French Data Protection Authority Speaks to Web Scraping

New Media and Technology Law

Late last month, the French data protection authority, the CNIL, published guidance surrounding considerations behind what it calls “commercial prospecting,” meaning scraping publicly available website data to obtain individuals’ contact info for purposes of selling such data to third parties for direct marketing purposes. Online Content Privacy Screen Scraping CNIL web scraping guidance data scraping French data protection authority publicly available website data

Why theatre authors are more powerful than screenwriters.

Gordon P. Firemark

Authors in theatre enjoy privileges and approval rights not held by their screenwriting brethren. On the opening night of Lachlan Philpott's new play, “Alienation”, the author removed his name from the production, and placed a note on each seat in the theatre declaring, “this production does not reflect my original scripted or communicated intentions as the playwright.” Authors' rights in Theatre are far more expansive than in film, television, etc.

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Litera Acquires Best Authority, Industry-Leading Table-of-Authorities Tool

Media Law

The document technology company Litera has acquired Best Authority, which is possibly the leading standalone product among legal professionals for generating tables of authorities in legal briefs. Best Authority, developed by Levit & James Inc. , “The acquisition of Best Authority makes sense on many levels, most importantly to our customers,” Marwaha said.

Human Authors, Computer Authors, and Copyright Law

Media Law Prof Blog

Jani McCutcheon, University of Western Australia Faculty of Law, has published The Vanishing Author in Computer-Generated Works: A Critical Analysis of Recent Australian Case Law in volume 36 of the Melbourne University Law Review (2013). Here is the abstract.

?White Fragility? author on why many whites deny race privilege

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

‘White Fragility’ author on why many whites deny race privilege

Ahead of #ILTACON19, Levit & James Finalizes Its Pay-Per-Document Pricing for Best Authority

Media Law

of its Best Authority, a Microsoft Word add-in that automatically finds and marks all the legal citations in a brief and generates a table of authorities. Formerly, law firms could purchase Best Authority only through a site license. The new pricing starts at $65 for producing a table of authorities for a single document. Levit & James first announced its intention to introduce pay-per-use pricing in 2017 as part of its planned beta launch of Best Authority 5.0.

Asked & Answered: Co-authors, who owns what?

Gordon P. Firemark

A: When co-authors join together to create a single work , it’s called a work of “joint authorship&#. Ordinarily, Joint Authors are equal owners of the work, and share equally in the proceeds from exploitation of the work. So, absent some other agreement, the co-authors are each entitled to half of the rights fees paid in relation to the book.

Authors, Publishers, and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Gordon, Boston University School of Law, has published The Core of Copyright: Authors, Not Publishers, at 52 Houston Law Review 613 (2014). Wendy J. Here is the abstract. Copyright largely consists of alienable rights and correlative duties — rights of

Delaware Authorizes Stocks on Blockchain

New Media and Technology Law

SB 69 amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) to explicitly authorize the use of distributed ledger technology in the administration of Delaware corporate records, including stock ledgers. Thus §224 explicitly authorizes the use of blockchains in the course of general corporate recordkeeping. DGCL §219 extends that authorization specifically to stock ledgers. On July 21st, Delaware Governor John Carney Jr. signed SB 69 into law.

Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

Music Technology Policy

Daralyn Durie stood before Judge Dennis Chin for what seems to me to be a rather shabby proposition: The Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers should be disqualified from representing authors and photographers as a class in the Google Books litigation and that each author and photographer whose work Google infringed should be forced to sue Google individually. The Authors Guild sued in 2005.

SAG Strike Authorization Ballots

Digital Media Law

The Screen Actors Guild just announced that strike authorization ballots will be mailed Friday, January 2 and will be due back and tabulated three weeks later, Friday, January 23. The AMPTP issued a statement denouncing the move, and urging that actors study the studio offer on the table carefully. I’ve posted a summary of the offer and an analysis of the disagreement between the two sides.

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Asked and Answered: When are friends and family co-authors?

Gordon P. Firemark

In other words, if a family member suggests changes that results in a substantial re-write, is that sufficient to warrant inclusion as co-author or collaborator? Should authors have an agreement with family members or friends who comment on their work to specify what types of contributions will result in a copyright and compensation arrangement? Q: Writers are encouraged to share their work with friends and family prior to submitting to publishing or film industry professionals.

'Friday the 13th' Author Disputes Producer's Ownership Theories

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Victor Miller is attempting to terminate a copyright grant on the 1980 horror film. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Regulatory Authorities and Media Independence

Media Law Prof Blog

Kristina Irion, University of Amsterdam; Central European University, and Roxana Radu, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEI) have published Delegation to Independent Regulatory Authorities in the Media Sector: A Paradigm Shift Through the Lens of Regulatory Theory, in

Asked & Answered: Do I need a contract with the author of an article or book about true events.

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Leilani asks whether she needs a contract with the authors of a news article and a book about true people and events that occurred over half a century ago before she can market a screenplay about those people and events. Asked & Answered: Do I need a contract with the author of an article or book about true events.

Ginsburg and Budiardjo on Authors and Machines @ColumbiaLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Ginsburg and Luke Ali Budiardjo, both of Columbia Law School, have published Authors and Machines as Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. Jane C. 14-597. Here is the abstract. Machines, by providing the means of mass production of works of

SAG Strike Authorization Ballots Delayed

Digital Media Law

The Screen Actors Guild has delayed sending out the strike authorization ballots until January 14 at the earliest, representing an approximately two-week delay from the originally scheduled mailing date of January 2. The letter also stated that the delay would give SAG extra time to conduct more member education and outreach aimed at increasing support for the strike authorization.

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Asked & Answered: What obligations when author is dead and publisher can’t be found?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: If there is a book or books where the author/s are no longer alive or exists and the publisher no longer holds a copyright/patent and/or is defunct — what are my legal or ethical obligations regarding any living relatives (if any) to the original author/s…?

Authoring Opinions

Media Law Prof Blog

Ryan Benjamin Witte, Columbia University Law School and Florida State University College of Law, has published "The Judge as an Author/The Author as a Judge." Here is the abstract. For Federal judges, a life-tenure also comes with a life-long publishing

Enlightenment Authors and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Maria Chiara Pievatolo, University of Pisa, Department of Political Science, has published Back to the Future: Authors, Publishers and Ideas in a Copy-Friendly Environment. Here is the abstract. How could scholars survive in a copy-friendly environment jeopardizing the established system

Hughes On Actors As Authors in American Copyright Law @LoyolaLawSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

Justin Hughes, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, is publishing Actors as Authors in American Copyright Law in volume 51 of the Connecticut Law Review (2018). Here is the abstract. Among the different kinds of works eligible for copyright, audiovisual works

Copyright and the Child Author

Media Law Prof Blog

Cromer Young, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, has published From the Mouths of Babes: Protecting Child Authors from Themselves at 112 West Virginia Law Review 431 (2010). Julie D. Here is the abstract. Akiane Kramarik painted some of her earliest

A2J Author Launches All New Platform Today

Media Law

Whenever there is a conversation about using technology to enhance access to justice for the poor, there is sure to be talk of A2J Author. Developed almost 10 years ago by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction and the Center for Access to Justice and Technology at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, A2J Author is […]. The post A2J Author Launches All New Platform Today appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Swiss Authorities Arrest Dr. Who

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy In a case where life imitates art, Eloi Cole – dressed as the Eleventh Doctor – claims to have traveled through time to stop the Large Hadron Collider from discovering the Higgs Boson. Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would [.].

The AI Author and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Annemarie Bridy, University of Idaho College of Law, has published Coding Creativity: Copyright and the Artificially Intelligent Author. Here is the abstract. For more than a quarter century, interest among copyright scholars in the question of AI authorship has waxed

Trump administration officially authorizes Biden transition

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Trump administration officially authorizes Biden transitionWith the backing of President Donald Trump, the head of the General Services Administration informed President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that the official governmental transition process has been approved.

U.S. Authorities Shut Down Megaupload for Piracy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Justice department drops the hammer on Megaupload, arresting its leaders, seizing hundreds of millions of dollars in property, and blasting the popular file-sharing website in a 72-page indictment. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Tech Business Piracy SOPA

Austin on Authors' Human Rights and Copyright Policy @victoriauninews

Media Law Prof Blog

Austin, Victoria University of Wellington, is publishing Authors' Human Rights and Copyright Policy in volume 40 of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (2017). Graeme W. Here is the abstract. This article discusses opportunities for taking account of

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Author @RobertBLevine_ at Canadian Music Week

Music Technology Policy

An excellent presentation by Robert Levine (author of the important book, Free Ride ) on the failure of the promise of the Internet and what is to be done. See also: The Wrong Flow: Rightsflow wants you to fix their data. Uncategorized robert levine

Judge Dismisses Authors Guild Suit Against Google

Media Law Prof Blog

District Court Judge Denny Chin has dismissed the Authors Guild lawsuit against Google, ruling that the search engine company''s practice of displaying parts of books as part of its Google Books Project does not violate the plaintiffs'' copyright

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Nineteenth Century US Copyright Law and British Authors

Media Law Prof Blog

The Payment of British Authors in 19th Century America’s Copyright Wilderness. The payment to British authors Stan J. Liebowitz, University of Texas, Dallas, School of Management, Department of Finance & Managerial Economics, has published Paradise Lost? Here is the abstract.

Roc Nation, Tidal Challenge the Authority of the Administrator of Prince's Estate

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Jay Z-affiliated companies file court papers in response to a copyright lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

Facebook Brings Suit against Mobile Marketing Firm for Siphoning User Data without Authorization

New Media and Technology Law

In all, it appears Facebook is asserting what it has previously called “platform enforcement authority” or the right of an online service to combat unauthorized data scraping and misuse that violates its terms. In continuing its push to enforce its terms and policies against developers that engage in unauthorized collection or scraping of user data, Facebook brought suit last month against mobile marketing and data analytics firm OneAudience LLC. Facebook, Inc. OneAudience LLC , No.

Authors Guild, Other Authors' Groups Sue Over Plan To Make "Orphan Works" Available Via Google

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Authors Guild website: The Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ), and eight individual authors have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court against HathiTrust, the University of

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Where Does the Author Stand In the Future Of Copyright?

Media Law Prof Blog

Ginsburg, Columbia Law School, has published The Author''s Place in the Future of Copyright in Copyright in an Age of Exceptions and Limitations (Ruth Okediji, ed., Jane C. Cambridge University Press, 2015). Here is the abstract. Two encroachments, one long-standing

'Buck Rogers' Pitch to Syfy Network Brings Legal Trouble for Author's Heirs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge is allowing a lawsuit from the heirs of the man who originally published Philip Francis Nowlan's work. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

SAG: Opposition Grows to Strike Authorization

Digital Media Law

A Hollywood-based SAG member, Keri Tombazian, launched a website called [link] , as a hub for materials opposing a strike authorization. Also today, members of the NY SAG Board began what Back Stage’s blog describes as a “regional uprising,” releasing a letter opposing a strike authorization. UPDATE: SAG announced a "solidarity campaign" in which members can electronically sign a statement of support for a strike authorization.

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Asked & Answered: Is it safe to write a new work based on a deceased author’s book?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: I have an excellent screenplay concept I’m into – Inspired by a previously published literary book, written by a now-deceased author & screenwriter whose trade and screen writing professional work was quite successful. Is it safe to write new work (screenplay) based on a previous book done by a deceased author?

The History of Authors' Reversion Rights

Media Law Prof Blog

Shall Return to the Authors': Anglo-American Authors' Reversion Rights from the Statute of Anne to Lionel A. Bently, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, and Jane C. Ginsburg, Columbia Law School, have published 'The Sole Right.

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Author Sued Over "Appropriated" Novel

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Hatchette Book Group claims Seth Grahame-Smith's submitted novel is nothing more than an appropriation of a 120-year-old public-domain story. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online

Copyright For Internet Authors and Artists

Media Law Prof Blog

University of New Hampshire School of Law, has published Copyright for Internet Authors and Artists. Thomas G. Field, Jr., Here is the abstract. This small paper attempts to answer inquiries received during the span of at least a decade.

Authors Stand Up Against Piracy

Music Technology Policy

The keynote was given by yet another self-appointed authority on our business. So it is with authors. Like songwriters, authors only have their books, the lucky ones might sell some ancillary rights--to paraphrase the professor, the authors losing their ability to sustain themselves need only make another movie from their books. Michelle Gagnon has an excellent post on The Kill Zone that describes first hand what authors are now enduring in the name of innovation.

Wisconsin Judge Issues Summary Judgment For Plaintiff In Defamation Case Against Authors Who Denied Truth Of Sandy Hook Killings

Media Law Prof Blog

Dane County (Wisconsin) Circuit Court Judge Frank Remington issued a summary judgment in the defamation case that Lenny Pozner, father of 6 year old Noah Pozner, brought against James Fetzer and Mike Palacek, authors of Nobody Dies at Sandy Hook