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!

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

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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. The good news is that self employed and small business can take advantage of funds, but move quickly because the funds are available on a first-come first-served basis.

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.

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.

The Coronovirus, We Will Be Fighting It All Year

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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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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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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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.

Washington Governor Signs Bill Addressing Government Use of Facial Recognition Technology

New Media and Technology Law

While Washington’s comprehensive data privacy bill ( SB 6182 ) — inspired by California’s CCPA — died when legislators could not hammer out a compromise over enforcement mechanisms, the state legislature did reach agreement and Gov.

Bill Evans & Lee Konitz - Live at Denmark 1965 - Tivolis Koncertsal.

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 ? ?

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).

Copyright Office Posts Four Proposed Rules for MLC

Music Technology Policy

The Copyright Office has posted notices of proposed rules on four topics: Confidential information , royalty reporting by MLC , the transparency of the MLC , and the notices and reporting. Lots to drill down on, thanks to the Copyright Office for all the work on these which must have been a tremendous effort. Music Modernization Act Copyright Office Music is Nothing Like Water

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.

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. This reality has focused more attention on electronic formats.

Amber's Minute of Fury: Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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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.

Call For Applications, First Amendment Fellow: Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University @ASUCollegeofLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is accepting applications for the Stanton First Amendment Fellow for its First Amendment Clinic. The full-time position begins August 15, 2020, for a one-year term with the possibility for

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.

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.

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. Pursuant to the Pledge, rightsholders can openly license intellectual property to facilitate the development of tools and technologies to counter the COVID pandemic.

Michigan Health Care Worker Blasts 'Idiots' Protesting Stay-Home Order |.

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. RIAA SUED OVER SONGS IT DIDN’T HAVE RIGHTS TO (WOOPS!

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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@SenThomTillis: Fix the Internet Archive Price Gouging in COVID Consumer Protection Legislation

Music Technology Policy

Senator Thom Tillis is hot on the trail of the Internet Archive’s “National Emergency Library” scam that we have been writing about for weeks. Senator Tillis sent a Tillis-gram letter to Brewster Kahle in the Senator’s role as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. Fortunately, COVID related price gouging legislation has been introduced in Congress that could help Senator Tillis solve the problem he has identified so succinctly.

Legaltech Week 4.17.20: New Ethics Guidance on WFH and More from the Week’s News

Media Law

This week’s top story is the release of the first ethics opinion to outline and address the issues raised by working from home due to the coronavirus crisis. We’re joined by an author of that opinion, Pennsylvania lawyer Daniel Siegel, to discuss its key points.

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. In each case, judges have examined the circumstances behind the transaction closely, scrutinizing the user interface and how the terms are presented before a user completes a transaction.

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Dr. Fauci corrects Fox News host on live TV

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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ILTACON Is On, ILTA CEO Says, But It May Not Seem The Same

Media Law

ILTACON , the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association and the world’s largest annual legal tech conference, will take place in August as scheduled, ILTA’s CEO told me this week, “but it might not look like what you’d expect.”

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. Even before the coronavirus crisis caused courts to shut down, Judge Schlegel was conducting hearings via Zoom, scheduling sessions via Calendly, and communicating with staff and counsel via Slack.

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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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. Just 44 years old, a two-time marathoner, with a young family and a successful career as a legal recruiter and journalist, and best known as the founder of the blog Above the Law , he did not fit the mold of a person at high risk. But what started early in March as fever and chills eventually led to 17 days in a New York City hospital, six of them spent intubated and on a respirator in ICU.

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. The proposed changes , posted for a 90-day period of public comment, would amend Utah’s Rules of Professional Conduct, which govern law practice in the state.

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. Launching today is a first-of-its-kind, nationwide Disaster Relief Pro Bono Portal to help connect those individuals to pro bono legal assistance. .

LawNext Episode 69: Using Tech to Manage COVID-19 Legal Issues in Australia

Media Law

In Australia, as elsewhere, COVID-19 is creating a surge in the demand for legal help, especially among low-income individuals, as people face job losses, evictions, bankruptcy, domestic violence, and end-of-life issues.

Introducing My New ‘Mini’ Legal Technology News Podcast

Media Law

On the off chance you do not already have enough podcasts to follow, I am launching another — but I promise we will keep each episode short. Legaltech Week is a weekly round-up and review of news in legal technology and innovation.

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