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.

Plaintiff's Postings on MySpace Negate Invasion of Privacy Claim

New Media and Technology Law

Calcagni , 2008 U.S. July 16, 2008). Kids joke or no, it suggests the reasonable principle that people who want their private lives to remain private should not be posting private information on a publicly accessible social networking site. These included excerpts and summaries of the student's MySpace page that were reproduced in the book. Some claims remain between the two students and book authors, so the case goes on.

Film L.A. has new Online Permit System

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Additional information at: [link] Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) Mark will be serving on the short film jury at the upcoming MEIFF from October 10-19 in Abu Dhabi. 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.

Film L.A. has new Online Permit System

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Additional information at: [link] Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) Mark will be serving on the short film jury at the upcoming MEIFF from October 10-19 in Abu Dhabi. 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.

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.

UPDATED STATE INCENTIVE INFORMATION

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Here is an update of state incentive information which is listed on our website at: [link] UPDATED 01/03/2008 ALABAMA Incentive information: [link] Film office: [link] Linda Swann, Film Office Director Alabama Center for Commerce 401 Adams Avenue Suite 616 Montgomery, AL 36104 Phone: 334-242-4195 or 334-353-0221 Fax: 334-242-2077 Email: film.office@ado.alabama.gov Incentives: There are no incentives available in Alabama. Applications for 2008 are now being accepted.

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UPDATED STATE INCENTIVE INFORMATION

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Here is an update of state incentive information which is listed on our website at: [link] UPDATED 01/03/2008 ALABAMA Incentive information: [link] Film office: [link] Linda Swann, Film Office Director Alabama Center for Commerce 401 Adams Avenue Suite 616 Montgomery, AL 36104 Phone: 334-242-4195 or 334-353-0221 Fax: 334-242-2077 Email: film.office@ado.alabama.gov Incentives: There are no incentives available in Alabama. Applications for 2008 are now being accepted.

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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. Her goal had been to “acquire certification in billing and coding in health information management so I could be more marketable and my son could have a better future in his college studies.” “Now, 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.

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. However, this is an informal name for the species, and the Tolkien estate has barred others from publicly using the nickname.

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!

An Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google, a guest post by Jonathan David Neal

Music Technology Policy

That contract ended at the end of December 2008, at which time Google and PRS entered negotiations to renew the contract. The license expired at the end of last year, 2008. So, we’re now in a position at the end of 2008 where our license comes up to expire, we’ve got 18 months worth of data about what is actually being used on the service. There is a fine line between data and/or information and content.

THE SHELDON ABEND REVOCABLE TRUST, Plaintiff, v. STEVEN SPIELBERG et al., Defendants.

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2008) (citing United States v. The elements that should be considered in analyzing two works for substantial similarity include "such aspects as the total concept and feel, theme, characters, plot, sequence, pace, and setting of the [plaintiff's] books and the [defendants'] works." Turner informs Kale of his plan to frame Kale for murdering his own mother and to stage Kale's suicide. 1986), earlier drafts of a book, manuscript, or screenplay are irrelevant. 08 Civ.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 9, Olympic trademarks, album integrity, and more.

Gordon P. Firemark

invasion of privacy or any other tort founded upon any single publication or exhibition or utterance, such as any one issue of a newspaper or book or magazine or any one presentation to an audience or any one broadcast over radio or television or any one exhibition of a motion picture.”

A $25 Million Mistake That the City Won’t Admit - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

A court notice made public this week provides the following information: Everton Wagstaffe and Reginald Connor, who spent years in prison wrongly convicted of a kidnapping, will be paid a total of $25.578 million by the city and the state.

Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

Digital Media Law

In order to make the schedule for joint negotiations work, AFTRA leadership has agreed to a one-year extension to its so-called “front of book” – the portion of its agreement with the AMPTP that covers daytime serials (soap operas) and various other work whose jurisdiction is not shared with SAG. Speaking of front of book, a new version is now available from AFTRA, incorporating the changes agreed to in 2008. A noteworthy change in the AFTRA book: Ex.

Underreporting and No Accountability: Another Reason Streaming Royalties are So Small

Music Technology Policy

We have been informed that some retailers or their agents offer to streamline this process with electronic statements, but purport to impose click through license terms on the unwary publisher seeking relief from this “paper chase” by enticing the publisher to “log in” to an account system they cannot access without agreeing to additional terms. We’re all mad here… Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , by Lewis Carroll.

Guest Post by @TerrenceHart: Rehabilitating Locke: The Labor Justification of Copyright

Music Technology Policy

There, the Court heard a dispute between two competing publishers of telephone books, with one accused of copying the directory listings of the other. The Court held that the “sweat of the brow” doctrine did not extend copyright protection to factual information — the original publisher of the telephone directory could not claim copyright protection over its collection of telephone numbers merely because it had expended labor compiling them.

Another Look at Google and Elections

Music Technology Policy

voters since 2008 access voting information through our Voting Information Project and Civic Information API. And then there’s Google Books. I bet you thought Google Books was the “digital Library of Alexandria.”

RISKY BUSINESS COMES TO TUPELO

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Attorneys receive FOR MORE INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION AND SPECIAL EVENTS CALL 1-800-533-0611 or 662-841-6521or email prasberry@tupelo.net Pennsylvania Changes its Film Incentives Pennsylvania changed its film incentive program by passing Act 55 which creates the Creativity in Focus: The Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit Program, effective July 1. More information is available at [link].

RISKY BUSINESS COMES TO TUPELO

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Attorneys receive FOR MORE INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION AND SPECIAL EVENTS CALL 1-800-533-0611 or 662-841-6521or email prasberry@tupelo.net Pennsylvania Changes its Film Incentives Pennsylvania changed its film incentive program by passing Act 55 which creates the Creativity in Focus: The Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit Program, effective July 1. More information is available at [link].

Rogue Sites Legislation: Enter the Amendments for the 1% (Part 1)

Music Technology Policy

Well, they would be happy to, once you get a final nonappealable judgment from the highest court on a case by case basis for each pill, movie, song or book. A telling admission in that book is the following (at page 11): “If [staying on message] means centring messaging on the IP mechanism itself, then is it easier, or harder, to find messaging that is suitably emotional as to appeal to the grassroots?

SAG Letter re Force Majeure Claims

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— DUNCAN CRABTREE- IRELAND DEPUTY NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GENERAL COUNSEL May 12, 2009 Dear SAG Member: I am writing to update you on the status of certain “ force majeure ” claims filed on your behalf in relation to compensation owed to you in connection with the 2007-2008 WGA strike. This letter contains important information regarding the settlement of those claims.

Hollywood Labor: SAG Source Says a Strike Unlikely, Joint SAG-AFTRA Bargaining Likely; and the Year Ahead

Digital Media Law

Indeed, Howard has already had informal contacts with AFTRA president Roberta Reardon, as Back Stage has reported.) One possible move, depending on what SAG learns from data supplied by the producers (pursuant to an information sharing provision of the new media sideletter to the TV/theatrical agreement), is that SAG might seek a shortening of the time period during which the studios pay low fixed dollar amount residuals for ad-supported streaming of television programs.

The Man Who Spilled the Secrets | Politics | Vanity Fair

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

An unwavering advocate of full, unfettered disclosure of primary-source material, Assange was now seeking to keep highly sensitive information from reaching a broader audience. An accomplished pianist, Rusbridger is writing a book about learning to play Chopin’s First Ballade. (He

Copyright Termination: 2009 and 2010 Cases of Interest

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The Second Circuit overturned a lower court’s decision and maintained copyrights assigned to Penguin Book Group from Steinbeck’s widow. 2008), cert. More information about the case is found here. Copyright terminations under sections 203 and 304 are hot topics in the news and at the courthouse the past 12 months. 2013 will be the first year that terminations can be effective under 17 USC Section 203… if notice of termination was proper.

Marijuana Isn’t Legal in the States…Is It?

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New York Injury News- Georgia Woman Arrested for Wearing Hijab to Court Files Civil Rights Lawsuit - Injury News

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New York Injury News- Georgia Woman Arrested for Wearing Hijab to Court Files Civil Rights Lawsuit - Injury News Douglasville, GA—The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim woman who was arrested and booked for contempt of court after she refused to remove her hijab, a religious headscarf. The suit adds that Valentine was forced to remove her Hijab when she was booked.

The Return of Orphan Works Part 2: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Music Technology Policy

While this may have seemed like paranoid rambling before the last year or two, Google’s actions starting at least with the Google Books case should bring its ultimate goals into sharp focus. Which, again, does not take into account the complexity of information required, cover recordings vs. original recordings. This did not work out so well with Google Books. See Part 1: The Return of Orphan Works: A Review of the 2008 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act

Entertainment Law Update Podcast, Episode 10

Gordon P. Firemark

In 2008, the case moved to the UK, where LucasFilms sought to enforce the $20 million dollar judgment. “Adventures of Shoney’s Big Boy&# comic book – 76 issues from 1976-1980. So, if not new, was the information conveyed “confidential&# at all?

Cite This Blog Post Today, For Tomorrow It May Be Gone

JetLawBlog

Citations that once directed readers to books and treatises—all neatly organized in the library—now direct readers to blogs, online articles, and even (gasp!) Even though most people now get their information from the Internet, law libraries remain well-stocked.

IP Czar to public: Give me your ideas for IP enforcement

Copyrights & Campaigns

In a notice published today in the Federal Register , Espinel, whose position was created by the 2008 PRO-IP Act , seeks written submissions on two topics: 1) "the costs to the U.S. The "Joint Strategic Plan" is itself mandated by Section 303 of the PRO-IP Act, which passed the House 410-11 and by unanimous consent in the Senate, and was signed into law by then-President Bush on October 13, 2008.

An Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google, a guest post by Jonathan David Neal

Music Technology Policy

For PRS members, there’s a good chance that this post has more information about your deal than you’ll ever get anywhere else because your rates are–you know–confidential and stuff. This is a long read, but worth every minute and is information you won’t get anywhere else.]. That contract ended at the end of December 2008, at which time Google and PRS entered negotiations to renew the contract. The license expired at the end of last year, 2008.

New FCC Rules Regarding Broadcast and Communications Towers; Further Steps Taken to Protect Migratory Birds

Broadcast Law Blog

With the recent publication in the Federal Register, several new Commission rules and policies regarding communications towers and migratory birds are now on the books, however, they are not yet effective as the collection of information still requires OMB approval. The Commission's new rules are an outgrowth of a decision from the Court of Appeals in 2008 in which the court found the FCC's tower registration procedures to be inadequate.

Privacy Rights, Property Rights and Google

Music Technology Policy

Musicians, comedians, writers… We book them a year ahead. A wealth of other works await digitizing – books, maps, visual arts, and so on.

An Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google, a guest post by Jonathan David Neal

Music Technology Policy

This is a long read, but worth every minute and is information you won’t get anywhere else.]. That contract ended at the end of December 2008, at which time Google and PRS entered negotiations to renew the contract. The license expired at the end of last year, 2008. So, we’re now in a position at the end of 2008 where our license comes up to expire, we’ve got 18 months worth of data about what is actually being used on the service.

SAG TV/Theatrical Contract Ratified Overwhelmingly, 78%-22%

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— SAG Press Release Screen Actors Guild Members Overwhelmingly Ratify TV/Theatrical Agreements Los Angeles , (June 9, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild announced today that members have voted overwhelmingly to approve its TV/Theatrical contracts by a vote of 78 percent to 22 percent. Screen Actors Guild began talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on April 15, 2008.

One Bad Apple: The Complete Checklist on Google’s “Non Anti-Piracy” Anti-Piracy Policies

Music Technology Policy

This unholy alliance between Google and pirates was even noted in a 2008 case study from the University of Malaysia (at p. Ask yourself how many books Google has scanned without a license during the time that it has taken you to read this post. Even for “blind buys,” advertisers need enough information to determine whether a given site qualifies to show an ad.

An Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google, a guest post by Jonathan David Neal

Music Technology Policy

That contract ended at the end of December 2008, at which time Google and PRS entered negotiations to renew the contract. The license expired at the end of last year, 2008. So, we’re now in a position at the end of 2008 where our license comes up to expire, we’ve got 18 months worth of data about what is actually being used on the service. There is a fine line between data and/or information and content.

An Interview with Andrew Shaw of PRS for Music on Negotiating with Google, a guest post by Jonathan David Neal

Music Technology Policy

That contract ended at the end of December 2008, at which time Google and PRS entered negotiations to renew the contract. The license expired at the end of last year, 2008. So, we’re now in a position at the end of 2008 where our license comes up to expire, we’ve got 18 months worth of data about what is actually being used on the service. There is a fine line between data and/or information and content.

Warning: The Waxman is Coming

Thompson On Hollywood

She left the Washington Post in 2003 to become Hollywood correspondent for the New York Times, and took a leave from that gig on July 1, 2008 to write her book on Middle East antiquities, Loot. At the Santa Barbara Film Fest I saw Peter Jones' provocative doc Inventing L.A.: