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The TikTok Blame Game Starts

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The walls appear to be closing in on TikTok (or as it’s becoming known, TikSoft). This is probably particularly galling to the founder of Bytedance (TikTok’s parent company). Zhang Yiming worked at Microsoft but left in 2008.

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24 Finalists Named for Inaugural American Legal Technology Awards

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Twenty-four finalists in eight categories were announced this morning by organizers of the inaugural American Legal Technology Awards , a new round of awards that will honor companies and individuals who are making a difference in law through technology innovation.

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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 www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/123. GENERIC.COM TRADEMARKS GRANTED LADY ANTEBELLUM VS. LADY A.

Crews on The Case Against Social Media Content Regulation@wayne_crews

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Clyde Crews, Jr., Competitive Enterprise Institute, has published The Case against Social Media Content Regulation: Reaffirming Congress’ Duty to Protect Online Bias, 'Harmful Content,' and Dissident Speech from the Administrative State as CEI, Issue Analysis 2020, no. Here is

Michael Brown's father attends Breonna Taylor protest in Kentucky. It is so heartwarming to see these young people actively involved in the struggle against domestic colonization in America. For a long time many people of my generation have complained that young people are apathetic and uninvolved in political activism. We cannot say that now. These prayers of baby boomers are being answered.

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Commerce Dept. Petitions FCC to Issue Rules Clarifying CDA Section 230

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The currents around the Communications Decency Act just got a little more turbulent as the White House and executive branch try to reel in the big fish of CDA reform.

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Why No One Should Be Surprised About Tencent

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MTP readers will not be surprised at the Executive Order relating to Tencent and one of its apps called “WeChat.” ” The WeChat app has long been considered a tool of censorship associated with China’s Ministry of State Security and the Chinese Communist Party.

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Alan Dershowitz Says Recent "The Good Fight" Episode Defamed Him

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Ron Charles discusses defamation by fiction and Alan Dershowitz's allegation that a fictional lawyer on the tv series The Good Fight defamed him in a recent Jeffrey Epstein-themed episode, "The Gang Discovers Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein." Read Mr. Charles's essay

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North Pauling High School to shut down for two days to disinfect after reporting 9 COVID-19 cases

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Dumb, stupid, and just plain ignorant. The Principal who suspended the courageous student who took and publicized this photo then rescinded the suspicion after a public backlash has been forced to close the school. PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. —

Congress Should Investigate The Monopoly Power of Weaponized Fair Use

Music Technology Policy

The U.S. Congress has finally gotten around to examining the monopoly power of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. We will no doubt hear many stories of how these companies promote or restrict competition, exploit slave labor in China, run sweatshops in the U.S. and of course control the media message for political candidates.

Pandemic: NIVA and NITO Join Forces with Senators Cornyn and Klobuchar for the Save Our Stages Act

Music Technology Policy

In their first at bat in Washington, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) have hit a home run. Way to go, sluggers! The two newly-created organizations have gotten two senior Senators to come together to co-sponsor the Save Our Stages Act. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)—two of the good guys–will be introducing the bill to help to protect the live music venues we know are about to be extinct.

Taking the Worry Out of Moral Panic: Senators Tillis and Lee Call for Investigation into Google Favoring YouTube in Search

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Let’s be honest–Google is not an honest broker in search results and probably never has been. We began noticing how Google started favoring YouTube in search results as well as it’s other products.

Report Out Today On ‘Zoom Courts’ Raises Privacy and Due Process Concerns

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As the coronavirus crisis closed off physical access to courthouses across the country, many federal and state courts pivoted to conducting their business remotely, including conducting hearings and even trials via videoconferencing and teleconferencing.

New ABA Report on the Profession Profiles Nation’s ‘Legal Deserts’ with Few or No Lawyers

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Even though the United States has more than 1.3 million lawyers, large swaths of the country have few or no lawyers. In fact, of the country’s 3,100 counties, 54 have not a single lawyer, and another 182 have just one or two lawyers.

In Poll, Legal Administrators Say Pandemic Changes Are Permanent

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“You can’t go home again,” novelist Thomas Wolfe famously wrote, and a recent poll of legal administrators suggests that is undeniably true for law firms in the era of COVID-19.

Career Advice from A Top Lawyer and Head of Innovation at Liberty Mutual

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Baade on Not Calling a Spade a Shovel: Crucial Subtleties in the Definition of Fake News and Disinformation @B_Baade @FU_Berlin

Media Law Prof Blog

Björnstjern Baade, Freie Universität Berlin, has published Don’t Call a Spade a Shovel: Crucial Subtleties in the Definition of Fake News and Disinformation, published on Verfassungsblog, April 14, 2020. Here is the abstract. There is considerable agreement that false as

Dahl on Intellectual Property: Ownership and Protection in a University Setting @PennLaw

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Cynthia Dahl, University of Pennsylvania Law School, is publishing Intellectual Property: Ownership and Protection in a University Setting in In Academic Entrepreneurship for Medical and Health Scientists (Nalaka Gooneratne, Rachel McGarrigle & Flaura Winston eds., 2019).

Belavusau on The Rise of Memory Laws in Poland: An Adequate Tool to Counter Historical Disinformation? @Ulad_Belavusau

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Uladzislau Belavusau, T. Asser Institute, University of Amsterdam; University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law, has published The Rise of Memory Laws in Poland: An Adequate Tool to Counter Historical Disinformation? at 29

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Mass. Online Bar Exam Results Will Be ‘Portable’ To Other States

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Aspiring lawyers who take the online Massachusetts bar exam in October will be able to use the results to seek admission in at least seven other jurisdictions.

Applications Open For UVA Legal Fellowship, First Amendment Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law

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The First Amendment Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, in partnership with the Reporters Committee, is hiring a legal fellow for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. The expected start date is August 17, 2020. This is

Angelo on Krotoszynski's The Disappearing First Amendment

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Michael Conklin, Angelo State University, is publishing Disappearing Act: Are Free Speech Rights Decreasing? in the St. Mary's Law Journal for 2020. Here is the abstract. This is a critical analysis of Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.’s s new book, The Disappearing

New for the Friday Journalists’ Roundtable: Register Once and Attend Every Week

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Our Legaltech Week Friday roundtable of legaltech journalists is back again this week, and now it is easier to attend. I’ve revised the registration page so that when you sign up to attend, you will be registered for each successive week’s roundtable.

ABA TECHSHOW Reboots As Virtual Conference

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For more than three decades, an annual pilgrimage to Chicago in late winter or early spring has been de rigueur for aficionados of legal technology to attend the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW , one of the oldest and most-venerable conferences focused on technology in law practice.

Thomson Reuters Quietly Unveils Premium Legal News Service, But Is More To Come?

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Thomson Reuters yesterday introduced Westlaw Today , a premium legal news service driven by its Reuters news division and available only to subscribers of Westlaw and Westlaw Edge for an additional cost.

Onit’s New Visual Interface for Its ‘Apptitude’ Platform Speeds and Simplifies Process Automation

Media Law

If you have ever used Microsoft Visio to create a workflow diagram, you can appreciate the simplicity that a visual tool can bring to an otherwise cumbersome process.

U.S. coronavirus cases top 5 million as pandemic rages on - CBS News

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" The United States on Sunday surpassed 5 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus , according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has both the highest number of confirmed cases and the most deaths of any country in the world.

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Why Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Is Likely Superspreader Event | MSNBC

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Nancy Pelosi Shuts Down Chris Wallace for Saying She ‘Messed Up’

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Nancy Pelosi Shuts Down Chris Wallace for Saying She ‘Messed Up

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Join Us Tomorrow (and Every Friday) for the Legaltech Journalists’ Roundtable

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Join us tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for another episode of the Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable, in which we hash out the week’s top stories in legal tech, question the occasional guest, and take your questions from the audience. It’s all free but registration is required.

As coronavirus cases pass 200,000, more states are saying stay at home - CNN

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As coronavirus cases pass 200,000, more states are saying stay at home - CNN

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Secretary Of Failure

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Aurora police detain Black family after mistaking their vehicle as stolen. Dumb, racist cops (average IQ 104) abuse Black family. This is why we must say. "Black Lives Matter".

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Tomorrow: ‘Things I Learned’ – Career Advice from Liberty Mutual’s Bob Taylor

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For my Law Insights program tomorrow on Litera TV, I have lined up what should be a great episode for any lawyer or legal professional — but particularly for younger professionals who are still charting their careers.

WordRake Donates Its Software To Help Hone Writing Skills Of Access To Justice Fellows

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