Google and Amazon Leverage Copyright Loophole to Use Songs Without Paying Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

Because Google and Amazon–purveyors of Big Data–claim they “can’t” find contact information for song owners in a Google search. That’s right–Google and Amazon are falling over themselves to use their market power to stiff songwriters yet again.

Warner Bros. Files Mass Litigation Against Amazon Resellers

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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"Hollywood on Strike" Book Available on Amazon!

Digital Media Law

My book is finally available on Amazon: Coming soon - "Look Inside the Book" and a Kindle edition. _. available at https://www.createspace.com/3344392 (use limited-time code JL886NCV for 20% off) and on Amazon. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

'A Gronking to Remember' Becomes Memorable Lawsuit Against Amazon, Apple

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A couple is suing the tech giants after finding their faces on an e-book that went viral. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business THR Online

Actress Details Amazon's Alleged Data-Mining Fraud in Amended IMDb Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Huang Hoang, whose age was revealed by IMDb, amends complaint in effort to show how Amazon is allegedly committing fraud on its customers.

Hey Alexa, Where’s My Money? Address Unknown Update Courtesy of Paperchain

Music Technology Policy

As you can see, Amazon is still far and away the leader in this latest loophole designed to stiff songwriters, followed closely by Google. Amazon Digital Services. irespectmusic campaign In a Goolag State of Mind Mass NOIs amazon Copyright Office Pandora SpotifyWe get an update this week on the total “address unknown” mass NOIs filed with the Copyright Office for the royalty-free windfall loophole.

Amazon Gains Patent on Market for 'Used' Digital Movies, Songs, Books

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The RIAA has said ReDigi is the only company to claim digital files could be peddled in a secondary market. It turns out that assessment was wrong. Will Hollywood erupt? read more. Music Movies THR, Esq. Amazon.com Tech

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Podcast, Blog & New Media Producers’ Legal Survival Guide now available in the Amazon Kindle Store.

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m thrilled to announce that my book, the Podcast, Blog & New Media Producers’ Legal Survival Guide is now available in the Amazon Kindle Store. Interested? Click Here Also available is my White Paper: 6 Ways to Finance a Feature Film

Amazon Showroom Operators (aka Retailers) Continue to Decline as Income Transfer Accelerates

Music Technology Policy

Amazon showrooms–aka bricks and mortar retail–are in an unrecoverable tailspin that will affect neighbors and communities across the country and around the world. Not paying for showroom space is not the only thing Amazon is good at grifting.

Warner Bros. Files More Mass Litigation Targeting 'Counterfeit Products' on Amazon

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The studio giant is doubling down on its war against unauthorized goods on the site's reseller market by filing 21 new lawsuits. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Tech Business

Podcast: The Legal Turbulence Facing Amazon’s Drones

Media Law

News of Amazon’s plans to use delivery drones surprised many, but the fact is that a number of companies are developing drones for commercial uses. However, before any of these commercial drones can take flight, they need to clear a series of legal hurdles, from winning FAA approval to sorting out liability and privacy issues. […] The post Podcast: The Legal Turbulence Facing Amazon’s Drones appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

'Gronking to Remember' Lawsuit Reveals Some Shockers

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A couple is suing Amazon and Apple after finding their faces on an e-book that went viral. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Television Tech Business THR Online

Actress Sues IMDB/Amazon For Publishing Personal Information

Media Law Prof Blog

Amazon, which owns IMDB, the internet movie website, is facing a lawsuit from an anonymous plaintiff who alleges it invaded her privacy by publishing her age in the "IMBD Pro" section of its database. The actress says website personnel obtained

Apple Sues Amazon Over "Appstore" Usage

Media Law Prof Blog

From CNN: Apple is suing Amazon.com over the latter's use of the term "Appstore" to describe its Android Marketplace. Apple filed for trademark protection for when it rolled out the iPhone 3G. More coverage of the suit here from the

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Netflix, Amazon Beat Blacklisting Lawsuit From Former Employee

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Amazon Studios Television Amazon.com Ted Sarandos Jeff Bezos Business The claims from Jerry Kowal included defamation and wrongful termination read more. Netflix Reed Hastings THR Online THR, Esq.

Amazon argues Constitution protects your chats with Alexa - CNET

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Amazon says the First Amendment protects your conversations with Alexa. Amazon argues Constitution protects your chats with Alexa - CNET

MGM Sues 'Buckaroo Banzai' Writer and Director Over Right to Make New TV Series

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter proclaim they own rights — and have been telling others including Amazon Studios and Kevin Smith's agents at WME.

Now Lawyers Can Say, ‘Alexa, Track My Time’

Media Law

You may think of Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant Alexa as a fun accessory for your home, allowing you to ask for a song or check the weather. But a new tool from Thomson Reuters might encourage you to take Alexa to your law office, where it can now track your billable hours and control time […]. The post Now Lawyers Can Say, ‘Alexa, Track My Time’ appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General Thomson Reuters

The Dominance of Amazon

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times Bits Blog, a discussion of Amazon and the changes it has brought to bookselling. Readers'' comments are lively

HBO Agrees To Provide Its Programming To Amazon

Media Law Prof Blog

Amazon and HBO have signed a licensing deal to make HBO programming available exclusively on Amazon Prime beginning May 21st. Among the popular shows slated for release on Amazon Prime and Amazon Fire TV: Veep, The Newsroom, and Girls.

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Makers of Series About Amazon Tribe Accused Of "Fakery"

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Guardian: charges that a television series about an Amazonian tribe altered scenes and interviews in order to create an unfavorable image of the tribe. An anthropologist who has studied the tribal members and a son of missionaries who

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: ‘we do not support’ Trump immigration order - The Verge

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos weighed in this afternoon on President Trump’s executive order banning entry to the US for citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations. Washington state, where Amazon is headquartered, is the first to directly take on Trump’s executive order.

HFA/Amazon and MRI

Music Technology Policy

Lot’s of quizzical…yes, that’s what it was, quizzical…reaction to the announcement by HFA that they will be handling a few items for Amazon. First of all, I have to say that it’s always encouraging when one of the Gang of Four tech oligarchs (per Eric Schmidt) like Amazon does something on the top of the table. The Amazon cloud service is exhibit A. One might think that Amazon would have helped itself by hiring HFA. amazon artist rights

More Writers Object To Amazon Policies

Media Law Prof Blog

A number of German writers have now joined the chorus protesting Amazon''s policy promoting e-books, alleging that the online retailing giant delays or fails to promote the products of those authors whose publishers do not agree to Amazon''s pricing policies

Lyft, HP won't advertise on Breitbart. Uber, Amazon remain - CNET

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Uber, Amazon remain - CNET"After the election of President Donald Trump in November, a secretive organization called Sleeping Giants popped up on Facebook and Twitter. Its mission: "To stop racist websites by stopping their ad dollars." Sleeping Giants' main target has been Breitbart News, which made headlines Wednesday after students at University of California at Berkeley protested an appearance by one of its columnists.

@scleland: Why Amazon Buying WholeFoods Will Attract Serious Antitrust Scrutiny — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

T]his transaction review is the first genuine opportunity and powerful legal process for those alleging anti-competitive harm by Amazon to have antitrust authorities’ full ear in a confidential process where warranted. via @scleland: Why Amazon Buying WholeFoods Will Attract Serious Antitrust Scrutiny — Artist Rights Watch

Class Action Filed in Response to Amazon e-Book Deletions

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Amazon refunded its customers and apologized, saying that the deletions were made because the independent bookseller did not have the legal right to sell the novels through Amazon. Amazon.com’s efforts to prevent copyright infringement have landed it in hot water.

Now Comes Another Product for Lawyers to Say, ‘Alexa, Track My Time’

Media Law

Last month, I wrote about Workspace Assistant, a tool from Thomson Reuters Elite that allows lawyers to perform time-management functions using voice commands through the Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled device. Now, a second Alexa-based time tracking tool is coming to market, and it is making its debut Monday at Legaltech West Coast. Tali, as […].

Amazon Founder Buys Washington Post

Media Law Prof Blog

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, has purchased the Washington Post for $250 million. More here from Hollywood Reporter and here from CNN

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Amazon Censoring Kindle Title List

The Legal Satyricon

by Charles Platt After Amazon caved in and removed _The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure_, other titles with erotic content are now being targeted. The currently uncertain situation is summarized here. Filed under: First Amendment, obscenity, political correctness. First Amendment obscenity political correctness

Musician Sues After Studio Shuts Down 'Twilight' Tribute (Exclusive)

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Eriq Gardner Matt Heart sues Summit after studio forces his song off of YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon. read more. THR, Esq. Music Movies Music

Amazon Revamps Kindle Royalties Program

Media Law Prof Blog

Amazon is restructuring its Kindle royalty program to make it more attractive to authors and publishers. Previously, authors received a little over $3 per title selling at $8.99; now they'll get $6.25. The new program launches in June. Read more

New York Court Upholds "Amazon" Holding

Media Law Prof Blog

Zelinsky, Cardozo School of Law, has published New York Appellate Division Upholds 'Amazon' Law: Analysis in State Tax Notes (2011). Media tax mavens, take note: Edward A. Here is the abstract. In Amazon.com LLC et al. New York State

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Learn copyright law basics from a comic book!?

Gordon P. Firemark

” The book is available for free as a digital download, but if you're inclined to purchase a hardcopy, do so at Amazon. A copyright law comic book? One of my clients just kindly pointed me to a link for a cool little project coming out of Duke University.

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Cuomo Pisses on the First Amendment over Amazon Ads

The Legal Satyricon

The Man in the High Castle is a piece of alternative history fiction. It imagines an alternate future in which the Axis powers won World War II. The Nazis occupy the eastern part of the United States, while the Japanese take up residence in the west. I have only seen the pilot, so I’m not […].

That Amazon Glitch

Media Law Prof Blog

Helen Popkin updates us on the Amazon.com "glitch." She says the problem was customer service

Warner Bros. Files Mass Litigation Against Amazon Resellers

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FTC Prevails in Action against Amazon for Unlawfully Billing Parents for Children’s Unauthorized In-App Purchases

New Media and Technology Law

In the wake of thousands of parental complaints about unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children, resulting in millions of dollars in disputed charges, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) brought suit against Amazon, Inc. Amazon”) in July 2014. Despite rejecting Amazon’s challenge to the FTC’s claims, the court denied the FTC request for injunctive relief to prevent future violations.

FTC Prevails in Action against Amazon for Unlawfully Billing Parents for Children’s Unauthorized In-App Purchases

New Media and Technology Law

In the wake of thousands of parental complaints about unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children, resulting in millions of dollars in disputed charges, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) brought suit against Amazon, Inc. Amazon”) in July 2014. Despite rejecting Amazon’s challenge to the FTC’s claims, the court denied the FTC request for injunctive relief to prevent future violations.

Kanye West Sues Amazon, Others Over 'Coinye West' Cryptocurrency

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The "Yeezus" artist says the e-retailer is committing contributory trademark infringement by allegedly enabling websites trading in the digital money. read more. The Business Kanye West Music THR Online THR, Esq. Tech Business