More on How the London School of Economics Got it Wrong

Music Technology Policy

For those of you who haven’t heard about it, the London School of Economics allowed some lecturers to post a “study” on the LSE’s website that has some very questionable assumptions in it–not to mention overtly misquoting actual econometric studies. The august London School of Economics surely cannot consider such a “study” a meaningful contribution to academia absent criticism.

New Report Assesses Impact of Tax Incentives On U.K. Film Industry, Warns Of Cutbacks

Media Law Prof Blog

A report prepared by Oxford Economics says that if the UK film industry loses the tax incentives it presently receives, it would suffer dramatically. Currently, according to the report, the industry is withstanding the recession, but things could change if

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The Film Industry Is In A Pickle

DealFatigue

Pickle Magazine , a film industry publication based in India about all things Bollywood and now, Hollywood, recently asked producer and sales agent, Ron Lavery to interview me and ten others for its American Film Market edition. Here’s my take: Lavery: How do you think the current economic situation will effect AFM business this year? Lavery : Will the economic crisis effect government subsidies and tax credits?

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Economic recovery from the coronavirus will be much harder than we think - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Yet even leaving the human and health-care toll aside, the scale of the economic problem ahead is larger and worse than our leaders and politics appear capable of handling — or even recognizing. Economic recovery from the coronavirus will be much harder than we think - The Washington Post

The Film Industry Is In A Pickle

DealFatigue

Pickle Magazine, a film industry publication based in India about all things Bollywood and now, Hollywood, recently asked producer and sales agent, Ron Lavery to interview me and ten others for its American Film Market edition. Here’s my take: Lavery: How do you think the current economic situation will effect AFM business this year? Lavery : Will the economic crisis effect government subsidies and tax credits?

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The Film Industry Is In A Pickle

DealFatigue

Pickle Magazine, a film industry publication based in India about all things Bollywood and now, Hollywood , recently asked producer and sales agent, Ron Lavery to interview me and ten others for its American Film Market edition. Here’s my take: Lavery: How do you think the current economic situation will effect AFM business this year? Lavery : Will the economic crisis effect government subsidies and tax credits?

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Independent Contractor vs. Employee – misclassification can cost entertainment industry employers dearly.

Gordon P. Firemark

On January 1 of 2012, California’s law changed to create significant penalties for employers who willfully misclassify workers, and fail to withhold taxes, pay into the Worker Compensation system, etc. In the entertainment industries, this misclassification is prevalent. The IRS view is that most crew members, actors, and others working on a film production should be classified as employees, not independent contractors, and that taxes should thus be withheld.

A US oil company cut nearly 2,000 jobs – and reaped $2.1bn in pandemic benefits | Louisiana | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

A US oil company cut nearly 2,000 jobs – and reaped $2.1bn in pandemic benefits Marathon Petroleum received more tax benefits than any other US oil company while also cutting about 9% of its workforce A Marathon Petroleum banner in El Paso, Texas.

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Opinion | The American Health Care Industry Is Killing People - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Let’s also consider the kindly, economically productive citizens in swing states whose job it is to jail pregnant women and the parents of cancer patients for failing to pay their radiology bills. The health care industry is failing much of the country.

Proposed Broadcast Performance Royalty Back in the News - Where is It Going?

Broadcast Law Blog

In one more indication that the Broadcast Performance Royalty (or " performance tax " as opponents of the legislation call it) is not dead yet is an article in yesterday's New York Times reviewing the issues at stake in the proceeding.

Mr. Wedgie's New Obsession: ACTA, the "Sweeping Secret Pact with the US"

Music Technology Policy

The Wedge jumps on his white horse and tells a tale of courageous hectoring of governments for information—perhaps he could have just clicked on this link: [link] Objections to ACTA have arisen from anti-copyright activists who oppose any attempt to protect the economic rights of artists and have conducted the typical disinformation campaign (e.g., Which of course calls into question why they exist and will eventually call into question their tax exempt status.

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

Music Technology Policy

The letter lays out in stark terms the crisis that the live entertainment industry is facing due to the pandemic. “We We need help that only [Congress] can provide, in a way that recognizes the particulars of our industry. The letter also describes concerns about the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that were included in the first CARES Act. There is no sugarcoating this: the entire live entertainment industry has been decimated.

Hollywood Breathes a sigh of relief (sort-of)

Gordon P. Firemark

One has to wonder how much pressure was applied by leadership of the other industry unions. economic recession, and runaway production to states and countries with favorable tax incentives, it seems possible that Hollywood will remain only a “nerve center&# for the film business, with the “muscle center&# distributed among cities elsewhere.

NAB President David Rehr to Leave - What's Next for His Replacement?

Broadcast Law Blog

One can only hope that the NAB acts quickly to replace Rehr with someone prepared to aggressively address the needs of an industry hobbled by the current economic climate, and challenged by regulatory issues that could further undermine the ability of radio and television operators to compete in today’s media marketplace. They will need to be able to remind the music industry that musicians were and are begging radio stations for the airplay of their music.

#irespectmusic: House Judiciary Voting Today on HR 1695 the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

Music Technology Policy

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Americans for Tax Reform. International Center for Law & Economics. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). The House Committee on the Judiciary says the House will vote on HR 1695 today–the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act.

It’s Time to Tell Them #IRespectMusic: Big Radio Starts the Anti-Artist Drumbeat with the Fake Local Radio Freedom Act Take 2

Music Technology Policy

LRFA is the Alinsky-style straw man–demonize your opponent as something you want people to believe your opponent to be (a “tax” for example), then perpetuate that mischaracterization no matter what. (In Remember the Local Radio Freedom Act from last year? Well, they’re back with a new LRFA (pronounced “screw you”). This Congress can’t agree about much, but they can agree they want to keep screwing artists. Here’s the deal.

Pandemic: Force Majeure Contracts and Insurance in the Music Business

Music Technology Policy

These clauses sometimes are risk shifting, meaning that party A and party B may agree that one of them will bear the economic damages of the disaster, or permit rescheduling or other delay until the force majeure event has passed in a reasonable period of time. It’s common to see this period be designated as six months in the entertainment industries which is usually designed to address labor strikes for companies that are signatories to collective bargaining agreements.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: ANOTHER STRIKE BREWING?

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Others like Tom Hanks support the AFTRA deal, fearing what another prolonged strike could do to the industry. The AMPTP warns that SAG members would lose millions a day in wages while the impact on other industry guilds would be equally devastating. Naturally, the effects of any work stoppage are felt more by those who are unable to withstand the economic fallout.

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Guest Post by @schneidermaria:What Do Whore Houses, Meth Labs, and YouTube Have in Common?

Music Technology Policy

After all, it’s not fair to legal whorehouses that pay their share of taxes to lump them with meth labs and YouTube. Beyond the violations of drug laws involved in meth, state governments crack down on these labs because money laundering denies them tax revenue. These creative works were bringing billions in “sales tax” into our city and state tax systems as well as contributing billions in “income tax” to state, local, and federal governments.

YouTube Bullying Tactics Results in Indie Labels Taking Fight to Brussels and UK Government

Music Technology Policy

The independent music sector is made up of small and medium size enterprises, and employs 80% of the industry’s workforce. Independent record companies act as investors in creativity and culture, searching out individual talent and giving them the starting point to build a sustainable career in the creative industries. They perform a vital role both economically and culturally.

Ron Wyden’s Oregon Updates the Business Plan: Sell Electricity to Data Centers

Music Technology Policy

Yes, according to The Oregonian : Data centers have become one of Oregon’s biggest industries, with Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon spending billions of dollars to buy and equip online storage facilities in rural parts of the state. They’re lured primarily by tax savings , which can shave tens of millions of dollars from a server farm’s annual operating cost. Good thing these Gang of Four members are all supporting the local tax base.

Did YouTube Twist @sisario Article in NYT?

Music Technology Policy

According to the Death and Taxes site , a “an official spokesperson for YouTube reached out to Death and Taxes in an effort to clear up what they see as ‘misinformation,’ and present the facts from their side of the story.” So according to Death and Taxes: Clearly understanding the reality of the [complaints from indie labels and--perhaps--the antitrust complaints--] our spokesperson from YouTube admitted that about 5% of labels are unhappy. “It’s

SXSW Wrapup Interview With David Lowery and Blake Morgan

Music Technology Policy

When I hear sentiments like this I want to ask for my tax dollars back. Great economic activity is generated by live and recorded music in both of these cities, but I doubt much of the revenue is flowing back to artists. I see plenty of indie artists with national and international profiles working part time service industry jobs when they aren’t on tour.

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Stealing is Good for You Says CCIA and GAO: A match made in heaven

Music Technology Policy

Washington lobbyist Matt Schruers, who works for the Computer & Communications Industry Association, is floating a paper released by the Government Accountability Office (“Intellectual Property: Observations on Efforts to Quantify the Economic Effects of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods” ( GAO-10-423 )). So you get the context, the Computer & Communications Industry Association was (is?) Infringement is bad, therefore we must assign an economic cost to its badness.

And Speaking of Black Box…ISP Licensing is the Original Black Box

Music Technology Policy

An opposing view (in which I am cited): Andrey Spektor, How “Choruss” Can Turn Into a Cacophony: The Record Industry’s Stranglehold on the Future of Music Business, XVI Rich. While creators work hard to support cooperative business models that respect copyright and economic rights online, Choruss essentially waves a wand of legality over bandwidth-hogging file “sharing” programs without any of the accountability required of legitimate services like iTunes and Hulu.

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UPDATED STATE INCENTIVE INFORMATION

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

The exemption from sales tax and lodging tax has expired. Box 110804 Juneau, AK 99811-0804 Phone: 907-269-8112 Fax: 907-465-3767 Email: alaskafilm@alaska.gov Incentives: There is no sales tax and no income tax in Alaska. The cap on the amount of tax credits a production can receive is capped at $7 million. Tax credits are reserved on a first-come basis; credits still remain, and applications are now being accepted. Georgia state sales tax is 8%.

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UPDATED STATE INCENTIVE INFORMATION

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

The exemption from sales tax and lodging tax has expired. Box 110804 Juneau, AK 99811-0804 Phone: 907-269-8112 Fax: 907-465-3767 Email: alaskafilm@alaska.gov Incentives: There is no sales tax and no income tax in Alaska. The cap on the amount of tax credits a production can receive is capped at $7 million. Tax credits are reserved on a first-come basis; credits still remain, and applications are now being accepted. Georgia state sales tax is 8%.

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Opinion | One Old Way of Keeping Black People From Voting Still Works - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

An ongoing depression — as well as additional economic shocks, like the Panic of 1884 — pulled these farmers deep into debt as they borrowed money at high interest rates to make up for low prices.

Democratic Values Are Still Under Attack — Even Without Trump In The White House

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Growing economic inequality challenges who has a voice in politics The United States has high levels of income inequality compared with other wealthy industrialized nations , and this inequality has been growing over time. Economic inequality is a long-term and systemic problem.

Opinion | One Old Way of Keeping Black People From Voting Still Works - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

An ongoing depression — as well as additional economic shocks, like the Panic of 1884 — pulled these farmers deep into debt as they borrowed money at high interest rates to make up for low prices.

Google’s Crony Capitalism Across the Pond

Music Technology Policy

How is it that the head of a US multinational that avoids paying UK taxes get into a position that he can actually write the script for the Cameron Government? “Innovation is the secret of economic success” or We Who Are About to Be Commoditized Salute You. That’s why the Prime Minister has emphasised the importance of building a new economic dynamism in this country, saying we back the big businesses of tomorrow as well as the big businesses of today.

Entertainment Law Resources Blog - Untitled Article

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

In the movie industry, the government usually considers most crew members, as well as above-the-line personnel, to be employees, not independent contractors. Producers, however, often attempt to hire others as independent contractors because it is administratively simpler, and they may want to avoid hiring a payroll company, withholding taxes, paying the minimum wage or overtime, and complying with other wage and hour law regulations. They obviously want taxes withheld.

FCC to Revisit Newspaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership Restrictions - Maybe the Rule Will Die Before the Newspaper Does

Broadcast Law Blog

According to a report in Bloomberg News today, the Commission may well be revisiting the issue, according to statements made by Chairman Copps, in light of the economic turmoil in the newspaper industry. But would he take the same position today in light of the current economic climate for newspaper publishers? Other legislative fixes have been suggested - including allowing papers to operate as non-profit, tax-exempt entities to which charitable contributions could be made.

FCC to Revisit Newspaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership Restrictions - Maybe the Rule Will Die Before the Newspaper Does

Broadcast Law Blog

According to a report in Bloomberg News today, the Commission may well be revisiting the issue, according to statements made by Chairman Copps, in light of the economic turmoil in the newspaper industry. But would he take the same position today in light of the current economic climate for newspaper publishers? Other legislative fixes have been suggested - including allowing papers to operate as non-profit, tax-exempt entities to which charitable contributions could be made.

Marijuana Isn’t Legal in the States…Is It?

JetLawBlog

At the same time, as with so many other shifts in policy in this day and age, the economy is also considered a major factor: legal dispensaries pay taxes, hire employees, and even now advertise regularly in the newspaper , an industry that could certainly use the advertising dollars.

Wait for Act II: Über and Lyft Go Down Hard on the Path to Driverless Taxis

Music Technology Policy

More like “economic opportunity” Mr. Leffingwell said this publicly in a very carefully worded statement : Unfortunately thousands of people who drive with ridesharing companies to earn much needed income will now have to find another way to make ends meet. The benefits of ridesharing are clear: reduced drunk driving and economic opportunity. The robot in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

What the FTC Should Know About Brand Sponsored Piracy and Google’s “Pinto Problem”

Music Technology Policy

You don’t suppose…gasp…dum dum dum…the users failed to declare that income on their tax returns do you? A criminal copyright infringement case or a criminal tax evasion case from the IRS or Inland Revenue? Some sources even allege this safety data was available to Ford prior to production, but was ignored for economic reasons. The Ad Industry’s Pinto Memo. LG Served to Filestube. A Picture Speaks 1000 Words.

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages by @SharylAttkisson at TEDxUniversityofNevada

Music Technology Policy

What the guests had not been told was that the day-long academic conference was in large part the work of Google , which maneuvered behind the scenes with GMU’s Law & Economics Center to put on the event. ” Even if you skim that report, I think you’ll agree we haven’t seen as comprehensive a takeover of the federal government, tax exempt organizations and the academy since the days of John D.

Georgia Production Incentives, "Hustle & Flow" on AICN

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

LEGAL INSIGHTS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND MULTIMEDIA May 12, 2005 In this newsletter: GEORGIA ADOPTS PRODUCTION INCENTIVES The governor of Georgia has signed the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act. HB539 enhances Georgia's competitiveness in the entertainment industry. Production companies investing at least $500,000 in services, materials and labor for a project in Georgia will receive a 9% base tax credit applied to their total investment.

Georgia Production Incentives, "Hustle & Flow" on AICN

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

LEGAL INSIGHTS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND MULTIMEDIA May 12, 2005 In this newsletter: GEORGIA ADOPTS PRODUCTION INCENTIVES The governor of Georgia has signed the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act. HB539 enhances Georgia's competitiveness in the entertainment industry. Production companies investing at least $500,000 in services, materials and labor for a project in Georgia will receive a 9% base tax credit applied to their total investment.

ASCAP and BMI - Another Royalty Battle for Broadcasters?

Broadcast Law Blog

While we have written much about the battle over the broadcast performance royalty (or the " performance tax " as broadcasters call is) - whether broadcasters will have to pay artists and record labels for the right to play their music on the air - we have not written much about another looming issue with the royalties that broadcasters must pay to play music on their stations.

The RIAA's 'big enchilada' for 2009: not what you'd think

Copyrights & Campaigns

A reader of copyright blogs could be forgiven for thinking the only thing the Recording Industry Association of America concerns itself with is litigating to the death against college students and, for sport, torturing puppies. And they're trying again , with the help of music-industry-friendly Members of Congress like Reps. cause serious economic harm to U.S.

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IFTA Posts Summaries of Arbitration Awards

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Many industry disputes involving independent film or international sales are resolved under IFTA (formerly AFMA) arbitration. TAX INCENTIVE UPDATE Hawaii has laid off its film commissioner Donne Dawson and reduced staff in order to economize. Incentives under Acts 215 and 221 (which provide a 100% tax credit for 5 years, dropping to 80% for 2009/2010) sunsets at the end of 2010, but the 15-20% refundable credit remains in place.

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