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Gordon Firemark named among Best Lawyers in America for third year in a row.

Gordon P. Firemark

For the third year in a row, I have been selected by my peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2019 edition) for my work in the field of Entertainment Law – Theatre. Obviously, I'm honored, and grateful that I've earned the respect of my fellow attorneys. More information can be found at [link]. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post Gordon Firemark named among Best Lawyers in America for third year in a row.

Media Publish Responses To Trump's War on the Press

Media Law Prof Blog

From CNN: The Topeka Capital-Journal joins other media in publishing an editorial condemning Trump's anti-press messages. More about the coordinated messages here from CNBC, CNN, the Guardian

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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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James Lovelock, the Prophet Eminent scientist says global warming is irreversible – and over 6 billion people will perish at the end of the century

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"At the age of eighty-eight, after four children and a long and respected career as one of the twentieth century’s most influential scientists, James Lovelock has come to an unsettling conclusion: The human race is doomed. “I

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Pashler and Heriot on Perceptions of Newsworthiness and Political Usefulness Biases @hpashler @GailHeriot

Media Law Prof Blog

Hal Pashler, University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychology, and Gail L. Heriot, University of San Diego School of Law, have published Perceptions of Newsworthiness are Contaminated by a Political Usefulness Bias as San Diego Legal Studies Paper No

Opinion | John Brennan: President Trump’s Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"That’s why the president revoked my security clearance: to try to silence anyone who would dare challenge him. Mr. Brennan was director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2013 to 2017.

Greatest Hits from 100 episodes – Entertainment Law Update Episode 100

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link]. Here's what we talked about. PART I-CURRENT NEWS: COPYRIGHT OVER LAWS, IT’S STILL AN ISSUE: CONSENT DECREES COMMENT PERIOD: EMPIRE LAWSUIT GETS REVIVED: Greatest Hits – Important Cases. The Slants. Kirtsaeng (I&II). Raging Bull. Aereo. Utah Joins the Case History.

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.

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.

Smith on Fake Facts, Copyright Law, and the Factual Estoppel Doctrine @CathaySmith

Media Law Prof Blog

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, has published Fake Facts, Copyright Law, and the Factual Estoppel Doctrine. Here is the abstract. Fake news may be trending, but fake news is not a new phenomenon, nor is it the

Sea life in 'peril' as ocean temperatures hit all-time high in San Diego | Environment | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Sea life in 'peril' as ocean temperatures hit all-time high in San Diego | Environment | The Guardian

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In a Divided Opinion, California Supreme Court Squashes End Run around CDA Immunity That Sought to Compel a Non-Party Online Platform to Remove Defamatory Content

New Media and Technology Law

In a closely-followed dispute, the California Supreme Court vacated a lower court order, based upon a default judgment in a defamation action, which had directed Yelp, Inc. Yelp”), a non-party to the original suit, to take down certain consumer reviews posted on its site. Hassell v. Bird , No. S235968, 2018 WL 3213933 (Cal. July 2, 2018)).

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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RIP Aretha Franklin

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#irespectmusic campaign Aretha Franlin

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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

#RacisInChief Sarah Sanders' TERRIBLE Explanation Of Diversity In Trump's White House

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More Action Appears to be Coming on AM Revitalization – Looking at Revising Interference Protection for Class A Clear Channel Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, in a speech this week at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Summer Convention (the text of the speech is available here ), announced that he has circulated to the other Commissioners for review and approval a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking looking to make changes to AM interference standards. Specifically, he said that the NPRM would look at Class A AM interference standards.

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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Facebook’s Campbell Brown Demonstrates Ontological Smugness of the Ship Jumper

Music Technology Policy

We’ve all experienced the sneering smugness of the executives at YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Amazon looking down their noses at artists and labels (especially independents). Never a problem with Apple in my experience, by the way, gee I wonder why.).

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

When it comes to lying, Trump is nonstop - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

“Everybody in politics lies,” Hollywood mogul David Geffen once said of Bill and Hillary Clinton. But they do it with such ease, it’s troubling.” Geffen had a point — but he had not yet seen President Trump in action.

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.

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.

Must Read: @AnneMarieSteele: An insightful interview with Jody Gerson about songwriting and breaking artists

Music Technology Policy

[This interview is one of the best statements of what signing and breaking a songwriter or an artist is all about. When I was reading Jody Gerson’s interview I remember when I asked David Anderle once why we didn’t do bidding wars at A&M. He said quite simply that A&M helped compelling artists make great records and then stuck with them until they found an audience. They didn’t all work out but it wasn’t for lack of trying. That had nothing to do with bidding wars.].

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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Trump Calls Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘That Dog’ in His Latest Insult - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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.

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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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.

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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Opinion | Documenting ‘Slavery by Another Name’ in Texas - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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.

Why I Close My Doors For a Conference

Media Law

After three years of attending the Clio Cloud Conference , the jazzy, New Orleans legal tech conference hosted by leading cloud-based practice management software provider Clio, Billie Tarascio had had it.