June, 2021

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

LawSites

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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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.

Frank Figliuzzi On Breaking New York Times’ Insurrection Reporting

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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.

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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

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.

July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, The End of Analog TV, EAS Test Registration Requirement, Radio and TV Rulemakings, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

While summer has started and minds wander to vacation time, there are still many regulatory obligations to which a broadcaster must pay attention in July.

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.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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.

Riding the Third Rails: Making the case at WIPO for performer streaming remuneration

Music Technology Policy

One potential solution to the crisis with performer compensation from streaming is an expanded remuneration right paid directly to performers and featured artists by streaming platforms. Remember–the session musicians and vocalists you hear on streaming platforms get nothing and all but a handful of featured artists get next to nothing. Endless babble about how streaming saved music industry is unmoored from reality. And revenue has demonstrably resulted in lower pay to music workers.

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

Update: Copyright Royalty Board Calls for Public Comments on the Frozen Mechanicals Private Settlement

Music Technology Policy

If you’ve followed the frozen mechanicals debate, you’ll know that one of the asks from commenters was that the Copyright Royalty Board not restrictively parse who could and could not comment on the private party settlement that the settling parties asked the CRB to impose on the world.

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CFP: Journal of Free Speech Law @JournalSpeech

Media Law Prof Blog

From Eugene Volokh, one of the Executive Editors of the Journal of Free Speech Law, a CFP. He notes that the editors would be ready to published articles as early as September, if they receive them as early as August

Furgal on The EU Press Publishers' Right: Where Do Member States Stand? @ulafurgal @copyrightcentre

Media Law Prof Blog

Ula Furgal, University of Glasgow School of Law, is publishing The EU Press Publishers’ Right: Where Do Member States Stand? in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. Here is the abstract. The press publishers’ right provided in art. 15 of

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

LawSites

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

LawSites

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.

Flipping Bird During Zoom Hearing Costs Lawyer $3,000

LawSites

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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White House Correspondents' Association Announces New Scholarship at University of Tennessee @whca

Media Law Prof Blog

The White House Correspondents' Association has announced the Carter Holland Memorial Scholarship at the University of Tennessee. The scholarship honors the late Carter Holland, son of Lucie and Steven Holland. Steven Holland is a well-known journalist who has covered the

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

LawSites

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.

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.

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

LawSites

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

LawSites

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.

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

LawSites

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.

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

LawSites

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.

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

LawSites

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.

LoMonte and Hamrick on Running the Full-Court Press: How College Athletic Departments Unlawfully Restrict Athletes' Right to Speak to the News Media @FrankLoMonte

Media Law Prof Blog

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida, and Virginia Hamrick, First Amendment Foundation, are publishing Running The Full-Court Press: How College Athletic Departments Unlawfully Restrict Athletes’ Rights to Speak to the News Media in volume 99 of the Nebraska Law Review.

Garon on Dysregulating the Media: Digital Redlining, Privacy Erosion, and the Unintentional Deregulation of American Media @NSULawCollege @GaronDigital

Media Law Prof Blog

Jon Garon, Nova College of Law, has published Dysregulating the Media: Digital Redlining, Privacy Erosion, and the Unintentional Deregulation of American Media at 73 Main L. 45 (2020). Here is the abstract. Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and Apple have been

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

LawSites

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.

Press Release: @RepTedDeutch and @RepDarrellIssa to Host Press Event to Introduce American Music Fairness Act #irespectmusic

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: Our great allies Ted Deutch and Darrell Issa are introducing a law to guarantee the key object of the #IRespectMusic campaign–artist pay for radio play!].

E-Discovery Company Casepoint Enhances Its CaseAssist Active Learning Technology

LawSites

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.

Francis on Freedom of Thought in the United States: The First Amendment, Marketplaces of Ideas, and the Internet @sjquinney

Media Law Prof Blog

Leslie P. Francis, University of Utah College of Law, is publishing Freedom of Thought in the United States: The First Amendment, Marketplaces of Ideas, and the Internet in the European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance. Here is the abstract

Ugland on Hacks, Leaks, and Data Dumps: The Right to Publish Illegally Acquired Information Twenty Years After Bartnicki v. Vopper @ErikUgland

Media Law Prof Blog

Erik Ugland, Marquette University, is publishing Hacks, Leaks, and Data Dumps: The Right to Publish Illegally Acquired Information Twenty Years After Bartnicki v. Vopper in volume 96 of the Washington Law Review (2021). Here is the abstract. This Article addresses

Pogácsás on András Koltay: New Media and Freedom of Expression: Rethinking the Constitutional Foundations of the Public Sphere (Book Review)

Media Law Prof Blog

Anett Pogácsás, Peter Pazmany Catholic University, has published András Koltay: New Media and Freedom of Expression: Rethinking the Constitutional Foundations of the Public Sphere (Book Review) at 8 Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law 425 (2020). Here is

Folie à deux: Will the Copyright Royalty Board Share the Madness of Pretending That Songwriters Aren’t Affected by Economic Inflation?

Music Technology Policy

It is difficult to understand the reasons why, but the current proposal for mechanical royalty rates before the Copyright Royalty Board do not include an index for inflation.

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