U.S. Olympic Committee Escapes Lawsuit Over Social Media Gagging

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A carpet cleaning company went to court to argue the USOC was exaggerating its legal rights, but a judge won't hear it. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Relativity Bankruptcy: NBCU Makes Surprise Appearance on Creditor Committee

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The media giant wasn't listed as an unsecured creditor in the bankruptcy petition. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Futures Committee Turns Focus To Present and Solves A Pressing Problem

Media Law

An American Bar Association committee tasked with crystal-balling the future of law practice suddenly pivoted to address a problem very much in the present and, in a matter of a few hours, solved it. The post Futures Committee Turns Focus To Present and Solves A Pressing Problem appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. On Friday afternoon, I was privileged to witness something remarkable.

House of Commons Committee Hearings Carried On CSPAN

Media Law Prof Blog

CSPAN has video of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee Hearings (Metropolitan Police) and the Culture, Media and Sports Committee Hearings (James and Rupert Murdoch) dealing with the NOTW phone hacking events. CSPAN has related materials as well. Links

Hollywood Docket: David Bergstein Barnkruptcies; Obama's New IP Committees; Lohan in Court (Again)

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Eriq Gardner Entertainment law news read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

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Senate Judiciary Committee poised to probe Trump obstruction | MSNBC

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Senate Judiciary Committee poised to probe Trump obstruction | MSNBC

Senate Intelligence Committee requests Trump campaign documents - The Washington Post

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The letter from the Senate arrived at Trump’s campaign committee last week and was addressed to the group’s treasurer. the Senate committee’s chairman, and Sen. the committee’s ranking Democrat.

Will The Rio Olympic Committee Have Trademark Issues?

Current Trends

Trademark professionals… are these two logos too close… is there a likelihood of consumer confusion? Read more from Yahoo Sports. Would a consumer be confused that the source of the Rio 2016 Olympic games is the same source as the Telluride Foundation?

Parliamentary Committee Report: Rupert Murdoch Should Not Be In Charge

Media Law Prof Blog

A newly released Parliamentary report concludes that News International's claim that the problems at News of the World were caused by a "rogue reporter" are untenable, and that Rupert Murdoch should not be in charge of a "major international company

U.S. House leader says willing to do conference committee on healthcare

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House leader says willing to do conference committee on healthcare

Relativity Creditors Reach Settlement Over Big Hits Like 'Bridesmaids,' 'Fast and Furious 6'

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The Committee of Unsecured Creditors threatened to sue over the circumstances that in 2011 caused Relativity to shed its stake in a slate of Universal films.

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings On Comcast/Time Warner Merger

Media Law Prof Blog

Variety reports on the ongoing Senate Judiciary Committee hearings concerning the Comcast/Time Warner merger.

Stateline - U.S. Senate Committee Probes “School-to-Prison Pipeline”

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Senate Committee Probes “School-to-Prison Pipeline” : "" (Via Stateline - U.S.

Radio Music License Committee Settles Antitrust Suit Against SESAC – What Does it Mean for the Radio Industry?

Broadcast Law Blog

Yesterday, it was announced that the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) settled its lawsuit with SESAC (see the press release here , and the full agreement here ), where the RMLC had charged that SESAC’s practices in collecting its music royalties from the radio industry violated the antitrust laws (we wrote about the filing of the lawsuit here ).

EAS Coordinators in Each State Have One Year to Gather Information about Emergency Alerts to Non-English Speaking Listeners

Broadcast Law Blog

Instead of adopting any mandate, the FCC instead required that State Emergency Communications Committees (SECCs) gather information about whether stations already provide multilingual alerts and any plans that they have for providing such information in the future, along with information about the demographics in their state of groups needing emergency information in languages other than English.

House Judiciary Committee Begins Nationwide Listening Tour on Copyright Reform – First Roundtable on September 22 in Nashville Focusing on Music Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

The US House of Representatives has been looking at potential reform of the Copyright Act for some time, holding a number of hearings before the Committee here in Washington DC (see, for instance, our article here about one of those hearings). Yesterday, the Committee announced that it is taking its examination on the road, conducting a “listening tour” of the country, starting with a roundtable on music issues to be held in Nashville on September 22.

The Summer of Copyright, Part 2 – The House Judiciary Committee Plans Omnibus Music Licensing Bill – The “Music Bus”

Broadcast Law Blog

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee last week finished its second hearing on music licensing (written witness statements and a link to the webcast can be found here ). But the hearings do serve to set out the issues that are going to be considered by the Committee in ultimately crafting legislation. Member of both the TV Music Licensing Committee and the Radio Music Licensing Committees have filed antitrust lawsuits to accomplish this end (see our article here ).

Why Fox News Should Fear Stephen Colbert's Visit to the Federal Election Commission (Video)

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Eriq Gardner FEC must decide whether Colbert's political action committee read more. THR, Esq. Television Television

ABA Issues Major Ruling on Ethics of Email and Electronic Communications

Media Law

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued a major new opinion providing guidance on the steps lawyers should take to protect client confidentiality in electronic communications. The new opinion, Formal Opinion 477 (embedded copy below), updates Formal Opinion 99-413, issued in 1999, to reflect changes in the digital landscape as […].

The Cavalier Daily :: University student, Honor Committee member Martese Johnson arrested

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Martese Johnson, a third-year student in the College and a member of the Honor Committee and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, was arrested around 12:45 a.m. The Cavalier Daily :: University student, Honor Committee member Martese Johnson arrested

Just playing politics - Kevin McCarthy credits Benghazi committee for Clinton damage | MSNBC

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Kevin McCarthy, a top Republican lawmaker on track to become the next speaker of the House, credited the Select Committee on Benghazi for damaging Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers Tuesday night — a surprising admission from a party that has sought to portray the investigation as even-handed and non-partisan. But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. Kevin McCarthy credits Benghazi committee for Clinton damage | MSNBC

Beijing to Track People's Movements via Their Mobile Phones - PCWorld

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Mobile phone Chinese government Zhao Wei China Traffic congestion Government of the People's Republic of China Beijing European Committee for Standardization

Follow the Money: Senate Homeland Security Committee Investigating Online Advertising

Music Technology Policy

Radio public performance bill passes Senate committee

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make radio stations pay songwriters fees for the public performance of sound recordings. Another version of this controversial bill has already passed the House of Representatives Judiciary.

New House Judiciary Chaiman Smith vows to protect IP

Copyrights & Campaigns

Lamar Smith (R-TX), currently the ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, announced today that he will serve as chairman in the next Congress. And he made clear that he will continue the committee's strong support for intellectual property rights: As Chairman of the Committee, I will focus on efforts to strengthen national security, protect intellectual property, prevent frivolous lawsuits and keep children safe from Internet sex predators.

Radio Music Licensing Committee Announces Settlement With BMI Following Settlement With ASCAP - Why SESAC is Not Included

Broadcast Law Blog

The Radio Music Licensing Committee has announced a settlement with BMI over music royalties for the public performance of musical compositions for the period from 2010-2016. BMI negotiations BMI royalties Broadcast Performance Royalty Music Rights RMLC SESAC royalties radio music licenses for BMI radio music licensing committee

Craigslist: Now the Inevitable Congressional Committee

The Legal Satyricon

by Charles Platt Nice piece at cnet by Declan McCullagh summarizes the worsening situation re Craigslist. The repercussions have only just begun, and the usual maddening mantra, “Protect the Children,&# is being used to justify the usual demands for censorship. I guess it really doesn’t matter which party has control of Congress or the White [.].

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Broadcast Performance Royalty - With Issues Yet to Resolve

Broadcast Law Blog

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the bill to impose a performance royalty (or the "performance tax" as the NAB had called it) on radio broadcasters for the public performance of sound recordings on their over-the-air stations. As was the case in the House of Representatives when its Judiciary Committee approved their version of the bill , the Committee acknowledged that there was still work to do before a final bill would be ready for the full Congress.

Judiciary Committee Extends Review of Shield Bill

Media Law

The Massachusetts legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary has extended to May 7 the date by which it must report for or against a shield bill that would protect journalists' confidential sources. March 17 was the deadline for the committee to issue a report on the bill, but an extension order gives the committee until May 7.

Broadcast Performance Royalty Passes House Judiciary Committee - A Work In Progress

Broadcast Law Blog

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee today approved a bill that would impose, for the first time, a royalty on radio broadcasters for the public performance of sound recordings in their over-the-air broadcasts. Tags: 801b standard Broadcast Performance Royalty Internet Radio house judiciary committee public performance radio music royalty radio payments for music sound recording royalty willing buyer willing seller

The Summer of Copyright and Music Licensing Part 1 – Songwriters Demand A Bigger Share

Broadcast Law Blog

Much press was given to the House Judiciary Committee hearing held last week. But the Congressional committee’s consideration of copyright issues is but one of the many places where issues of importance to broadcasters and digital media companies are being reviewed. Broadcast Performance Royalty Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights On Line Media Copyright office house judiciary committee music royalties performing rights organizations Songwriters Equity Act

Ethics Panel Says OK for Judge to Tweet — Within Limits

Media Law

The opinion from the Massachusetts Committee on Judicial Ethics does not identify the judge, but […]. A judicial ethics panel of the Massachusetts court system has determined that a judge may ethically maintain a Twitter account, but only within certain boundaries, and that a judge must be particularly cautious about selecting accounts to follow on Twitter. The post Ethics Panel Says OK for Judge to Tweet — Within Limits appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Michael Flynn Rejects Order to Hand Over Documents - The New York Times. Duh, of course he was going to invoke his 5th Amendment rights. Both Congressional committees and the Special Prosecutor must work out a limited immunity deal with him in order to compel his testimony. It is the only way to get to the truth and the bigger orangutan, LOL

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Mr. Flynn had been ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee to hand over emails and other records related to any dealings with Russians. It was not immediately clear how the committee’s leaders would respond, though Senator Richard M. "WASHINGTON — Michael T.

Next Meeting of the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee Scheduled For Sept. 10

Media Law Prof Blog

From the FCC: Announcement of Next Meeting Date and Agenda of Consumer Advisory Committee By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) announces the date and agenda of the next meeting of its Consumer Advisory Committee (“Committee”).

Rupert, James Murdoch Asked To Appear Before House of Commons Committee To Explain Phone Hacking Practice

Media Law Prof Blog

NewsCorp's Rupert Murdoch, his son James, owner of the shuttered News of the World, and Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News International, have received a request to appear before a House of Commons Select Committee to explain the culture that gave

Craigslist Tells House Judiciary Committee It Has Shut Down US Adult Services Section Of Its Site

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times: a Craigslist official and a member of its legal team told the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the website has "discontinued" its adult services section. However, CNN reports that concerns continue over sex trafficking in

Librarian of Congress Fails to Alert Oversight Committees of Massive Abuse of Copyright Loophole by Google and Amazon to Use Songs Without Paying U.S. or Foreign Songwriters 

Music Technology Policy

taxpayer to great costs and for which the government is entirely unaccountable unless Congress exercises its oversight authority through the House Committee on Administration and finds out what is going on over there. The Librarian of Congress?

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty - Secretary Clinton Emphasizes Relationship Between Free Speech, Freedom of Religion

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Committee Approves Kagan’s Nomination to Supreme Court - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Committee Approves Kagan’s Nomination to Supreme Court - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com : "Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, left, looked on as Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, spoke with Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. In Tuesday’s vote, Mr. Graham broke party ranks to join the committee’s 12 Democrats in voting in her favor.

Committee Approves Kagan’s Nomination to Supreme Court - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

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Committee Approves Kagan’s Nomination to Supreme Court - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com : "Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, left, looked on as Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, spoke with Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. In Tuesday’s vote, Mr. Graham broke party ranks to join the committee’s 12 Democrats in voting in her favor.