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Judge Rules Milwaukee Flouted U.S. Constitution in Response to 'Pokemon Go' Craze

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The city didn't like the prospect of rare flora being trampled by game players. A federal judge warns of censorship. read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

Why Spotify Needs A Magistrate

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Spotify was served in federal court in Nashville with two new lawsuits for massive copyright infringement by parties represented by Richard Busch (who has a strong track record in the area). Based on the allegations in the complaint and reports about what appear to be breaches of Spotify’s recently concluded settlement with NMPA, it seems abundantly clear that when it comes to mechanical royalties, the company is simply not getting it done. It must be asked, where is the board?

Hey Alexa, Where’s My Money? Address Unknown Update Courtesy of Paperchain

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We get an update this week on the total “address unknown” mass NOIs filed with the Copyright Office for the royalty-free windfall loophole. This time we have to thank our our friends at Paperchain in Sydney for doing the work of decompressing the massive numbers of unsearchable compressed files posted on the Copyright Office website. As you can see, there’s been an increase of approximately 70% since January 2017. (For background, see my article.).

Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect - The New York Times

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"WASHINGTON — Republican Senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah declared Monday night they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, for now killing a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement."

Incentive Auction Developments – Payments to TV Stations Giving Up Their Spectrum Announced and Bill Introduced to Provide More Funds for Repacking Reimbursement for TV, Radio and LPTV Stations

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Earlier this week, we wrote about some of the upcoming dates for broadcasters in the TV incentive auction process – particularly those dealing with the repacking process. Developments continue, with the FCC yesterday issuing a Public Notice announcing that stations that relinquished their spectrum in the incentive auction will be receiving their payouts from the proceeds of the auction – with such payouts beginning immediately as they can be processed by the Treasury Department.

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Disney Facing VFX Firm's Injunction Bid on Three Blockbuster Films

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"Guardians of the Galaxy," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and "Beauty and the Beast" are now under the microscope for use of facial capture technology. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Comic-Con: This Year's Convention Comes With a Judge's Gag Order

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With a trial looming, a judge expresses concern about what's being discussed on social media. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online Comic-Con 2017

Global Firm DLA Piper Expands Hollywood Reach With Liner Merger

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On Oct. 1, the boutique and the global firm will become one. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

Netflix Accused of Stealing 'Burning Sands' Story in New Lawsuit

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An author and educator says the film is based on his book of the same name. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Netflix

Taylor Swift's Expert on Types of Men Who Assault Women Rejected by Judge in Groping Lawsuit

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The expert's opinions on why victims of sexual harassment and assault don't always immediately report the crimes is still allowed. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

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James Woods Drops Lawsuit Over "Cocaine Addict" Tweet After Getting Trophy Letter

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The actor filed a $10 million libel action two years ago. Then, the anonymous defendant died. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Culture Business THR Online

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Frank Miller Sued by Ex-Business Manager Over Alleged Unpaid Fees

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Mark Lichtman says Miller's business associated conspired to get him fired. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

'Dear Evan Hansen' Producer Seeks $524K in Dispute Over Elvis Presley Show

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Tony Award winning producer Darren Bagert claims Pulse Evolution breached a deal for "The King." read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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Fox News Radio Asks Court to Toss Correspondent's Lawsuit

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The network says the Jerusalem-based ex-employee should be compelled to arbitration if allowed to pursue her claims. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

Tim Westergren Steps Down at Pandora

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In a reshuffle of Pandora’s executive team, founder Tim Westergren is stepping down as Pandora’s CEO along with other senior executives. This follows a series of missteps that have gotten significant amounts of ink, including from my own pen over the years. It is important to remember that Tim worked very, very hard to turn his music genome idea into a public company.

People in Denmark Are Much Happier Than People in the United States. Her.

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Pardon me? Legal experts doubt Trump could absolve himself in Russia inquiry | US news | The Guardian

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"An apropos-of-nothing assertion by Donald Trump on Twitter on Saturday morning, that ‘all agree the US president has the complete power to pardon’, raised interesting questions: How broad is the president’s pardoning power, and does it extend to self-pardons?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson - Why I am Agnostic

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Neil de Grasse Tyson on the afterlife. Very moving.

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Why America Can’t Quit O.J. Simpson

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"As a nation, we can’t stop watching and talking about O.J. Simpson. His parole hearing this week was shown on all four major broadcast networks and several cable outlets. Over 13 million people tuned in. A few weeks ago, JAY-Z released a music video for “The Story Of O.J.,”

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Why does the Trump administration have no qualms about lying to the American people?

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The Bogus Voter-Fraud Commission - The New York Times

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"The truth can’t be repeated often enough: The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which held its first meeting last week, is a sham and a scam.

MSNBC BREAKING NEWS 7/22/17 Report: Russian Mob Money Helped Build Donal.

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Trump’s Russian Laundromat | New Republic

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review of the public record reveals a clear and disturbing pattern: Trump owes much of his business success, and by extension his presidency, to a flow of highly suspicious money from Russia.

CNN hosts flabbergasted by Trump’s inability to speak coherent English i.

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Washington Post: Trump Seeks Advice On Pardoning Himself, Family Members.

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Indivisible National Day of Action - July 18, 2017

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President Trump Casually Makes Another Damning Admission: The Daily Show

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Senators to Trump: take a 'moral' stand on immigrants | US news | The Guardian

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"A top Republican senator has challenged Donald Trump to make “a moral decision” on the fate of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, part of a revamped bipartisan push to grant permanent residency to so-called Dreamers.

Trump Turns on Sessions Amid Russia Probe: A Closer Look

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Somalis in Minneapolis Shocked and Saddened by Police Shooting - The New York Times

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"A day before the shooting, a lawsuit accusing Officer Noor and two of his colleagues of misconduct was filed in federal court.

Six ways Trump is 'dismantling' the US after six months in office | US news | The Guardian

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"Trump has been paralyzed on healthcare and tax reform, but his administration has been active in eroding safeguards and protections elsewhere " (Via.). Six ways Trump is 'dismantling' the US after six months in office | US news | The Guardian

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NY Subpoenas Records On Huge Manafort Loans From Small Bank: WSJ | Rache.

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The Republican Health-Care Meltdown | The New Yorker

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"If the Republican Party’s crusade to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is truly over, Monday night provided a fittingly sudden and chaotic ending.

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