20 Questions for New Artists Part 1: Bank Accounts/Tax Returns/Accountants

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Bank Accounts/Tax Returns/Accountants : A common mistake that bands make is to have all income paid to one band member, which usually results in unnecessarily complex adjustments at tax time not to mention general distrust should disputes arise. The band should find an accountant in your geographical area who is familiar with music issues and band accounting and take a meeting with that accountant (preferably a Certified Public Accountant who will file the band’s tax return).

Judge Dismisses Nunes Attempt To Sue Twitter Over Bovine Account

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A judge has dismissed Representative Devin Nunes's lawsuit against Twitter over the content of the Twitter account @DevinCow because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act doesn't allow courts to treat social media platforms as publishers of the content of

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Velshi: As journalists, our job is to hold power accountable

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Velshi: As journalists, our job is to hold power accountable

Music Modernization Act Is A Great Fit with the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

Music Technology Policy

Hatch that’s way more likely to pass the Senate: The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. If you recall, the House of Representatives version of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act passed the house on one of the most lopsided votes in a very long time– 378 yeas to 48 neas. Music Modernization Act Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability ActThe Music Modernization Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens.

Magaldi and Davis on Examining Online Defamation Law Through the Twitter Account of James Woods

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Jessica Magaldi, Pace University, and Wade Davis, Minnesota State University, Mankato, are publishing 'Into the Bowels of Hell' Examining Online Defamation Law Through the Twitter Account of James Woods in volume 29 of the Southern Law Journal (Fall 2019).

CREATIVE ACCOUNTING

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

The major studios determine profits for participants using their own special accounting rules as set forth in their net profit defi¬nitions. The accounting profession has generally agreed-upon rules called Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). There are special guidelines for the motion picture industry called Financial Accounting Standards Bulletin 53 (FASB 53). These rules provide, among other things, for the accrual method of account¬ing.

How Kira’s AI Is Being Used To Support Police Accountability Reform

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The reform initiative, Campaign Zero , is focused on developing data-driven solutions to end police violence and hold police accountable. Limit disciplinary consequences for officers or the capacity of civilian oversight structures or the media to hold police accountable.

Holding police officers accountable | MSNBC

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Holding police officers accountable | MSNBC

#irespectmusic: House Judiciary Voting Today on HR 1695 the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

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The House Committee on the Judiciary says the House will vote on HR 1695 today–the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. “Today the House of Representatives will consider the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act ( H.R. irespectmusic campaign Uncategorized HR1695 Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

Conference, Yale Law School: ACC2019: Accountability in Partisan Times, October 4-5, 2019 @YaleLawSch

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AAC 2019: Accountability in Partisan Times October 4-5, 2019 Yale Law School The Access and Accountability Conference brings together a unique combination of practitioners, journalists, scholars and law school clinicians, for spirited conversations that explore key impediments to government transparency

Featured Resource: E-Book On Ensuring Your Accounting House Is In Order

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This week’s featured resource: Complimentary e-book: Getting Your House in Order: Driving Efficiency in Law Firm Accounting. Description: Law firm accounting and bookkeeping are day-to-day tasks that form the foundation of a successful law firm. Bookkeeping and accounting, seemingly simple processes, can cause friction for law firms if not managed effectively. Check out this e-book to find out how to build a solid foundation for your firm’s accounting department.

'The Bachelor' Accountant Accused of Stealing $600,000

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Lawsuit by AND Syndicated Productions says Iain Anderson used bogus transactions to transfer company funds to his personal accounts. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television The Bachelor The Bachelorette

CosmoLex Update Adds New Accounts Payable Module

Media Law

Now you can add bills for accounts payable within CosmoLex. CosmoLex today released an update to its cloud-based practice management platform that adds a new module for managing a law firm’s accounts payable. While some desktop practice management systems include accounts payable functions, this is the first cloud-based platform to add this, as far I […]. The post CosmoLex Update Adds New Accounts Payable Module appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Who Owns an Employee's Twitter and Other Online Accounts?

New Media and Technology Law

In this era of multiple online communication channels, and in an environment of increased employee mobility, employers need to focus on the legal and practical ways of securing their ownership of online company accounts that are registered or otherwise created by employees or contractors. 8, 2011), involves a Twitter account that was used by an employee to publish product reviews and other messages on behalf of his employer.

Verify U.S. Government Social Media Accounts

Media Law

There is certainly reason to doubt sometimes, given the frequency of fake and spoof social-media accounts. government has a web page that lets you verify whether a social media account is really managed by the U.S. Part of USA.gov , the site lets you look up accounts manged by federal agencies, elected officials, heads of agencies and members of the president’s Cabinet. Just paste in the URL of the account. Federal Government Social Media Accounts | USA.gov.

PracticePanther Launches Suite of Accounting Tools and Comprehensive QuickBooks Integration

Media Law

The practice management platform PracticePanther is today launching a suite of accounting tools that includes comprehensive integration with QuickBooks Online, including synchronization of all trust and operating payments, expenses, checks, invoices, and contacts from PracticePanther to QuickBooks Online. The post PracticePanther Launches Suite of Accounting Tools and Comprehensive QuickBooks Integration appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Click to view slideshow.

Police Accountability: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Rihanna Sues Ex-Accountants for Millions

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The lawsuit alleges an unusual accounting practice allowed New York-based Berdon LLP to pocket 22 percent of the revenue from the "Last Girl on Earth" tour, while the singer received just 6 percent. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business Rihanna

Cosmolex to Unveil Integrated Accounting Capability at Techshow

Media Law

It started as a cloud-based time, billing and trust accounting program for solos and small firms. (I The post Cosmolex to Unveil Integrated Accounting Capability at Techshow appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General accounting practice management time and billing Since its debut at ABA Techshow last year, Cosmolex has been on a development roll. I reviewed it here.)

20 Questions for New Artists: Bank Accounts/Tax Returns/Accountants

Music Technology Policy

Bank Accounts/Tax Returns/Accountants : A common mistake that bands make is to have all income paid to one band member, which usually results in unnecessarily complex adjustments at tax time. Check with your bank branch to find out what the bank requires in order to open a bank account in the band’s name (usually at least a “doing business as” or “dba” filing with a government agency of some kind). Tags: new artists sales tax music accounting issues

Save the Date! July 26 in Austin: Chris Castle on Address Unknown NOIs Sponsored by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

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Big thanks to Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts and Norton Rose Fulbright for hosting my presentation on the “address unknown” loophole and what to do about it. July 26 in Austin: Chris Castle on Address Unknown NOIs Sponsored by Texas Accountants. irespectmusic campaign #standwithsongwriters Mass NOIs Norton Rose Fulbright Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts Texas CLE

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Federal District Judge Dismisses Russian Free-Speech Challenge To Facebook's Shutdown of Its Account

Media Law Prof Blog

Federal District Judge Lucy Koh has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Federal Agency of News (FAN) against Facebook for shutting down its account. FAN argued that Facebook was interfering with its free-speech rights. Judge Koh ruled that Facebook is

This is the Only Question for the Next Head of the Copyright Office

Music Technology Policy

At some point in the coming days, there will be an announcement for the new head of the U.S. Copyright Office. I fully expect that everyone will have their litmus test for whether the new person (called the “Register” for historical reasons that have probably outlived their usefulness).

Opinion | George Floyd, Police Accountability and the Supreme Court - The New York Times

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What was intended to prevent frivolous lawsuits against agents of the government, the investigation concluded, “has become a highly effective shield in thousands of lawsuits seeking to hold cops accountable when they are accused of using excessive force.”

Tsesis on Social Media Accountability for Terrorist Propaganda @LoyolaLaw

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Alexander Tsesis, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, is publishing Social Media Accountability for Terrorist Propaganda in volume 86 of the Fordham Law Review (2017). Here is the abstract. Terrorist organizations have found social media websites to be invaluable for

Price: White House used taxpayer dollars to tweet from official account and smear a patriot

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Price: White House used taxpayer dollars to tweet from official account and smear a patriot

What’s With These Fake Lawyer Blogs and Twitter Accounts?

Media Law

The post What’s With These Fake Lawyer Blogs and Twitter Accounts? I have five very loyal followers of this blog. Three are lawyers, one is a legal secretary and one is a legal assistant. They reblog everything I post onto their blogs and Tweet some of what I post on their Twitter feeds. From what I see, they are equally loyal followers of other legal blogs, […]. appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General

Who Owns an Employee’s Twitter and Other Online Accounts?

New Media and Technology Law

In this era of multiple online communication channels, and in an environment of increased employee mobility, employers need to focus on the legal and practical ways of securing their ownership of online company accounts that are registered or otherwise created by employees or contractors. 8, 2011), involves a Twitter account that was used by an employee to publish product reviews and other messages on behalf of his employer.

Who Owns an Employee’s Twitter and Other Online Accounts?

New Media and Technology Law

In this era of multiple online communication channels, and in an environment of increased employee mobility, employers need to focus on the legal and practical ways of securing their ownership of online company accounts that are registered or otherwise created by employees or contractors. 8, 2011), involves a Twitter account that was used by an employee to publish product reviews and other messages on behalf of his employer.

CREATIVE ACCOUNTING

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

The major studios determine profits for participants using their own special accounting rules as set forth in their net profit defi¬nitions. The accounting profession has generally agreed-upon rules called Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). There are special guidelines for the motion picture industry called Financial Accounting Standards Bulletin 53 (FASB 53). These rules provide, among other things, for the accrual method of account¬ing.

U.S. Court Orders Coinbase to Share Information about Account Holders with the IRS but Limits to Transactions over $20,000

New Media and Technology Law

the largest cryptocurrency exchange and storage platform in the world, to provide information about certain of its account holders to the U.S. Information pertaining to as many as 14,355 account holders and 8.9 Significantly, only account holders that have bought, sold, sent, or received cryptocurrency worth $20,000 or more in any tax year from 2013 to 2015 are covered by the order. . Digital Currency Online Commerce Regulatory crytocurrency accounts summons taxation

Firm Central Practice Management Bookends a Banner Year with the Launch of Built-in Accounting

Media Law

You can easily add account specific details, and an updated layout makes it easier for your clients to interpret the charges, which will encourage prompt payments. You can easily view account balances to see if an invoice can be immediately settled.

Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act Passes the House 378-48

Music Technology Policy

More to come, but HR 1695 the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a roll call vote of the Yeas and Nays , 378 for and 48 against. Thanks to Maria Pallante for inspiring us and everyone who called, wrote, signed petitions and talked about it to your friends and neighbors, thanks to the bands in the vans and everyone who would not be cowed. This victory is for you. irespectmusic campaign

Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X - Video - NYTimes.com

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Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X - Video - NYTimes.com

Recording Artists Suing For Digital Royalty Accountings

Current Trends

As promised, here is a running list of lawsuits filed against record labels over the license vs sale royalty issue for digital downloads. Allman Brothers v. Sony BMG Music Entertainment , 1:2006cv03252, filed April 27, 2006, SDNY. As of 3/9/2012 The Court has preliminarily approved the Stipulation and the Settlement set forth, as being a fair, reasonable and adequate settlement as to all Class Members. A settlement in principal was reached a year earlier in March 2011. Toto, Inc.

Amateur Videos: Making Police Accountable?

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Others hale the ubiquitous presence of video recording devices as a method to ensure police accountability. Simple, straight-forward, and seemingly indefensible accounts, when scripted through law enforcement lawyers, becomes muddied with additional, subjective descriptions.

TrustBooks is Trust Accounting Made Simple and Painless

Media Law

Tom Boyle was a CPA doing bookkeeping for small law firms in North Carolina when he decided there had to be better software for lawyers’ trust accounting. The post TrustBooks is Trust Accounting Made Simple and Painless appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Most firms he worked with used either QuickBooks or Microsoft Excel, but both were cumbersome for lawyers to use and neither was well-suited to the fiduciary requirements of […].

UK Cop Shuts Down Social Media Accounts, Citing Official Pressure

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A British policeman who, as "Inspector Gadget," has routinely blogged and tweeted his personal opinions concerning official actions has shut down his social media accounts. Others who do the same say they are considering following his lead after their superiors

Fighting for a Straight Count: Does Streaming Accounting Cost More than the Royalties?

Music Technology Policy

When you drill down on exactly what goes into tracking and accounting for songs and recordings on streaming services one thing becomes apparent: No matter how much you automate, those systems are expensive and the royalties are minuscule. This is in large part because of the revenue share method of royalty payments that creates a vastly more complex accounting world than a simple per-use penny rate would require.

Exclusive: New Video Shows Border Patrol Account of Child’s Death Was No.

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A picture says a thousand gmail accounts….

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Top Hollywood Accountant Launches Profit Participation Audit Firm

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Michele Gentille aims to streamline and speed up the auditing process. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

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

Music Technology Policy

The following are my initial comments to the current proposed rulemaking at the Copyright Office that would, in my view, give digital streaming services a pass on transparency and accountability for their extraordinarily low royalty payments. Re: In the Matter of the Mechanical and Digital Phonorecord Delivery Compulsory License, Proposed Regulations for Reporting Monthly and Annual Statements of Account for the making and distribution of phonorecords, Docket No.