April, 2020

REGISTER NOW for the May 2nd Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp

Gordon P. Firemark

On May 2nd I will be holding my Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp. The workshop, will be conducted online, so you can attend and participate from the comfort of your home, office or studio. Register Now!

MusicCovidRelief.com explains CARE Act and Other Pandemic Resources for the Music Business

Music Technology Policy

A host of organizations have come together to create MusicCovidRelief.com , a website that explains the ins and outs of the CARE Act, the pandemic relief bill. link]. Spend some time on the site and learn about the many cash resources made available by the historic legislation.

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Post and Rothman on The First Amendment and the Right(s) of Publicity @profrothman

Media Law Prof Blog

Robert Post, Yale Law School, and Jennifer E. Rothman, Loyola (Los Angeles) Law School, are publishing The First Amendment and the Right(s) of Publicity in volume 130 of the Yale Law Journal (2020). Here is the abstract. The right of

On the Latest LawNext: How One Tech-Savvy Judge Jury-Rigged An Online Court

Media Law

As chair of the Specialty Treatment Courts in Jefferson Parish, La., Judge Scott U. Schlegel manages what may be one of the most advanced courts in the country for delivering justice online, and he does it almost entirely with off-the-shelf software he cobbled together himself.

Important Developments (Including Supreme Court Review) in the Interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

New Media and Technology Law

We continue to wait to see if the Supreme Court will accept LinkedIn’s petition to overturn the Ninth Circuit’s blockbuster ruling in the hiQ Labs case.

In ICE Detention, Forced to Pay for Soap

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention in Texas’s Jefferson County Jail, René Escobedo González says he’s not getting enough food.

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Free Online Training for Digital Entrepreneurs

Gordon P. Firemark

Join me for “Keep your digital business legal, protected & growing in challenging times without incurring staggering legal fees” on March 23rd, at 11am (Pacific).

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Carroll on How We Talk About the Press @erinccarroll13 @GeorgetownLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Erin C. Carroll, Georgetown University Law Center, is publishing How We Talk About the Press in the Georgetown Law Technology Review. Here is the abstract. Erin C. Carroll, How We Talk About the Press, Georgetown Law Technology Review (Forthcoming) In

Guest Post: How We Rapidly Iterated A Chatbot To Track Probationers During The Pandemic

Media Law

Editor’s note: When courthouses in Jefferson Parish, La., shut down on March 15 due to the COVID-19 emergency, it presented a unique challenge for drug court probationers who are required to regularly check in on their status and well-being.

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Electronic Signatures Becoming the Norm during COVID-19 Outbreak

New Media and Technology Law

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the way we live and conduct business. Most non-essential businesses have closed their offices and established entirely remote workforces, and many individuals may be in quarantine, which means that “wet” signatures on paper can be highly inconvenient.

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Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Resources to help during Covid-19 Crisis

Gordon P. Firemark

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash. (no, no, I don't have a secret resource for T.P.). But here are a few useful links.: ? The Freelancer’s Guide to The CARES Act: New Funds and Benefits (from my friend and client Abbey Woodcock) ? What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus ? ?

RIP Bill Withers

Music Technology Policy

Bill Withers was one of the great American songwriters and we will miss him. It’s been a rough week for music. Songwriter News Bill Withers John Legend The Roots

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FCC Approves Fourth Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has approved another set of COVID-19 telehealth program applications. Text here. More information about the telehealth program, including prior FCC program application approvals, here

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Utah Proposes Sweeping Regulatory Reforms; Will Fast-Track Pandemic-Related Services

Media Law

The Utah Supreme Court on Friday proposed the most-sweeping reforms of the regulation of legal services in a generation and said it will fast-track approval of non-traditional legal-help programs that target problems spawned by the Covid-19 crisis.

Open COVID Pledge Rolled Out to Make Patents and Other IP Available for COVID-19 Response

New Media and Technology Law

In an innovative initiative in the battle against the Coronavirus, the newly-formed Open COVID Coalition (the “Coalition”) launched the Open COVID Pledge (the “Pledge”), a framework for organizations to contribute intellectual property to the fight against COVID-19.

Georgia governor poised to lift restrictions, despite warnings

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Brian Kemp appears poised to ease social restrictions that created disruptions for millions of Georgians amid a still-spreading global pandemic. A month-old shelter-at-home order is set to expire just before midnight Thursday.

Achieve More, Better, Faster

Gordon P. Firemark

As you know, I love to help creatives and business folk in all fields… film, tv, theatre, podcasting, online/digital business, or whatever, to forge their paths forward to bigger, better, accomplishments, as quickly as you can imagine.

Attention BrewBros: @SenThomTillis Asks Nicely That Internet Archive Stop the “National Emergency Library” Sham

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers will no doubt have been following the absurd “National Emergency Library” scam that anti-artist activist Brewster Kahle is pushing to the great satisfaction of the BrewBros. BrewBros based the “National Emergency Library” on a “superpower” interpretation of fair use (no, that’s really what they said) that is yet another example of a very Googlely weaponization of fair use.

FCC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: One-Ring Scam Calls

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the matter of one-ring scam calls. One-ring scams are annoying and pernicious, waking up many Americans with confusing calls in the middle of the night and tricking them out of

This Video Conferencing App Is Purpose-Built for Lawyers, and It’s Free

Media Law

For most of us as we’ve hunkered down in recent weeks, Zoom has become our default application for video conferencing.

Cluttered User Registration Screens Challenge Enforceability of Site Terms

New Media and Technology Law

In recent years, courts have issued a host of rulings as to whether online or mobile users received adequate notice of and consented to user agreements or website terms when completing an online purchase or registering for a service. Some online agreements have been enforced, while others have not.

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In two months this happened and fools who obviously did not do well in math don't understand exponential growth want to reopen the country now. this is utterly stupid.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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April Quarantine Edition

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/120.

Superpowers In River City: Anti-Artist Activist Brewster Kahle’s Revealing “National Emergency Library,” the Faux Triumph of Privilege

Music Technology Policy

[This post first appeared on ArtistRightsWatch]. If you’ve ever seen the classic musical The Music Man, you will remember the stereotypical character of “Marian the Librarian” who was romanced by the grifter Harold Hill. When it comes to the Internet Archive, we’re way past Marian but we have a whole new character in the role of grifter. Brewster Kahle is not likely a name you recognize.

Calls For Papers

Media Law Prof Blog

Two research-related opportunities: National Freedom of Information Coalition Freedom of Information Research Competition, with cash prizes and conference presentation, with one-page proposals due May 15.

State Bar Issues Ethics Guidance on Working from Home During COVID-19 Pandemic

Media Law

As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many attorneys and their staffs to work from home for the first time, the Pennsylvania Bar Association has issued an ethics opinion intended to provide guidance now and into the future on working from home and other remote locations.

Work-Outs of Technology and Services Agreements Challenged by COVID-19

New Media and Technology Law

In early February 2020, before most of us were truly aware of the implications of COVID-19, a well-respected IT consulting group predicted a $4.3 trillion global spend on information technology in 2020.

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Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Tech Companies, ABA, Partner to Launch National Pro Bono Portal Targeting COVID-19 and Disaster Relief

Media Law

For countless numbers of low-income Americans, the COVID-19 crisis is causing significant and unanticipated legal consequences, including unlawful evictions, lost wages and benefits, and other legal issues.

LawNext Episode 70: David Lat on His Brink-of-Death Battle with COVID-19

Media Law

David Lat defied the popular conception of who should be hit with a serious case of COVID-19.

LawNext Episode 71: Legal Futurist Richard Susskind on Coronavirus, Courts and the Legal Profession

Media Law

Ever since the publication of his seminal 1996 book, The Future of Law , Richard Susskind has remained the world’s most-recognized and most-respected speaker and author on the future of legal services.

Unique Deal Gives Kentucky Lawyers Access to Two Research Services Plus AI Tool

Media Law

In what appears to be a first-of-its kind member benefit, the Kentucky Bar Association has entered into an affiliation with two legal research companies, Casemaker and vLex , to offer its members free access to both platforms, plus access to vLex’s artificial intelligence research assistant, Vincent.

Wolters Kluwer Releases Comprehensive Free Resource for Navigating Federal and State COVID-19 Laws

Media Law

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Frosio on How Communication to the Public Affects Internet Architecture @GCFrosio

Media Law Prof Blog

Giancarlo Frosio, Universite de Strasbourg, CEIPI; Stanford University Law School Center for Internet and Society, is publishing It's All Linked: How Communication to the Public Affects Internet Architecture in volume 36 of the Computer Law & Security Review (forthcoming).

Horton on Daily Newspapers and Antitrust: As Relevant and Crucial To Our Democracy as Ever

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas Jeffrey Horton, University of South Dakota School of Law, has published Daily Newspapers and Antitrust: As Relevant and Crucial to Our Democracy as Ever in Media Markets and Competition Law: Multinational Perspectives 153 (Antonio Bavasso, David S. Evans, Douglas

Reports Say Epiq Has Laid Off Some 200 Employees In Wake Of Ransomware Attack

Media Law

The international e-discovery and managed services company Epiq Global has laid off some 200 employees, with more layoffs yet to come, according to several sources familiar with the situation. Epiq has not responded to emails seeking to confirm these reports.