Fastcase Launches Free Advance Sheets in E-Book Formats

Media Law

That was the case in 2008, when Fastcase launched The Public Library of Law , described at the time as “the most comprehensive free resource for legal research online.” The books will also be available for free through iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Weinstein Co. Resolves Profits Lawsuit Over 'The Reader'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Bernard Schlink claimed he hadn't been paid profits from the 2008 film based on his book. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

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Second Circuit Hands the NSA a New Toy in Google Books Case

Music Technology Policy

Yes, the bizarre Google Books case was upheld on appeal in the Second Circuit. That’s right—appointed for life judges think that it’s OK for Google to scan and exploit millions of books without regard to what creators’ rights are implicated.

The Return of Orphan Works: A Review of the 2008 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act Part 1

Music Technology Policy

In the aftermath of the Google Books debacle, we are starting to hear noises that Google will back a new orphan works bill in this Congress. There are some commentators—truly misguided in my view—who are calling for Congress to bring back the failed legislation from 2008 known as the “Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act”. (The There is a Joseph Gratz who is counsel to Google in the Google Books case.

Chorus Line Dancers Make A New Deal

DealFatigue

Although “A Chorus Line” opened on Broadway over thirty years ago, the dancers who signed away their life story rights as the basis for the musical back in 1974 recently renegotiated the terms of their deal.

Texas Bar Association Speech (Pt. 2)

The Digital Lowdown

It was held in Austin, Texas on October 02, 2008. Its digital share is more than twice that of newspapers (7%), films (3%) and books (2%). Note from author: I recently gave a speech to the Texas Bar Association’s annual entertainment law conference.

Independent Filmmakers Increasingly Utilizing Self-Distribution Model

Film and Television Law Blog

For example, there can be a huge expense involved in opening a film in major movie markets; filmmakers must cope with the hassle of collecting money from exhibitors; and they must handle the detailed logistics involved in booking a film. 2008 Nissenbaum Law Group, LLC.

The Return of Orphan Works: A Review of the 2008 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act Part 1

Music Technology Policy

In the aftermath of the Google Books debacle, we are starting to hear noises that Google will back a new orphan works bill in this Congress. There are some commentators—truly misguided in my view—who are calling for Congress to bring back the failed legislation from 2008 known as the “Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act”. (The There is a Joseph Gratz who is counsel to Google in the Google Books case.

Plaintiff's Postings on MySpace Negate Invasion of Privacy Claim

New Media and Technology Law

Calcagni , 2008 U.S. July 16, 2008). Calcagni involves a dispute between high school students that escalated into petty criminal charges against one of the students, a retaliatory "tell-all" book written by that student's parents and printed by an online print-on-demand company, and a resulting lawsuit by the second student against the first student and her parents for defamation and privacy torts. "People who live in glass houses should dress in the basement."

Re-use Art. Create something new.

Trademark, Copyright, and Entertainment Law Forum

In fact, Jim Davis has made his own book entitled Garfield Minus Garfield in which Dan Walsh has written the foreword. How does the creation of your comic differ now that you have the book deal and are - in a way - "authorized" than when you first did it and were on the outside? Well first thing - I didn't receive a book deal, nor do I think I should have. The blog has tackled the copyright law concept of Fair Use before.

Film L.A. has new Online Permit System

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

She was sued in Britain by Khalid bin Mahfouz, a Saudi Arabian businessman, for her book “Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It.” FilmL.A. is a nonprofit organization that coordinates and processes permits for on-location motion picture, television and commercial production in the Los Angeles region. FilmL.A has a new Online Permit System (OPS), which will change how permits to film on-location are applied for, coordinated and delivered.

Film L.A. has new Online Permit System

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

She was sued in Britain by Khalid bin Mahfouz, a Saudi Arabian businessman, for her book “Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It.” FilmL.A. is a nonprofit organization that coordinates and processes permits for on-location motion picture, television and commercial production in the Los Angeles region. FilmL.A has a new Online Permit System (OPS), which will change how permits to film on-location are applied for, coordinated and delivered.

A Holiday Miracle: How To Get 50% Back On Your Marketing Dollars

The Digital Lowdown

Usually, it comes down to marketing 101 techniques and there are plenty of books out there that are great. According an IFPI study, 20% of music on iTunes does not sell even one download. That is really amazing to me. One would think that everyone who posts music on iTunes (most likely thru a digital distributor such as myself) would have at least a few friends and family willing to buy a track or two.

Tolkein Trust Sues New Line Cinema Over “Lord of the Rings” Profits

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

According to the lawsuit, a series of 1969 agreements granted the underlying rights to the books to United Artists in exchange for 7.5% Self Defense for Writers and Filmmakers Comes to New York April 26, 2008 Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is sponsoring a one day seminar with Mark Litwak on Saturday, April 26, 2008: 10 am – 5 pm in Manhattan. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing.

Tolkein Trust Sues New Line Cinema Over “Lord of the Rings” Profits

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

According to the lawsuit, a series of 1969 agreements granted the underlying rights to the books to United Artists in exchange for 7.5% Self Defense for Writers and Filmmakers Comes to New York April 26, 2008 Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is sponsoring a one day seminar with Mark Litwak on Saturday, April 26, 2008: 10 am – 5 pm in Manhattan. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing.

ICANN Release Draft Guidebook for New Top Level Domain Applications

New Media and Technology Law

videogames,books,cable, etc.) The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that is responsible for the allocation of Internet domain names and IP addresses, is about to launch a new program that will permit organizations to create and operate generic top-level domains (“gTLD”s) (e.g.,com,net, com,net, etc.).

Recommended Reading: Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England

Music Technology Policy

The book is a wonderful history of London society during the period between the first two World Wars, but is also as gripping an analysis of legislative decisionmaking as "Thirteen Days" is of the executive, and with as much (or more) at stake.

The future of DRM

Cyberlaw Central

For example, if you purchase a book, you can tear it from its binding and put it into a 3-ring binder, or make paper airplanes, etc. Over lunch today, I had a nice chat with a fellow lawyer about digital rights management (DRM), among other topics. Then, later on, I came across this nice article from The Guardian entitled “ How Apple is Changing DRM.&#. DRM is a way for copyright owners to get around the rights the purchaser of a copy of a physical item would ordinarily have.

WIDGETMANIA

The Digital Lowdown

This concept was very clearly and creatively demonstrated in the Harry Potter books (which date back to 1997, years before widgets were used). Everywhere you turn, people are talking about the power of widgets. They are seen as the savior of the music industry and the key to viral marketing. Yet, most artists do not really understand what widgets really are or how they work.

The Importance of Registries

Music Technology Policy

The Google Books case looks like it’s on its way to a settlement for a $125 million "payment", $34.5 million of which it appears that Google is going to pay to itself to build a "registry", and $45 million of which is a damages payment for the books that were infringed. Google will not make the scanned books available to any other retailer. Meaning they can’t use the book until the author and publisher opt in to the registry?What

Google's Bad Advice Redux

Music Technology Policy

It will come as a surprise to no one that Google has lost yet another copyright case outside of Northern California: Google Loses German Copyright Lawsuits The Europeans take their artists cand culture very seriously and understand that art doesn't scale (See Book Review: Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge ).

The Wilkerson Case and the Open Meeting Law

Media Law

That is because their violations were of the open meeting law -- one of the few laws on the books that carries no penalties for those who violate it. Diane Wilkerson faces the possibility of prison for allegedly violating the law and the public trust. Yet other public officials involved in this case also may have violated the law and the public trust, but they are unlikely to face any consequences.

John McCain settles Jackson Browne lawsuit, apologizes for use of song

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner We can finally close the book on the 2008 presidential election now. Singer Jackson Browne has announced he's settled a lawsuit against John McCain. Last year, Browne sued the Republican presidential candidate for using Browne's "Running on.

A New Book on Defamation and Celebrity

Media Law Prof Blog

David Rolph, University of Sydney, Faculty of Law, has published Reputation, Celebrity, and Defamation Law (Ashgate: 2008). Here is the introduction to the book. The concept of reputation is the central legal interest protected by the tort of defamation but

The Return of Orphan Works: A Review of the 2008 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act Part 1

Music Technology Policy

In the aftermath of the Google Books debacle, we are starting to hear noises that Google will back a new orphan works bill in this Congress. There are some commentators—truly misguided in my view—who are calling for Congress to bring back the failed legislation from 2008 known as the “Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act”. (The And their argument for mass litigation was not articluated as limited to the Books case, either, but generally as a Google litigation strategy.

How To Go Broke Despite Your Success, The Lady Gaga Way

Gordon P. Firemark

That’s probably part of what happened to Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the 22 year-old who was propelled to success when her initial release dropped in 2008. Image credit: ama_lia (via Flickr). Guest Post by Jay Fleishman. She’s brilliant. She’s a flash in the pan.

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Trends in Law, as Seen By Google’s Ngram

Media Law

Google this week announced a new visualization tool called the Google Books Ngram Viewer.

Oops. They Did It Again

JetLawBlog

In 2008, Lufti filed a defamation lawsuit against Lynne Spears for her damning portrayal of him in her memoir , “Through the Storm: A Real Story of Family and Fame in a Tabloid World.&# [Didn't know Lynne Spears had a memoir? Oops…they did it again. The Spears family (a.k.a.

The WordRake Editing Program Takes on Scalia, Kagan and El Pollo Loco

Media Law

It is the creation of Gary Kinder , a lawyer and writer whose 1998 book, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea , went to number seven on The New York Times bestseller list. WordRake is a new editing program created specifically for lawyers.

Breaking Dawn: A Breakthrough or Repeat?

JetLawBlog

*SPOILER ALERT: THIS BLOG CONTAINS REFERENCES TO BREAKING DAWN , THE FINAL BOOK IN THE TWILIGHT SAGA*. Scott asserts that these events provided Meyer with access to The Noctourne prior to publishing Breaking Dawn in 2008.

Homeless Military Widow: “My heart is sad for my teenager”

Digital Media Law

With a BA in nursing, she had been working at a local hospital in a cardiac support job, but lost it in 2008. Elwood, as I discovered via Google, had co-authored a book a decade before he died: Reflections of a Warrior : Six Years as a Green Beret in Vietnam, by Franklin D. The book was the autobiography of a Congressional Medal of Honor winner whom Elwood met while stationed in Seoul. Cindy Kureth just wants a job and a place to call home.

Thom Yorke on Google the Commoditizer

Music Technology Policy

A wealth of other works await digitizing – books, maps, visual arts, and so on. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has a striking interview in the Guardian in which he sums up the band’s realizations about what David Lowery calls the “New Boss” reality: “[Big Tech] have to keep commodifying things to keep the share price up, but in doing so they have made all content, including music and newspapers, worthless, in order to make their billions.

Fans, Friends & Followers: Playbook for the Social Media Age

Thompson On Hollywood

So the author of 2007's The Future of Web Video and 2008's Inventing the Movies decided that he had to self-publish his newest book, Fans, Friends and Followers. "If He then distributed the film through Film Baby and via YouTube (with a DVD click-through button) in April 2008.

“Watchmen” Settlement Reached, But the Fight Could Have Easily Been Avoided

JetLawBlog

After a nasty public battle between media giants Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox , comic book fans can once again look forward to March 6. But following the success of dark comic book adaptations like The Dark Knight and 300 , Warner Brothers jumped at the chance to have Zack Snyder, the director of 300 (another adaptation of a graphic novel) direct Watchmen.

Lunch with the FT: Ta-Nehisi Coates - FT.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

He had published a little-read memoir about growing up in Baltimore, The Beautiful Struggle (2008), but his reputation stemmed chiefly from a 2014 article for the Atlantic magazine arguing that the US should pay black Americans reparations for slavery. The book argues that the “destruction of black bodies” is not simply a constant of American history but the very foundation stone of white American “progress”.

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How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

Music Technology Policy

December 18, 2008 : In a Meet Innovators interview with Hesse, interviewer Adrian Bye asks, “ There’s been obviously antitrust issues between Google and Yahoo!

Entertainment Law Update Episode 037 – Top Ten Stories of 2012

Gordon P. Firemark

Before she passed away, Mitchell-Hedges appeared on a SciFi channel documentary about the skullswhich aired in 2008, disclosing that she was in possession of the skull. Books by C.S. Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231. In this Episode: Crystal Skull lawsuit.

Jean Michel Jarre: ‘Don’t forget that us creators are the smart part in a smartphone’ by @Helienne Lindvall

Music Technology Policy

I explained that I’m a professional musician and songwriter myself, and that I only expanded into journalism back in 2008, adding: “I went into an industry that has been even more financially screwed by the internet than the music industry.

Joshua Johnson’s KQED Forum on Rogue Sites

Music Technology Policy

In a letter to Eric Schmidt in 2008, Secretary Califano implored Google to do something about the indiscriminate sale of drugs on the Internet promoted through the sale of advertising by Google (among others): “ This year, CASA found that 85 percent of Web sites selling these drugs do not require a legitimate prescription, and there are no controls blocking the sale of these drugs to children….CASA

Guest Post: “Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth” by @DoriaRoberts #irespectmusic

Music Technology Policy

Fast forward to 2008 when everything was crashing. Like clockwork, once or twice a week since I stopped touring full time in 2008, I get asked when I’m coming back to XYZ. It was the night of the Presidential debates, something I couldn’t have known when I booked the show months before. Oh, and this goes for independent movies, books, indie/feminist bookstores, small venues and small businesses, too.