January, 2018

Using Quotes from a Book in your Film – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

VIDEO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: Emily wants to know how you get permission to use a quote from a book. Hi I'm entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark and this is asked and answered where I answer common Entertainment Law questions to help you take your career and business to the next level.

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Jim Carrey Clear of Lawsuits Over Former Girlfriend's Death

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Cathriona White died from a drug overdose in 2015. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Jim Carrey

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HTC Teases Vive with Improved Resolution, Debut at CES Next Week

Music Technology Policy

HTC today shared a teaser image which appears to indicate a forthcoming new model of the HTC Vive with improved resolution.

ROSS Unveils EVA, A Free AI Tool To Analyze Briefs, Check Cites and Find Similar Cases

Media Law

The folks at ROSS Intelligence are sometimes secretive about their artificial intelligence-based legal research platform, limiting access to and even demonstrations of the platform to paying customers. The rest of us have been left to wonder what all the buzz is about, and we’ve been wondering all the more since October, when ROSS announced an […].

Levi on Real "Fake News" and Fake "Fake News" @MiamiLawSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

Lili Levi, University of Miami School of Law, is publishing Real 'Fake News' and Fake 'Fake News' in volume 16 of the First Amendment Law Review. Here is the abstract. Fake news” has become the central inflammatory charge in media

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@eriqgardner: Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Over Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young Songs [Music Modernization Act Fallout]

Music Technology Policy

In a curious twist, Eriq Gardner reports that the controversial Music Modernization Act has already prompted the inevitible litigation from a publisher seeking to beat the bill’s new safe harbor deadline applicable to lawsuits filed after January 1, 2018.

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BYU Law’s LawX Lab Releases First Project — Online Tool To Address Debt Collection Defaults

Media Law

Click to view slideshow. Last June, I reported on the plan by BYU Law School to launch LawX, a legal design lab in which second- and third-year law students would take on the ambitious goal of solving one access-to-justice challenge in a semester. Subsequently, in November, I wrote here about the opportunity I had to sit in on the lab. […].

Wu on Whether the First Amendment Is Obsolete @superwuster

Media Law Prof Blog

Tim Wu, Columbia University Law School, has published Is the First Amendment Obsolete? as Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 14-573. Here is the abstract. The First Amendment was a dead letter for much of American history. Unfortunately, there is

Randazza’s Client Andrew Anglin and the First Amendment

The Legal Satyricon

Marc Randazza represents Andrew Anglin, a neo-Nazi who runs the Daily Stormer, in a First Amendment case. It started as a small-town dispute between the plaintiff Tanya Gersh and a few other residents of Whitefish, Montana. Gersh accuses Anglin of using his online platform to encourage his readers to launch an avalanche of hate and […].

Can you register a trademark for a mascot – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

VIDEO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: Can you register a trademark for a mascot? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level.

Jessica Simpson Sued for Posting Paparazzo's Picture of Herself on Instagram

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The singer-turned-fashion mogul is being sued for a photo of herself that was posted to her official accounts. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online Jessica Simpson

Does the Music Modernization Act Codify Exposure Bucks?

Music Technology Policy

If you’ve followed the Fair Play Fair Pay legislation and the #IRespectMusic campaign, you know that at the heart of the broadcasters’ rationale for not paying performance royalties to artists for over the air broadcast is the “promotion” argument.

Casetext Adds New Databases to Help Zero In On Black Letter Law and Key Holdings

Media Law

Every legal researcher has come across the phrase in a judicial opinion, “It is well settled that …,” or, “It is axiomatic that …” In 2014, I wrote about a prototype legal research website that mined opinions for instances of these phrases and made them searchable as a way of helping researchers find statements of […].

Norton on Remedies and the Government's Constitutionally Harmful Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Helen L. Norton, University of Colorado School of Law, is publishing Remedies and the Government's Constitutionally Harmful Speech in ConLawNOW (2018). Here is the abstract. Although governments have engaged in expression from their inception, only recently have we begun to

Will Facebook’s Recent Announcement of Changes to News Feed Affect Legal Immunities for User Content?

New Media and Technology Law

Facebook recently announced that it would make changes to its news feed to prioritize content that users share and discuss and material from “reputable publishers.” These changes are part of what Mark Zuckerberg says is a refocusing of Facebook from “ helping [users] find relevant content to helping [users] have more meaningful social interactions.”

Fire fury, followups, and more. Entertainment Law Update Episode 93

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 [link]. Here's what we talked about. Fun follow-up: Ajit GETS DMCA’D. AND HE (AJIT PAI) GETS HIS NET NEUTRALITY action CHALLENGED. HOTEL CALIFORNIA HAS SETTLED (Quick Take/follow up). COMICON CLASH CONTINUES. COMMODORES TRADEMARK LAWSUIT.

Ed Sheeran-Penned Song for Tim McGraw Is Target of Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Two Australians assert that "The Rest of Our Life" is blatant copying and say it's hardly a coincidence that the musician who performed their own work is in a relationship with a Sony executive tasked with marketing the defendants' song. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

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Does the Music Modernization Act Foreshadow the Decline of Performance Rights Socities in the US?

Music Technology Policy

It seems like every time I read the controversial Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) I run across a loose end or unintended consequence–and here’s another one. Many of us–myself included–argued for years that PROs like ASCAP, BMI, GMR and SESAC should be allowed to license both the performance right and the mechanical reproduction right for streaming uses. Recall that the consent decrees prevent this efficiency in licensing for ASCAP and BMI.).

Zero Uses AI to Mine Billable Time from Email: Interview with Its CMO

Media Law

Zero is an iPhone app designed for attorneys that applies artificial intelligence to email to automatically capture billable time, sort emails by importance, and predictively file and organize emails within your document management system, It can be used as your primary email client or in parallel with your preferred client. I had not heard of […]. The post Zero Uses AI to Mine Billable Time from Email: Interview with Its CMO appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General

IPSO Rulings Face Judicial Appeal

Media Law Prof Blog

The UK's Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has handed down some decisions that are facing legal opposition, including one over an opinion piece that appeared in the Sun last August that suggested that the UK had a "Muslim problem." After

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Ninth Circuit Issues Important Decision on Software Licensing Practices and Web Scraping

New Media and Technology Law

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit issued a noteworthy ruling in a dispute between an enterprise software licensor and a third-party support provider. The case is particularly important as it addresses the common practice of using automated means to download information (in this case, software) from websites in contravention of website terms and conditions.

Marc Randazza about Section 2(a) changes

The Legal Satyricon

Marc Randazza shared his opinion regarding some recent First Amendment and Trademark cases. 15 U.S.C. 1052(a) (known best as “Section 2(a)”) is a federal trademark law, which prevents certification of certain classes of marks that “may disparage” or can be “immoral or scandalous” But at the beginning of the year, the Supreme Court found […]. 2(a) First Amendment misc Marc Marc Randazza section 2 (a

Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Over Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young Songs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Wixen Music Publishing files a new lawsuit that also covers music from Rage Against the Machine, The Doors, Steely Dan and many others. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online International

Shocker: Is Spotify Lawyer Leading “Scholarly” Project to Create Fake Treatise?

Music Technology Policy

The anti-copyright crowd have a few different ways to turn astroturf into deceptively scholarly work product. One way is to take over otherwise credible brands to insert their own truthiness. In a highly predictable move, the American Law Institute, a reliable old brand in the law, appears to have had some sudden interest in writing up a “Restatement of Copyright” treatise.

Case.one Announces Its Own Alexa Integration for Voice Controls

Media Law

I’ve written on this blog about Tali, a productivity assistant that allows lawyers and other professionals to track time using voice commands through the Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled device, and also about Workspace Assistant, a tool from Thomson Reuters Elite that similarly allows lawyers to perform time management functions via Alexa-enabled devices. Now comes another Alexa integration for lawyers. Today, […].

"Murphy Brown" Returning: CBS Is Bringing Back the Show In 2018/2019 Season

Media Law Prof Blog

CBS has announced that it is rebooting Murphy Brown, the iconic comedy that starred Candice Bergen as a tv reporter. The show will air for at least 13 episodes, beginning in 2018. More here from the Washington Post. Considering the

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Canadian Court Asserts Jurisdiction over Craigslist Based on Cloud-Based Virtual Presence in Canada

New Media and Technology Law

A Canadian appellate court ruled that a lower court had jurisdictional authority to issue a production order to craigslist based upon its virtual (but not physical) presence in British Columbia. The production order requested that Craigslist produce to Canadian officials documents relating to a user post in connection with a criminal investigation. British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Brecknell , 2018 BCCA 5 (Jan. 9, 2018)).

Trump’s Volk und Vaterland - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

“This, in fact, is our new American moment,” President Trump declared in his State of the Union speech. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.” But which American Dream?

Read Donald Trump's Full Legal Demand Over Michael Wolff's Book

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Trump says 'Fire and Fury' amounts to defamation, false light invasion of privacy and an inducement of breach of Steve Bannon's written agreement. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics THR Online Donald Trump

Congressional Database Obsession: The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act is Quietly Adding Cosponsors

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers will recall the many, many attempts at producing a real-time global rights database (and expensive failures). When Rep. Sensenbrenner introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act last year, we roundly criticized the bill as an 11th Century solution to a 21st Century problem, the Domesday Book meets a unicorn. But the bill was roundly cheered by the MIC Coalition, which includes the National Association of Broadcasters.

Breaking: Avvo Is Acquired By Internet Brands

Media Law

Legal directory site Avvo has been acquired by Internet Brands, it was announced this morning. Internet Brands already owns legal sites Nolo, Martindale-Hubbell, Ngage and Total Attorneys. See also my follow-up interview with CEO Mark Britton.] I am at a conference and will follow up with more details when I can, but for now, here is […]. The post Breaking: Avvo Is Acquired By Internet Brands appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General

"The Post" Receives Two Oscar Nominations; Meryl Streep Receives Yet Another Nom

Media Law Prof Blog

The Post, the big screen film about the Washington Post starring has received two major Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep). This nomination marks the 21st time that Ms. Streep has received an Oscar nom.

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Google Extends Commitments with the FTC over Crawling of Third-Party Content for Use in Own “Vertical” Sites

New Media and Technology Law

In a blog post last month, Google announced that it would extend certain commitments it made to the FTC in 2012 that were set to expire relating to, among other things, the scraping of third-party content for use on certain Google “vertical search” properties such as Google Shopping.

Did Trump Try to Obstruct the Obstruction of Justice Investigation?: A C.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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