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A Guide to the Department of Justice Ruling on “100% Licensing”

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Department of Justice in United States v. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has left many songwriters, publishers, motion picture and television producers and, yes, even lawyers scratching their heads to understand the import of the ruling. As you will see, the left hand column lists the various roles of a music creator (starting with “Songwriter”) or music user. By Steve Winogradsky and Chris Castle , all rights reserved.

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Why Has the Obama Department of Justice Gotten Stealthy on 100% Licensing?

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You probably didn’t know that the Obama Department of Justice has been conducting invitation only conference calls with songwriters about the DOJ’s proposed 100% licensing regime they’d like to impose by means of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.

@KRSFOW: The Future of What Podcast on the Latest Department of Justice Attack on Songwriters

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In case you didn’t notice, the Trump Department of Justice is appealing the Obama Department of Justice loss in the 100% licensing ruling by Judge Stanton in the BMI Rate Court. This podcast by Portia Sabin on the Future of What was recorded before the appeal, but tells you all you need to know about what is at issue in the bizarre Department of Justice appeal. Justice Department’s flip flop on 100% licensing.

A Guide to the Department of Justice Ruling on “100% Licensing”

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[Editor Charlie sez: This is a repost of the original from September 2016 in light of the recent appeal by the Department of Justice.]. Department of Justice in United States v. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has left many songwriters, publishers, motion picture and television producers and, yes, even lawyers scratching their heads to understand the import of the ruling.

All In : Nice try, Department of Justice

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Call to Action: The Department of Justice is Assaulting Songwriters Yet Again

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government has its way, you better start–because t he Department of Justice wants to force ASCAP and BMI to license 100% of any song their affiliated songwriters control any part of, like a government-mandated controlled compositions clause. One of you is ASCAP the other BMI. government seems to think that the rule always has been–which we all know is utter and complete b t–that ASCAP and BMI could both license 100% of that song.

A Guide to the Department of Justice Ruling on “100% Licensing”

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To better understand the recent DOJ appeal of 100% licensing from the BMI rate court, we offer a repost of this article. The Department of Justice–once again doing its best to crush small business–has appealed the BMI ruling ( copy of DOJ appeal here ). Department of Justice in United States v. As you will see, the left hand column lists the various roles of a music creator (starting with “Songwriter”) or music user.

@kayhanley: THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HATES SONGWRITERS: A PRIMER — Artist Rights Watch

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No reason, that is, unless one considers that the head of Antitrust is Renata Hesse, former counsel for Google. And who is the primary beneficiary of this massive “F**K YOU” to the songwriting profession? via @kayhanley: THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HATES SONGWRITERS: A PRIMER — Artist Rights Watch

@govabbott: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Urges U.S. Department Of Justice To Reconsider Changes To PRO Licensing Mode — Artist Rights Watch

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Department Of Justice To Reconsider Changes To PRO Licensing Mode — Artist Rights WatchTexas Governor Greg Abbott calls on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to reconsider DOJ’s position on 100% licensing. via @govabbott: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Urges U.S.

ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews Responds to the Recent Proposal from the US Department of Justice — Artist Rights Watch

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None of the parties to the decrees raised the issue. “We via ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews Responds to the Recent Proposal from the US Department of Justice — Artist Rights Watch

Stephen Carlisle: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! The Department of Justice v. ASCAP — Artist Rights Watch

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The Department of Justice v. The Department of Justice v. Professor Stephen Carlisle debunks the DOJ’s theories for 100% licensing. via Stephen Carlisle: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! ASCAP — Artist Rights Watch. via Stephen Carlisle: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! ASCAP — Artist Rights Watch. doj freetard Freetards with Badges Uncategorized 100% Licensing DOJ Attack on Songwriters Freetards Get Badges Stephen Carlisle

@andreworlowski: Google had Obama’s ear on antitrust probe — Artist Rights Watch

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According to emails released under the US Freedom of Information Act, Google briefed the White House on an antitrust investigation into itself, breaking a 40-year precedent of the President’s office staying out of competition issues.

@KRSFOW: The Future of What Podcast on the Latest Department of Justice Attack on Songwriters

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Another outstanding podcast from the Future of What with Kill Rock Stars! Justice Department’s flip flop on 100% licensing. Find out what “100% licensing” means and what songwriters can do about it, plus a discussion of the implications for international songwriters and the future of reciprocal licensing by PROs outside the US. Artist Rights Watch. President Portia Sabin talking with David Lowery, Chris Castle and NMPA CEO David Israelite about the U.S.

Music Creators North America Letter to Department of Justice Opposing Full Work Licensing, Partial Withdrawals — Artist Rights Watch

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We begin by stating once again that we strenuously object to the timetable set by the DOJ for the submission of these comments. Read the post Music Creators North America Letter to Department of Justice Opposing Full Work Licensing, Partial Withdrawals — Artist Rights Watch or download the letter from MCNA to DOJ. Uncategorized ASCAP BMI Consent Decrees DOJ Corruption Music Creators of North America Whole Work Licensing

Department of Justice Makes Position Known In Sony/Tenenbaum Case

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Here's a piece from the Wired Campus Blog (Chronicle of Higher Education) on the Sony/Tenenbaum lawsuit, discussing the position taken by the Department of Justice

A little perspective on Obama's Department of Justice appointments

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I've had a lot of fun hyping the fact that President Obama's Department of Justice will include such a large contingent of attorneys who have litigated anti-piracy and other copyright cases for the entertainment industry. And Lessig said he backed Obama over Hillary Clinton in the primary precisely because (among other reasons) he didn't like her views on copyright: You can almost see the kind of tiny speak that was battered around inside [Clinton campaign] HQ.

How Misunderstandings about Big Numbers Distort the Debate over Songwriter Digital Music Royalties – As the DOJ Readies its Recommendations for Reform of the ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

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Press reports indicate that the Department of Justice is nearing the completion of its study of whether to suggest the revision of the antitrust consent decrees that have bound ASCAP and BMI for over a half century (see our summary of the issues that DOJ is considering here ). Before that discussion, and for those who won’t be at the RAIN Conference, I thought that it would be worth exploring some of this confusion about this issue here.

Department of Justice defends constitutionality of $675,000 award against Tenenbaum; p2p user caused 'great public harm'

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The Department of Justice today defended against constitutional challenge the $675,000 statutory damages award a Boston jury imposed on admitted copyright infringer Joel Tenenbaum, arguing that his use of peer-to-peer networks to obtain free music and distribute it to untold numbers of others caused "great public harm." 559 (1996) and its progeny do not apply in the context of statutory damages, where the "extremely deferential" standard of St.

Monday Morning JETLawg

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In the news… Reminiscent of music industry tycoons, producers of “The Hurt Locker&# sue BitTorrent users for illegal downloading of the film. Woman’s war against Adobe demonstrates the advantages of detailed evidence in small claims court.

Yahoo!: Defender of Privacy Rights

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Privacy protection for electronic communications has been a subject of debate for some time now, so it should come as no surprise that the government continues to make controversial attempts to obtain private email communications. citizens are done only under the rule of law.&#

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Questionable Employment Practices in High Tech Industry

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A TechCrunch report identified some discussions of the agreement by the companies; however, there is no official agreement. If a major player such as Apple used its weight to persuade others to accept these agreements, the future for a departing Apple employee could look very dismal.

U.S. District Court Approves Subpoena Of Twitter Wikileaks Records Which Includes Information On Followers

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Justice Department asked for an received a subpoena form a Federal District Court In Virginia ordering Twitter to turn over records relating to Wikileaks to the Department of Justice. Here is a copy of the list information that Twitter must turn over to the D.O.J. Click on the document to see a larger view of it. United States Wikileaks Virginia Julian Assange Birgitta Jónsdóttir United States Department of Justice Twitter Subpoena

'Direct evidence of racial bias' After a scathing report from the Department of Justice, Chris Hayes asks what's next for the Ferguson Police Department.

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Conservative Group Sues DOJ for Info on Its Decision to Sue Arizona « The Washington Independent

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Conservative Group Sues DOJ for Info on Its Decision to Sue Arizona « The Washington Independent Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group , announced today that is has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice to try to get at the government’s reason for suing Arizona over its SB 1070 immigration law.

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The Summer of Copyright Part 4 – The Department of Justice Reviews the ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees – What Should Broadcasters and Music Services Know?

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As we wrote in our previous articles on the music licensing issues being considered during this summer of copyright ( here , here and here ), one of the concerns driving many of the proposed reforms is the current demand of songwriters and publishing companies for a larger share of the music royalty pie. There, representatives of ASCAP discussed potential changes to the laws dealing with music licensing. Will anything happen at the end of the day?

TV Joint Sales and Shared Services Agreements – NABOB, The Public Interest Benefits, and Where the DOJ Went Wrong

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The week before last, the big news was comments of the Department of Justice filed with the FCC, suggesting that Joint Sales Agreements be attributable (meaning that they should count for multiple ownership purposes. The way that the trade press reacted to the filing of the DOJ’s comments was an expectation that the “fix is in,” so that the expected action at the March FCC meeting was now a foregone conclusion.

Death To Gang Members: The Feds' New Tactic : NPR

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He is the first member of the MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha , gang to be sentenced to death under the federal system of capital punishment, according to the Justice Department. But over the course of his relatively short life, he allegedly killed five people in his role as a traveling evangelist for the MS-13 gang. Death To Gang Members: The Feds' New Tactic : NPR Alejandro Enrique Ramirez Umana has an unfortunate claim on history.

Department Of Justice making preliminary inquiries into Apple's music endeavors while iTunes dominance continues -- Engadget

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DoJ making preliminary inquiries into Apple's music endeavors while iTunes dominance continues -- Engadget It's all just noise right now, but the United States Justice Department is purportedly having a "very preliminary conversation" with Apple regarding the company's music business, wondering in particular if anything it's doing (or has done) would violate antitrust legislation.

Department Of Justice making preliminary inquiries into Apple's music endeavors while iTunes dominance continues -- Engadget

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DoJ making preliminary inquiries into Apple's music endeavors while iTunes dominance continues -- Engadget It's all just noise right now, but the United States Justice Department is purportedly having a "very preliminary conversation" with Apple regarding the company's music business, wondering in particular if anything it's doing (or has done) would violate antitrust legislation.

Firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe political? Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director, was fired by Jeff Sessions hours before he qualified for retirement with his full pension. Joy Reid and her panel discuss the widespread belief that the firing of McCabe was politically motivated to vilify Robert Mueller, the FBI, and the Department of Justice - AM Joy on MSNBC

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Jury Convicts 2 Of Hate Crime In Fatal Beating : NPR

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Jury Convicts 2 Of Hate Crime In Fatal Beating : NPR A jury convicted two Pennsylvania men Thursday of a federal hate crime in the fatal beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant, finding they attacked the man primarily out of hatred for Hispanics. The jury also convicted Donchak of two other counts related to a plot to cover up the beating. Related articles 2 found guilty of hate crimes related to death of immigrant (cnn.com).

Experts Weigh Disney-Fox Antitrust Concerns

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That the Department of Justice is formally contesting AT&T's proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner could signal an uphill battle for Disney and Fox.

Racist e-mails at work a rare aberration, except. Rachel Maddow reports on racist emails cited in the Department of Justice report on the Ferguson police department, and wonders at the assertion by Fox News' Megan Kelly that racist emails in the workplace are common.

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'Searing' DoJ report condemns Ferguson policing for racial bias Rachel Maddow reads passages of the Department of Justice report on its investigation into racial bias in the policing in Ferguson, Missouri, and shares video of Attorney General Eric Holder's statements on the report's findings.

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Stairway to Heaven, Copyright Small Claims, Tattoo T-Shirt & DOJ Ruling – Episode 76

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The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment. Smith’s Right of Publicity in his Tattoos? 9 Department of Justice denying consent decree. Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

DOJ on the Google Settlement

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The Department of Justice's statement of interest concerning the Google Settlement

Rioting Breaks Out in Huntington Beach After Surfing Open - Many people don't want to hear this kind of tough love, of course. They'd like to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that all white children are as sweet and harmless as Taylor Swift. But the reality is that the statistics tell a different story. For instance, according to research from the Department of Justice, 84 percent of white murder victims are killed by other white people [PDF]. Similarly, white rape victims tend to be raped by other whites [PDF]. White-on-white violence is a menace to white communities across the country, and yet you never hear white leaders like Pastor Joel Osteen, Bill O'Reilly, or Hillary Clinton take a firm stance against the scourge.

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DOJ Ruling on 100% Licensing Denies Due Process to Songwriters

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In case you’re trying to figure out what in the world the Department of Justice is thinking with its recent ruling on 100% licensing for PROs, maybe a page of history is worth a volume of logic. In a nutshell, there is a doctrine of U.S.

AP Says DOJ Seized Journalists' Phone Records

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From the New York Times: a report on the sensational news that the Department of Justice has seized two months'' worth of phone records of Associated Press journalists. Records seized included not just those pertaining to work phones, but also

The FCC, DOJ, and the Comcast/Time Warner Merger

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Department of Justice. The proposed Comcast-TimeWarner merger (worth an estimated $45 billion--yes, that''s $45 billion with a B), will probably face scrutiny from the U.S. After all, two enormous companies coming together will create an overwhelming presence in all but

U.S. Justice Department Selects Box for File Sharing

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When it comes to identifying a group of lawyers who are particularly fussy about file security, it is hard to imagine a better example than the U.S. Department of Justice. Justice Department Selects Box for File Sharing appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. These, after all, are the lawyers who handle the nation’s most sensitive criminal and civil matters. For that reason, it is notable that the DOJ […]. The post U.S.