Copyright Royalty Board Announces Changes in Judges

Broadcast Law Blog

With the Copyright Royalty Board now in the early stages of the next proceeding to consider webcasting royalties (see our article here ) as well as other proceedings including the distribution of cable and satellite television royalties to TV programmers (see these CRB notices ), the Chief Judge of the CRB, Suzanne Barnett, announced her retirement earlier this month.

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Copyright Royalty Board Announces Changes in Judges

Broadcast Law Blog

With the Copyright Royalty Board now in the early stages of the next proceeding to consider webcasting royalties (see our article here ) as well as other proceedings including the distribution of cable and satellite television royalties to TV programmers (see these CRB notices ), the Chief Judge of the CRB, Suzanne Barnett, announced her retirement earlier this month.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Countdown to Modernity: Copyright Royalty Board Posts Notices and Rules for MLC Assessment Proceeding — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

The Copyright Royalty Board has beat the July 8 deadline for noticing the proceeding and has posted the notice and the rules for the hearing. via The Countdown to Modernity: Copyright Royalty Board Posts Notices and Rules for MLC Assessment Proceeding — Artist Rights Watch. Countdown to Modernity Music Modernization Act compulsory mechanical license Copyright Royalty Board Mechanical Licensing Collective

Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting Ruling

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting RulingThere seemed to be no use in waiting by the little door, so she went back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes: this time she found a little bottle on it (`which certainly was not here before,’ said Alice), and round the neck of the bottle was a paper label, with the words `DRINK ME’ beautifully printed on it in large letters.

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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.

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Rocket Matter Adds NetDocs Integration, User Permissioning, Kanban Boards, and More

Media Law

Other new features today include RM Permissions, a security feature that allows firm administrators to set granular levels of permissioned access to different users within a firm; RM Trust, an enhancement of Rocket Matter’s trust accounting that allows multiple accounts; and Kanban boards for lawyers who use lean methodologies. Kanban Boards. In Rocket Matter, these Kanban boards give users a visual view of the status and flow of their cases.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Court of Appeals Upholds Copyright Royalty Board’s 2015 Webcasting Royalty Rate Decision

Broadcast Law Blog

The US Court of Appeals today released a decision upholding the Copyright Royalty Board’s 2015 decision setting the SoundExchange royalty rates for 2016-2020. Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights copyright royalty board appeal court decision on webcasting royalties soundexchange royalties webcasting appealWe wrote about that decision here , and provided more details here.

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Former USPS chair of board of governors sounds alarm on mail-in voting

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

Digital Media Law

The retirement plan is said to have lost $2-3 million because of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the bank.

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Copyright Royalty Board Final Decision on Rates for Business Establishment Services

Broadcast Law Blog

In one of those year-end decisions that got lost in the holiday rush, in late November, the Copyright Royalty Board issued its final ruling on the rates to be paid to SoundExchange by “business establishment services” for the ephemeral copies of sound recordings when these music services transmit programming to their customers.

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James Murdoch Still On BSkyB Board

Media Law Prof Blog

James Murdoch was re-elected to the Board of Directors of BSkyB. More here from The Hollywood Reporter

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.

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American Indian Boarding Schools Haunt Many : NPR

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

For the tens of thousands of Indians who went to boarding schools, it's largely remembered as a time of abuse and desecration of culture. The government still operates a handful of off-reservation boarding schools, but funding is in decline. Save the Man' The late performer and Indian activist Floyd Red Crow Westerman was haunted by his memories of boarding school. As a child, he left his reservation in South Dakota for the Wahpeton Indian Boarding School in North Dakota.

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Sumner Redstone's Granddaughter Sides With Viacom Board Members Against Shari

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Keryn Redstone adds more family drama to Viacom board circus. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

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

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Court of Appeals Upholds Copyright Royalty Board’s 2015 Webcasting Royalty Rate Decision

Broadcast Law Blog

The US Court of Appeals today released a decision upholding the Copyright Royalty Board’s 2015 decision setting the SoundExchange royalty rates for 2016-2020. Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights copyright royalty board appeal court decision on webcasting royalties soundexchange royalties webcasting appealWe wrote about that decision here , and provided more details here.

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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.

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Major #Legaltech News As Clio Gets $250M Investment; Adds Avvo Founder Mark Britton to Board

Media Law

Clio is also announcing that Mark Britton , who founded Avvo in 2006 and sold it last year to Internet Brands, is joining its board of directors. “At TCV, we partner with innovative companies that are leaders in their industry and offer superior value propositions for their customers,” said Amol Helekar, principal at TCV and a member of Clio’s board of directors.

Is the Copyright Royalty Board unconstitutional?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Live365, an Internet radio aggregator, is challenging the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board, the. By Eriq Gardner President Obama has a lot on his plate these days. But how about the rates that webcasters pay for copyright statutory licenses?

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Google Extends Keiretsu to Spotify Board

Music Technology Policy

When Google’s current Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani mysteriously took a seat on Spotify’s board of directors , this was just the latest in a series of moves extending Google’s dominant business influence throughout the Internet economy. “ This is, of course, a reminder of the typical interlocking boards and investors in the clubby world of Silicon Valley venture capital and technology companies. A keiretsu ( ?? ,

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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.”

How Boarding Schools Tried to ?Kill the Indian? Through Assimilation - HISTORY

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

How Boarding Schools Tried to ‘Kill the Indian’ Through Assimilation - HISTORY

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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

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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.

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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).

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Bangkok Post's Editor Resigns Over Criticism of Thai Government, Citing Pressure From Paper's Board of Editors

Media Law Prof Blog

Via the Guardian: Umesh Pandey, who has been the editor of the Bangkok Post since 2016, says he has stepped down from that position under pressure from the Board of Editors because he will not "tone down" his criticism of

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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

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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.

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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

Clio CEO Jack Newton Joins Board of AI Legal Research Company ROSS

Media Law

Jack Newton , cofounder and CEO of the legal practice management company Clio , has joined the board of directors of ROSS Intelligence , the AI-powered legal research service. “I’m honored to join ROSS Intelligence’s Board, and I look forward to playing a role in guiding the company’s growth in the years to come,” Newton said in a ROSS blog post announcing the news. Andrew Arruda , cofounder and CEO of ROSS, said having Newton on the board is “fabulous.”

AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jonathan Handel The retirement plan is said to have lost $2-3 million because of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the bank. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business Labor

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Copyright Royalty Board Begins Hearings on Webcasting Royalty Rates for 201-2020 – When Will We See a Decision?

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board has begun the hearing phase of its proceeding to set the royalties to be paid by webcasters (or noninteractive digital music ser vices) for public performances of sound recordings for the years 2016-2020. After the presentation of the witnesses, the parties’ lawyers again stand before the Board to present closing statements, orally summarizing the evidence that has been presented and arguing where that evidence should lead the CRB.

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Leading Library Journal's Editorial Board Resigns Over Publisher's Copyright Policy

Media Law Prof Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the editorial board of the Journal of Library Adminstration, a leading publication in the area of library management, has resigned en masse over the publisher's copyright policy. The now former editor, Damon Jaggers

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).

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

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.

How MGM's 'Ben-Hur' Evolved Into a Pending Fight Before the National Labor Relations Board

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Are MGM and Paramount Pictures union-busting? Is the American Federation of Musicians tampering with witnesses in a lawsuit over wages and benefits? A labor dispute escalates. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online Labor