Huffington Post, AOL Hit with Class Action By Bloggers

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Writers claim they were mistreated by Arianna Huffington, whose site sold last month to AOL for $315M read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

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More On Tasini v. AOL

Media Law Prof Blog

More on the Tasini lawsuit against Arianna Huffington et al. The complaint here; some discussion from Law Across the Wire and Into the Cloud (Zwillinger Genetski) here; excerpts from an interview with Mr. Tasini here

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Trending Sources

Leading Online Ad Networks Agree to Voluntary Piracy Program

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

MPAA AOL Google Tech Piracy Business MPAA chairman Chris Dodd says the plan "places a disproportionate amount of the burden on rights holders." read more. Yahoo Chris Dodd Microsoft THR, Esq.

An Autopsy of the Time Warner/AOL Merger

Media Law Prof Blog

The New York Times's Tim Arango reviews why the much heralded coming together of two great companies turned not to be such a success

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AOL News - Rice Commemorates Civil Rights Era Victims

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

AOL News - Rice Commemorates Civil Rights Era Victims Updated: 06:08 PM EDT Rice Commemorates Civil Rights Era Victims By GEORGE GEDDA, AP. BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Oct. 22) - A ceremony Saturday marking a seminal event in the U.S. civil rights movement - a church bombing that killed four black girls - drew native daughter Condoleezza Rice, a friend of one of the victims.

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AOL News - Rice Commemorates Civil Rights Era Victims

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

AOL News - Rice Commemorates Civil Rights Era Victims Updated: 06:08 PM EDT Rice Commemorates Civil Rights Era Victims By GEORGE GEDDA, AP. BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Oct. 22) - A ceremony Saturday marking a seminal event in the U.S. civil rights movement - a church bombing that killed four black girls - drew native daughter Condoleezza Rice, a friend of one of the victims.

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@mattpinfield: KFOG Interviews David Lowery on Artist Letter Against DMCA Shakedown — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Lowery: “The DMCA is an AOL law in a Snapchat world.” KFOG’s Matt Pinfield interviews David Lowery on air about the 180 artists joining the grassroots to oppose the DMCA. via @mattpinfield: KFOG Interviews David Lowery on Artist Letter Against DMCA Shakedown — Artist Rights Watch

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Understanding Google’s Wrist Slaps: When is the FTC Like the NSA?

Music Technology Policy

Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”. The Washington Post tells us that a whistleblower has come forward to disclose how the National Security Agency has been getting data “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S.

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Cinematical Spawns Genre labels

Thompson On Hollywood

In the push for traffic, AOL-owned Cinematical just launched two new genre specific sites, reports Erik Davis: SciFi Squad and Horror Squad. Davis says he and Scott Weinberg "will be running both, and will be the main contacts on both.".

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News from the Goolag: Interesting Development at the LA Times

Music Technology Policy

AOL, Google. I was about to comment on an LA Times story today and discovered something interesting. Instead of allowing me to register the same way that most newspaper websites do (meaning that you establish an account registration in the newspaper's online database) I got a different screen than the one I'm used to on latimes.com.This screen said I could log in using Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!,

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Everyone is “Pro-Digital” It’s Just Some of Us Do Math, Others Believe in Unicorns

Music Technology Policy

Anyone remember the pre www days of AOL? Originally posted on The Trichordist : New Jargon: Math Doers & Magic Unicorn Lovers. There is no digital divide in the music business. There is no pro-digital music business and anti-digital music business. This is the real divide, it’s between those that do the math on the revenues, and those that believe in magic unicorns. I’m in a band. Like virtually every performer, I’m pro-digital.

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Is Self Auditing Hazardous to Your Health?

Music Technology Policy

In late 1999, I was negotiating a deal with AOL. This was a deal where AOL would be paying my client some money based on sales. I noticed there was no audit clause in AOL’s form and I added standard royalty audit language. I had a call with the customary 12 Acolytes of Steve from AOL on the phone (no one at AOL can negotiate anything by themselves) and I asked about my audit language. Kind of like AOL.). Pretty much what AOL told me in 1999.

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Everyone is “Pro-Digital” It’s Just Some of Us Do Math, Others Believe in Unicorns

Music Technology Policy

Anyone remember the pre www days of AOL? Originally posted on The Trichordist : New Jargon: Math Doers & Magic Unicorn Lovers. There is no digital divide in the music business. There is no pro-digital music business and anti-digital music business. This is the real divide, it’s between those that do the math on the revenues, and those that believe in magic unicorns. I’m in a band. Like virtually every performer, I’m pro-digital.

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Google Extends Keiretsu to Spotify Board

Music Technology Policy

Not to forget Tim Armstrong, the former head of Google’s US operations and now CEO of AOL. A keiretsu ( ?? , system , series , grouping of enterprises , order of succession ) is a set of companies with interlocking business relationships and shareholdings. It is a type of informal business group. The keiretsu maintained dominance over the Japanese economy for the last half of the 20th century. Wikipedia.

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Time Warner's Parsons to Commerce? Copyleft's Collective Head to Explode?

Copyrights & Campaigns

and HBO (though its anti-piracy zeal is sometimes tempered by its ownership of AOL , which has cross-cutting interests as a host of others' content). Time magazine's The Page blog reports that Obama may tap former Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons , now a member of the Time Warner board, as Commerce Secretary. Time Warner, of course, is one of the largest copyright owners in the world as parent of such entertainment giants as Warner Bros.

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UPDATE: The Problem with the JOBS Act and Equity Crowdfunding

Music Technology Policy

Outside of government, they could move quickly, and were supported by big names like former AOL CEO Steve Case and a Who’s Who of company founders from Silicon Valley—a place where both parties like to raise money.

Time Warner IP Lawyer Joins Chadbourne & Park

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

He handled corporate patent strategy and operations, including litigation, risk analysis, licensing and procurement for Time Warner properties including  AOL , HBO, Time Inc., Charles   Fish has joined the Chadbourne & Parke firm as counsel in the New York intellectual property practice. Fish comes from Time Warner, where he he was vp and chief patent counsel in the company's legal division.

The Geist in the Hen House

Music Technology Policy

For example, when negotiating a contract with AOL in the pre -disaster days (i.e., before the merger with a perfectly good media company that AOL ran into the ground), I noticed the agreement did not have an audit clause and I put one in. I was told that AOL had decided that it was not a good use of AOL’s resources to allow themselves to be audited. My parting words to AOL: You can take it out but take some advice.

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Cyber Outlaw Faces Criminal Charges

JetLawBlog

The Angels say that Goncalves hacked into their AOL email account. Domain thieves beware: the consequences for virtual crime may be getting a little more real.

Twilight's Pattinson Flogs Indie How to Be

Thompson On Hollywood

IFC publicized Pattinson to drive viewers to view the movie on-demand (starting April 29) via Entertainment Tonight, AOL , Life & Style and MTV.com , which has long catered to the Pattinson fan base.

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Panic on Facebook: Should Facebook Install a “Panic Button” to Report Inappropriate Content?

JetLawBlog

The AOL-owned site Bebo was among the first to install CEOP’s button. Facebook has recently come under fire in the United Kingdom for not providing adequate user safety protections, which would help prevent pedophiles from targeting minors online.

It is not about Northern vs. Southern California:

Music Technology Policy

and AOL both launched two of the first licensed music subscription services. An excellent topic came up at the recent Google Tech Summit in Napa Valley that bears repeating–trying to lump all of the tech companies into one pot as “Northern California” against artists in “Southern California” is too facile by half and is a form of geocentric narcissism. First of all, you can’t lump all tech companies in together.

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MUSIC DOWNLOADERS NOT REQUIRED TO PAY PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES.

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

AOL and other online services are not required to pay performance royalties on music downloaded over the Internet, according to a New York federal court. The court held that downloading a song is not a public performance of the song under copyright law. Both parties had asked for partial summary judgment on the question of whether Internet downloads of music constitutes “performance” of music under the Copyright Act. District Judge William C.

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MUSIC DOWNLOADERS NOT REQUIRED TO PAY PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES.

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

AOL and other online services are not required to pay performance royalties on music downloaded over the Internet, according to a New York federal court. The court held that downloading a song is not a public performance of the song under copyright law. Both parties had asked for partial summary judgment on the question of whether Internet downloads of music constitutes “performance” of music under the Copyright Act. District Judge William C.

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The Non-Best Practices Best Practices from Google and its Internet Advertising Bureau

Music Technology Policy

The big companies involved in the announcement are AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo and…Google. Some of you may have seen the “best practices” circulated yesterday by the White House–also known as Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s B&B on the Potomac. (See

Waging War: Online Tracking vs. Right of Privacy

JetLawBlog

Although the Beacon system represents a much more transparent approach than other companies utilizing online tracking software, such as Google and AOL, within ten days of its introduction more than 50,000 Facebook users signed a petition against the new software.

Mr. Lowery’s Speaking Tour: Interview with @davidclowery after Columbia Law School, George Mason University and CMJ Keynote

Music Technology Policy

First the failure of the DOJ to address ad funded piracy by companies like Google and AOL is an outrage.

UPDATE: Bubbleriders and the Problem with the JOBS Act and Equity Crowdfunding

Music Technology Policy

Outside of government, they could move quickly, and were supported by big names like former AOL CEO Steve Case and a Who’s Who of company founders from Silicon Valley—a place where both parties like to raise money.

CNET News again botches the law, this time on Cablevision

Copyrights & Campaigns

The earlier story to which the new story links says in black and white that Mystro TV was a project of "AOL Time Warner" -- there's no mention of Cablevision. Other news stories confirm that Mystro TV was AOL Time Warner's baby: see here and here and here. Yesterday I wrote, "I don't plan to blog in any detail about the Cablevision case , since I worked on it in the S.D.N.Y. and Second Circuit as an attorney at Fox."

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And a straw child shall lead them: Fan Fiction as an Example of Web 2.0 Double Rip Off

Music Technology Policy

Novik posted her work, but in 1994 that would probably have been free news groups or hacker-ish bulletin boards on the noncommercial side and AOL, Compuserve or Delphi on the commercial side.

More Details on RECOP from Fastcase’s Ed Walters

Media Law

“For West and Lexis, this is their AOL moment — they can’t make this fight about access anymore,&# he says. Ever wonder why someone who is in the business of selling court opinions would want to support a project that is devoted to giving them away for free? I have the answer to that question from Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase.

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Opening remarks at the California Copyright Conference, October 11, 2011

Music Technology Policy

The first time I spoke at CCC was 1994 and I remember a panelist saying that night that the reason there were not more deals with companies like AOL, Compuserve and what then passed for ISPs was simple—those companies were an immature industry and it was impossible to negotiate with them. Great panel at CCC tonight, my opening remarks: I’d like to thank the CCC for hosting this panel, especially the planning committee.

WIDGETMANIA

The Digital Lowdown

This includes Yahoo, AOL, Youtube, Flickr, etc. 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. While the concept behind them is simple, the key, as with any form of viral marketing, is how to make them ubiquitous.

Wonderwall: BermanBraun's New Model Celeb Site

Thompson On Hollywood

Having started Yahoo OMG and recognizing the success of AOL's TMZ, Braun saw that MSN wasn't aggregating celebrity content. The offices at Revolution Studios on L.A.'s s Olympic Boulevard are humming.

Supreme Court to Review Challenge to Copyright Term Extension Act

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

accuses AOL Time Warner, Sony, and Vivendi Universal of working together to fix pricing for content on demand, the heart of the suit lies in the question of who will control direct-to-viewer digital distribution. September 30, 2002 Supreme Court to Review Challenge to Copyright Term Extension Act On October 9, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments that will determine the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.

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Supreme Court to Review Challenge to Copyright Term Extension Act

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

accuses AOL Time Warner, Sony, and Vivendi Universal of working together to fix pricing for content on demand, the heart of the suit lies in the question of who will control direct-to-viewer digital distribution. September 30, 2002 Supreme Court to Review Challenge to Copyright Term Extension Act On October 9, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments that will determine the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.

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Blackout? What Blackout? “The SOPA blackout was about as organic as the masses of North Koreans crying in the streets upon hearing of Kim Jong Il’s death”

Music Technology Policy

Rodnitsky notes that Google, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, and eBay had been lobbying Congress for months regarding SOPA–actually for months regarding it’s Senate predecessors COICA and Protect IP as well. [Editor Charles says: A version of this post originally appeared in MTP Monthly].

Blackout? What Blackout? “The SOPA blackout was about as organic as the masses of North Koreans crying in the streets upon hearing of Kim Jong Il’s death”

Music Technology Policy

Rodnitsky notes that Google, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, and eBay had been lobbying Congress for months regarding SOPA–actually for months regarding it’s Senate predecessors COICA and Protect IP as well. [Editor Charles says: A version of this post originally appeared in MTP Monthly].

Sixth Circuit Enforces Disclaimers in Consumer Online Clickwrap Terms of Service

New Media and Technology Law

2002) (holding AOL did not waive Section 230 immunity by the terms of its membership contract). In Doe v. SexSearch.com, Inc., the Sixth Circuit considered the appeal of a user of the SexSearch online dating service from dismissal of his breach of contract, fraud and other state law claims (based on Ohio law) against the service for its failure to screen out underage minors.

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