December, 2017

Olivia de Havilland's FX Feud Tests Boundaries of Storytelling in Docudramas

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 101-year-old actress sued over her portrayal in the series 'Feud: Bette and Joan.' read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online International

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Top Flexing Jobs for 2018

Gordon P. Firemark

Stress will continue to be a concern for many workers in 2018, and that’s a cause for concern for employers struggling with retention issues. According to a recent survey, 71 percent of employees are so unhappy with their jobs that they are currently looking to change employers. The majority of respondents cite stress as a major factor and believe their jobs are having a significant impact on their mental health.

Proskauer Launches “Blockchain and The Law” Blog

New Media and Technology Law

I am pleased to announce that Proskauer has recently launched a new blog focused exclusively on the use of blockchain in business. The blog will be wide ranging in nature, covering the legal issues associated with blockchain as applied to financial services, health care, real estate, supply chain management, media and entertainment, advertising, content delivery, e-commerce and many other areas.

SoundExchange Scores 41% increase in SiriusXM artist royalties — The Trichordist

Music Technology Policy

Billboard reports today the government’s decision on the performance royalties SiriusXM pays to artists (effective January 1, 2018): The Copyright Royalty Board [“CRB”] has determined that Satellite Audio Radio Services, i.e. SiriusXM will pay 15.5 percent of revenue for the next five years beginning in 2018 to 2022, although the full determination has yet to be posted on the CRB’s website while the participants scrutinize the document to make sure proprietary data is not publicly revealed.

Marc Randazza: The Legal Battle Over Andrew Anglin Continues

The Legal Satyricon

An article about one of Marc Randazza’s most controversial and groundbreaking cases – a case involving the founder of a Neo-Nazi website Andrew Anglin – was published in the December issue of the Atlantic magazine. The article, “The Making of an American Nazi”, tells the story of the founder of The Daily Stormer: the site […].

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U.S. Court Orders Coinbase to Share Information about Account Holders with the IRS but Limits to Transactions over $20,000

New Media and Technology Law

A U.S. federal district court judge on Tuesday, November 29 ordered Coinbase Inc., the largest cryptocurrency exchange and storage platform in the world, to provide information about certain of its account holders to the U.S. Internal Revenue Services (IRS). Information pertaining to as many as 14,355 account holders and 8.9 million transactions could be covered in this order, according to estimates provided by Coinbase. The full order by Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the U.S.

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Major Defeat For Google-Era Justice Department, Huge Victory for Sanity and Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

Great news today that the appeals court upheld BMI’s ruling by the BMI rate court judge that there is no such thing as 100% licensing under the consent decrees.

Brian Stelter's Top Media News For the Year @brianstelter

Media Law Prof Blog

Top media news of 2017, from Brian Stelter at Reliable Sources. Included: comings and goings (Marissa Mayer's departure from Yahoo and Campbell Brown's arrival at Facebook, Megyn Kelly's debut at NBC), the death of Roger Ailes, a link to Vox's

BMW Christmas Safety Card (2017) 1:12 (Belgium)

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Neat idea to get people to drive safely over the holidays. Automotive Read more about BMW Christmas Safety Card (2017) 1:12 (Belgium). Add new comment

Judge Judy's $47M Salary Isn't Reasonable, Says Talent Agency

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

New court papers in an accounting lawsuit showcase financials for the courtroom drama and point to the salaries of other TV stars. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online Judy Sheindlin Representation

2017 year in review – Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 92

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. Breaking News:? 2nd Circuit affirms lower court ruling against 100% licensing. GRONKING TO REMEMBER (FOLLOW UP). BIG PIMPIN’ FOLLOW UP. COMICON IS TRADEMARKED. YEAR IN REVIEW LIST BELOW. Net Neutrality. The Slants. Monkey Selfie.

Ninth Circuit Rejects VPPA Claims of Roku Channel User, Declining to Adopt Broad Definition of PII

New Media and Technology Law

In a decision that clarified aspects of the video privacy landscape, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an action alleging a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) based on an assertion that ESPN’s WatchESPN Roku channel had shared a user’s Roku device number and video viewing history with a third-party analytics company for targeted advertising purposes. ( Eichenberger v. ESPN, Inc. , 15-35449 (9 th Cir. 29, 2017)).

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@brentknepper: No One Makes a Living on Patreon — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

This is consistent with the findings in the Austin Music Census –Pandora’s infamous “musician middle class” has been hollowed out and unsigned artists fall into poor and poorer.

Matulionyte on Self-Publishing and Its Legal Challenges @rita_matu

Media Law Prof Blog

Rita Matulionyte, University of Newcastle (AU), Law School, has published Self-Publishing Boom and Its Legal Challenges at 39 European Intellectual Proeprty Review 754 (2017). Here is the abstract. Self-publishing is the fastest growing segment in a publishing industry, with ever

Why Do Public Relations Professionals Love Lists?

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Once again it is the end of the year, and as I stated in a blog post last year, it is the “the fun time when […]. The post Why Do Public Relations Professionals Love Lists? appeared first on HMA Public Relations.

AT&T-Time Warner Merger Trial Set for March

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The companies will likely need to extend an April deadline for effectuating the merger. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Randazza: The Legal Battle Over Andrew Anglin Continues

The Legal Satyricon

An article about one of Marc Randazza’s most controversial and groundbreaking cases – a case involving the founder of a Neo-Nazi website Andrew Anglin – was published in the December issue of the Atlantic magazine. The article, “The Making of an American Nazi”, tells the story of the founder of The Daily Stormer: the site […].

Wave of Illinois Biometric Privacy Suits Continues Unabated

New Media and Technology Law

After noting the flood of Illinois biometric privacy suits in September , it appears that the flow of such suits remains robust.

Refine Tile Introduces Concourse

Music Technology Policy

Refine Tile introduces Concourse, part of the Refine Formats collection

New Zealand Court Says No To NZME-Fairfax Media Merger

Media Law Prof Blog

New Zealand's High Court has upheld a ruling by the country's Commerce Commission banning a merger between the media company NZME and Fairfax Media, agreeing with the Commission that such a merger would concentrate media power and threaten the nation's

The Best UK Pop-Ups of 2017

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

From a virtual waterslide through central London to a coffee shop where you can drink a date, these UK pop-ups put traditional advertising in the shade. The post The Best UK Pop-Ups of 2017 appeared first on Eventbrite UK Blog.

The Weinstein Co. Hit With Class Action Suit From Six Women

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"If money is the language they speak, then so be it," say the women. Let them learn the hard way: wallet first." read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Harvey Weinstein The Weinstein Company

Appeals Court Upholds Decision Allowing Fractional Licensing of Songs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

BMI scores a legal win over the Justice Department. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Disney Sues Redbox Over Sale of Movie Download Codes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The DVD kiosk rental company allegedly disassembles a product package and then sells codes separately in what Disney asserts is a violation of copyright law. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

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F-Bombs Away! Scandalous Trademarks No Longer Taboo, Court Rules

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The fuct clothing brand has opened the door for f-word-related trademarks in a big free speech ruling. read more. THR, Esq. Style Style THR Online

AT&T Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over "Exorbitant" Price Being Charged for Sports Network

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

En-Touch Systems flags AT&T's use of a most favored nation clause in a deal with its subsidiary as allegedly restraining competition. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Iliza Shlesinger's Girls-Only Show Sparks Lawsuit Over "War on Men"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The suit likens the show to a kind of "old-fashioned sexism." read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online

Lawsuit Over Mashup of 'Star Trek' and Dr. Seuss Gets Past Alpha Quadrant

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A federal judge won't dismiss copyright or trademark claims being asserted by Dr. Seuss Enterprises. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Mel Gibson Sued by Voltage Pictures Amid 'Professor and the Madman' Legal War

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor and the film's director Farhad Safinia are being accused of "willful conspiracy to unlawfully hijack control of" the film's distribution. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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Experts Weigh Disney-Fox Antitrust Concerns

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

That the Department of Justice is formally contesting AT&T's proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner could signal an uphill battle for Disney and Fox. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies THR Online

What Employee Engagement Looks Like in Real Life

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Engagement isn’t just a warm and fuzzy buzzword—it represents a real connection between an employee and the organization, and has tangible results in increased productivity, more passion for work, lower employee turnover and higher profitability.

Disney Would Pay Fox $2.5 Billion If Regulators Block Acquisition

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

If Fox backs out, it will have to pay Disney $1.525 billion. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Infographic: Are Employee Recognition Programs Effective?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

When’s the last time you took notice of a job well done by an employee? If you noticed, did you reach out—even with a simple thank you? Turns out that not doing so may be detrimental to your employees’ feel-good vibes about your company.

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Russian-Language Video Service eTVnet Sued for Allegedly Streaming Stolen Content

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The suit claims the service is harming competitors, customers and copyright owners. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

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