) of a requirement that a broadcast station report to the FCC when they broadcast a false EAS alert.

On LawNext: LegalZoom’s GC on the Company’s $500 Million Investment

Media Law

Earlier this week, as I reported here , the online legal services company LegalZoom announced a $500 million secondary investment , the largest investment ever in a legal technology company. It comes as the company continues to expand both its services and its geographic reach. With a valuation of $2 billion and a customer base of 4 million, what will this investment mean for LegalZoom now and into the future?

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David Crosby’s Streaming Royalties

Music Technology Policy

David Crosby was in this band called The Byrds which covered “Mr. Tambourine Man” aka Bob Dylan’s first #1 hit as a songwriter. Then he was in another band called Crosby Stills Nash & Young. He’s done a lot of other things, too, but I mention those two bands because each of those bands were inducted into the Rock Hall. That’s right–David Crosby was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice.

Baltimore Sun Website Fundraiser For Capital Gazette Families

Media Law Prof Blog

At the Baltimore Sun's website: items to support a fundraiser for the Capital Gazette familes. More here. The Baltimore Sun will donate 100% of the net proceeds from Free Speech Collection sales through 10/31/18 to The Capital Gazette Families Fund

Opinion | Brian Kemp, Enemy of Democracy - The New York Times - This is the racist Republican candidate for Governor. #ResistanceIsNotFutile

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"The Republican runoff for the governorship in Georgia last month seemed like a cage match to see who could best mimic President Trump. The primary combatants, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Casey Cagle, ran on a platform of a hatred of “illegal” immigrants and a love of guns.

More on the Need to Make Clear Who Owns Digital and Social Media Assets

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, we wrote about legal issues for podcasters , and made the point that media companies should be making clear by contract or otherwise who owns the podcasts that their employees and independent contractors have created.

Guest Post: How Amazon’s Twitch.tv Cheats Music Creators

Music Technology Policy

Guest post* by Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. This article was first posted on Forbes.com and previously on themusicindustrylawyer.com.]. Music creators (songwriters and performing artists) and rights’ owners (music publishers and record labels) are not collecting a new and substantial source of income – and most of them are not aware they are not collecting it. Enter Twitch, the website exploiting creators and owners without paying for a single cent of music usage. What is Twitch.

The Cost of Tariffs To Local Journalism

Media Law Prof Blog

From CBS News, a report that the Administration's tariff on groundwood paper, imported from Canada, may have a devastating effect on local newspapers because it raises the cost of printing those papers

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More than 100 large wildfires in US as six new blazes erupt. The fires have scorched states from Washington to New Mexico, with California among the hardest hit, | World news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday.

Overpower FM Translator Prompts $12,000 FCC Fine

Broadcast Law Blog

In an Order released earlier this week , the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau imposed a $12,000 fine on the licensee of an FM translator in California because FCC inspections revealed that the translator was operating above its licensed power. The FCC found that the station was operating with a Transmitter Power Output of 7.5 watts, yielding an Effective Radiated Power of 33.7 watts, when the station was only licensed for.005 watts TPO and 10 watts ERP.

Lex Machina Extends Its Analytics To Insurance Litigation

Media Law

The legal analytics platform Lex Machina , which is owned by LexisNexis, has been steadily expanding its coverage into new practice areas, and today has added insurance litigation.

HFA is Getting Blamed Unfairly — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

When you’ve been around as long as the Harry Fox Agency, you’re going to make some enemies, screw some things up, over react and over reach. You’re also going to do a lot of things right, make some friends and do some good. But most of all, you’re going to be the whipping boy […].

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Adler on Why Art Does Not Need Copyright @nyulaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Amy Adler, New York University School of Law, is publishing Why Art Does Not Need Copyright in volume 86 of the George Washington Law Review (2018). Here is the abstract. This Article explores the escalating battles between visual art and

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A year after Charlottesville, white nationalist views creep into politics | World news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"No one would argue that the last year hasn’t been a rough one for the white nationalist movement in America. In fact, a not insignificant number of column inches has been written about how the movement is all but dead.

FCC Adopts Incubator Program To Assist New Radio Owners – What Does it Provide?

Broadcast Law Blog

At its meeting last week, the FCC adopted a Report and Order creating an incubator program to incentivize existing broadcasters to assist new entrants to get into broadcast ownership. The FCC in its order last year relaxing TV local ownership rules and abolishing the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule had agreed to adopt an incubator program (see our articles here and here ).

LegalZoom Zooms Into $500 Million Secondary Investment

Media Law

The legal services company LegalZoom today announced a $500 million secondary investment led by Francisco Partners and GPI Capital, with Franklin Templeton Investments and Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers also participating. Existing investors will retain meaningful stakes in the company, the announcement said. Global private equity firm Permira will remain the largest shareholder.

Billions and Billions: Carl Sagan Meets the Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

According to a post in Variety, there seems to be a rather large chunk of cash sitting at the digital music services. As Artist Rights Watch posted, Variety’s initial story read: The DSPs are holding some $1.5 billion in unmatched mechanical royalties. If the MMA passes, that money would be passed through to the MLC which would match it to the songwriters and publishers.

Hristov and Naplatanova on The Stereotype of Military Towards Journalists and Work with Embedded Reporters in Missions and Operations Abroad @GabiNaplatanova

Media Law Prof Blog

Neno Hristov and Gabriela Naplatanova, National Defense Academy, Bulgaria, have published The Stereotypes of Military Towards Journalists and Work with Embedded Reporters in Missions and Operations Abroad, as part of the 5th International Conference on Education, Social Sciences and Humanities

Tamara Johnson Shealey was live — with David Slavin and John Armwood. Tamara Johnson Shealey with David Slavin and John Armwood. Who Are These Candidates, midterms 2018?

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A Presentation on Legal Issues for Podcasters – Who Owns What?

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, I spoke at Podcast Movement 2018 – a large conference of podcasters held in Philadelphia. My presentation, Legal Issues In Podcasting – What Broadcasters Need to Know , was part of the Broadcasters Meet Podcasters Track. The slides from my presentation are available here.

LawNext Episode 5: Dan Linna On Indexing Innovation At Law Firms And Law Schools

Media Law

Two years ago, James Sandman , president of the Legal Services Corporation , urged that one way to accelerate technology adoption in the legal industry would be to assess and rank law firms based on their use of technology. Last year, Daniel W. Linna Jr. then director of L LegalRND: The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law, decided to tackle that project.

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Rule Takers vs. Rule Makers: Congress Should Support Startups in the Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

If you read the current version of the Music Modernization Act , you may fine that it’s more about government mandates that entrench incumbents than a streamlined blanket compulsory license that helps startups climb the ladder. Yet in the weeds of MMA we find startups dealt out of governance by rule makers and forced as a rule taker to ante up payments by their competitors in a game that the bill makes into the only game in town.

Franks on Feminism and the First Amendment @ma_franks

Media Law Prof Blog

Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law, is publishing Beyond 'Free Speech for the White Man': Feminism and the First Amendment in Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence (Cynthia Bowman & Robin West, eds., Elgar, 2018, Forthcoming). Here is

Federal judge threatens to hold Sessions in contempt of court

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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EAS Updates – Nationwide Test, Filing Deadline for Revised Form 1, and New Rules for Use of EAS Tones and Reporting of False Alerts

Broadcast Law Blog

The last month has been one where there has been lots of activity dealing with EAS. The FCC announced that it will be conducting a Nationwide EAS Test on September 20, 2018. The FCC has been conducting these Nationwide tests routinely over the last few years (see, for instance, our articles here and here on past tests). This test will include wireless carriers as well as broadcasters.

Law Students At BYU, Arizona, Team Up To Reduce Evictions Through Design Thinking

Media Law

Law students at BYU Law School’s year-old LawX Legal Design Lab and the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s newly launched Innovation for Justice program will join forces this year to explore ways to reduce evictions in their home states of Utah and Arizona and beyond.