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Pimpin’, Puppets, and “The Rant” – Entertainment Law Update Episode 98

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. FOLLOW UP: COPPERFIELD NOT LIABLE (Just 3 sentences should do). KRUSTY KRAB FOLLOW UP, YES, IT IS PROTECTED (SORRY SABBAC). TO BOLDLY GO GOES ON TO WIN (FOLLOW UP). DANCING BABY CASE ENDS (FOLLOW UP).

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Mel Gibson Loses Court Bid to Reclaim Rights to 'Madman' Film

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A Los Angeles judge doesn't see enough evidence that Voltage Pictures breached a contract to a motion picture about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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Dr. Luke vs. Kesha: How the Case Could Impact Reporting of Sexual Assault Allegations

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In a new move, the producer seeks to amend a complaint and argues that no privilege applies to a "sham" complaint leaked to TMZ before it was filed in court. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

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Misreading Spotify’s Stock Behavior

Music Technology Policy

We live in an era of fraud in America. Not just in banking, but in government, education, religion, food, even baseball… What bothers me isn’t that fraud is not nice. Or that fraud is mean. For fifteen thousand years, fraud and short sighted thinking have never, ever worked. Not once.

Feldman on Postmodern Free Expression

Media Law Prof Blog

Stephen Matthew Feldman, University of Wyoming College of Law, has published Postmodern Free Expression: A Philosophical Rationale for the Digital Age at 100 Marquette Law Review 1123 (2017). Here is the abstract.

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Law, Borders, and Speech Conference 2017

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Law, Borders, and Speech Conference: Proceedings and Materials (2017). Here is the abstract. Tensions between national law and the Internet’s global architecture have existed since the network’s earliest days. They took on new urgency in recent years, with developments like

Illinois Biometric Privacy Suit Survives Dismissal Based on Harm from Alleged Disclosure of Data to Outside Vendor

New Media and Technology Law

Last December, an Illinois appellate court, in the Rosenbach v. Six Flags decision (2017 IL App (2d) 170317 (Dec. 21, 2017)), dismissed biometric privacy claims lodged against theme park operators for collecting fingerprints to authenticate season-pass holders allegedly in violation of the notice and consent provisions of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which regulates the collection, retention, and disclosure of personal biometric identifiers and biometric information.

Trump policy of detaining children 'may amount to torture', UN says – as it happened | US news | The Guardian

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Trump policy of detaining children 'may amount to torture', UN says – as it happened | US news | The Guardian

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Judge Allows Copyright Claims Over Technology Used on Disney's 'Avengers'

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Disney, Paramount and Fox must contend with a lawsuit over "stolen" technology. The judge looks at past piracy cases and finds this situation more comparable to Napster than Google. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

The Return of the Fifty Dollar Handshake: Are Spotify’s Direct Artist Deals Really Less Than Meets the Eye–or Are We Looking in the Wrong Place?

Music Technology Policy

If I gave two f s – two f s about streaming numbers. Would have put Lemonade up on Spotify. F**k you, f**k you, you’re cool, f**k you, I’m out (Ah!). I ain’t never seen a ceiling in my whole life, that’s word to Blue. Freestyling live, blueprint from my Jigga who never bribes. From Nice performed by The Carters.

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Grimmelmann on Whether Robot Transmissions Are Speech For First Amendment Purposes @grimmelm

Media Law Prof Blog

James Grimmelmann, Cornell Law School, is publishing Speech in, Speech Out in Robotica: Speech Rights and Artificial Intelligence (Ronald K. Collins and David M. Skover, eds., Cambridge University Press 2018). Here is the abstract. This invited short response was

Court Denies TRO against Data Scraper That Accessed Private Database via Registered Accounts

New Media and Technology Law

This past week, a Texas district court denied a bid from a web service for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to enjoin a competitor that allegedly scraped a large amount of proprietary data from its closed site via several user accounts. BidPrime, LLC v. SmartProcure, Inc. , 18-478 (W.D. June 18, 2018)).

'Going through hell' at the border: parents split from children tell of anguish | US news | The Guardian

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Going through hell' at the border: parents split from children tell of anguish | US news | The Guardian

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Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Testify in Court for $100 Million Beats Headphone Royalties Case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Dre & Jimmy Iovine testified in court for Beats Headphone Royalties Case, where they summarized their musical expertise, their company’s foundation and the headphones' emblematic, trademarked legacy. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Music Music Billboard Dr. Dre Jimmy Iovine

The Music Modernization Act’s New Burdens for Labels Identifying Unmatched Songs — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

The Music Modernization Act is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. It seems like every time I read it, a new toad jumps out from under a rock. The latest one I found is a new burden the MMA places on all sound recording owners, large and small.

Byron, Molidor, and Cantu on US Newspapers' Portrayals of Home Invasion Crime

Media Law Prof Blog

Reginald A. Byron, William S. Molidor, and Andrew Cantu, all of Southwestern University, have published US Newspapers’ Portrayals of Home Invasion Crime at 57 Howard Journal of Crime and Criminal Justice 250 (2018). Here is the abstract. This article presents

NY Appeals Court OKs Lawsuit Alleging Charter Falsely Promised Reliable Access to Online Content

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The online provider loses its argument about the preemptive reach of an FCC rule. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Weinstein Co., A&E At War Over How Harvey's Misconduct Impacts Deals

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A+E says it would have never have licensed "Project Runway" for Lifetime had it known the truth. In response, The Weinstein Co. pledges to go after A&E for airing movies without paying. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Is YouTube The Lyor Show?

Music Technology Policy

Christof, let me ask you, why do you think that Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now? CHRISTOF. We accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented. It’s as simple as that. from The Truman Show , written by Andrew Niccol. You’ll hear a lot of trash talk about Lyor Cohen, but credit where it’s due–he gave an interview that interested me about how he sees his role at YouTube.

Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes testifies on the Need for Copyright Small Claims Court

Music Technology Policy

Strangely overlooked in the hoorah about the mechanical licensing collective is the CASE Act that would finally establish a small claims court for copyright infringement. If Big Tech is going to give themselves another safe harbor in MMA for the mechanical licenses they failed miserably to obtain, the least that the Congress can do is pass the CASE Act to establish some remedy for copyright infringement that is available to all copyright owners.

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‘I think I was being sent a message’: U.S. warned U.N. official about report on poverty in America - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Philip G. Alston arrived in Washington last fall on a mission from the U.N. Human Rights Council to document poverty in America.

Supreme Court Rules that Warrants Generally Are Required to Collect Cellphone Data - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Finally some good news. The question for the justices was whether prosecutors violated the Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches, by collecting vast amounts of data from cellphone companies showing Mr. Carpenter’s movements.

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ICE Detention is “Soul-Destroying”: Eritrean Immigrant Dies by Suicide D.

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Opinion | Return of the Blood Libel - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"The speed of America’s moral descent under Donald Trump is breathtaking. In a matter of months we’ve gone from a nation that stood for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to a nation that tears children from their parents and puts them in cages.

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NYC hospitals are treating children separated from parents at border for mental illness.

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"The Trump administration used the welfare of other people’s children as a deterrent, a bargaining chip in an immigration policy debate, and there has been a real cost in human terms.

Trump’s family-separation policy is unconstitutional. It’s time for the courts to award damages.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Now that President Trump has issued an executive order that may perhaps end his administration’s policy of family separation, there are still many outstanding questions: What happens to new families entering the United States? Will there be a Separation 2.0,

Free The Thousands of Children Racist Donald Trump Has Taken Hostage.

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Trump’s Cynical Immigration Strategy Might Work for Him—Again. Trump’s ability to stoke fear about illegal immigration, more than perhaps any other issue, won him the White House. | The New Yorker

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Trump’s Cynical Immigration Strategy Might Work for Him—Again | The New Yorker : "" (Via

Why the United States Needs More Immigrants. With the native white population aging rapidly, the U.S. economy and fiscal system are in dire need of other groups to pick up the slack. | The New Yorker

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Opinion | Andrew Cuomo: A Moral Outrage New York Will Not Tolerate - The New York Times

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"The Trump administration’s inhumane treatment of immigrant children has left a dark stain on the history of our nation. It is a human tragedy and a threat to our values.

Opinion | The King and Queen of Cruelty - The New York Times

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"You just can’t construct prisons for babies. You can’t rip children from mothers and fathers. You can’t use the power of the American government to institute and oversee a program of state-sponsored child abuse.

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Trump’s Child Separation Crisis Hits a Breaking Point | The Daily Show

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Trump’s order won’t reunite kids already separated

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NY Mayor Tours Facility for Detained Children

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