The CASE Act Passes Congress

Music Technology Policy

More on this to come, but I couldn’t be more pleased that the CASE Act passed the Congress and looks likely to be signed into law by the President.

Congress Should Investigate The Monopoly Power of Weaponized Fair Use

Music Technology Policy

Congress has finally gotten around to examining the monopoly power of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. Congress should explore Google’s “catch me if you can” business model of weaponized fair use. The U.S. We will no doubt hear many stories of how these companies promote or restrict competition, exploit slave labor in China, run sweatshops in the U.S. and of course control the media message for political candidates.

'Constituent power' key to making Congress to save Postal Service

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Constituent power' key to making Congress to save Postal Service

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.).

Report: Some Democrats In Congress Are Worried Their Colleagues Might Ki.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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? The recently installed Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, seems more than willing to look the other way when crony capitalists with Obama Administration influence come calling. 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

Congress has suspended its session as a result of these riots and break-ins. Members of Congress and staff have been told to shelter in place.

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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

LIVE ANALYSIS | Protesters storm past police as Congress meets to confir.

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Leading Music and Film Organizations Call on Congress to Fix Safety Net in New CARES Act

Music Technology Policy

May 8, 2020) – Leading music and film organizations today sent a new letter to leaders of Congress that highlights the ways implementation of the CARES Act has fallen short in assisting workers in need in the entertainment community and requests that these flaws in implementation be remedied in a new CARES Act COVID relief package. Simply, there is a hole in this safety net that Congress must fix in the next version of the CARES Act.”.

Postdicting the Future: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime from The Hill

Music Technology Policy

Congress could give songwriters an audit right as they did for stakeholders in the contemporary digital performance compulsory license for satellite radio and Internet radio. When the Congress established the digital performance royalty, it seemed to clearly apply to all recordings and did not arbitrarily exclude recordings prior to 1972. Congress could fix this “gotcha” and secure a fair share of digital performance royalties to these authors of our musical heritage.

Office of the DNI to stop in-person briefings to Congress on election interference

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Office of the DNI to stop in-person briefings to Congress on election interference

Pandora’s 2013 Strategy: Change for Congress

Music Technology Policy

So much for “Change Congress”–it’s now become “Change for Congress” The Internet Radio Fairness Coalition lead by Pandora has revealed that no only will the Internet Radio Fairness Act be back in the new Congress, according to Politico’s Morning Tech , “this year is going to bring the fight of Pandora’s political life” to protect Joe Kennedy’s $700,000 a year salary and Tim Westergren’s million a month in stock sales.

Bipartisan Facial Recognition Privacy Bill Introduced in Congress

New Media and Technology Law

As this bill wends its way through Congress (it has been referred to the Committee of Commerce, Science and Transportation), it is worth watching because it is a bipartisan bill with a narrow scope that has garnered the early conceptual support of Microsoft and other technology companies.

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”.)

And Your Little Dog, Too: The Librarian of Congress Give Us A Lesson in Constructive Termination

Music Technology Policy

Remember when the Librarian of Congress issued a press release about how Maria Pallante was being promoted from the Register of Copyrights to something that sounded awfully functionary–and not a promotion. Thanks to the vigilant journalist Robert Levine, we now have access to the memorandum from the Librarian of Congress to Maria Pallante that prompted her resignation.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will likely join Congress after midterms

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will likely join Congress after midterms " (Via.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will likely join Congress after midterms

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will likely join Congress after midterms " (Via.

Opinion | Take the deal, Congress. Then immediately start working on the next one.

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Take the deal, Congress. Congress should enact whatever relief measures both parties can agree on without delay. Opinion | Take the deal, Congress. Then immediately start working on the next one. Catherine Rampell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks from the Senate floor to his office in the Capitol on Wednesday. Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg) "After months of deadlock, lawmakers are inching toward a compromise on another round of fiscal relief.

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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. In addition, some mineral trading companies have also argued that Congress and the conflict minerals movement will force them to pull out of Congo, creating an embargo and hurting miners.

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

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. To the contrary our perpetuation seems assured. Yes, just as the LOC is archiving all of our tweets, turns out it is also archiving a selection of legal blog posts, and has [.]

Congress Launches Legislative Site to Succeed Thomas

Media Law

The Library of Congress this week unveiled Congress.gov , a new site for U.S. The beta site contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, profiles of members of Congress from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and selected member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972). Using this feature, you can refine a search to a particular Congress, legislation type, subject, committee or various other categories.

Congress Passes Law To Quiet TV Commercials

Media Law Prof Blog

In early December, Congress got bi-partisan to pass the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. It went into effect December 13th. While its name isn't graceful, it's descriptive enough--it's aimed at those screechy commercials that lift you out of your

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

A Cautionary Tale for Congress: Big Tech Uses Fake Grassroots Interference Lobbying In Europe

Music Technology Policy

It’s understandable that they would–Facebook, Google, Twitch and others have based their trillion-dollar market caps on what otherwise would be called piracy–also known as the “value gap” Congress has yet to grapple with the US version of the DMCA safe harbor (referring generally to Section 512 of the Copyright Act), although the Copyright Office is beginning field hearings on the much needed overhaul.

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@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. via Five Things Congress Can Do to Stop Tens of Millions of “Address Unknown” NOIs — Music Tech Solutions.

@MusicFirst: Congress, end a longstanding injustice for legacy music creators #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Tell Congress to make Big Tech pay its fair share. via @MusicFirst: Congress, end a longstanding injustice for legacy music creators #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch. Otis Redding sat on the dock of the bay in 1967. Roy Orbison sang for the lonely in 1960. Miles Davis was kind of blue in 1959. These artists’ iconic recordings live on today and are frequently played across streaming services, satellite radio, and FM radio.

The Colbert Reports To Congress

Media Law Prof Blog

Stephen Colbert brought his own brand of inspired nuttiness to Capital Hill yesterday to testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee Immigration and Farm Labor. Between the yucks, he had a message: unemployed Americans should be more interested in jobs in

Members of Congress Request FTC Investigation of Financial Data Company’s Collection and Privacy Practices

New Media and Technology Law

The members of Congress reject Envestment’s position that consumer privacy is protected because the data it sells is anonymized, and claim that Envestnet does not inform consumers that their personal financial data is being sold, but rather relies on its partners to make such disclosures in privacy policies or terms of service. Last week, Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo sent a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph J.

Call to Action: Please Help Support Our Musical Legacy and Tell the Congress #irespectmusic on the CLASSICS Act

Music Technology Policy

Congress that would close the loophole that some digital music services have been leveraging for quite some time on so-called “pre-72” recordings. The Congress amended that astonishing oversight in 1972 to recognize a federal sound recording copyright and then in 1995 and 1998 adopted a limited performance right in sound recordings performed in a digital medium. I don’t often ask MTP readers to agree with me, much less sign a petition.

Ocasio-Cortez goes viral with MUST-WATCH speech in Congress

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Fastcase Cofounder Phil Rosenthal is Running for Congress in New York

Media Law

Speaking of Fastcase, one interesting bit of news about the company is that its cofounder, Phil Rosenthal, is running for Congress in New York’s 10th Congressional District. The post Fastcase Cofounder Phil Rosenthal is Running for Congress in New York appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

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Dreamers deadlock: Congress at impasse as pressure mounts to act | US news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Dreamers deadlock: Congress at impasse as pressure mounts to act | US news | The Guardian

Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule for MLC Applications Including Oversight of MLC Board by Librarian of Congress

Music Technology Policy

Consistent with the MLC’s role as a quasi-governmental organization, the interim rule confirms that “directors of the MLC are inferior officers under the Appointments Clause of the Constitution [,] that the Librarian of Congress must approve each subsequent selection of a new director… [and] that the Register work with the MLC, once it has been designated to ensure that the Librarian retains the ultimate authority to appoint and remove all directors.” The U.S.

ABA Honors Six Members of Congress For Leadership

Media Law Prof Blog

Six members of Congress will receive the American Bar Association''s Congressional Justice Award for accomplishment in lawmaking that serves the cause of justice. The ABA will honor Senators Mike Crapo, Dick Durbin, Tim Johnson, and Lisa Murkowski and Representatives Rodney

Jon Ossoff for Congress: Need to Know

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

#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. via #IRespectMusic: It’s Time for the New Congress to get Serious About the Performance Right for Artists — Music Tech SolutionsFriends don’t let friends get LRFA’d.

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. We will discuss each, but let’s start with the PRO-IP Act.

The DACA recipients interning in Congress: ‘Just being here is a statement' - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The DACA recipients interning in Congress: ‘Just being here is a statement' - The Washington Post

Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. via Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters — Artist Rights Watch. After the MMA, how did I do?

Rep. Newhouse says Congress has 'one shot' at giving dreamers legal status - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Newhouse says Congress has 'one shot' at giving dreamers legal status - The Washington Post

@ascap #StandWithSongwriters to Capitol Hill to Demand Congress Roll Back Government Regulation of Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

via @ascap #StandWithSongwriters to Meet with Congress on Rolling Back Government Regulation of Songwriters — Artist Rights Watch. [Editor Charlie sez: Remember when the government set the price of mechanical royalties at $0.02 in 1909 and “forgot” to raise it until 1978? And then–in 1978– started giving songwriters increases based on inflation (Consumer Price Index) with no compensation for the government’s past mistakes? Gee, thanks government.