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Price Wars in Legal Research Mean Deals for Small Firms; I Compare Costs

Media Law

LexisNexis has quietly introduced transparent, flat-rate pricing for one- and two-lawyer law firms, with plans starting at $75 a month. This is good news for solo and small firms, and reflects the increasing array of legal research options they can choose from.

Bahadur on Newsworthiness as an Internet-Era Mitigant of Implicit Bias @washburnlaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Rory D. Bahadur, Washburn University School of Law, is publishing Newsworthiness as an Internet-Era Mitigant of Implicit Bias in volume 88 of the University of Missouri Kansas City Law Review (2019). Here is the abstract. Current application of the newsworthiness

20 Questions for New Artists Sidebar: The Economic Reality of Streaming

Music Technology Policy

Streaming is all the rage. But–it is cannibalizing higher margin goods, even digital goods. Because of the industry standard revenue share method of dividing up royalties, all artists essentially get a market share allocation of streaming service revenue based on the number of streams.

Franks on Fearless Speech @ma_franks

Media Law Prof Blog

Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law, is publishing Fearless Speech in volume 17 of the First Amendment Law Review (2019). Here is the abstract. The American conception of free speech is primarily defined as the freedom to

Fear of Impeachment Wealth And Nancy Pelosi

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Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and the July 8 SoundExchange Filing Deadline

Broadcast Law Blog

Recently, the Radio Music License Committee sent out a memo to broadcasters about a J uly 8, 2019 SoundExchange payment deadline for pre-1972 sound recordings. As with everything in copyright law, the issues surrounding pre-1972 sound recordings are complicated, and the RMLC notice, while seemingly straightforward, still resulted in our receiving lots of questions.

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20 Questions for New Artists Part 4: Band Administrator, Split Sheets and Co-Writer Agreements

Music Technology Policy

For the next few weeks, we’re going to post sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell some of which has been posted various places. This doesn’t constitute legal advice, or any intent to form the attorney-client relationship. Chris, Amy and others will also be publishing occasional excerpts from the “Artist Glossary of Industry Terms” as a companion guide. Band Administrator.

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Casetext’s New ‘SmartCite’ Citator Is Its Clever Answer to Shepard’s and KeyCite

Media Law

Knowing whether a case is good law is elemental to legal research. To do this, lawyers have long relied on citator services such as Shepard’s from LexisNexis and KeyCite from Westlaw.

What Powers Does a Formal Impeachment Inquiry Give the House? - Lawfare

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". As the confrontation escalates between the House of Representatives and the White House over the production of documents, the appearance of witnesses and compliance with congressional subpoenas, so too have calls for Democrats to initiate impeachment proceedings.

Looking at “Legal” Marijuana and CBD Advertising – A Presentation on the Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

Perhaps some of the most controversial areas in broadcast advertising are those surrounding the advertising of cannabis products. While many states claim to have legalized marijuana, either for medical or recreational purposes, the Federal government still considers its possession a felony , and has specific laws that criminalize the use of radio frequencies, the Internet, and publications to promote its use.

Where Was the Board? Some Thoughts on Potential Legal Issues in Pledge Music “Administration” Bankruptcy–Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

[This post first appeared on Artist Rights Watch ]. We’ve had a lot of questions about what is going on with the Pledge Music crowdfunding platform which appears to be either on its way or already in a bankruptcy filing according to reports.

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Smith on Copyright in Culinary Presentations @Cathay Smith

Media Law Prof Blog

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, has published Copyright in Culinary Presentations in Non-Conventional Copyright: Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?128-149 128-149 (Enrico Bonadio & Nicola Lucchi eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018). Here is the abstract. This chapter

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Wilson Sonsini’s Tech Subsidiary, SixFifty, Releases First Product, For Calif. Privacy Compliance

Media Law

In February, I reported here that law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati had launched a software subsidiary, SixFifty , to develop automated tools designed to make legal processes more efficient and affordable for businesses and individuals.

“We Don’t Want a Monarchy”: Rep. Al Green Says Democrats Have No Choice.

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What Do New Drug Ad Price Disclosures Mean for TV?

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted a new rule mandating, at some point later this year after Paperwork Reduction Act approval, that prescription drug advertising on TV contain certain price information. Specifically, HHS will require TV ads for prescription drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid to include the list price for a month’s supply or for the usual course of therapy, if that price is $35 or more.

The Future of What Podcast: Article 13’s Potential Impact on the Music Industry

Music Technology Policy

Portia Sabin discusses the European Copyright Directive and the process that got the legislation passed in the European Parliament with Helen Smith of Impala, Crispin Hunt of Ivor Academy and Chris Castle. Article 13 Future of What chris castle Crispin Hunt European Copyright Directive Helen Smith

Myanmar Frees Two Reuters Journalists Sentenced Under Official Secrets Act

Media Law Prof Blog

The government of Myanmar has released two reporters who had been convicted under the Official Secrets Act. The journalists, who work for Reuters, had been investigating a 2017 massacre of Rohingya villagers, part of what the U.N. calls a genocide

Onit Aims to Conquer the Corporate Market with Acquisition of SimpleLegal

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Ocasio-Cortez goes viral with powerful exchange as chair of first hearing

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Video Looking at the Basics of the Online Public Inspection File and Quarterly Issues Programs Lists

Broadcast Law Blog

Looking for a brief explanation of the online public inspection file and Quarterly Issues Programs List , and how they will be viewed in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle – including the potential fines for violations of the rules? The Indiana Broadcasters has just released this video of me discussing those issues available here.

Austin Panel on The Pledge Music Crowdfunding Debacle

Music Technology Policy

You may have read Iain Baker of Jesus Jones story of the band’s encounter with Pledge that we posted here and hear. You’ve probably heard the news that PledgeMusic is bankrupt as reported in Hypebot : UK based corporate advisory FRP will be nominated to administer a court directed sale of all assets, which would be used to pay artists, merchant bank Sword, Rowe & Company and other creditors.

LawNext Episode 39: An Exclusive Look at LegalZoom’s New Project to Develop Better Contracts for Small Businesses

Media Law

This week on LawNext, we get to reveal a project that could change the face of contracting for small businesses worldwide. The global online legal services company LegalZoom — through its research affiliate Pulse Global Services Ltd.

Opinion | How a Lone Republican Set an Example for Democrats on the Mueller Report - The New York Times

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FCC Adopts New Rules on FM Translator Interference – With Some Changes

Broadcast Law Blog

At its open meeting yesterday, the FCC largely adopted the draft order on changes to its processes for resolving complaints about interference from FM translators to existing FM stations. Its final Report and Order adopting the new rules was released after the meeting yesterday.

20 Questions for New Artists Sidebar: The Importance of Metadata

Music Technology Policy

[For the next few weeks, we’re going to post updated sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” that Amy Mitchell and I wrote a few years ago which has been posted various places. This doesn’t constitute legal advice, or any intent to form the attorney-client relationship. (If

Widener on Wikileaks and Digital Disclosure

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael N. Widener, Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman, & Balint; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has published Wikileaks and Digital Disclosure: Beclouded Muckraking, Profit-Taking and Self-Promoting. Here is the abstract.

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A Tech Ethics Opinion that Misses the Mark

Media Law

When a bar association ethics committee goes to the effort of issuing an opinion reminding lawyers of their duty to be competent in technology, I would normally be full of praise. But a recent ethics opinion from Louisiana misses the mark in two significant ways, in my opinion.

Eric Garner Death Was ‘Not a Big Deal,’ Police Commander Said - The New York Times

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Eric Garner Death Was ‘Not a Big Deal,’ Police Commander Said - The New York Times

FCC Seeks Comments on Univision Request to Exceed 50% Foreign Ownership

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week released a Public Notice soliciting comments on the request of Univision, which owns US radio and TV stations, to have foreign ownership that exceeds 50%. As we wrote here , the FCC previously permitted foreign ownership of up to 49% of the company. With a restructuring of its investors, the company is now seeking permission for foreign investors to own up to 70% of the company.

20 Questions for New Artists Part 3: Insurance/Legal Names/DOB and Nationality

Music Technology Policy

For the next few weeks, we’re going to post sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell some of which has been posted various places. This doesn’t constitute legal advice, or any intent to form the attorney-client relationship. Chris, Amy and others will also be publishing occasional excerpts from the “Artist Glossary of Industry Terms” as a companion guide. Insurance.

Ugland on Expanding Media Law and Policy Education @ErikUgland

Media Law Prof Blog

Erik Ugland, Marquette University, has published Expanding Media Law and Policy Education: Confronting Power, Defining Freedom, Awakening Participation at 24 Communication Law & Policy 271 (2019). Here is the abstract. The changes brought about by the Digital Age have not

Tali to Close Down; Pioneered Voice-Enabled Time Tracking for Lawyers

Media Law

Tali , a product that allows lawyers to track their time through voice commands using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, is shutting down, effective June 30. The company notified customers by email of the news this morning. Customers will have until the end of June to download any data that have stored with Tali. Monthly subscribers can continue to use the product through the end of June at no cost. Annual subscribers will be issued refunds.

The New German Anti-Semitism - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The New German Anti-Semitism One of Wenzel Michalski’s early recollections of growing up in southern Germany in the 1970s was of his father, Franz, giving him some advice: “Don’t tell anyone that you’re Jewish.”

FCC to Hold Public Forum on ENT Captioning of Live TV Programming Tomorrow, May 10

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC tomorrow will hold a public forum on Electronic Newsroom Technique (ENT) of captioning live TV programming tomorrow from 1 PM to 4:45 PM Eastern Time (see the agenda here ). The forum will be available for viewing online (go to the FCC webpage here for information about connecting).

Magliocca on A Special Relationship: Winston Churchill and the American Constitution @IUMcKinney

Media Law Prof Blog

Gerard N. Magliocca, Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, has published A Special Relationship: Winston Churchill and the American Constitution. Here is the abstract. This Article is the first detailed treatment of Winston Churchill's views on the United States Constitution.In.

Litman on Imaginary Bottles @UMichLaw @DukeLawTechRev

Media Law Prof Blog

Jessica Litman, University of Michigan Law School, is publishing Imaginary Bottles in the Duke Law & Technology Review (2019). Here is the abstract. This essay, written for a symposium commemorating John Perry Barlow, who died on February 7, 2018, revisits

BBC Fires Host Who Tweeted "Royal Baby" Image

Media Law Prof Blog

The BBC has fired radio host Danny Baker for tweeting an image of a couple (presumably meant to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) with a chimpanzee in a bowler, along with the caption, "Royal baby leaves hospital."

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