September, 2020

This is the Only Question for the Next Head of the Copyright Office

Music Technology Policy

At some point in the coming days, there will be an announcement for the new head of the U.S. Copyright Office. I fully expect that everyone will have their litmus test for whether the new person (called the “Register” for historical reasons that have probably outlived their usefulness).

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Asserted Truths

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 AMC TO TAKE OVER SHUTTERED THEATERS FALL OUT FROM CONSENT DECREES CONTINUES IN APPELLATE RULINGCentury Theater Owner’s Negotiation Tactics Approved.


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SAG-AFTRA Engages Jonathan Handel as Outside Special Counsel

Digital Media Law

Leaves The Hollywood Reporter; will continue to practice entertainment/tech law; writes at LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2020) – SAG-AFTRA has engaged entertainment/technology attorney and journalist Jonathan Handel as an outside Special Counsel to the union, effective Sept.


Goldman on How Section 230 Enhances the First Amendment @ericgoldman

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law, has published How Section 230 Enhances the First Amendment in the American Constitutional Society Issue Brief (2020). Here is the abstract. This Issue Brief explores how Section 230 interacts with the First

Exclusive: ASG LegalTech Acquires Payments Platform Headnote; We Interview the Two Companies’ CEOs

Media Law

ASG LegalTech, the company that owns cloud practice management platforms PracticePanther , Bill4Time and MerusCase , has acquired Headnote , the online payments platform that provides e-payments and accounts-receivable management for law firms.

Thoughtful Presentations of Terms of Use Crucial for Enforceability

New Media and Technology Law

Many online services feature comprehensive terms of use intended to protect their business from various types of risks.

Notes and Materials on TikTok from MusicBiz Conference

Music Technology Policy

I was pleased to moderate a panel on TikTok’s situation for the Music Business Association with an all-star panel of experts. You can access our voluminous panel materials here including the panelists biographies. The following is my opening statement followed by the panel outline with some page number cross references to the panel materials. Opening Statement. TikTok has become a major marketing tool for artists in the music business.

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New LawClerk Feature Allows In-Platform Voice and Video Calls between Lawyers and Freelancers

Media Law

LAWCLERK , an online marketplace where solos and small firms can hire freelance lawyers to assist them with specific projects, is today introducing a feature that allows hiring lawyers and freelancers to instantly meet for voice and video calls.

Fastcase Acquires Technology and Staff of Innovative Legal Research Platform Judicata

Media Law

In a move that could dramatically reshape the legal research market going forward, legal research and publishing company Fastcase has acquired the technology and employees of the California legal research platform Judicata , promising to take its unique technology to all 50 states.

Suffolk’s LIT Lab Releases Eviction Moratorium Tool to Help Tenants Exercise their Rights

Media Law

Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab today released a free tool that helps tenants exercise their rights under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s recent eviction moratorium order.

Exclusive: Small Firms Face Significant Challenges, But Fail To Act On Them, Thomson Reuters Survey Finds

Media Law

It is fitting that Thomson Reuters’ annual survey report on the state of small U.S. law firms, which is being released today, opens with the French phrase, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” — the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Guest Post: The Future of Document Automation in the Legal World

Media Law

Though the debate of whether or not law firms should embrace legal technology continues, the pandemic has brought to light the advantages of document automation. . Since mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the way law firms operate.

Martin Johnson, LSU Journalism Dean, Passes Away

Media Law Prof Blog

Louisiana State University has let us know of the sudden death of Martin Johnson, dean and professor at the university's Manship School. The dean passed away in his sleep last night. His wife Sherri, a professor in the History Department


Wilson and Land on Hate Speech on Social Media @richardawilson7

Media Law Prof Blog

Richard Ashby Wilson and Molly K. Land, both of University of Connecticut School of Law, are publishing Hate Speech on Social Media: Towards a Context-Specific Content Moderation Policy in the Connecticut Law Review. Here is the abstract. For all practical

Craig and Tarantino on An Hundred Stories in Ten Days': COVID-19 Lessons For Culture, Learning, and Copyright Law @CraigCarys @bobtarantino

Media Law Prof Blog

Carys J. Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Bob Tarantino, Dentons Canada LLP, are publishing 'An Hundred Stories in Ten Days': COVID-19 Lessons for Culture, Learning, and Copyright Law in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal. Here is the abstract.

Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press Hiring For Legal Fellow, Other Positions @rcfp

Media Law Prof Blog

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is hiring immediately for a new legal fellow position that will expand its capacity to better identify, support, and address the legal needs of journalists of color, newsrooms led by people of

From the Law Commission of Ontario: Defamation Law in the Internet Age: Final Report (2020) @LCO_CDO

Media Law Prof Blog

The Law Commission of Ontario has published Defamation Law in the Internet Age: Final Report (March 2020). This is the Final Report of the Law Commission of Ontario’s (LCO’s) Defamation Law in the Internet Age project. The LCO’s project examined

TikTok’s Buyer Just Got Another Problem: Child Facial Recognition Class Action–MusicTech.Solutions

Music Technology Policy

[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions ]. There is a long line of copyright infringement cases that demonstrate how hard it is to right a situation that starts out wrong.

Goodyear on Copyright Liability as a Model for Restricting Fake News

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Goodyear, University of Michigan Law School, is publishing Is There No Way to the Truth? Copyright Liability as a Model for Restricting Fake News in volume 34 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. Here is the abstract

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Cheah and Barros Sierra Cordera on Section 230 and the Twitter Presidency

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Cheah, Vimeo, Inc.; University of Miami School of Law, and Erika Barros Sierra Cordera, Vimeo, Inc., have published Section 230 and the Twitter Presidency in Northwestern University Law Review Online, 2020. Here is the abstract. In response to Twitter’s

E-Discovery Platform RelativityOne Gets Its Next-Generation Interface, Aero UI

Media Law

A year ago at its annual Relativity Fest user conference, the e-discovery company Relativity announced that this year’s Relativity Fest would feature the introduction of a next-generation user interface for its cloud discovery platform RelativityOne.

Hands On with Lexis+, New Premium Research Service from LexisNexis That Officially Launches Today

Media Law

Two months ago, LexisNexis announcing its planned launch of a premium legal research service, Lexis+ , which it said would take a bold approach to providing legal research, AI-driven analytics and practical guidance within a unified and fully integrated platform.

Guest Post: Different Approaches with a Common Takeaway Across Legal Tech Incubators/Accelerators

Media Law

The former founder and CEO of litigation platform Allegory Law, Alma Asay is now an evangelist at Litera , where she serves as a legal technology expert and advisor to Litera clients, helping them to bring innovative ways of thinking and practice to life.

SoloSuit, Utah Startup to Help Debtors, Goes National

Media Law

SoloSuit , the Utah-based legal startup that helps consumers respond to debt collection lawsuits, and that originally emerged from LawX , the legal design lab at BYU Law School , is going national.

With $3.5M Raise, Steno Aims To Disrupt Depositions

Media Law

Pair an accomplished civil litigator looking to rethink depositions with a successful technology entrepreneur who just sold his startup to a larger company, add in $3.5 million in seed funding, and you have a recipe for potentially disrupting how lawyers litigate big cases.

Former White House Staffer Helms New Cybersecurity, Discovery and Info Gov Services Company

Media Law

Launching today is a company formed to provide cybersecurity, e-discovery, managed review and information governance services to commercial and government organizations, and leading it is the lawyer who formerly served as director of information governance at the White House.

Pioneering Cloud Practice Management Platform Rocket Matter Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Media Law

The practice management platform Rocket Matter , whose launch in 2009 alongside Clio helped usher in a new generation of cloud practice management platforms, has been acquired by a private equity firm. It will become part of a new company, ProfitSolv, that will focus on billing, payments and software for professional services firms.

New Cloud Deposition Platform Offers Real-Time Transcription, HD Video, and Tagging

Media Law

One area of legal practice that may forever be changed by the coronavirus crisis is depositions, as attorneys who long resisted conducting depositions remotely have been forced to adapt. As more depositions go virtual, more technologies emerge to facilitate remote testimony.

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Welcome Shira and Thank You Maria

Music Technology Policy

The new head of the Copyright Office is Shira Perlmutter. Shira was already a very accomplished copyright lawyer when I first met her at the Fordham international copyright gathering in 1999. She gave a very polite but rapier-like takedown of one Andrew Bridges who was being very…well…Andrew Bridges about something. (A A role that works for him sometimes but–with affection–really didn’t that day.) That was 21 years ago, but I remember it well.

Casetext Brings AI-Driven Brief Drafting to Employment Law

Media Law

Last February, the legal research company Casetext launched Compose , a first-of-its-kind product that uses artificial intelligence to help create the first draft of a litigation brief in a fraction of the time it would normally take.

Breaking: Practice Management Platform MyCase Sold to Private Equity Group

Media Law

The practice management platform MyCase has been sold to a private equity firm, it was announced this morning.

Scalzini on The New Related Right for Press Publishers: What Way Forward? @SilviaScalzini

Media Law Prof Blog

Silvia Scalzini, Luiss Guido Carli University Department of Law, is publishing The New Related Right for Press Publishers: What Way Forward? in Handbook of European Copyright Law (Eleanora Rosati, ed., Routledge, 2020) (Forthcoming). Here is the abstract. Following the entry

New Tech Allows Any User To Safely Create A Workspace In NetDocuments

Media Law

For legal professionals who use the cloud-based document management system NetDocuments , workspaces form the hub of their legal matters, where all members of a team can access, organize and collaborate on documents, messages and folders related to a matter.

Five Startups Named Finalists for Clio’s $100K Launch//Code Contest

Media Law

The law practice technology company Clio this week announced the five finalists that will compete for the title of “Best New Integration” and a $100,000 grand prize in the 2020 Launch//Code developer contest.

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@SGAWrites and Society of Composers & Lyricists Proposal for Secret Deals — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: Here’s an excerpt from the important joint comment by the Songwriters Guild and the Society of Composers & Lyricists to the Copyright Office about how to address the previously secret deals between digital music services and publishers (called the “Negotiated Agreements”. Read the full comment here. ].].

Surge in Global Regulations Burdens Corporations and Challenges their Law Firms, Survey Finds

Media Law

As global compliance regulations have surged over the past decade, corporations in both the U.S. and U.K.

Post-ILTA>ON Round-up: Tons of Legal Tech News – Acquisitions, Launches, Updates and More

Media Law

Last week may have been the first-ever virtual annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association , but just like past years’ face-to-face ILTACONs, this year’s ILTA>ON was the occasion for a flood of major news announcements from legal technology companies.

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