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Motorcycles, Satanic Sculptures, and Girl Scouts, Oh My! – Entertainment Law Update Episode 103

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. 9th CIRC. DENIES CBS A REHEARING in Pre ‘72 Recordings Case. AMERICAN AIRLINES LOGO DENIED COPYRIGHT PROTECTION. PSA: MISCHIEF IN THE TRADEMARK SERVERS. STURGIS MOTORCYCLES V RUSHMORE PHOTO & GIFTS.

Wendy! Wendy! Peter’s Off His Meds Again! CEO Madness Sets in At Facebook

Music Technology Policy

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Gordon P. Firemark, Attorney at Law Receives 2018 Los Angeles Award

Gordon P. Firemark

Press Release. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Gordon P. Firemark, Attorney at Law Receives 2018 Los Angeles Award. Los Angeles Award Program Honors the Achievement. LOS ANGELES October 24, 2018 — Gordon P. Firemark, Attorney at Law has been selected for the 2018 Los Angeles Award in the Attorney category by the Los Angeles Award Program.

The First Rule of Lawfare: Is Google’s Active Measures Campaign on Article 13 a Trial Run for Election Meddling by a US Non-State Actor?

Music Technology Policy

Well, I wake up in the morning. Fold my hands and pray for rain. I got a head full of ideas. That are drivin’ me insane. It’s a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor. I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more. From Maggie’s Farm, written by Bob Dylan.

Offering Flat-Fee, Limited-Scope Legal Help, New Site Sounds Like Avvo Legal Services, But with Key Differences

Media Law

In July, six months after acquiring Avvo , Internet Brands said it was shutting down Avvo Legal Services , the controversial program that provided fixed-fee, limited-scope legal services through a network of attorneys and that had raised the ire of many an ethics regulator.

Keller on Internet Platforms: Observations on Speech, Danger, and Money @daphnehk @StanfordCIS

Media Law Prof Blog

Daphne Keller, Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, has published Internet Platforms: Observations on Speech, Danger, and Money as Hoover Institution's Aegis Paper Series; 1807 (2018). Here is the abstract. Policymakers increasingly ask Internet platforms like Facebook to

Buzzfeed News profiles Marc Randazza and explores his high-profile, controversial cases

The Legal Satyricon

Marc Randazza, the lawyer working to protect First Amendment rights of people spewing socially undesirable speech, recently opened up to Buzzfeed News about his devotion to the First Amendment and how representing neo-Nazis, trolls, and Satanists helps him uphold what he believes is one of the most important ideals this country was founded upon. The […]. ethics First Amendment free speech internet law law practice misc

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Save the Date: Nov. 28 Music Modernization Act at the Dallas Bar Association

Music Technology Policy

If you’ll be in Dallas, Texas on November 28, I will be discussing the Music Modernization Act at a luncheon sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Section. The meeting is scheduled for noon at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue in Dallas. The talk will focus mostly on the Music Licensing Collective and Digital Licensee Coordinator in Title I, but will also cover the Wyden Loophole in Title II for pre-72 recordings.

Project Provides Access to All U.S. Case Law, Covering 360 Years

Media Law

Launching today is the capstone to a massive project executed over the last three years to digitize all U.S. case law, some 6.4 million cases dating all the way back to 1658, a span of 360 years. The Caselaw Access Project site launching today makes all published U.S.

Rieger on Digitizing the Schoolhouse Gate @UFLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Joshua Rieger, University of Florida College of Law, has published Digitizing the Schoolhouse Gate: Protecting Students' Off-Campus Cyberspeech by Switching the Safety on Tinker's Trigger at 70 Florida Law Review 695 (2018). Here is the abstract. Secondary-school students regularly engage

Interview to Zoraida. Afrocolombiana from Medellin

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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New Leader at Needles Signals New Direction for this Case Management Company

Media Law

In a move that signals a new strategy for Needles, a company that provides case-management software for plaintiff-focused law firms, its owners have named a new leader to take charge of the brand and oversee the launch of its cloud version.

Geiger, Frosio, and Bulayenko on The EU Commission's Proposal To Reform Copyright Limitations @GCFrosio

Media Law Prof Blog

Christophe Geiger, Giancarlo Frosio, and Oleksandr Bulayenko, all of the University of Strasbourg, CEIPI, have published The EU Commission’s Proposal to Reform Copyright Limitations: A Good but Far Too Timid Step in the Right Direction at 40 European Intellectual Property

Do you need an ID to buy a box of cereal, as Donald Trump said? Of course not | PolitiFact

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Hey Alexa – Remind Me How Much You Are Increasing My SoundExchange Music Royalties

Broadcast Law Blog

At almost every broadcast conference, there is a discussion of using Alexa, Google Home and other smart speakers and digital assistants to increase the reach of broadcast radio stations. Discussions of how to get listeners to tune in and how to monetize the listeners on these new platforms are regularly included. But rarely is there a discussion of the music royalty impact of transitioning radio listeners to these digital platforms.

The TAZ, Pirate Utopias and YouTube’s Obsession with Safe Harbors

Music Technology Policy

“[A]s you begin to act in harmony with nature the Law garottes & strangles you – so don’t play the blessed liberal middleclass martyr – accept the fact that you’re a criminal & be prepared to act like one.” ” Hakim Bey from “ T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism”.

Just-Launched WindTalker Offers A Unique Approach to Document Encryption and Redaction

Media Law

Two months ago, I reported on a preview I’d seen of WindTalker , describing it as a document-security product unlike anything I’d seen. This week, WindTalker makes its formal debut, launching as a cloud-based content-security platform with an initial focus on the legal sector.

Szabados on Conflicts Between Fundamental Freedoms and Fundamental Rights in the Case Law of the CJEU @eotvox_uni

Media Law Prof Blog

Tamás Szabados, Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Private International Law and European Economic Law, is publishing Conflicts Between Fundamental Freedoms and Fundamental Rights in the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union: A Comparison With the

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Full Speech: Stacey Abrams Ends Candidacy For Georgia Governor. We are back in the 1880s-1890s. Voter Suppression has been the American way all but fifty years of this country's history. | NBC News

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WSJ Article on Geolocation Data Highlights Risks for Fund Managers

New Media and Technology Law

Last week the WSJ published an article detailing how companies are monetizing smartphone location data by selling it to hedge fund clients. The data vendor featured in the WSJ article obtains geolocation data from about 1,000 apps that fund managers use to predict trends involving public companies. However, as we’ve noted , the use of alternative data collection for investment research purposes may give rise to a host of potential issues under relevant laws.

What’s the Agenda at @TheAgenda?

Music Technology Policy

Google’s European charm offensive on “Article 13” has come to Canada in search of earned media. They got it last night on a previously-credible news show called The Agenda in the “ Struggling Artists and Copyright Rules ” episode. (For readers outside of Canada, the Agenda is one of the top news magazine television programs in Canada, hosted by the erudite Steve Paikin.).

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Legal Tech Entrepreneur and Blogger Ivy Grey Joins WordRake

Media Law

Ivy B. Grey , a well-known legal technology entrepreneur and blogger, has joined legal-editing software company WordRake as director of business strategy, the company is announcing today. Grey will be responsible for helping to accelerate WordRake’s growth and further develop the software.

Wischmeyer on The German Network Enforcement Act 2017

Media Law Prof Blog

Donald Trump Lashes Out As His Lawyers Prepared Answers For Robert Muell.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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FCC Reminder About Activation of the Online Public Inspection File – Potential Impact of Noncompliance at License Renewal Time

Broadcast Law Blog

By March 1 of 2018, all radio stations were to have activated their online public file. We wrote about how that activation should be done here , and answered other questions about the online public file for radio here. Yet, from my own review, and from what I have heard from engineers who conduct reviews of broadcaster’s FCC compliance for the Alternate Broadcast Inspection Programs sponsored by state broadcast associations, there remain stations that have not yet complied with the requirement.

Preserving the Bond

Music Technology Policy

France can be deceptively cold and really rather miserable in the late fall. This can be particularly true of the French mountains and the Vosges Mountains are no exception.

Results Are In: The Microsoft Office 365 eDiscovery Challenge Survey

Media Law

Hidy on Social Media Use and Viewpoint Discrimination @xuwcb

Media Law Prof Blog

Kathleen Hidy, Xavier University College of Business, is publishing Social Media Use and Viewpoint Discrimination: A First Amendment Judicial Tightrope Walk With Rights and Risks Hanging in the Balance in the Marquette Law Review. Here is the abstract. This Article

Conservatives Lawyers Concerned With President Donald Trump, Rule Of Law.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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FCC Opens Settlement Window for Mutually Exclusive LPTV and TV Translator Applications from the Special Displacement Window

Broadcast Law Blog

See SPOT Fall–Does the Decline of Spotify’s Stock Price Mean Anything? — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

What’s happening with the Spotify stock price? Chris Castle argues that the main downward driver for SPOT is the market catching up to the Spotify inflated DPO price and its subsequent insider-heavy stock sales. via See SPOT Fall–Does the Decline of Spotify’s Stock Price Mean Anything?

Farrah Pepper, Innovation Counsel for Marsh & McLennan, Wins Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award

Media Law

Farrah Pepper, chief legal innovation counsel for Marsh & McLennan Companies , has been named the winner of the fourth annual Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award, given in honor of my friend and former colleague Monica Bay , the longtime editor-in-chief of the the former ALM publication Law Technology News.

Tudon on Net Neutrality (A Primer)

Media Law Prof Blog

Jose Tudon M., ITAM Business School, has published A Primer on Net Neutrality. Here is the abstract. The Economist puts it best: “The details around network neutrality, the principle that internet-service providers (ISPs) must treat all sorts of web traffic

Opinion | How to Find Out What Facebook Knew - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"By The Editorial Board, www.nytimes.com November 15th, 2018 Only Congressional hearings can answer what the company knew about Russian meddling — and when. The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

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Demands to Pull Attack Ads in the Closing Days of the Election – What is a Station to Do?

Broadcast Law Blog

As we approach Election Day, the political ads seem to be getting more and more frequent, and often more and more nasty. We provided this overview of what a station should do when it gets an attack ad two years ago, and the ads have not become kinder in the intervening period, so we will publish it again (with a few revisions).

Artist Rights Watch COUNTDOWN TO MODERNITY (11/16): Key Dates and Accomplishments for the Mechanical Licensing Collective Under the Music Modernization Act

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 Mechancial Licesing Collective as required by the Music Modernization Act. We have called the chart the “Countdown to Modernity.” ” This chart is a work in progress, and if anyone sees anything wrong in it or something that should be clarified or corrected, please let us know.

Lex Machina Expands Its Employment Litigation Analytics with an ERISA Module

Media Law

I’ve noted in a number of posts here Lex Machina’s continuing expansion of its legal analytics into new practice areas, particularly since its acquisition by LexisNexis in 2015. Today Lex Machina is announcing a new module that adds ERISA litigation cases.