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The Trouble with Tunes – approaches to using music in podcasts (Podcast Movement 2019)

Gordon P. Firemark

Thursday afternoon, I'll be presenting my talk at Podcast Movement in Orlando.

Must Read Guest Post by @kerrymuzzey: YouTube’s Latest Deceptive Tactic

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PledgeMusic Winding Up Hearing July 31 in London

Music Technology Policy

It appears that PledgeMusic has not planned on going into administration (like reorganization bankruptcy), at least not since June 13, 2019. Therefore, any statements the company or its representatives have made since that date must be looked at anew.

Fifty Ways To Litigate Star Trek Issues @dkluft

Media Law Prof Blog

This post, originally published at the Trademark & Copyright Law Blog.by David Kluft, is a little dated, but it's entertaining. Fifty ways to litigate Star Trek issues! Maybe he'd be willing to update? There's a Star Trek: Discovery plagiarism lawsuit

ABA Votes to Urge Legal Profession to Address Emerging Legal and Ethical Issues of AI

Media Law

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, its policy-making body, voted this week to approve a resolution urging courts and lawyers to address the emerging ethical and legal issues related to the usage of artificial intelligence in the practice of law.

What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Of.

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Gordon Firemark named among the Best Lawyers in America

Gordon P. Firemark

Entertainment Attorney Gordon Firemark. For the fourth year in a row, Gordon Firemark has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I'm grateful for this recognition.

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District Court Dismisses Arpaio Defamation Suit Against New York Times

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed Joe Arpaio's defamation suit against the New York Times. In a short ruling, Judge Amit P. Mehta held that the plaintiff failed to allege sufficient facts "that plausbily establish

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LawNext Episode 48: ROSS Intelligence Founders Andrew Arruda and Jimoh Ovbiagele

Media Law

On this episode of LawNext, I travel to Toronto to sit down for a live recording with the founders of the AI-driven legal research platform ROSS Intelligence , CEO Andrew Arruda and CTO Jimoh Ovbiagele.

The Great Land Robbery: How Federal Policies Dispossessed Black American.

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Facebook Shielded by CDA Immunity against Federal Claims for Allowing Use of Its Platform by Terrorists

New Media and Technology Law

In recent years, there have been a number of suits filed in federal courts seeking to hold social media platforms responsible for providing material support to terrorists by allowing members of such groups to use social media accounts and failing to effectively block their content and terminate such accounts.

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CBS and Viacom Plan Merger Under Shari Redstone's Leadership

Media Law Prof Blog

Via the New York Times: CBS and Viacom have announced that they will merge, bringing the two media conglomerates back into a massive corporation that hasn't existed for years. Shari Redstone, who is in charge of both companies, has been

Casemaker Partners with Tracers to Provide Public Records Searching

Media Law

The legal research service Casemaker has entered into a partnership with the public records search service Tracers to offer its users access to public records at a discounted price. Casemaker subscribers who wish to search public records will not do so within Casemaker.

Bernie Sanders slams Israel's ban of Muslim Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib.

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Recent Rulings Highlight Limits of CDA Immunity in Products Liability Cases against E-Commerce Platforms

New Media and Technology Law

In early July, an appeals court ruled that Amazon should be considered a “seller” of goods under Pennsylvania products liability law and subject to strict liability for consumer injuries caused by the defective goods sold on its site by third-party vendors. Oberdorf v. Amazon.com , No. 18-1041 (3 rd Cir. July 3, 2019)).

PledgeMusic Disclosures Would Bring Sunlight to Fans and Artists and @InsolvencyGovUK

Music Technology Policy

There appears to be some unusual statements regarding the unusual PledgeMusic liquidation bankruptcy currently underway in the UK involving at least one of the Pledge companies, PledgeMusic.com Limited.

Sunstein on Falsehoods and the First Amendment @CassSunstein

Media Law Prof Blog

Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School, has published Falsehoods and the First Amendment. Here is the abstract. What is the constitutional status of falsehoods? From the standpoint of the First Amendment, does truth or falsity matter? These questions have become

The Most Effective Tech Tools for Lawyers? New Survey Says they Ain’t What You Think

Media Law

What technology tools rank most important to lawyers in driving efficiency? Given all the hype these days around artificial intelligence, it must be at or near the top of the list, right? Actually no.

Pelosi is ‘Original Villain’ Who Opened Door for Trump’s Attack on Four Congresswomen - Khmer Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

“She’s been very disrespectful,” Luqman said of Pelosi, adding that the four congresswomen gave the speaker “too much” deference in the beginning. Pelosi, she was the foil in this story. She was the original villain. She opened the door for this, knowing how Trump is a media manipulator.

Finding Article III Standing, Ninth Circuit Declines to Do an About-Face in Illinois Biometric Privacy Class Action against Facebook

New Media and Technology Law

In an important opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that plaintiffs in the ongoing Facebook biometric privacy class action have alleged a concrete injury-in-fact to confer Article III standing and that the class was properly certified. Patel v. Facebook, Inc. , 18-15982 (9 th Cir. 8, 2019)).

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You Go! Rep. @TulsiGabbard Sues Google For Manipulating Election

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Second Circuit: Palin Defamation Suit Against NYT May Move Ahead

Media Law Prof Blog

The Second Circuit has reversed a lower court and is allowing Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against the New York Times to move forward. More here from the National Law Journal. Here is a link to the ruling

Pew Grant Will Take ‘Learned Hands’ Project from Prototype to Production, to Help ID Consumers’ Legal Issues

Media Law

Last October, I reported here on the launch of an innovative project, Learned Hands , that uses a game to train a machine-learning algorithm to better identify the legal issues in the words that ordinary people use to describe their problems.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley Will Only Refer To Trump As "The Occupant"

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Personal Email Management Service Settles FTC Charges over Allegedly Deceptive Statements to Consumers over Its Access and Use of Subscribers’ Email Accounts

New Media and Technology Law

This week, the FTC entered into a proposed settlement with Unrollme Inc. Unrollme”), a free personal email management service that offers to assist consumers in managing the flood of subscription emails in their inboxes. The FTC alleged that Unrollme made certain deceptive statements to consumers, who may have had privacy concerns, to persuade them to grant the company access to their email accounts. ( In re Unrolllme Inc. File No 172 3139 (FTC proposed settlement announced Aug. 8, 2019).

Irving Azoff and Other Top Managers and Artists form the Music Artists Coalition

Music Technology Policy

We have entered an era where Big Tech controls the purse strings for the Mechanical Licensing Collective.

FCC Issues Fines For Misuse of Emergency Alert Tones

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has fined three different networks for misusing the emergency alert tones in conjunction with broadcast. It hit ABC with a $395,000 penalty for use of the tones on the Jimmy Kimmel show during an October 2018 comedy sketch

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At AI Research Company ROSS, A New Stage of Transparency and Engagement

Media Law

Was this the same ROSS Intelligence that I’d wondered and speculated about? For years, the artificial-intelligence legal research company maintained a shroud of secrecy around its product. Sure, they talked about it plenty. They garnered lots of media coverage.

Trump Is Reversing Obama's Nondiscrimination Legacy - The Atlantic

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

" Today, the Trump administration made another major move in its effort to walk back President Barack Obama’s contested legacy on non-discrimination policies.

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Reply from the UK Insolvency Service on PledgeMusic Debacle

Music Technology Policy

We got the first straight answer that we’ve ever heard about PledgeMusic. This is from the UK Insolvency Service regarding the PledgeMusic debacle in response to my tweet yesterday: We really appreciate the Insolvency Service taking the time to respond so quickly

Texas Bar Section Announces Nominations are Open for the Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

We’re pleased to help get out the word that nominations are open for the Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award for “heroes and heroines” involved with artist advocacy in all Texas communities. For Texas readers, there’s info below about how to nominate.

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Three Issues @HawleyMO Should Address in his Anti-Social Media Addiction Bill

Music Technology Policy

Senator Josh Hawley recently introduced the The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act which is legislation to go after social media addiction.

Rostron and Levit on Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals

Media Law Prof Blog

Allen Rostron and Nancy Levit, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, have published Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals. Here is the abstract. This document contains information about submitting articles to law reviews and journals

Shikhiashvili on Online Copyright Infringement and Intermediaries' Liability Under the US and the EU Law @ChicagoKentLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Lia Shikhiashvili, Chicago-Kent College of Law-Illinois Institute of Technology, has published The Same Problem, Different Outcome: Online Copyright Infringement and Intermediaries’ Liability Under the US and the EU Law. Here is the abstract. The protection of copyright owners’ rights online

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Karanicolas on Canada's Extra-Constitutional Approaches to Battling "Fake News" @M_Karanicolas

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Karanicolas, Yale University Information Society Project, is publishing Subverting Democracy to Save Democracy: Canada’s Extra-Constitutional Approaches to Battling 'Fake News' in volume 17 of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology (2019). Here is the abstract. This paper considers

How to Contact the Court in PledgeMusic Case–The Trichordist

Music Technology Policy

PledgeMusic had posted this information on their website when we checked today: As a result of the making of the order, the Official Receiver becomes liquidator of the company. Any enquiries should be forwarded to LondonB.OR@insolvency.gov.uk, quoting reference LQD5671373.

@musictechsolve: Vote for Creator and Startup Licensing Education at SXSW

Music Technology Policy

Click Here to Vote on Panel Picker. I have a class in the SXSW.edu track titled “TEACHING ARTIST ROYALTIES TO CREATORS AND STARTUPS.” ” It follows my philosophy that we need smart artists and smart startups to work together if we all are to succeed.