September, 2021

Free Documentary-Legal Workshop

Gordon P. Firemark

Next Thursday, September 17th, I'll again be presenting my free legal workshop for the documentary filmmaking crowd. Legal Do's and Don'ts for Documentary Filmmakers is something you won't want to miss. Click the image above, or visit [link] and Register now.

Songwriters and Publishers Ask the MLC: Where’s my money?

Music Technology Policy

If anyone connected to The Mechanical Licensing Collective, Inc.

ABA Issues Ethics Guidance On Lawyers Investing In Alternative Business Structures

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With both Arizona and Utah now allowing nonlawyers to deliver legal services through alternative business structures, the American Bar Association today issued a formal ethics opinion that addresses the question of whether lawyers outside those states may passively invest in an ABS.

Schafer on Defending New York Times v. Sullivan @MatthewSchafer

Media Law Prof Blog

Matthew Schafter, Fordham University School of Law, is publishing In Defense: New York Times v. Sullivan in volume 82 of the Louisiana Law Review. Here is the abstract. New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark Supreme Court case that helped

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: September 18, 2021 to September 24, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments from the last week of significance to broadcasters , with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

For Joe Manchin, Corruption and Greed Are a Family Affair - FactKeepers.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

For Joe Manchin, Corruption and Greed Are a Family Affair Marty Kassowitz "Joe Manchin has moved into the position of doing Mitch McConnell’s job by obstructing forward motion on the long overdue social investment needed to move the country back from the abyss of the effects of the “trickle down economics.” (As

No Public Performance Right in California for pre-’72 recordings.

Gordon P. Firemark

‘Flo and Eddie', The founders of iconic '60's band The Turtles, were dealt what's likely a final blow in their long-running lawsuit against digital broadcasters and others claiming infringement of common-law copyrights in their recordings.

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LawPay’s New ClientCredit Option Allows Clients to ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’

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Recent headlines in the financial press are replete with stories about the new boom in buy now, pay later financing for retail purchases, with many retailers, including Walmart, the nation’s largest, now offering these point-of-sale loans.

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Guiora on Toleration of Free Speech: Imposing Limits on Elected Officials

Media Law Prof Blog

Amos N. Guiora, University of Utah, S. Quinney College of Law, is publishing Toleration of Free Speech: Imposing Limits on Elected Officials in the Palgrave Handbook of Toleration (Mitja Sardoc, ed., 2021). Here is the abstract. Tolerance is a

Court Decision Finds No California Performance Right in Pre-1972 Sound Recordings – Why It Was Still an Issue

Broadcast Law Blog

The saga of Flo & Eddie seeking performance royalties for the pre-1972 sound recordings of their old band, the Turtles, seems to be finally reaching its end.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez On The Standoff Between Progressive Democrats And Man.

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Locast (local TV antenna-to-streaming service) suspends ops after devastating court ruling.

Gordon P. Firemark

Locast is a digital app that live streams over-the-air television stations without a cable or satellite TV subscription. The service has a few million users for its expanding offering which Locast currently covers roughly 55% of the US with operations in 36 markets. On August 31, that all changed. a New York federal court granted partial summary judgements in the high-profile copyright case against the service brought by the four major broadcast networks.

Help @SenThomTillis and Don’t Buy the SOPA Revisionist History

Music Technology Policy

If you’ve read the book or have seen the movie Friday Night Lights , you’ll remember Charlie Billingsley played by Tim McGraw, the running back father of running back Don.

Citing Shared Vision for the Future of Law Practice, Clio Acquires Document Assembly Company Lawyaw

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In its second acquisition in six weeks, law practice management company Clio has acquired Lawyaw , a document automation and assembly platform designed for solo, small and mid-sized law firms.

Bhagwat on Whether Platforms Have Editorial Rights @JournalSpeech

Media Law Prof Blog

Ashutosh Avinash Bhagwat, University of California, Davis, School of Law, has published Do Platforms Have Editorial Rights? at 1 Journal of Free Speech Law 97 (2021). Here is the abstract. Social media today plays a central, albeit vexing and divisive

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  September 4, 2021 to September 10, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren On Getting All 50 Dem Senators On Board With Biden.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Pandemic-Related Legal Ethics Opinions: A Compendium

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The pandemic has raised a number of ethical issues for lawyers and resulted in the issuance of several ethics opinions addressing those issues.

A Legal Tech Side-Story to 9/11

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I was in Manhattan on 9/11, where I worked as editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal. In a post here 15 years ago, I wrote about my memories of that day. In that post, I focused on the end of the day.

Nicole Bradick and Andy Wishart on Why UI and UX Matter in Legal Tech Adoption

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You would be hard-pressed to find two people in legal technology more experienced in user interface and user experience design than Nicole Bradick and Andy Wishart. Bradick is founder and CEO of the legal tech design and development firm Theory and Principle.

As Onit Releases InvoiceAI To General Availability, It Promises ‘It’s Not Here to Take Over the World’

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Onit today announced the general availability of InvoiceAI, an artificial intelligence product for first-pass invoice review, and along with it comes a clever promotional video that plays on the threat of AI world domination and legal professionals’ ambivalence around AI.

LawNext: PacerPro Founder and CEO Gavin McGrane On Process Automation and Court Data

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Gavin McGrane was a litigation attorney in San Francisco when he saw an opportunity to improve how legal professionals interface with the federal courts electronic records system, PACER, and to enable them to better tap into the data and knowledge contained within that system. .

On LawNext: Fred Rooney, the Father of Legal Incubators, On Helping Young Lawyers ‘Do Well to Do Good’

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?. The ABA Journal dubbed Fred Rooney the father of legal incubators. He developed the first incubator in 2007 at City University of New York Law School, spawning the launch of some 70 incubators in the years since, many with Fred’s guidance or based on his model.

Ashley Miller, Formerly of EY and Thomson Reuters, Joins Litera as VP Sales for North America

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The legal technology company Litera has named Ashley Miller as vice president sales, North America. Miller was formerly at EY, where she was senior manager, legal function consulting.

McGeorge Law Partners with LexBlog to Launch Publishing Portal for Faculty, Staff and Alumni

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There was a time when the central focus of law school publishing was the law review. But over the years, as more law school professors, staff and alumni launched blogs, they have become a more essential medium for keeping up with legal news, trends and critical thinking.

ContractPodAi Raises $115M In Round Led By SoftBank’s Vision Fund

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It is another big investment in contract lifecycle technology, as London-based ContractPodAi today announced a $115 million Series C investment headed by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 , reportedly at a valuation five times greater than the company’s Series B round in 2019.

New SixFifty Product Automates Compliance with China’s Impending Data Privacy Law

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With companies facing a Nov.

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Practice Management Platform MyCase Now Integrates with Virtual Receptionist Service Smith.ai

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MyCase , the cloud-based practice management platform, and Smith.ai , a virtual receptionist service for law firms and other businesses, have created an integration by which MyCase customers will be able to outsource call answering while viewing and tracking call logs directly within MyCase.

Law Practice Management Company Smokeball Raises $30M

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The law practice management company Smokeball has secured a $30 million investment from private investors and employee shareholders in order to double down on growth, it said today.

Lex Machina Adds Analytics for ADA Cases

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The legal analytics platform Lex Machina , which is owned by LexisNexis, has added a module for litigation involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as claims under related state laws. .

Fueled By $20M Raise, Kira Spin-Off Zuva Reveals Its First Product

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Seven weeks ago, as Litera announced its acquisition of Kira Systems , the pioneering AI contract analysis company, Kira announced the spin off of a new company, Zuva , to continue developing machine learning technology for business documents.

Hanzo Gets $10.5M Investment to Drive Development and Sales of Its Web-Archiving Platform

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Hanzo , a company that helps e-discovery and corporate compliance teams preserve and manage data from enterprise collaboration applications and complex websites, said today that it has secured a $10.5 million investment from Recurring Capital Partners. .

How It Works: PracticePanther, Cloud-Based Law Practice Management Software

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On this episode of How It Works : PracticePanther , a leading cloud-based law practice management software solution that serves tens of thousands of legal professionals in 170 countries.

Today’s Word: “Neuromarketing” at Spotify

Music Technology Policy

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, there’s more. According to reporting at Axios, Spotify employs “neuromarketing” technology to push crap onto the fans in their dearly cherished royalty desert, the ad supported free service eschewed by Apple Music. So what is this latest affront to humanity from Daniel Ek?

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Aderant Unveils Benchmarking Tool for E-Billing; First Product from Its Newly Launched Intelligence Group

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Aderant , a global provider of business management software for law firms, is today unveiling a benchmarking tool for law firm billing that is the first product to emerge from the newly minted Aderant Intelligence group. .

Murray on Newspaper Expungement

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Brian Murray, Seton Hall Law School, has published Newspaper Expungement in volume 116 of Northwestern University Law Review Online, 2021. Here is the abstract. Expungement law has made great strides over the past two decades, with state-level reforms broadening the

Aderant Promotes From Within To Name Shure As COO and Fill Two Leadership Positions

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Aderant , a global provider of business management software for law firms, has named Raphael (Rafi) Shure to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was previously senior vice president and chief client officer.