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Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

Music Technology Policy

Daralyn Durie stood before Judge Dennis Chin for what seems to me to be a rather shabby proposition: The Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers should be disqualified from representing authors and photographers as a class in the Google Books litigation and that each author and photographer whose work Google infringed should be forced to sue Google individually.

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Two Books Help Lawyers Get LinkedIn

Media Law

Lest there be any doubt about how tardy I am in reviewing these two books, let me point out that, in the time it has taken me to get around to this, the authors of one of the books have already written and published a second book. The Knapp/Dayton book has nothing on this.

Why is there a Google Books? Part 1: Machine Translations and Customer X

Music Technology Policy

It’s worth taking a longer look at exactly what Google Books is and who it may be meant to serve. A good way to accomplish this is with books in translation. In some cases, the delicate, rare and impossible to replace out of copyright books. A book on Peter F.

Oracle v. Google Judge Writes the Book on Software Programming Copyright – For Now, Anyway

New Media and Technology Law

The court ruled that the elements of the Java API, including the structure, sequence and organization, are not protected by copyright. Four separate elements were identified and analyzed: The names of the methods, classes and packages in the API; the structure, sequence and organization of these elements; the method specifications; and the implementation of the methods.

WGA in Organizing Struggle with Comcast

Digital Media Law

Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Style, and G4 writers seek immediate guild representation; Comcast refuses, and is forcing a government-supervised secret ballot election. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. 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.

new book - The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis

Digital Media Law

My new book, The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis, is out on Amazon. 22, 2012; paper USD $7.99; Kindle USD $4.99), entertainment attorney and Hollywood Reporter journalist Jonathan Handel shows how the two-month affair that began with local actors attempting to organize The Hobbit.

Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

Music Technology Policy

Daralyn Durie stood before Judge Dennis Chin for what seems to me to be a rather shabby proposition: The Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers should be disqualified from representing authors and photographers as a class in the Google Books litigation and that each author and photographer whose work Google infringed should be forced to sue Google individually. .

Controversy Still Surrounds Google Book Project

JetLawBlog

to move forward with its plan to scan millions of books and make them available on an online database. Recently, organizations such as the National Writers Union and entertainment agency William Morris Endeavor have come out against it.

Google Books: How bad is the metadata? Let me count the ways.

Music Technology Policy

Professor Nunberg provides some excellent slides illustrating his complaints about the abysmal quality of Google Book search and its metadata. Jean-Noël Jeanneney will be partcularly galled (no pun intended) by yet another variety of metadata screwup in Google Books--authorship attributed to the writer of a forward-- Madame Bovary by HENRY JAMES for example. Given the right machine, you could train a reasonably intelligent pet to scan books.

April 23: UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day

Current Trends

April 23 has been designated by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO’s ), as World Book and Copyright Day. What is the significance of April 23, 1616? Literary greats Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilasco de la Vega all died on this date. Also born on April 23, are authors Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

Google Books Fairness Hearing Postponed

Music Technology Policy

[link] "The current settlement agreement raises significant issues as demonstrated not only by the number of objections, but also by the fact that the objectors include countries, states, non-profit organizations, and prominent authors and law professors."

Entertainment Law Update Podcast episode 018 – of beauty queens and footlong subs

Gordon P. Firemark

Tolkien estate vs. Book Author. Tolkien Estate objects to book with Tolkien as a character. JRR Tolkien Estate Threatens Lawsuit Over Book Featuring Tolkien As Character (Exclusive) – THR, Esq. The Miss Bexar County Organization Inc.,

As Super Bowl Approaches, Advertisers Should Be Aware of The NFL’s Efforts to Protect Its Golden Goose – 2017 Update

Broadcast Law Blog

However, the NFL’s rule book defines trademark violations very broadly. The claim may be made directly against the advertiser, as well as against a broadcaster or other news organization that publishes the ad. In addition, the League will likely not object to religious organizations that refer to their events as a Super Bowl party, provided that no NFL logos are used. Moreover, any news organization that wants press credentials for the game faces an additional risk.

J. D. SALINGER SUES TO PREVENT PUBLICATION OF BOOK

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

in his book as the 76-year-old Holden Caulfield who escapes from a nursing home and pontificates on his experiences while meandering New York City. The suit further argues that sales of Colting’s unauthorized book would siphon off profits due Salinger. Salinger’s lawyers, on the other hand, enumerate specific parallels between what they contend are idiosyncratic elements of “The Catcher in the Rye,” and elements of Colting’s book. Lawyers for acclaimed author J.

J. D. SALINGER SUES TO PREVENT PUBLICATION OF BOOK

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

in his book as the 76-year-old Holden Caulfield who escapes from a nursing home and pontificates on his experiences while meandering New York City. The suit further argues that sales of Colting’s unauthorized book would siphon off profits due Salinger. Salinger’s lawyers, on the other hand, enumerate specific parallels between what they contend are idiosyncratic elements of “The Catcher in the Rye,” and elements of Colting’s book. Lawyers for acclaimed author J.

The Register: Google Buzz Settlement Pays “organizations that are currently paid by [Defendant] to lobby for or to consult for the company”.

Music Technology Policy

The first list of cy pres largess was objected to by the Electronic Privacy Information Center for an interesting reason as the Register notes: “Amongst the groups that failed to squeeze its snouts into the trough was EPIC, which complained that the selection process favored “organizations that are currently paid by [Defendant] to lobby for or to consult for the company”. Kind of like Google Books, but without the messy scanning.

Oracle v. Google Judge Writes the Book on Software Programming Copyright – For Now, Anyway

New Media and Technology Law

The court ruled that the elements of the Java API, including the structure, sequence and organization, are not protected by copyright. Four separate elements were identified and analyzed: The names of the methods, classes and packages in the API; the structure, sequence and organization of these elements; the method specifications; and the implementation of the methods.

Oracle v. Google Judge Writes the Book on Software Programming Copyright – For Now, Anyway

New Media and Technology Law

The court ruled that the elements of the Java API, including the structure, sequence and organization, are not protected by copyright. Four separate elements were identified and analyzed: The names of the methods, classes and packages in the API; the structure, sequence and organization of these elements; the method specifications; and the implementation of the methods.

JSTOR: What is it Good For?

Pixelization

JSTOR is a non-profit organization that digitizes scholarship and makes it available online – for a fee. Why indeed, especially considering I CAN GET THE ENTIRE 475-PAGE JOURNAL VOLUME FOR FREE FROM THE INTERNET ARCHIVE and GOOGLE BOOKS.

MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

April 7, 2004 In this newsletter: MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED "Risky Business" is the comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide to setting up an independent production project. The book is not yet in bookstores.

MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

April 7, 2004 In this newsletter: MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED "Risky Business" is the comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide to setting up an independent production project. The book is not yet in bookstores.

'Hobbit' Affair Still Rankles NZ Unions

Digital Media Law

In an email to The Hollywood Reporter , a NZAE organizer struck a different note. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Normal. false. false. false.

A New Scholarly Journal of Law and Courts

Media Law

Klein, an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia an author of the 2002 book, Making Law in the United States Courts of Appeals.

Bloomberg Law Now Fully Integrates BNA Content

Media Law

Bloomberg BNA’s professional books, treatises and manuals, including Harmon on Patents , Section 409A Handbook and ERISA Litigation. Patents Quarterly , that are easily searchable and organized by experienced editors.

For the Love of a “Pure” Game?

JetLawBlog

The former ref had a deal with Triumph Books (a subsidiary of Random House) to write a book that was to be entitled Blowing the Whistle: The Culture of Fraud in the NBA.

New Study Explains Why YouTube is Always at the Top of Google Search Results

Music Technology Policy

This yield’s serious concerns if the internal content is inferior to organic search results.” For years now–since Imeem days at least–I’ve been wondering why it is that the top videos in Google search results were always from YouTube (or from Vevo through YouTube).

"Big Culture" Is.(I mean wants to be like) Google

Music Technology Policy

The British Library apparently hasn't gotten the message--the UK Parliament voted down an orphan works clause in the Digital Economy Act (Clause 43, to be precise) that was even worse than the horror that Google and Public Knowledge tried to foist off on unsuspecting photographers, illustrators, artists and songwriters in the US a couple years ago.The "Stop 43" organization has released its own. Tags: stop clause 43 creepy google books paul ellis andrew orlowski

California Labor Federation Endorses 'Biggest Loser' Strike

Digital Media Law

million union members; it's unknown what additional steps the organization may take to support the strikers. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Group represents 2.1 Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. 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.

Lawyers Diary is Now Online and Mobile

Media Law

For lawyers in certain states, the Lawyers Diary and Manual — popularly known as the Red Book — is one of those legacy print volumes you probably still have close to your desk.

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

JetLawBlog

It should be noted that the Motion Picture Association of America, the movie business trade organization equivalent to the RIAA, has publicly stated they have no involvement with the lawsuit, and have no plans to intervene.

Tribal Leadership: David Logan’s TED talk

Gordon P. Firemark

If you like what you hear from David, get his books: Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization. The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life (J-B Warren Bennis Series). Here’s an informative, inspriring and entertaining TED talk about leadership from my friend, Dave Logan. The information here is useful for everyone. Worth the 16 minutes.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast #46 – Top Ten Stories of 2013 – Forecast 2014

Gordon P. Firemark

Google Books. On November 14th, NY District Judge Denny Chin has, at long last granted Google’s summary judgment motion, and dismissed the authors’ guild’s lawsuit concerning the scanning of entire books into their databases. He sold the books on eBay making nearly $1.2

Crying Wolf: Is San Francisco’s New Cell Phone Law Based on Fear or Science?

JetLawBlog

The Environmental Working Group , an organization that releases studies every year on the radiation levels emitted by cell phones, supports the measure. San Francisco has once again waded into a controversial debate by passing novel legislation.

Five Lies In YouTube’s Spin on Content ID

Music Technology Policy

According to the Times : YouTube says that about 8,000 companies and organizations have access to Content IDand that independents may get access through affiliated companies and industry groups. Remember Google Books?

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Homeless Military Widow: “My heart is sad for my teenager”

Digital Media Law

Nor, she tells me, has she gotten help from the VA, social service agencies, legislators, community organizations or local churches. Elwood, as I discovered via Google, had co-authored a book a decade before he died: Reflections of a Warrior : Six Years as a Green Beret in Vietnam, by Franklin D. The book was the autobiography of a Congressional Medal of Honor winner whom Elwood met while stationed in Seoul. Cindy Kureth just wants a job and a place to call home.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 045

Gordon P. Firemark

That lawsuit sought to overturn the state’s ban on managers “procuring” employment, with the organization claiming the ban has cost its members more than $500 million in compensation since it was first introduced in the late 1970s.

Best SXSW Panel: Recording Academy’s Artist Rights Panel Includes…Artists! @nakia, @davidclowery and @eastbayray1

Music Technology Policy

Lots of organizations on the Google Shill List–but no artists. But the best question of the day came from local booking agent Nancy Fly who books Austin artists all over the world. It’s been a pretty surprising SXSW so far–on the conference side it has become very similar to the Consumer Electronics Show. Lots of panels about copyright and artist rights, but no artists.

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

Gordon P. Firemark

Canada has updated its copyright law in an effort to modernize copyright law and align Canada more closely with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). The Gawker letter arose in response to Randolph’s book which chronicled Travolta’s alleged sexual exploits.

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It Ain’t Ph?: What if Streaming Went Away?

Music Technology Policy

And no one knows they’re eating three day old halibut… From The Big Short , Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, based on the book by Michael Lewis. Ben Sisario is the most insightful music business journalist at a mainstream media organization (see what I did there?)

Guest Post: If Not PROTECT IP, Then What, When and How? By Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

In my book Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back , I present a counter-narrative – what I see as the real history of the last decade in the media business. And both its lobbyists and the “public interest” organizations it supports protest any effort to change the Internet’s regulatory structure – even ones that would make it easier to enforce existing laws.