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VFX Town Hall Meeting Urges Trade Association and Union

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VFX vet Scott Ross and others outlined a plan that involves the formation of a VFX union for VFX artists and of a trade association for visual effects facilities, all aimed at addressing the troubled VFX business model. Normal. false. false. false.

Unions Investigating 'Liz & Dick' after Lindsay Lohan, Crew Allegedly Overworked

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Two prominent Hollywood unions are investigating the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, The HollywoodReporter (exclusive) has learned, with the moves coming in the wake of reports over the weekend that star Lindsay Lohan suffered from “exhaustion and dehydration” from overwork and that two crew members went to the hospital for the same reason. The producer of the biopic about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton denies any violations or knowledge of union inquiries.

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Broadway Musicians' Union Sounds Off About Recorded Music

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The fur – and feather boas – are flying in New York, where the Broadway musicians’ union is waging what the New York Times in a story Sunday calls “an unusually aggressive, political-style campaign” against the producers of the musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” The dispute centers on the use of recorded music as a substitute for some of the 18 or 19 live musicians generally required under the union contract for Broadway musicals. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,”

Trickle Down Innovation Alert: Mr. Pandora the secret union buster

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Hidden in the deceptively named “Internet Radio Freedom Act” is one of the most insidious anti-union provisions we’ve seen in many years. Enter Pandora the Union Buster. In fact, Sirius is actually suing SoundExchange and A2IM on this basis because the unions, SoundExchange and some labels had the temerity to stand up and advise their members about the bad effects of direct licensing. (So “Have you seen the bigger piggies in their starched white shirts.

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Musicians Union Pickets Marvel Over Runaway ‘Avengers’ Score

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EXCLUSIVE: Union Starts Picketing 'Biggest Loser'

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Fifty crew members walk off Wednesday's shoot; the group is demanding a union contract for the reality show with pension and health benefits. A union drama unfolded Wednesday in the Santa Monica Mountains high above Malibu as a small group of below-the-line workers picketed at the state park where NBC's The Biggest Loser is produced. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

Google says book scanning didn't cost authors a single sale

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Reblogged from paidContent: Google (s goog) cites everything from Mad Men to minority rights in a fresh attempt to bolster its claim that the scanning of millions of books qualifies as a “fair use” under copyright law. According to Google, its massive book scanning project is fair use because the scanning has delivered many public benefits without harming authors. What does Google's counsel Daralyn Durie do for an encore after union-busting fails in Google Books?

New book - Entertainment Labor: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography

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A must-have for academics, union staff and attorneys working in entertainment labor, ENTERTAINMENT LABOR: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography is a 345 page annotated bibliography of over 1,500 books, articles, dissertations, legal cases and other resources dealing with entertainment unions and guilds and various other aspects of entertainment labor. The book is the product of hundreds of hours of research and of compilation of search results from almost twenty databases.

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

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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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Mr. “Don’t Be Evil” has a new one: YCombinator Says “Kill Hollywood” Starting with the Unions

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What we really need to “kill” are the two institutions that have protected artists for 100 years: talent agents and unions. Especially unions. ” It is this assembly clause of the First Amendment (and the Fourteenth Amendment) that protects unions (see, e.g., NAACP v.

Actors Union SAG-AFTRA and Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

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SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union’s commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. Big issues are likely to be GRP, pension and health contribution levels, and the increase in non-union work.

Union-Focused Journalist Departs to Academia

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If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Tags: Labor Unions Andrew Salomon, the National News Editor of Back Stage and author of the magazine’s Espresso blog , is leaving his job effective July 31. He’s joining the faculty of SUNY Purchase ( Purchase College at the State University of New York) as a tenure-track assistant professor of journalism. Andrew is one of a small corps of journalists whose beats include entertainment labor.

#irespectmusic Update: The Hope Train Arrives in Washington Union Station With Your Petition

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Three members of our community–artists, Blake Morgan and Janita along with booking agent Tommy Merrill–brought that positive grass roots message to Capitol Hill this week in meetings with key members of the Washington community charged with looking after artist rights in the U.S.

Actors' Unions Reach Deal With AMPTP

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Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets SAG/AFTRA tentative agreement includes 2% annual wage bumps and 1.5% P&H increase. Details in my THR 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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

new book - The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis

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My new book, The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis, is out on Amazon. and international actors unions issued a public alert advising their members “not to accept work on this non-union production.”. If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. -->

The Future for Television or Google Wants to Burn Your Remote: More Google Union-Busting

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Google Backed Net Coalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. Google’s Attack on Unions Means the United Message is Working. As you will see it clearly refers to a “host of union thugs” who had the temerity to oppose Net Coalition backer Google and other giant consumer electronics companies. Who is in the “host of union thugs”? Why Does Google Hate the Unions? Say Goodbye to Your Union Benefits.

It’s a Play! It’s Live Internet TV! It’s Both, and it Opens in Los Angeles on Friday

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‘The Noir Series’ harkens back to the days of live TV but presents a thoroughly modern challenge to entertainment unions Bad Medicine,'' a segment from ''The Noir Series,'' features a chain-smoking doctor and two disconcerting nurses.

A “New” Entertainment Union - And a Possible Name

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The union makes clear that any such effort will encompass all of its members, and emphasizes that the goal is “creating one media and entertainment union for all actors, performers and broadcast journalists.” Joining SAG and AFTRA to create a single union is essential to performers’ maximizing their power. What’s less obvious from the piece is how creation of a new, merged union would increase union leverage.

'Hobbit' Union Boycott Lifted; Jackson Claims Production Leaving New Zealand

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Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Details have been posting throughout the day on my THR 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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Epsilons at the Brave New Googleplex: Film by Fired Google Whistleblower Explains Horrendous Google Books Metadata

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” MTP readers will recall the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Berkeley Professor Geoffrey Nunberg, “ Google Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars.” A book on Peter F. They scan books, page by page, for Google Book Search.

Epsilons at the Brave New Googleplex: Film by Fired Google Whistleblower Explains Horrendous Google Books Metadata

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MTP readers will recall the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Professor Geoffrey Nunberg, “ Google Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars.” A book on Peter F. They scan books, page by page, for Google Book Search. ” Talk about union busters.

Handel appointed Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law to teach entertainment unions & guilds course

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I'll be teaching a course on entertainment unions and guilds starting in January. He begins teaching a semester-long class on entertainment unions and guilds in January 2010 and will continue to represent clients at TroyGould. Handel’s course focuses on legal analysis along with discussions of union history, policy and politics in order to illuminate the abstract language of guild contracts.

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Controversy Still Surrounds Google Book Project

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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.

SAG Continues Down Path to Merger with AFTRA

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The union’s board allocates additional funding for task force working on merger; SAG president Ken Howard praises yesterday’s AFTRA resolution regarding merger. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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.

Health and Retirement are the Hangup in AFTRA Netcode Negotiations (Exclusive)

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The contract under negotiation – AFTRA’s Network Code, colloquially referred to as the “front of book” – is the union’s largest, and generates more than $250 million a year in member earnings. Check out my book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, take a look at my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

AFTRA, Networks Reach New Three Year Deal

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Notably, the union achieved the H&R increase without employers taking a bite out of the annual wage increase. An AFTRA statement confirmed the issues’ importance, calling the 1% increase the union’s “primary objective” in the bargaining. 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

Court Issues Decision On Civil Rights Coalition Lawsuit Against Arizona Racial Profiling Law | American Civil Liberties Union

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Court Issues Decision On Civil Rights Coalition Lawsuit Against Arizona Racial Profiling Law | American Civil Liberties Union PHOENIX, AZ – Plaintiffs in Friendly House et. The civil rights coalition will continue its legal fight until all of SB 1070 is taken off the books. Tags: United States Race-Ethnic-Religious Relations Civil and political rights Arizona SB 1070 American Civil Liberties Union Racial profiling Arizona Law

AFTRA Moves Closer to Merger With SAG

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For the first time, the union’s national board votes on the current merger attempt, passing a key resolution “overwhelmingly”; the measure includes a statement that AFTRA leadership is “encouraged by the renewed interest expressed by SAG’s current leadership.”. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

Handel to be Featured Guest at Southwestern Law School

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This Tuesday, April 12, I'll be the guest at Southwestern Law School's "A Conversation with" series and will be speaking on "The Past, Present and Future of Hollywood Unions." Later in the month, on April 30, I'll be hosting a book party/signing from 1:00-3:00 at the Showbiz Store, 500 S. Copies of my book, "Hollywood on Strike!," 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

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

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In contrast, Hollywood trade associations and unions support the legislation, as do drug 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

Baby You Can Drive My Car: Hollywood Health Plans May Have to Pay “Cadillac Plan” Tax

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Hollywood unions have long bargained for great health benefits, often foregoing a portion of wage increases in order to fund those benefits (as well as valuable pension benefits). The President met with union leaders Monday and indicated he may compromise on the issue. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Tags: union Labor Unions health plans

WGA Sends Studio Deal to Members

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The subject is "The Past, Present and Future of Hollywood Unions." I'll also be discussing my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” 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 The ratification vote will take place in April, before the existing contract's May 1 expiration. Details: The Hollywood Reporter.

AFTRA Investigation Finds No Misconduct by Board Member Over SAGWatch Site

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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. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets 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.

SAG, AFTRA Give Up First-Class Travel

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Actors will be flying business class and sometimes coach as part of the unions' new deal with the studios. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Details in my THR 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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Peter Jackson: 'Hobbit' decision in "week or two"

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Situation unchanged after union, management meeting. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets Details in my THR 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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

New Zealand actors split on 'Hobbit' stance

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Some fear guilds' unionization stand will drive out production. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets For details: my THR 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. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

AFTRA employees sign new pact

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Details: my Hollywood Reporter article. ——————— Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Tags: Labor Unions AFTRA 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.

Teamsters, studios fail to break stalemate

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The union meets in Burbank early Sunday morning, where the leadership is expected to seek – and obtain – a strike authorization vote from members. That authorization would, in turn, allow union leaders to call a strike at any time after the July 31 expiration of their contract with the studios and producers. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. Tags: Teamsters strike Labor Unions

The Return of Orphan Works: Trojan Horse: Orphan Works and the War on Authors by Brad Holland, Part 2

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Reblogged from The Trichordist: Artists have taken note of the recent legislative activity in the European Union regarding “orphan works” The European Union defines these works as “works like books, newspaper and magazine articles and films that are still protected by copyright but whose authors or other rightholders are not known or cannot be located or contacted to obtain copyright permissions.

Monday Morning JetLawg

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Oklahomans upset over homosexuality in new Arthur children’s book. In the news. California “green rush&# faces setback with new L.A. ordinance. Television host Nancy Grace loses battle to ban cameras from deposition in wrongful death case.