Internet Cooking Channel Can't Trademark 'Jaws,' Says Board

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office thinks consumers might confuse a streaming 'Jaws' cooking program with the silver-screen shark of the same name. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Court of Appeals Upholds Copyright Royalty Board Decision on Sirius XM and Music Choice Royalties

Broadcast Law Blog

A decision by the US Court of Appeals on the appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board decision as to the Sirius XM and Music Choice royalties for the public performance of sound recordings is one of the many year-end decisions important to broadcasters and digital media companies that seems to be flooding out from Courts and agencies in DC and elsewhere.

Looking at the Decision of the Copyright Royalty Board on Internet Radio Royalties for Commercial Webcasters – What are the Issues that the Judges Considered?

Broadcast Law Blog

The text of the Copyright Royalty Board decision on Internet Radio Royalties for 2026-2020 was released last Friday. Thus, the Board determined that the rate for nonsubscription, noninteractive services should be $.0017 Prior to making its decision, the Board had asked for legal guidance from the Copyright Office, asking for a legal opinion as to whether the setting a bifurcated rate was legally permissible under the provisions of the Copyright Act.

Disney Board Members Facing Shareholder Lawsuit Over Anti-Poaching Pacts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are among the defendants. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

National Amusements Directors Pen Snarky Letter in Response to Viacom Board Unrest

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"There is no world in which Mr. Dauman and Mr. Abrams could have vetoed" the decision to replace nearly half of the Viacom board, states the letter.

Staffing: Lionsgate GC joins Southwestern board; new moves at Reed Smith, Nickelodeon, AMPTP

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Lionsgate general counsel Wayne Levin has joined the board of trustees for LA's Southwestern Law School. Recent entertainment law odds and ends. He's a 1988 graduate of the school. Video game and new media specialist Patrick Sweeney has joined Reed.

Disney Board Members Seek End to Shareholder Lawsuit Over Anti-Poaching Pacts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Robert Iger and others defend their roles overseeing a company that allegedly conspired to deny workers in the visual effects community better work opportunities. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

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. 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.

Copyright Royalty Board Calls for Petitions to Participate in Proceeding to Set Webcasting Royalties for 2016-2020 – Posing Many Questions for Potential Participants

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board today published in the Federal Register its notice announcing the commencement of the next proceeding to set webcasting royalty rates for 2016-2020. In addition, the Board asks if there should be different rates for different types of webcasters – are some more efficient than others?

Hollywood Docket: Bill Cosby; Disney's Board of Directors; 'Gilmore Girls' Settlement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Some new developments in entertainment law including resolution to a battle over whether interoperability codes for digital cinema systems are subject to copyright. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Technical Advisory Board Releases First Responder Interoperability Technical Requirement Recommendations

Media Law Prof Blog

Press Release from the FCC: Today, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) approved for transmittal to FirstNet the minimum technical requirements submitted by the Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability (Interoperability Board).

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.

SAG Board Rejects AMPTP’s final offer

Gordon P. Firemark

The Entertainment trades are reporting that the SAG Board today voted to reject the “final&# offer made by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, setting the stage for more turmoil and the possibility of an Actor’s strike.

DMN: Spotify’s New Tracking Terms Shows The Interlocking Influence of Google’s Seat on Spotify Board

Music Technology Policy

Now remember that we saw this July 21, 2014 story in Re/Code by the highly credible tech journalist Kara Swisher: Omid Kordestani, who has just temporarily replaced Nikesh Arora as chief business officer of Google, is joining the board of Spotify, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Shari Redstone Accused of Breaching Fiduciary Duties in Viacom Board Upheaval

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Frederic Salerno demands a judge keep for now the status quo. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

AFTRA Investigation Finds No Misconduct by Board Member Over SAGWatch Site

Digital Media Law

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. 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.

Pure Evil - Jeff Sessions as Attorney General: An Insult to Justice - By The Editorial Board, New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

By The Editorial Board, www.nytimes.com November 19th, 2016 "In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated Jeff Sessions, then a United States attorney from Alabama, to be a federal judge. The Republican-controlled Senate rejected Mr. Sessions out of concern, based on devastating testimony by former colleagues, that he was a racist.

SAG National Board Candidates Announced

Digital Media Law

SAG yesterday released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national board elections. Notably, all of the open seats in LA (the Hollywood Division) are held by MembershipFirst members, which means that, as was the case last year, MF can at best maintain its level of representation on the national board. More likely, it will lose some of its board seats. On the Hollywood divisional board, MF could gain or lose, as all division seats are up every year.

SAG Board Meeting Starts

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board meeting began this morning at 9:00 a.m. Spotted among the hardline group were Ed Asner and National Board member Frances Fisher. accompanied by light informational leafleting from pro and con sources. The meeting is expected to be contentious. The leafleting was not. About 20 pro-hardline leafletters showed up, and about 5 anti-strike folks.

Red Granite Wants Independent Fiduciary During Government's 'Wolf of Wall Street' Probe

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The feds are on board with the request for a neutral third party to oversee the company's operations. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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Viacom, CBS Hit With Shareholder Lawsuit Over Loyalty to Sumner Redstone

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A shareholder says the board of directors hasn't been "independent." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Full Copyright Royalty Board Decision on Webcasting Royalties Now Public

Broadcast Law Blog

The full decision of the Copyright Royalty Board on Internet Radio royalties, excluding confidential information , has now been made public and is available here. The rates were adopted by the Copyright Royalty Board after a long hearing held last year, and after argument by the parties appearing in the case. We’ll have more details on the decision and the Board’s reasoning in the coming days, but the 203 pages of the decision are now available for your review.

Federal Trade Commission Brings First Case Over a Kickstarter Project

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Erik Chevalier raised four times his goal for a fantasy board game — and according to the FTC, used funds for personal expenses. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

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Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate

Music Technology Policy

These interlocking boards or corporate relationships may work well when there is something in it for the allied less dominant competitors that helps each of them in ways that do not harm each of them. The Return of the Interlocking Board.

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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.

SAG Board Re-Do Successful

Digital Media Law

The SAG Board met yesterday and re-affirmed actions already taken in writing two weeks earlier: the ouster of former National Executive Director Doug Allen and the replacement of the negotiating team. The Board’s vote would appear to render moot a lawsuit filed last week by SAG president Alan Rosenberg. The change results from two Membership First board members, Angela Watson and Keith Carradine, breaking ranks and voting with the SAG moderates.

Copyright Office Announces One Week Extension for Comments on Music Licensing Inquiry and 3 Roundtable Discussions of the Issues – Just One of Many Proceedings Affecting Music Rights and Royalties

Broadcast Law Blog

We also recently wrote about a Copyright Royalty Board proceeding on recordkeeping for music royalties paid under the webcasting statutory license. Broadcast Performance Royalty Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights On Line Media Copyright office copyright royalty board digital music royalties Green Paper on Copyright Policy music licensing fees

Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting Ruling

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting Ruling

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.”

Starz Sued by Former Employee For Illegal Business Dealings and Firing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Keno Thomas, a former sales and marketing SVP, says the network wanted him to falsify revenue and subscriber numbers for the board. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online Chris Albrecht Comcast DirecTV Starz Media

Pulitzer Prize Board Announces Winners For 2014

Media Law Prof Blog

The Pulitzer Prize Board has named its winners for 2014. On the list: The Guardian US and the Washington Post won for public service, for coverage of the Edward Snowden story, the Boston Globe won the breaking news prize for

Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting Royalty Decision Published in the Federal Register – Appeals Due in 30 Days

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board Decision on the royalty rates to be paid for the public performance of sound recordings by Internet radio companies – webcasting royalties – was published in the Federal Register today. Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights copyright royalty board appeal small webcaster sound recording performance royalty webcasting royalties

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). There are 16 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of Directors, as follows: Luvh Rakhe, Linda Burstyn, Mick Betancourt, Jan Oxenberg, Howard A. Members seeking nomination for the Board of Directors must obtain 25 member signatures in support of their petitions.

Appeals Filed of Copyright Royalty Board Decision on Webcasting Royalties – What’s Next?

Broadcast Law Blog

SoundExchange last week filed an appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision on webcasting royalties (a decision which we summarized here and here ), as reported by a number of trade press articles. Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights Noncommercial Broadcasting arbitrary and capricious copyright royalty board appeal soundexchange royalties webcasting royalty rates

SAG-AFTRA Joint Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

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. 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. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

The MTP Interview: David Lowery on the CRB Webcasting Rates

Music Technology Policy

Uncategorized Clear Channel Copyright Royalty Board David Lowery iHeart MIC Coalition Pandora Web IVMTP: How do you feel about the CRB decision in general as far as rates go? . Well it’s a mixed bag. Leans bad. The rates went up marginally for Pandora, and that seems to be the lead in the press. But it looks like rates went down for other webcasters. You saw Pandora stock popped on the CRB news? Sometimes markets tell you what no one dares say.

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AFTRA board member accused of running SAGWatch

Digital Media Law

For details, see my THR piece: [link]. ——————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. 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. 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

Copyright Royalty Board Reissues Decision on Internet Radio Royalties for 2011-2015 – Same Rates But New Analysis

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the Copyright Royalty Board published in the Federal Register its decision on Internet radio royalties for 2011-2015. At one point in summarizing the rates that had been proposed by the parties that had originally participated in the case, the Board noted that all had proposed per song per listener rates, surmising that no percentage of revenue rate was offered based on the perception that the Board had not in the past been open to such a royalty plan.

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).

The New York Times Editorial Board - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The New York Times Editorial Board - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.comIn 1992, Bill Clinton ran on the promise of “two for the price of one”: If he was elected, Americans would also get Hillary Clinton, lawyer and activist Democrat, working for them in the White House.