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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.

Why is the New York Times Coverage on Artist Rights So Oddly Inconsistent?

Music Technology Policy

If you read the New York Times Sunday Magazine (which probably means you’re over 40 or live inside of the Acela corridor), you may have noticed a story last week titled “ The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t “ This piece is another of these “Sky is Rising” type things bankrolled by the Computer & Communications Industry Association, aka Google. The real question is what is the New York Times up to.

For Women, It’s Not Just the O’Reilly Problem - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

That’s not deterrence, let alone true accountability. For Women, It’s Not Just the O’Reilly Problem - The New York Time

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DMX sues for royalties from jail

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a complaint filed in New York Supreme Court, the hip-hop artist formerly known as Earl. Tags: Accounting Contracts & Riders Copyright Litigation Music By Eriq Gardner Rapper DMX, currently serving six months in jail for a probation violation, is being productive behind bars, suing his copyright administrator.

2 Black Women Sue Fox News, Claiming Racial Discrimination - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Fox News, whose chairman, Roger Ailes, was ousted last year after a string of sexual harassment claims, is facing new allegations of discrimination. 2 Black Women Sue Fox News, Claiming Racial Discrimination - The New York Times

Ryancare: You Can Pay More for Less! - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The proposal would allow families to sock away more money in health savings accounts, which may sound good at first but would primarily benefit affluent people who can afford to save more. The New York Times

New York Mag's Tweet Guide

Thompson On Hollywood

I missed Twitter when my account was suspended for a few days. Here's New York Mag's guide to the best tweets. Tags: hashtag New York tweets Twitter My Twitter-feed is now essential to how I do business every day.

Supreme Court Nominee Calls Trump’s Attacks on Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’ - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

An account of the discussion was confirmed by a White House adviser working to advance the Gorsuch confirmation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment. Supreme Court Nominee Calls Trump’s Attacks on Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’ - The New York Times

Time for Congress to Investigate Mr. Trump’s Ties to Russia - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

During the Vietnam War, Watergate and the Iran-contra scandal, when a president’s actions or policies crossed the line, Congress investigated and held the White House to account. Time for Congress to Investigate Mr. Trump’s Ties to Russia - The New York Times

Russian Agents Were Behind Yahoo Hack, U.S. Says - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Credit Al Drago/The New York Times Photo by: Al Drago/The New York Times The Republican plan would alter both of those programs, changing the winners and losers. The new plan would also simplify the current system, which requires verifying every applicant’s income and then giving just the right amount of financial assistance. It would allow Americans to sock more money away for health spending in special tax-free health savings accounts.

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The Man Who Spilled the Secrets | Politics | Vanity Fair

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What followed was a clash of civilizations—and ambitions—as Guardian editors and their colleagues at The New York Times and other media outlets struggled to corral a whistle-blowing stampede amid growing distrust and anger.

The Times's Dealings With Julian Assange - NYTimes.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The Guardian suggested — to increase the impact as well as to share the labor of handling such a trove — that The New York Times be invited to share this exclusive bounty. This time, Assange imposed a new condition: The Guardian was not to share the material with The New York Times.

The Gangsta American Prison-Commercial Complex - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Everything an inmate can buy — phone calls, commissary, copays for substandard medical care, video visitation or the new email service — is purchased through a special account created by the prison or a private company. Merely to add funds to an account, the family or friends of inmates must pay a service fee. I have an account myself with the prison phone giant Securus so that inmates I want to keep in touch with can call me.

It’s Not Whack A Mole if You Own the Mole: New York Times Coverage of Brand Sponsored Piracy

Music Technology Policy

So when you take into account the vastness of this financial support for theft–and the Times does a good job of conveying this excuse–it leads to the conclusion that someone has something to hide.

The King of Crash and Burn - The New York Times. Charles Blow

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Trump even took the oddly-timed step of using his Twitter account to direct Americans to tune in to Jeanine Pirro’s show on Fox News, his administration’s propaganda arm, where Pirro pilloried Ryan, scolding that he ‘needs to step down as speaker of the House.

To Stop Bad Prosecutors, Call the Feds - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The short answer is that they are almost never held accountable for misconduct, even when it results in wrongful convictions. It is time for a new approach to ending this behavior: federal oversight of prosecutors’ offices that repeatedly ignore defendants’ legal and constitutional rights.

IMAX Hopes To End U.S. Investors' Lawsuit With $12 Million Settlement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The agreement, revealed last week in federal court in New York, is crafted to take account for a Canadian judge's decision to certify a global investor class. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Lack of Videos Hampers Inquiries Into Houston Police Shootings - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The rate of shootings by police officers was higher in Houston between 2010 and 2014 than in New York or Los Angeles, and the Houston police killed more people than the Los Angeles police despite having half as many officers, according to police data. Without videotaped evidence to contradict police accounts, shootings are far less likely to galvanize the public and to result in disciplinary action against the officers involved, criminologists say.

The Biggest Questions Awaiting the Supreme Court - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The court’s new term, which starts Monday, will jump right back into high-profile constitutional battles like voting rights, affirmative action and the death penalty, as well as a new attack on public-sector labor unions. The decisions last term showed a court willing to take into account the effects of the law on individual lives. The Biggest Questions Awaiting the Supreme Court - The New York Times

C.I.A. TIE REPORTED IN MANDELA ARREST - New York Times

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The intelligence service, using an agent inside the African National Congress, provided South African security officials with precise information about Mr. Mandela''s activities that enabled the police to arrest him, said the account by the Cox News Service. TIE REPORTED IN MANDELA ARREST - New York Times

Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 47

Gordon P. Firemark

Clio allows you to manage your matters, clients, time, bills, trust accounts and more all through a a secure, easy-to-use, web-based interface. New York Times. That New Lawyer Marketing Website Mentioned on the show: [link]. New York Times.

Why Songwriters Can’t Audit Under the Statutory Mechanical Royalty License, or Shall We Rely on the Kindness of Strangers?

Music Technology Policy

Because of the history of the regulations applicable to these accountings, the current regulations are a hacker’s paradise. This is one of the main reasons why the Harry Fox Agency license was the preferred licensing mechanism for decades–the HFA license modifies the terms of the Copyright Act and in consideration for granting quarterly instead of monthly accountings and a few other things, songwriters get the right to audit (or have their administrator audit, more likely.).

Class Action by Artists Against Distributor For Accountings Under Direct Deal With SiriusXM

Music Technology Policy

The string trio Time for Three and S’More Entertainment filed a class action yesterday (Jan 17) in New York federal district court against “Defendants Entertainment One GP LLC and Entertainment One U.S. Defendants have systematically failed to account for any revenue, or pay any portion of the revenue generated from the exploitation of the Class Members’ Musical Works on Sirius XM under this agreement. New York, New York 10025.

Should you have a loan-out company for your work in entertainment?

Gordon P. Firemark

My discussions with accountants and other tax advisers suggest that if you are earning less than $75,000 annually, a loan-out company probably isn’t worthwhile. Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

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Woman of Mass Destruction - New York Times

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Woman of Mass Destruction - New York Times October 22, 2005 Op-Ed Columnist Woman of Mass Destruction By MAUREEN DOWD. Judy had moved on from her tempestuous tenure as a Washington editor to be a reporter based in New York, but she showed up at this national security affairs briefing. The Times's story and Judy's own first-person account had the unfortunate effect of raising more questions.

Woman of Mass Destruction - New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Woman of Mass Destruction - New York Times October 22, 2005 Op-Ed Columnist Woman of Mass Destruction By MAUREEN DOWD. Judy had moved on from her tempestuous tenure as a Washington editor to be a reporter based in New York, but she showed up at this national security affairs briefing. The Times's story and Judy's own first-person account had the unfortunate effect of raising more questions.

Beebe on Bleistein, the Problem of Aesthetic Progress, and the Making of American Copyright Law @BartonBeebe

Media Law Prof Blog

Barton Beebe, New York University School of Law, has published Bleistein, the Problem of Aesthetic Progress, and the Making of American Copyright Law at 117 Columbia Law Review 319 (2017). This Article presents a revisionist account

Leading by (Bad) Example - New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Leading by (Bad) Example - New York Times October 19, 2005 Op-Ed Columnist Leading by (Bad) Example By THOMAS L. Finally, the delegation member Sahaf al-Sahafi, editor of one of Iraq's new newspapers, said he wanted to go home after watching a televised videoconference last Thursday between soldiers in Iraq and President Bush. FRIEDMAN. WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (Iraq News Agency) - A delegation of Iraqi judges and journalists abruptly left the U.S.

Leading by (Bad) Example - New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Leading by (Bad) Example - New York Times October 19, 2005 Op-Ed Columnist Leading by (Bad) Example By THOMAS L. Finally, the delegation member Sahaf al-Sahafi, editor of one of Iraq's new newspapers, said he wanted to go home after watching a televised videoconference last Thursday between soldiers in Iraq and President Bush. FRIEDMAN. WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (Iraq News Agency) - A delegation of Iraqi judges and journalists abruptly left the U.S.

Louisiana Paper Revisits 1964 Civil Rights Killing - NYTimes.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Mr. Spencer, by his own account, was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Mr. Spencer could not be reached by The New York Times at his home or at Jimmy Sanders, a farm supply store where he works.

Is a notice terminating a license to use a copyrighted composition sufficient to establish willful copyright infringement?

Film and Television Law Blog

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held that evidence that a record company continued to sell records containing copyrighted compositions after receiving a notice terminating its compulsory licenses for failure to pay the required statutory royalties was sufficient to establish that the infringement was willful. copyright infringement emi entertainment world entertainment law film law karen records Music new york

Is a notice terminating a license to use a copyrighted composition sufficient to establish willful copyright infringement?

Film and Television Law Blog

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held that evidence that a record company continued to sell records containing copyrighted compositions after receiving a notice terminating its compulsory licenses for failure to pay the required statutory royalties was sufficient to establish that the infringement was willful. copyright infringement emi entertainment world entertainment law film law karen records Music new york

NEW YORK VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

November 4, 2003 In this newsletter: NEW YORK VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS On Nov. collateralization and creative accounting. 8 at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mark will conduct a comprehensive seminar that explores how independent films are financed and distributed. During this Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts seminar, Mark will review include financing via pre?sales, sales, debt and limited partnerships, negotiating tactics, typical contract terms, cross?collateralization

NEW YORK VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

November 4, 2003 In this newsletter: NEW YORK VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS On Nov. collateralization and creative accounting. 8 at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mark will conduct a comprehensive seminar that explores how independent films are financed and distributed. During this Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts seminar, Mark will review include financing via pre?sales, sales, debt and limited partnerships, negotiating tactics, typical contract terms, cross?collateralization

Songwriter Class Action Update

Music Technology Policy

Yesh sued Google in the Southern District of New York yesterday (against Google Play Music and YouTube Red: The claims are failing to license, either directly or by observing the rule for a compulsory license.

Guest Post: How Spotify Pays (or Doesn’t Pay) Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

There, he stated that Spotify was playing more than 150 songs of his without permission or payment 3 and published an open letter to the Attorney General of the State of New York calling for an investigation. A quick email to the client publisher’s accountant confirmed my suspicions.

When is an idea for a television show so “substantially similar” to the idea for another that it violates copyright law?

Film and Television Law Blog

Recently, the a Federal Court in the State of New York was asked to decide whether the Spike television show, “Pros v. Joes debuted on Spike, the Plaintiffs sued Spike in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York claiming that Pros v. The Plaintiffs took the position that “no theory of coincidence, simultaneous creation, prior common source or any explanation other than copying” could account for the similarities.

When is an idea for a television show so “substantially similar” to the idea for another that it violates copyright law?

Film and Television Law Blog

Recently, the a Federal Court in the State of New York was asked to decide whether the Spike television show, “Pros v. Joes debuted on Spike, the Plaintiffs sued Spike in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York claiming that Pros v. The Plaintiffs took the position that “no theory of coincidence, simultaneous creation, prior common source or any explanation other than copying” could account for the similarities.

Journalists Fear Impact on Protecting Sources - New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Journalists Fear Impact on Protecting Sources - New York Times October 1, 2005 Journalists Fear Impact on Protecting Sources By KATHARINE Q. The decision by Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, to testify before a grand jury after spending 85 days in jail for refusing to do so has left many people who are interested in the case confused and eager for more details. Several journalists said they hoped that The Times would publish a full account of the case.