November, 2020

This year, giving thanks is even more important!

Gordon P. Firemark

Each year at this time, we give thanks for the people and experiences that have enriched our lives. But this year, with all that 2020 has dumped on us, I feel it's even more important to take time out to get in touch with gratitude and appreciation for the good things in our lives.

The DLC Finally Confirms (Sort of) How Much is in the MMA Black Box–Bigger than a bread box

Music Technology Policy

We’ve all heard rumors about how much is in the “inception to date” black box at the digital music services. The main reason that nobody knows is another example of the dismal drafting of the Music Modernization Act.

LawSites Blog Marks 18 Years

Media Law

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the launch of LawSites blog. My first post was on Nov. 19, 2002. My initial focus was on tracking web sites of interest to legal professionals.

Bell on John Stuart Mill's Harm Principle and Free Speech: Expanding the Notion of Harm

Media Law Prof Blog

Melina Bell, Washington & Lee University, has published John Stuart Mill's Harm Principle and Free Speech: Expanding the Notion of Harm at 2020 Utilitas 1. Here is the abstract. This article advocates employing John Stuart Mill's harm principle to set

Both Republican Candidates In Georgia Runoffs Face Questions About Stock.

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CDA “Reform” on the Horizon: Investors and Operators Take Note

New Media and Technology Law

The appetite for acquisitions and investment in online businesses has never been stronger, with many of the most attractive online opportunities being businesses that host, manage and leverage user-generated content.

In Memory of RBG

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/126. RBG IN MEMORIAM STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN LAWSUIT DENIED CERT SPINAL TAP SETTLES. One-sentence aside) SPINAL TAP SETTLES.

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On LawNext: Stevie Ghiassi, Founder of Legaler, Legaler Aid and the Global Legal Tech Report

Media Law

To say that Stevie Ghiassi is a busy man is an understatement.

Cowle, Rawson, and Rowe on Whether Audit Firms Care About Media Coverage @UArkansas

Media Law Prof Blog

Elizabeth N. Cowle, Caleb Rawson, and Stephen P. Rowe, all of the University of Arkansas, have published Do Audit Firms Care about Media Coverage? An Investigation of Audit Firm Response to News Coverage. Here is the abstract. We examine how

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Election Lawsuits Meltdown… With Prejudice!

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The Gratitude Episode

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/127. 5 Points VARA DISPUTE DENIED CERT (TWO SENTENCES) TERRENCE HOWARD SUES EMPIRE STUDIO FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT* *BUT REALLY IT’S A SORT OF BIZARRE PUBLICITY CASE.

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Promoting your show with sweepstakes, contests and lotteries

Gordon P. Firemark

Running a contest or a giveaway is a brilliant, and cost-effective way to get your audience engaged and get fresh leads, drive lots of meaningful actions, Attract people to your content, get them to share it, and more. . But it's important to exercise caution and make sure that you're complying with the relevant laws. You want to make sure that what you're doing, the kind of promotion, whether it's a contest or a giveaway doesn't amount to an illegal lottery. .

@jack the Racketeer Gets a Tillisgram From @SenThomTillis–Now What?

Music Technology Policy

Regardless of your politics, one message should ring out loud and clear from the election regarding Big Tech: Politicians are learning what artists have known for well over a decade. They do not care. They don’t care about Congress, they don’t care about the nation state, they don’t care about artists, songwriters, photographers, authors, none of it. In a litter full of sick puppies, the sickest puppy of all is Jack Dorsey.

UK Parliament’s Inquiry into the Economics of Streaming

Music Technology Policy

Thanks to the #BrokenRecord campaign and especially Tom Gray of Gomez, the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee is conducing an inquiry into the economics of streaming. Attention Lindsay Graham and Jerry Nadler). You can read about it here and consider giving evidence. If you're interested in artist rights and the streaming corrosion, this will be must-see TV. link] — Editor Baker (@MusicTechPolicy) November 23, 2020.

The Good News is the Bad News is Wrong: Universal Invests in the Future with UMUSIC Hotels Venture

Music Technology Policy

[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions ]. According to some good news in Fast Company, Universal Music Group has announced that “the first three locations for the music-focused hotel partnership with Dakia U-Ventures are Atlanta, Orlando, and Biloxi, Mississippi.”.

Pro Bono Portal Connects Wisconsin Lawyers With Clients In Need

Media Law

Low-income individuals in Wisconsin have a new resource for finding legal help today, as the State Bar of Wisconsin and legal technology company Paladin join forces to launch the statewide Pro Bono Opportunity Portal.

New ‘Legal Tune Up’ App Helps People Check Public Records for Legal Issues and Resolve Them

Media Law

Minor legal infractions from the past can have major consequences in the present when they appear in public records, keeping some individuals from obtaining gainful employment. A unique new app called Legal Tune Up is designed to help Wisconsin residents address that problem.

New Site Helps Lawyers Get Clients – And Then Provides Free Software To Manage Them

Media Law

A website launched this summer aims to address the justice gap by making it easier for clients to find the right lawyer and by providing lawyers — primarily solos — with free practice management software to reduce their cost of providing legal services.

Summit Next Week Will Spotlight Tech and Innovation In Immigration Law

Media Law

A day-long summit on Nov. 10 will explore key trends and emerging technologies in immigration law and practice.

John Tredennick On His New Company Merlin and the Magic of Open Source

Media Law

After Catalyst, the pioneering cloud-based e-discovery company he founded and spent 19 years building, sold last year to OpenText for $75 million, John Tredennick was not ready to sit back and rest on his laurels.

LawNext: Lauren Sudeall on Legal Deserts and Other Obstacles to Access to Justice

Media Law

A recent report from the American Bar Association portrayed the nation’s legal deserts – large swaths of the country in which there are few or no lawyers.

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TIME Names Two Legaltech Startups As Among The 100 Best Inventions Of 2020

Media Law

TIME has named two legal technology startups as among the 100 Best Inventions of 2020 : the bankruptcy startup Upsolve and the consumer arbitration platform FairShake. Regarding Upsolve , the publication cited its free nonprofit tool for helping people avoid the high cost of personal bankruptcy.

GDPR Compliance in Light of Heavier Sanctions to Come—at Least in Theory @wgvoss @BouthinonH

Media Law Prof Blog

Reprinted with permission from the Oxford Business Law Blog and with permission of the authors: GDPR Compliance in Light of Heavier Sanctions to Come—at Least in Theory Gregory Voss and Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas Ridiculously low ceilings on administrative fines hindered the

Voss and Bouthinon-Dumas on the EU General Data Protection Regulation Sanctions in Theory and In Practice @wgvoss @BouthinonH

Media Law Prof Blog

Gregory Voss, Toulouse Business School, and Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas, ESSEC Business School, are publishing EU General Data Protection Regulation Sanctions in Theory and in Practice in volume 37 of the Santa Clara High Tech. 2020). Here is the abstract

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With Faith in Their Hearts

Music Technology Policy

The Final Formation: U.S. Forces Cemetary, Normandy, France. “And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory? Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms.

Judge Questions Thomson Reuters’ Lawsuit Against ROSS Intelligence

Media Law

During a hearing last Friday in the copyright lawsuit filed by legal research giant Thomson Reuters against legal research startup ROSS Intelligence , the judge presiding over the case questioned whether TR’s allegations in its complaint were complete speculation.

New Service Uses AI To Help Startups Connect With The Right Lawyer

Media Law

For startup companies that go through high-profile incubator programs or whose founders come from prestigious schools, the traditional word-of-mouth referral network works just fine for finding a lawyer to represent them.

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Niki Black on Legal Ethics and #WFH Tech in the Time of COVID-19

Media Law

I was fortunate to have Nicole Black join me earlier this week for my Law Insights show on Litera.TV , where we discussed recent legal ethics opinions relating to COVID-19 and also talked about the essential tech every lawyer should have for working remotely. Niki is a Rochester, N.Y.,

New Thomson Reuters Marketplace Lets Users Test Products Before Buying Them

Media Law

Thomson Reuters is announcing two new features today: the Thomson Reuters Marketplace , an online store where users can research, demo, test and buy products and services, and Thomson Reuters Legal Home , a single point of entry where legal professionals can log in and access all their TR products.

All Of A Sudden, Legal Tech Marketplaces Are Proliferating

Media Law

Over the past month or so, three separate resources have launched, all devoted to serving as a marketplace directory for legal technology products.

Track COVID-19 Cases and News with New Email Alert Service from Fastcase

Media Law

An email alert service launched today by legal research company Fastcase, COVID-19 Case Alerts , provides daily updates on new civil opinions, selected pleadings, breaking news, and analyses of legal issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vote Democratic in Georgia January 5th 2021

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

America's First Muslims Were Slaves

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

America's First Muslims Were Slaves A portrait of Omar Ibn Said around the 1850s. Photo courtesy of Yale University Library) "In 1807, a wealthy 37-year-old scholar was captured in West Africa, in what is now Senegal, and transported to the United States to be sold into slavery.

African Muslims and the Slave Trade

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

African Muslims and the Slave Trade "n just under a week on Saturday, June 22 at 10am, London Town will welcome Dr. Herbert Brewer to speak on the slave ship Margaret and its journey from London, England to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to the Chesapeake (including London Town) and back to England.

You need to listen to this leading vaccine expert from Korea | STAY CURI.

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The real Thanksgiving story hints at how future Americans will talk about Covid-19

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"We love stories in America. Especially when we can see ourselves in the heroes. That's part of why the tale of the humble Pilgrims, rescued from starvation by kindly Natives, has such a cherished place in our folklore.

The Southern Baptist Convention Started Over Slavery!

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