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AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

Digital Media Law

Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. The retirement plan is said to have lost $2-3 million because of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the bank.

DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. The deal, which provides for 2% annual pay increases and a one-time 1.5% boost in pension and health, will soon go to the membership for ratification, with a ballot return date in January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

Lawyer Blogs His ‘Island Paradise’ Life

Media Law

I’m no longer there, but lawyer Russell Lorfing is living out his own island fantasy — and he’s blogging about it in order to give others a glimpse of life and law practice on a small island.

SAG National Board Unanimously Moves Towards Merger with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The move today was SAG’s, whose national board has now unanimously established a merger taskforce to work with AFTRA to develop “a formal plan to unite SAG and AFTRA members in one union,” in the words of a SAG statement. The goal is ambitious: to have a plan for approval by the two unions’ national boards in January 2012. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

AFTRA Investigation Finds No Misconduct by Board Member Over SAGWatch Site

Digital Media Law

Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. The union's outside counsel determines that David Browde did not violate non-disparagement or confidentiality rules and is not an owner or editor of the site. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Voting on party lines, a sharply divided SAG board approved the tentative deal with the studios yesterday by a vote of about 53% to 47%. The balloting material will be accompanied by both pro and con statements, and the fight over the deal will be a prelude to SAG’s presidential and board elections, which will commence in July and run through September. On a personal note, I had a surreal experience outside yesterday’s board meeting.

AFTRA Board Approves Joint Bargaining With SAG

Digital Media Law

At a videoconference meeting today in New York and LA, AFTRA’s national board unanimously voted to approve joint bargaining with SAG for the Primetime Television Contract and the SAG TV/theatrical contract. The move comes a month after SAG’s national board voted, by a tally of 82% to 18%, to “seek engagement with AFTRA in a joint bargaining agreement for negotiation of the Television/Theatrical Contract.” Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

AFTRA board member accused of running SAGWatch

Digital Media Law

Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. For details, see my THR piece: [link]. ——————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Check out my residuals chart there too. Or, follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

SAG-AFTRA Joint Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. A ballot referendum recommending ratification will soon go out to members, for return by mid-January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Check out my residuals chart there too.

WGA Candidates for President and Board Announced

Digital Media Law

Current WGA West president Patric Verrone is running for one of the open board seats, but not for president (I believe there are term limits). For more details, see the press release below. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Members seeking nomination for the Board of Directors must obtain 25 member signatures in support of their petitions.

It’s Our Anniversary – A Decade of the Broadcast Law Blog

Broadcast Law Blog

Yesterday marked the 10 th anniversary of my first post welcoming readers to this Blog. I’d like to thank all of you who read the blog, and the many of you who have had nice words to say about its contents over the years. In the ten years that the blog has been active, our audience has grown dramatically. The blog was recently profiled on Lexblog Leaders , relaying some of the stories about readers that I have discovered, and I have many more such stories.

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SAG: Four Hardline Horsemen in the National Board Room

Digital Media Law

Yet, strangely enough, the leaders of the losing hardline faction will all find seats on the national board, and will continue to be a shadow government within the union’s Hollywood board—a board on which, in contrast, none of the key moderate leaders will be voting members. The moderates seemingly have 27 seats on the Hollywood board out of 55 (because 27 = 6 seats pre-election plus 21 additional seats won in the election).

Three Membership First Candidates Elected to AFTRA Boards

Digital Media Law

Many candidates were reelected, but new winners include two Membership First leaders—SAG 1 st VP Anne-Marie Johnson (AFTRA national board) and former SAG Hollywood Board member David Jolliffe (AFTRA Los Angeles local board)—as well as Membership First member Alan Ruck (AFTRA national board). I believe they join several MF stalwarts already on one or the other AFTRA boards. Johnson and Jolliffe bring a particularly interesting dynamic to the AFTRA boards.

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SAG Board Meeting Grinds On Into the Night

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board meeting, which began about 9:00 a.m. As I left, food arrived, suggesting more long hours for the sleep-deprived board, including the jet-lagged New Yorkers and regional (RBD) members. Meanwhile, inside the James Cagney Room, the oversize SAG board – 71 people if all members attended or were represented by alternates – were holding an undoubtedly contentious meeting, accompanied by an unknown number of staff members.

Live 365 Files Suit Over Constitutionality of Copyright Royalty Board

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Blog of Legal Times: the Internet radio service Live 365 has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Copyright Royalty Board is unconstitutional. The company says that those who sit on the board have such authority that they should

SAG Continues Down Path to Merger with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The union’s board allocates additional funding for task force working on merger; SAG president Ken Howard praises yesterday’s AFTRA resolution regarding merger. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month.

A New Home for the Broadcast Law Blog

Broadcast Law Blog

About 6 years ago, I started the Broadcast Law Blog, with a colleague now at the FCC, while at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. I want to thank that firm for the support that they gave to me and the Blog, which has allowed its readership to grow to heights that I hardly could have imagined when it was started. Davis Wright has been kind enough to allow the Blog to follow me, so this is the first of many posts to come at the new firm.

New Site Puts Spotlight on Exemplary Lawyers

Media Law

Each month, the site will feature one attorney, generally from a solo or small firm, nominated and selected by a legal advisory board. I am proud to say that I am a member of the advisory board that will select the lawyers to be profiled.

AFTRA Moves Closer to Merger With SAG

Digital Media Law

For the first time, the union’s national board votes on the current merger attempt, passing a key resolution “overwhelmingly”; the measure includes a statement that AFTRA leadership is “encouraged by the renewed interest expressed by SAG’s current leadership.”. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Lafayette Theater Shooter Fan of David Duke, Neo-Nazis, and Antigovernment Conspiracies — Hatewatch Blog — Medium

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

” That comment was one of dozens of messages that Houser, 59, left on several Internet message boards, all of which provide a picture of a politically disaffected, angry man who viewed the United States as a “financially failing filth farm,” expressed interest in white power groups, anti-Semitic ideas, the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, as well as a number of conspiracy theories often espoused by the antigovernment right

Unsolicited praise post

The Legal Satyricon

For now, here’s two: Philly Law Blog, www.phillylawblog.com Disclaimer: I have come to use the blog’s writers, Jordan and Leo, as a sounding board for various ideas and talk with them one or two times a week. Blog Loot! blog recommendationsDeVoy I am capable of liking things.

Unsolicited praise post

The Legal Satyricon

For now, here’s two: Philly Law Blog, www.phillylawblog.com Disclaimer: I have come to use the blog’s writers, Jordan and Leo, as a sounding board for various ideas and talk with them one or two times a week. Blog Loot! blog recommendationsDeVoy I am capable of liking things.

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast: Ken Davenport

Gordon P. Firemark

He created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, as seen on “The Today Show,” and a smartphone app called AT THE BOOTH, which has been featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” and called “Ingenious! Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast.

Copyright Royalty Board Announces Settlement between Sirius and SoundExchange for New Subscription Services Packaged with Cable and Satellite Video – How Different Royalty Standards Result in Different Royalty Rates

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the Copyright Royalty Board asked for comments on a proposed settlement agreement between Sirius XM and SoundExchange , and some articles about that announcement have not been entirely clear about what the deal covers. It has nothing to do with webcasting royalties for 2016-2020, which are still being litigated (see our article here about the proposals of the parties in that case).

Bar Suspends Law Clerk Who Sold Term Papers

Media Law

In a post I wrote in November 2009 at Legal Blog Watch, Appeals Court Lawyer ‘Traffics’ in Term Papers , I told you about Damian R. The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers suspended Bonazzoli from law practice for six months, Herman reports. Bonazzoli, then a senior staff attorney for the Massachusetts Appeals Court who advertised himself on Craigslist as available to write term papers for a fee, even though it is against Massachusetts law to sell a term paper.

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Media Law - Untitled Article

Media Law

Notably, she covers not just the workaday wordsmithery of briefs and memoranda, but also gives guidance for writing letters, emails and blogs. Buckley–who also blogs at A Lawyer’s Guide to Writing –begins every chapter of her book with a quote.

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

New Media and Technology Law

Whose Blog Is It Anyway? But Kremer was ousted from the group’s board of directors following a dispute over the group’s policies. The group’s remaining board members filed suit against Kremer in Georgia state court. The board ultimately prevailed , but only after a week-long jury trial over the ownership of the accounts.

Understanding Music Royalties – Congressional Research Service Releases Summary of the Law, While DOJ Asks for More Comments on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decree Reform

Broadcast Law Blog

While we try to provide some explanations of some of those issues on this Blog, I wanted to point to a couple of other resources available to address some of these issues and to, hopefully, help make some of those issues understandable. The legal issues surrounding the use of music in broadcast and digital media is one of those topics that is usually enough to make eyes glaze over.

Here We Go Again - Copyright Royalty Board Announces Date for Filing to Particpate in Proceeding to Set Webcasting Royalties for 2011-2015

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board today published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the start of its next proceeding to set the royalties to be paid by Internet radio operators for the performance rights to use " sound recordings " (a particular recording of a song as performed by a particular performer) pursuant to the statutory royalty. In 2007, the Copyright Royalty Board set the royalties for 2006-2010, a decision which prompted much controversy and is still under appeal.

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles Arrival in the US – Why Are Their Songs Still Missing on Some On-Demand Music Services?

Broadcast Law Blog

By contrast, the non-interactive services operate under a statutory license , where a digital music service pays a royalty set by the Copyright Royalty Board (or a negotiated rate agreed to in lieu of litigation before the CRB see our article here about the various rates that are currently available to webcasters, and our article here about the start of a new proceeding to determine what those rates will be from 2016-2020 ).

Entertainment Law Update Podcast 032 – Lawyers, Libel, Logos and Lolipops

Gordon P. Firemark

The 11th Circuit recently decided the case of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees v. At one point, the Board of Trustees demanded that Moore license the products, since they contained the team’s trademarks. Defamation Law Blog: [link].

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New Service Helps You Vet Expert Witnesses

Media Law

References in news, blogs and social media. By way of disclaimer, you will see if you visit the Expert Witness Profiler website that I am on the company’s advisory board. Whether you are about to retain an expert witness or about to cross-examine one, you want to learn everything you can about the expert’s experience and background. A new service, Expert Witness Profiler , helps you do exactly that.

Adele Proves Again that Spotify Needs Hits but Hits Don’t Need Spotify

Music Technology Policy

There’s a fair amount of press coverage about Adele’s windowing–with no quotes from Spotify other than the one rather mealy mouthed blog post. Not even an astroturfed trolling comment from a Spotify message board. What You Won’t See on Spotify.

SoundExchange Seeks Permission to Distribute Royalties Based on Proxy Information

Broadcast Law Blog

As we've written many times on this blog, SoundExchange collects royalties from digital music services , including satellite radio, cable radio and webcasters, for the performance of sound recordings (i.e. However, SoundExchange, according to a filing recently made with the Copyright Royalty Board , does not always know which songs were played by a particular music service.

Housework. And sex keeps selling (but you knew that).

Trademark, Copyright, and Entertainment Law Forum

In the meanwhile, the blog (oh, how I hate that word) did receive a few accolades and I would like to acknowledge them now. LexisNexis recognized this blog in its Trademark and Copyright Law Centers. Just look for this blog in the "Top Blog" page just off the centers' main web pages. The ABA Journal's website has included this blog in its listings. This blog can also be found on Justia.com's listing of blogs.

JLH on Forbes.com

Digital Media Law

Just a note (or point of personal privilege, as I guess some SAG board members are wont to say): my blogging now appears on Forbes.com's The Biz Blog. Check it out - or keep reading me here, since everything I write for Forbes.com will also be posted here. My posts will also continue to appear on the Huffington Post , IMDb , AlwaysOn and my Twitter and Facebook

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

New Media and Technology Law

Whose Blog Is It Anyway? But Kremer was ousted from the group’s board of directors following a dispute over the group’s policies. The group’s remaining board members filed suit against Kremer in Georgia state court. The board ultimately prevailed , but only after a week-long jury trial over the ownership of the accounts.

It’s Their Web: Google’s land grab with the new gTLDs for.music,film,movie,book

Music Technology Policy

One of the seemingly obvious conflicts of interest involves Peter Dengate Thrush, a former Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors. The key example is former ICANN Chairman of the Board Peter Dengate Thrush.

4 ways do-it-yourself-ers mess up trademark applications

Gordon P. Firemark

Anthony Verna is an Intellectual Property lawyer in New Jersey, and he's written a blog post outlining four of the most common mistakes made in trademark registrations. Recent rulings by the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board have made it clear that an overbroad or inaccurate description may be considered fraudulent, and can result in cancellation of the registration. I'm frequently asked by clients to help them "fix" defective applications for trademark registration, after the U.S.

DGA and Studios Reach Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

However, union will not release details until Wednesday board meeting. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Check out my residuals chart there too. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.