Will Congress Bring Songwriters a Lump of Coal or Justice?

Music Technology Policy

Because the Congress has conducted a “review” of the laws affecting songwriters and it’s possible that the Congress now is about to actually do something in the waning days of the current session of Congress. It is axiomatic that as government expands, liberty contracts.

Music Industry A-Listers Call on Congress to Reform Copyright Act

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A day before a crucial deadline, the music industry is pulling no punches. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

The Library of Congress is Archiving Legal Blogs

Media Law

Latest case in point: the new Legal Blawgs Web Archive from the Library of Congress. The post The Library of Congress is Archiving Legal Blogs appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. On the Internet there is no rule against perpetuities.

Judge's FilmOn Opinion Unsealed: "Congress Did Not Consider the Internet in 1976"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A dispute over TV streaming illustrates how judges differ in their approaches to new technologies. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

How Controversial Antipiracy Laws Could Be Enacted Even Without Congress (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner A new law might make anti-piracy operations tidy, but it's not the only way that 'rogue' websites are going to be blacklisted going forward. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Business

The Next Congress Has Not Yet Begun, and Already Copyright Issues are Poised for Comment – First Up, Copyright Office Reform

Broadcast Law Blog

While the new Congress will not begin until after the New Year, already copyright reform has been teed up to be on the agenda. The initial proposals are modest, suggesting that the Register of Copyrights be independently appointed (rather than being selected by the Librarian of Congress), that the Office has greater independence to appoint advisory committees and over its technology budget, and that there be authority to set up a small copyright claims adjudicatory process.

Music Director at WJCU Breaks with National Association of Broadcasters in Letter to Congress Supporting Artist Pay for Radio Play

Music Technology Policy

Member Media Outlet, Please take a moment to read this letter, because proposed legislation in Congress could cost your student media outlet financially. 1733) moving through Congress that would impose a performance royalty for every song radio stations play. When a performance royalty was imposed on the satellite and streaming industries twenty years ago, Congress, as well as the record labels, made clear that the new performance fee would NOT apply to terrestrial radio broadcasts.

Donald Trump's Media Threats Are Why a Free Speech Protection Law Is Needed

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Congress: Pass a federal anti-SLAPP statute. A message to the U.S. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Television Culture Business THR Online Donald Trump Politics

A Fire in the House of Google: What is the Congress prepared to do?

Music Technology Policy

If profiting from selling illegal drugs to Americans is an example of maximizing consumer welfare, or if promoting the reprodution and distribution of illegal music and movies promotes consumer welfare, I will be very interested in how they convince the Congress. Surely no Member of Congress can accept that promoting illegal behavior promotes consumer welfare. The question is whether the Congress is willing to cross Google.

A Fire in the House of Google: What is the Congress prepared to do?

Music Technology Policy

If profiting from selling illegal drugs to Americans is an example of maximizing consumer welfare, or if promoting the reprodution and distribution of illegal music and movies promotes consumer welfare, I will be very interested in how they convince the Congress. Surely no Member of Congress can accept that promoting illegal behavior promotes consumer welfare. The question is whether the Congress is willing to cross Google.

Music Publishers, Photo Agencies Battle Claims of Licensing Public Domain Works

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Dismissal motions come in lawsuits over "This Land" and thousands of photographs donated to the Library of Congress. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online

Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare - The New York Times

Music Issues in the New Congress: PRO-IP Act “Reform”

Music Technology Policy

Glenn Peoples at Billboard has an excellent primer on some legislative items that are very likely to come up in the new Congress. Lofgren is Google’s representative in the Congress.

Jon Ossoff for Congress: Need to Know

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Maria Pallante's Departure From the Copyright Office: What It Means and Why It Matters

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Register of Copyrights by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Oct. Pallante was moved out of her job as U.S. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business Billboard

Jeff Sessions Clams Up in Congress - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Jeff Sessions Clams Up in Congress - The New York Times "How many ways are there to fail to answer a question under oath? Ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The last time Mr. Sessions appeared before a Senate committee, during his confirmation hearing in January, he gave false testimony. “I

Why We're Calling for Congress to Impeach Donald Trump | Time.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office or Title of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.”

Call Congress to Support Copyright Office Legislation

Music Technology Policy

I don’t often ask MTP readers for their vote, but I am asking you to call your member of Congress and ask them to support bipartisan legislation introduced by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, H.R. Pallante by the rogue Librarian of Congress (however bizarre that sounds). In fact, the Librarian is reported to have told the Congress a few weeks ago that she intended to ignore their instruction and appoint the next Register without them.).

Android is the Joe Camel of Privacy: Android Daddy Tells Congress to Live Long and Prosper

Music Technology Policy

Consider these guys pictured below–the tobacco company CEOs about to tell the Congress that cigarettes are not addictive. But then again, in order to represent the tobacco monopoly before Congress it took eight guys. When Eric Schmidt testified before the U.S.

Reader Poll: What Day will the Librarian of Congress Appoint the new Head of the Copyright Office?

Music Technology Policy

Congress will be in recess from December 16 to January 3 and the controversial Librarian of Congress gets to appoint a new head of the Copyright Office to replace Maria Pallante who was fired by the Librarian on October 21 in what looks to many like an actionable constructive termination. We think that the Librarian will avoid consulting with Congress about who she will appoint to run the Copyright Office because she’s gone rogue. Library of Congress Meltdown

@musictechsolve: Five Things Congress Can Do to Stop Tens of Millions of “Address Unknown” NOIs

Music Technology Policy

Amazon, Google, Pandora, Spotify and other tech companies are taking advantage of their influence in the Library of Congress to leverage a loophole in the Copyright Act to their great benefit and to songwriters great harm. Congress can stop them overnight if the Congress will act.

Congress Can’t Let Mr. Trump Kill Obamacare on His Own - The Editorial Board of The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Fed up with failed attempts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump on Thursday took matters into his own hands, stopping payments to insurance companies and signing an executive order that could significantly damage the health insurance market and harm millions of people. Congress must step in. Congress Can’t Let Mr. Trump Kill Obamacare on His Own - The New York Times

Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

John H Armwood Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act - The New York TimesAs Donald Trump descended from the escalator in Trump tower, to announce his Presidential run, accompanied by his East European wife, who had worked illegally as a model upon her arrival in the United States. He then launched into a racist attack on Mexicans calling them criminals and rapists, The end of DOCA is not about immigration. It is part and parcel of his "wall" and Muslim Ban".

OpenCongress Gets New Owner and Refresh

Media Law

Congress is OpenCongress, an open-source project that draws on a variety of sources, from official government websites to blogs, to track federal legislation and members of Congress. General Congress One of my favorite sites for tracking the U.S. See my original post about OpenCongress.)

MUST READ: Two Former U.S. Copyright Heads Defend Maria Pallante from Sacking by Rogue Librarian of Congress — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Heads Defend Maria Pallante from Sacking by Rogue Librarian of Congress — Artist Rights Watch. Library of Congress Meltdown Maria Pallante marybeth peters Ralph OmanTwo former heads of the U.S. Copyright Office sent the following letter to the chairs of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in sharp criticism of the abrupt and possibly actionable sacking of Maria Pallante, the former head of the U.S. Copyright Office. The job title is “Register of Copyrights”.)

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

The Librarian of Congress? You may ask what in the world does the Librarian of Congress have to do with the music business? We asked the research desk at the Library of Congress and they had no idea what we were talking about. . Library of Congress Meltdown Uncategorized

Time for Congress to Investigate Mr. Trump’s Ties to Russia - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"In history, this is where Congress steps in. During the Vietnam War, Watergate and the Iran-contra scandal, when a president’s actions or policies crossed the line, Congress investigated and held the White House to account.

Michael Flynn Offers to Testify Before Congress in Exchange for Immunity - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Michael Flynn Offers to Testify Before Congress in Exchange for Immunity - The New York Times "WASHINGTON — Michael T.

Five Things Congress Could Do For Music Creators That Wouldn't Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 1: Pre-72 Sound Recordings

Music Technology Policy

Reblogged from MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY: In this and future posts, I will be addressing five things the Congress could do for music creators that are easy to do and that would help develop an online market for music. First up is a slightly esoteric, but important area: royalties paid by companies like SiriusXM for sound recordings made before 1972.

Congress Doing A Safety Dance Around Privacy

JetLawBlog

Congress would be well-advised to hold back on those acronyms and think this thing through. Two congressmen have proposed a bill that would require ISPs, businesses, and individuals to maintain all users’ Internet-usage records for two years.

Congress Seeks to Curb Use of Conflict Minerals in Cellphones

JetLawBlog

Despite being mired in the middle of hyper-partisan politicking and countless domestic problems, a bipartisan group in Congress has emerged and is attempting to stop the trade.

@wsj: A Copyright Coup in Washington: The new Librarian of Congress ousts a federal copyright defender [Congress should investigate] — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

This is reason enough for Congress to take a look: If the position is open to political influence, then the register should be politically accountable—and report to elected officials, not the nation’s librarian.

Increase the size of Congress?

The Legal Satyricon

A Republican Congress and president enacted the Reapportionment Act of 1929, which arbitrarily capped the number at 435 members. This is a pretty compelling idea. For the first 140 years of the republic, the House increased in size with the population in varying degrees, going from 65 members originally to 435. Although the U.S. population [.]. politics

Joaquin Castro: If NYT Report True, Likely Congress Will Move To Impeach.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Congress let Internet providers 'spy on' your underwear purchases, advocacy group says

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Jon Ossoff For Congress #ResistanceIsNotFutile Vote April 18th in Georgia's 6th District. #FlipThe6th

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Pope Francis Challenges Congress to Heal World’s ‘Open Wounds’ - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Pope Francis Challenges Congress to Heal World’s ‘Open Wounds’ - The New York Times

Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia - The Washington Post "The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying in the House investigation of possible links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s campaign, according to letters provided to The Washington Post.

Google Feels the Heat from Congress on Sex Trafficking–And Gaslights Public Opinion on @SenRobPortman’s and @RepAnnWagner’s Legislation

Music Technology Policy

According to Consumer Watchdog, which is about the only consumer group that is challenging Google’s stranglehold on the Congress not to mention reality, Google is manipulating search results to promote Google’s point of view on Section 230 reform.

#IRespectMusic: It’s Time for the New Congress to get Serious About the Performance Right for Artists

Music Technology Policy

Once again we’ve started a new session of Congress with really old news–the National Association of Broadcasters is yet again circulating the reactionary Local Radio Freedom Act (or the grammatically challenged “LRFA”) that’s been warmed over and served up again from the last Congress.