June, 2021

Thomson Reuters Launches AI-Powered Contract Analysis Tool in HighQ

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Thomson Reuters is getting into the game of AI-powered contract analysis with the launch today of HighQ Contract Analysis , a contract review tool that uses machine learning to find answers to specific legal questions.

@TheBlakeMorgan Interview on the American Music Fairness Act Launch and #IRespectMusic

Music Technology Policy

[Read the American Music Fairness Act here.]. Blake Morgan helped to launch the American Music Fairness Act today in Washington along with Dionne Warwick, Sam Moore, a host of other artists and the bills sponsors Rep. Ted Deutch and Rep. Darrell Issa. We asked him about his impressions.

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Murderers, Monster, and the Game of Life

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/134.

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Webcasting Royalties Going Up – Copyright Royalty Board Releases Rates and Terms for 2021-2025

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on Friday released the rates and terms for webcasting royalties for 2021-2025 , and the rates are going up.

Fidler on The New Editors: Refining First Amendment Protections for Internet Platforms @mailynfidler

Media Law Prof Blog

Mailyn Fidler, Harvard University Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, is publishing The New Editors: Refining First Amendment Protections for Internet Platforms in the Notre Dame Law School Journal on Emerging Technology (2021). Here is the abstract. Forthcoming) This

Frank Figliuzzi On Breaking New York Times’ Insurrection Reporting

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New Ethics Principles Call for Proficiency in Technology, Caution in Social Media, for Canadian Judges

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Two years ago, I wrote a column calling for the duty of technology — which applies to lawyers in 39 states — to be extended to judges. While that has not happened in the United States, it has now happened in Canada.

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The (late) May Episode – Entertainment Law Update Podcast #133

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/133. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post The (late) May Episode – Entertainment Law Update Podcast #133 originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark. Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

FCC Implements Supreme Court Order Reinstating 2017 Ownership Rule Changes, and Asks for Updating of Record of 2018 Quadrennial Review

Broadcast Law Blog

The Newspaper Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule is Finally Dead – And More Ownership Rule Changes – Including for Radio – Are to be Considered.

Rolph on The Concept of Publication in Defamation Law @dkrolph @SydneyLawSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

David Rolph, University of Sydney Law School, is publishing The Concept of Publication in Defamation Law in volume 27 of the Torts Law Journal. Here is the abstract. Publication is an element of the tort of defamation. Increasingly, internet technologies

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Masks Again? Delta Variant’s Spread Prompts Reconsideration of Precautions. Los Angeles County and the W.H.O. warned that even immunized people should wear masks indoors. Some scientists agreed, but urged a localized approach.

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Masks Again? Delta Variant’s Spread Prompts Reconsideration of Precautions. Los Angeles County and the W.H.O. warned that even immunized people should wear masks indoors. Some scientists agreed, but urged a localized approach.

Flipping Bird During Zoom Hearing Costs Lawyer $3,000

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These days, the duty of technology competence requires lawyers not only to know how to use Zoom, but also to remember that it can record you. It seems a lawyer inconveniently forgot that fact when he flipped the bird during his opponent’s appellate argument on Zoom, and then denied it.

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The Curious Timing of “Spotify Untold” the Corporate Bio Book

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[Update: This post first posted on July 25, 2019 while the authors of “Spotify Untold” were on their US tour marketing their Swedish language book.

Intapp, Tech Provider to Legal and Financial Firms, Files Papers for IPO

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Palo Alto, Calif., based Intapp , a major provider of cloud-based business applications for larger law firms and financial services firms, filed papers Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

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As Companies Plan for Return to Work, These New Resources Help You Advise Them On the Law

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As companies plan for safely returning to the office, two new resources — including one that is free — are available to help legal professionals advise them with access to comparative federal and state legal requirements and case law.

Heidi Alexander On Why Flexible Work Should Forever Be the Norm In Law

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I reported here last week on a statement issued by a committee of Massachusetts’ highest court recommending that law firms and other legal employers permanently adopt flexible working options as their standard, rather than as the exception.

Report: Law Librarians Play Key Role In Innovation and Legal Tech

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A report out yesterday provides further evidence of a trend I have written about several times in recent years — the increasingly instrumental role law librarians play in innovation and technology adoption.

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New Westlaw Feature Flags Weaknesses In Opponent’s Cases and Arguments

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A feature launched this week in Westlaw Edge is designed to help legal professionals more easily identify law that is contrary o their opponents’ arguments.

Law Librarians Name Casetext Compose New Product Of The Year

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A first-of-its-kind tool introduced last year to automate the drafting of litigation briefs has been named new product of the year for 2021 by the American Association of Law Libraries.

Pandemic Accelerated Tech’s Importance, But Firms Remain Poorly Prepared for Tech Future, Survey Says

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Legal professionals agree that the pandemic accelerated the critical role of technology in the future success of their law firms and legal departments, but only a third believe their organizations are well prepared for addressing technology’s increasing importance.

Allegory Founder Alma Asay Joins Crowell & Moring In Practice Innovation Role

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Alma Asay , the former litigator who founded the litigation management platform Allegory Law, has joined the law firm Crowell & Moring as senior director of practice innovation and client value.

Breaking: Managed Services Company Integreon Acquired By Private Equity Firm EagleTree Capital

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The global managed services company Integreon has been acquired by the private equity firm EagleTree Capital, the two companies announced this morning. EagleTree, a middle-market PE firm based in New York, acquired Integreon from the PE firm NewQuest Capital Partners.

Aquiline Capital Partners Takes Majority Stake In Financial and Practice Management Company SurePoint

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The cloud practice management company SurePoint Technologies today announced a strategic investment from the private investment firm Aquiline Capital Partners by which Aquiline will acquire a majority ownership stake in the company.

Legal Tech Startup Anü Shuts Down; Used AI To Connect Startups To Lawyers

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Just a year after its founding the legal tech startup Anü has shut down, having struggled to find customers and develop the right business model.

AI CLM Platform Lexion Raises $11M; Targeting Smaller Corporations

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Positioning itself as offering a simpler and more affordable AI-driven contract management system for mid-market corporate enterprises, startup Lexion has raised $11 million in an oversubscribed Series A round. When combined with its seed round of $4.2

How An Idea Borrowed from Football Is Driving Law Firm Diversity, with Lisa Kirby of Diversity Lab

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New findings show that law firms that piloted the Mansfield Rule have grown the racial and ethnic diversity of their leadership by more than 30 times the rate of other firms.

ALSP Factor Launches Product for Law Firms to Manage and Support Transactions

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There is no denying that some law firms view alternative legal services providers such as Factor as competitors, particularly for corporate legal work.

And Now Another Legal Tech IPO: LegalZoom Files To Go Public

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I just wrote about Intapp’s filing of papers with the Securities & Exchange Commission for a proposed IPO, noting how rare IPOs are in legal tech, only to find out that LegalZoom also filed on Friday for an IPO.

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Above the Law Founder David Lat On His Move from Blogging to Substack

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In a post here last month, The Lawyers of Substack , I wrote about lawyers who are publishing newsletters on Substack , a platform that has drawn big-name writers for its model that makes it easy to publish and monetize newsletters.

Employment 2.0: Automated Toolset Helps Employers Navigate the New Workplace

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As we emerge from the pandemic, it is clear that the workplace of 2021 and beyond is going to be drastically different than the workplace of yesteryear.

E-Discovery Company Casepoint Enhances Its CaseAssist Active Learning Technology

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E-discovery company Casepoint is today introducing enhancements to CaseAssist, its AI-based active review technology, and to its analytics and classification tools, that it says give users more insight and control over the review process, including enhanced visualization capabilities and configuration templates.

An Overlooked Story: Community Radio Supports American Music Fairness Act

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: That’s refreshing good news!]. PRESS RELEASE. Community Broadcasters and Allies Announce Support for the American Music Fairness Act. 24 June 2021.

The Copyright Royalty Board Gets It Right: New Increased Inflation-Adjusted Royalty Rates for Webcasting

Music Technology Policy

The Copyright Royalty Board has announced its decision on webcasting rates under §114 for 2021-25 and its good news for non-featured artists, featured artists and sound recording copyright owners. The rates are set for 2021, paid retroactively to January 1.

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Nationwide EAS Test Scheduled for August 11, 2021 – Verification of EAS Information Due by July 6 in ETRS

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing an August 11, 2021 nationwide EAS test , with a backup date of August 25 if there are conditions that prevent the test from occurring on the initial date. The test is scheduled for 2:20 PM EDT.

The 50 Dollar Handshake Goes to Washington: Payola, Spotify and Steering Agreements

Music Technology Policy

It will be old news to MTP readers, but Spotify has yet another feature that smacks of pay to play, or what is sometimes called “payola.” ” We’ve seen all of this before in a few different manifestations over the years, but this time a couple of Congressmen sent a letter about it to billionaire Daniel Ek, Spotify’s CEO. See the Artist Rights Alliance op ed and Ashley Cullins reporting in The Hollywood Reporter.

Newly Published: Hugh Macleod, COVID-19 and the Media: A Pandemic of Paradoxes (IMS, 2021) @forfreemedia

Media Law Prof Blog

Hugh Macleod has published COVID-19 and the Media: A Pandemic of Paradoxes (International Media Support, 2021). Here is the abstract. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, amid collapsing revenues and a rising torrent of online misinformation and gender-based hate speech, States have

New Legislation to Impose Sound Recording Performance Royalty on Over-the-Air Radio – What Does It Provide and What Would the Royalty Cost?

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the American Music Fairness Act ( see their Press Release for more details) which would impose a new music royalty on over-the-air radio stations.