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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Weinstein Co. Board Members Targeted in Racketeering Class Action

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The new case follows a similar action, which has stalled thanks to the bankruptcy of TWC. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online The Weinstein Company

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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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Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting Ruling

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting Ruling

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Where Was the Board? Facebook’s “Pinto Memo” Says Volumes About Them

Music Technology Policy

What also can’t be said enough: Where was the board? Everything is not awesome at 1 Hacker Way. No, the House of Zuck is in serious trouble over many aspects of the business model that Sheryl Sandberg perfected for Facebook.

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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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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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 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.”

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

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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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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CBS Can't Stop Shari Redstone from Interfering With Key Board Meeting

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a struggle over power, and with the possible fate of would-be merger between CBS and Viacom on the line, Redstone scores the first big win in CBS' audacious lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business THR Online

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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Black Box Invasion! Duties of Collective’s Board Under Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

One of the most unusual aspects of the non-profit collective to be established under the Music Modernization Act is the method of codifying the number of seats on the board of directors (and a couple other boards) and designating the characteristics of the kind of person who gets to hold those seats. (Of The composition of an organization’s board is something that is always handled in the organization’s by-laws. Board members–serve at your peril.

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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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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

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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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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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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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

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

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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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Spotify Board Member Google Gets Nailed by Stockholders for Another $250,000,000

Music Technology Policy

Google has entered into a proposed settlement agreement with a group of Google shareholders that sued Google’s top executives and board members for breach of fiduciary duty, abuse of control, corporate waste and unjust enrichment.

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

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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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.

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Judge Lets Lawsuit Over Viacom Board Upheaval Move Forward

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

For the second time in two days, a judge won't dismiss a battle over Sumner Redstone's competency. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Netcode Deal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The deal was approved by 93 percent read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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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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SAG: What Might Happen at Next Week's Board Meeting

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board is meeting next Monday and Tuesday, Jan. The moderates and independents in the board room may have a hard time opposing this gambit. That said, I’m not placing any bets, because there are many possible outcomes of the board meeting. Oh, and by the way, the Hollywood Board is meeting next Thursday. That meeting’s agenda will presumably depend (at least in part) on what happens at the National Board meeting next Monday and Tuesday.

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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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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.

Plaquemines Parish (La) School Board Decides To Lift Ban On "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Media Law Prof Blog

After discovering that a 2001 ban on the iconic novel To Kill a Mockingbird had been in place since 2001 and had apparently not been enforced, the Plaquemines Parish (Louisiana) School Board thought about enforcing the ban.

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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.