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Bloomberg Law Now Fully Integrates BNA Content

Media Law

When it officially launched in December 2009, I wrote a review giving it credit for “getting into the game with swagger” by loading up on primary legal content, creating its own editorial enhancements, and developing its own citator to rival Shepard’s and KeyCite.

Five Lies In YouTube’s Spin on Content ID

Music Technology Policy

YouTube has struck back with the usual squid ink trying to obfuscate Google’s absurdly ineffective Content ID and Content Management System (“CMS”), most recently to the New York Times. You know, the way you have to be approved and have a license to use Content ID.

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Self-Publishing Platforms Deemed Distributors, Not Publishers in Privacy Suit over Unauthorized Book Cover

New Media and Technology Law

We live in a world that has rapidly redefined and blurred the roles of the “creator” of content, as compared to the roles of the “publisher” and “distributor” of such content. Among other things, the case illustrates the importance of service providers maintaining clear and appropriate terms and conditions that relate directly to the role they serve in the expression of content over online media.

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"Hollywood on Strike!" Book Available Soon

Digital Media Law

Great news – my new book, “Hollywood on Strike!: The book chronicles the 2007-2009 Hollywood labor disturbances – the WGA strike and the SAG stalemate – and tries to make sense of them. It’s a big book – about 477 pages of text plus another hundred pages of reference material.

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Get my book! – The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide

Gordon P. Firemark

Not too long ago , I wrote an ebook for creators and distributors of online media content. al inquiries from folks who’d have avoided some rather big problems, if they’d had the knowledge contained in the book. You need the information in this book. Get my book!

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Interview Releases – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Do you need permission to write a book based on your interviews with public figures? So, Stephen has been interviewing some celebrities, and plans to feature their remarks, stories and such in a book he’s writing. Without it, you won’t be able to publish your book.

Commoditization, Total Content Cost, Googleization and other things that go bump in the night: Remarks at NARM Law and Technology Conference November 3, 2011

Music Technology Policy

Less Than Zero: Subsistence Commoditization, Total Content Cost and Googleization. This is a similar to subsistence commoditization, but differs in one important respect that varies directly with the total cost of content provided to a commoditizer. This is why the total cost of content to the supplier varies directly with the Googleized price. Apple is not trying to Googleize the suppliers of the content that drives the sale of their devices.

Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown: Why Content’s Kingdom is Slipping Away

Digital Media Law

Content and technology are locked in a struggle whose outcome may determine the future of the entertainment industry. The problem is this: Content is becoming a commodity. Instead, new distribution technologies have arisen, and the ascendancy of those technologies has come at the expense of content. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Tags: technology Hollywood Silicon Valley content

Marta Iljadica's New Book Copyright Beyond Law: Regulating Creativity in the Graffiti Subculture @martailj @hartpublishing

Media Law Prof Blog

Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents. New from Hart Publishing: Marta Iljadica, Copyright Beyond Law: Regulating Creativity in the Graffiti Subculture (Hart Publishing, 2016). The form of graffiti writing on trains and walls is

The unreasonable expansion of the Right of First Refusal Clause in entertainment contracts.

Gordon P. Firemark

So, for example, when selling rights for a screen adaptation of a novel, the author of the book might wish to reserve rights for audiobooks, an author-written sequel, or a stage adaptation. The unreasonable expansion of the Right of First Refusal Clause in entertainment contracts.

A New Book on Hate Speech and Citizenship, Forthcoming From Eric Heinze

Media Law Prof Blog

Here is a description of the book's contents. Eric Heinze, Queen Mary University of London School of Law, is publishing Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship (Oxford University Press (2016). Most modern democracies punish hate speech. Less freedom for some, they

Roberto Simanowski's New Book Data Love: The Seduction and Betrayal of Digital Technologies (Columbia University Press)

Media Law Prof Blog

A description of the contents from the publisher's website: Intelligence services, government administrations, businesses, and a growing majority of the population are hooked

A New Book On Law, Film, and the First Amendment

Media Law Prof Blog

Here is a description of the content from the publisher's website. Forthcoming from the University of Texas Press: Jeremy Geltzer's Dirty Words & Filthy Pictures: Film and the First Amendment (2015). From the earliest days of cinema, scandalous films such

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Why the distinction between “new” media and “traditional” media is pointless, and a little dangerous.

Gordon P. Firemark

Content is still content. Anyone with some information, some ideas, and a minimum amount of access to technology can create and publish content and find an audience. The real trouble is that so many content creators are doing so not professionally, but as a hobby.

Gordon Firemark presenting podcast law workshop

Gordon P. Firemark

So, in my session, I’ll share the fundamental legal principles that apply to content owners, creators and consumers, so you can learn how to stay out of trouble, keep your show legal, and pave the way toward profitable monetization strategies. I’m speaking at Podcast Movement 2015!

User-Generated Content, Social Networks, and Virtual Worlds: Abstracts from Volume 11, No. 4

JetLawBlog

The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law recently released its latest issue containing 11 articles on virtual worlds and user-generated content. Fairfield; and The Tangled Web of UGC: Making Copyright Sense of User-Generated Content , by Daniel Gervais.

Fan Generated Content on the Internet

Cyberlaw Central

Here are the slides from my presentation to the Chicago Bar Association’s Cyber Law and Data Privacy committee on February 17, 2009 entitled “Fan Generated Content on the Internet.&#. I talked about the Harry Potter Lexicon case, including the changes to the book which were made in order for it to be publishable. Then, we discussed different forms of fan-generated content on the Internet.

Self-Publishing Platforms Deemed Distributors, Not Publishers in Privacy Suit over Unauthorized Book Cover

New Media and Technology Law

We live in a world that has rapidly redefined and blurred the roles of the “creator” of content, as compared to the roles of the “publisher” and “distributor” of such content. Among other things, the case illustrates the importance of service providers maintaining clear and appropriate terms and conditions that relate directly to the role they serve in the expression of content over online media.

Who Owns Facebook? Or is it. The Face Book?

JetLawBlog

The Face Book. Seller [Ceglia] has already initiated a site that is designed to offer students of Harvard University access to a wesite [sic] similar to a live functioning yearbook with the working title, ‘The Face Book.’”

Are you going to be at BlogWorld? I am!

Gordon P. Firemark

The conference has over 300 speaker sessions, and a huge trade-show floor packed with good stuff for content creators and consumers alike. On Saturday afternoon, I’ll be giving my presentation: “Don’t let your content land you in legal hot water” I’ll be covering the various legal issues most commonly faced by creators of content on the web, along with some strategies to stay out of trouble, as well as what to do if you find yourself in a legal mess.

A New Book On the First Amendment

Media Law Prof Blog

This is the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapters 1 and 2 of Timothy Zick, William & Mary Law School, is publishing The Cosmopolitan First Amendment: Protecting Transborder Expressive and Religious Liberties (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). Here is the abstract.

Will the iPad Kill the Publishing Star?

JetLawBlog

One of the many features touted by Apple is the iPad’s use as an e-book reader. Using any number of available apps, iPad users can download entire books within seconds. Scanning and digitizing an entire book is difficult and time-consuming.

Book review: "Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars" by William Patry

Digital Media Law

The content and technology businesses are at war, as is well-known and as I discuss in a recent article. He says he’s in favor of “effective” copyright statutes, and I opened his book hoping to learn what those might look like, since the divergence of public behavior and existing copyright laws makes it clear that something has to change. Moreover, the book is larded with unnecessary block quotes, among them a half-page endnote analyzing the phrase “Tastes Like Chicken.”

Give College Content Away, Attract the Best and Brightest

Media Law Prof Blog

In a new book, the editor of a prominent technology magazine argues that colleges should make some of their product free to all. Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine, says in Free: The Future of a Radical Price, that "free

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Filming the Audience?

Gordon P. Firemark

in the body of the content, it’s not likely. problem, but the organization COULD get drawn into some nasty seven-figure lawsuits, if he fails to do things by the book. In this Asked & Answered video, I answer questions about Filming the audience.

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Venture Capitalists and Rx Activists Speak Out Against the PROTECT IP Act

Digital Media Law

Opposition to the PROTECT IP Act – Hollywood-supported legislation intended to reduce content piracy and block counterfeit goods – is growing among the tech community, with a letter blasting the bill released Thursday by more than fifty venture capitalists from forty firms that have funded many top Internet companies. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

Why it’s dangerous to rely on free online entertainment law contract forms

Gordon P. Firemark

The times, they are 'a changin' Another pitfall arises from the changes in the laws and customs surrounding the creation of entertainment and media content. Unfortunately, many contract forms found in books or on the web are simply outdated. Boilerplate contracts: 3 Legal Risks.

Sergey Brin, Monopsonist Book Enthusiast

Music Technology Policy

If you’ve been following the Google Books settlement debacle, you know that there are some serious questions about what are probably inaccurately referred to as orphan works, but what are probably more accurately called “Google Orphans.” In a WSJ interview with the very well grounded Sergey Brin (and our favorite PhD, Eric Schmidt, although it appears that Schmidt was just along for the ride), it becomes apparent that he is the very model of the monopsonist book enthusiast.

9 Tips to keep your podcast legal

Gordon P. Firemark

For example, if I agree to be a guest on your podcast episode, does that also imply that you can later edit my appearance into a commercial product, such as a training video, or to transcribe my words and use them in a book you compile? Don’t steal content, music, audio clips, etc.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Foreign Produced copies are subject to First Sale Doctrine

Gordon P. Firemark

publishers and other content creators who wish to exercise greater control over distribution (and pricing) of works they own. to study, he discovered that the text books he was using were far more costly in their U.S. Content Industries that Wiley and the MPAA predict?

Google Defeats Viacom’s Copyright Case with DMCA Safe Harbor

JetLawBlog

YouTube will take down the content while it is being investigated. Unless the content is found to be infringing, it will be reposted once the investigation is complete. Of course, Google’s image does not come up clean after this nearly three-year long battle.Emails surfaced that seem to imply that Google not only knew of the large amount of illegal content on YouTube prior to purchasing it in 2006, but that it valued the illegal content.

“Hurt Locker” Producers Seek to Hurt Wallets of Thousands of Individuals for Unlawful File-Sharing

JetLawBlog

Copyright Group , a company owned by intellectual property lawyers whose mission is to “stop movie copyright infringement and make illegal downloaders pay damages for the content they have stolen.&#.

Harry Potter vs. Willy the Wizard: U.S. Edition

JetLawBlog

publisher of the Harry Potter books. Jacobs’ Estate alleges that the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, infringes on the copyright of Jacobs’ 1987 book, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard , in violation of the Copyright Act.

Monday Morning JETLawg

JetLawBlog

In the news… Elena Kagan’s record indicates she might be friendly to entertainment cases. Finland becomes first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen. Supreme Court decides patent door should stay open for those creating new business methods.

Google Fouls Up Again: Google Book Search is a Disaster for Scholars AND Copyright Owners

Music Technology Policy

Google's Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars. We've become accustomed to librarians and academics uncritically fawning over the disaster that is Google Books (especially those privileged librarians among the sovereign ly immune), yet give this one by Professor Geoffrey Nunberg a read: "Start with publication dates. A book on Peter F. The applications running the Google Books registry will need to make a distinction between works in copyright and works out of copyright.

Monday Morning JETLawg

JetLawBlog

In the news… Reminiscent of music industry tycoons, producers of “The Hurt Locker&# sue BitTorrent users for illegal downloading of the film. Gary McKinnon , computer hacker that breached Department of Defense and NASA websites, fights extradition to the United States.

Help me help you

Gordon P. Firemark

Will you please help me provide the most useful content possible? As you know, I’ve previously released several courses, e-books, and webinars, including: The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide .

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Monday Morning JETLawg…

JetLawBlog

In the news… Michigan woman faces murder charges from a Facebook feud that ended in tragedy. House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank’s drive to establish a licensing and regulation system for Internet gambling still faces resistance.

LimeWire — A Sour Situation

JetLawBlog

If you are even slightly connected to the pulse of the Internet, you know that LimeWire is a popular P2P file-sharing application that allows users to download and share music, movies, and other files over the web.

Monday Morning JETLawg

JetLawBlog

In the news… William Morris Endeavor Entertainment terminates representation contract with long-time client Mel Gibson over the actor’s recent behavior. Documentary filmmaker turns legal spy for Texas law firm in Nicaraguan pesticide exposure case.