August, 2020

For the 5th year running, Gordon Firemark named among “Best Lawyers”

Gordon P. Firemark

Gordon Firemark has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I've always loved helping creatives and entertainers people bridge the gap to build successful businesses. I find this work so very rewarding.”

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“I don’t need another email whining about COVID”: Austin Landlords Lead the Way into the New Venue-Free Future

Music Technology Policy

When former real estate lawyer and current Austin Mayor Steve Adler cancelled SXSW in February there was one upside. Given his deep experience as a real estate lawyer he would appreciate the vast economic complexities of the sudden contraction of the cash flow to the Live Music Capitol of the World.

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Arizona Is First State To Eliminate Ban On Nonlawyer Ownership Of Law Firms

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The two-page order last week from the Arizona Supreme Court reads as pedestrian as any routine court order, but its impact is sure to be game changing for the practice of law and access to justice. The court’s order, issued Aug.

Grygiel and Sager on Unmasking Uncle Sam: A Legal Test For Identifying State Media @NewhouseSU @Weston_Sager @jmgrygiel

Media Law Prof Blog

Jennifer Grygiel, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, and Weston Sager are publishing Unmasking Uncle Sam: A Legal Test for Identifying State Media in the UC Irvine L. Review (2020). Here is the abstract. In December 2018, the Chairman of

Eclipsed by Evolving Law, Policy and Technology, Seminal Mobile Location Data Case Settled

New Media and Technology Law

This past week, the operator of the popular Weather Channel (“TWC”) mobile phone app entered into a Stipulation of Settlement with the Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer (“City Attorney”), closing the books on one of the first litigations to focus on the collection of locational data through mobile phones. People v.

RNC 2020 & Kenosha: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Then, Now, Going Forward

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/124. OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND LEGAL OBITUARY PARAMOUNT CONSENT DECREES ENDED WAITE V UMG RECORDINGS (USDC, E.D. New York) MANGO V.

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Fastcase Names Its 10th Annual ‘Fastcase 50’ Honorees

Media Law

Every year since 2011, the legal publisher Fastcase has presented its Fastcase 50 award, which honors 50 individuals who are judged to be the year’s “smartest, most courageous, innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.”

Crews on The Case Against Social Media Content Regulation@wayne_crews

Media Law Prof Blog

Clyde Crews, Jr., Competitive Enterprise Institute, has published The Case against Social Media Content Regulation: Reaffirming Congress’ Duty to Protect Online Bias, 'Harmful Content,' and Dissident Speech from the Administrative State as CEI, Issue Analysis 2020, no. Here is

Financial Data Aggregator Faces Consumer Privacy Suit over “Surreptitious” Collection of Banking Information

New Media and Technology Law

Last week, a putative privacy-related class action was filed in California district court against financial analytics firm Envestnet, Inc. Envestnet”), which operates Yodlee, Inc. Yodlee”). Wesch v. Yodlee Inc. , 20-05991 (N.D. filed Aug. 25, 2020)).

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The TikTok Blame Game Starts

Music Technology Policy

The walls appear to be closing in on TikTok (or as it’s becoming known, TikSoft). This is probably particularly galling to the founder of Bytedance (TikTok’s parent company). Zhang Yiming worked at Microsoft but left in 2008. Mr. Zhang is launching a Google-style reaction and deflection campaign against the U.S. Government’s standard Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) review of Bytedance’s 2017 acquisition of Musical.ly

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His UnitedLex Disrupted Legal Services, Now Ajay Agrawal Aims to Disrupt Contracts

Media Law

In 2006, inspired by the success of business process outsourcing company Office Tiger, which RR Donnelley acquired that year for $250 million, Ajay Agrawal and Daniel Reed founded UnitedLex, one of the earliest legal process outsourcing companies.

Winners Named in ‘Law for Everyone’ Legal Tech Student Challenge

Media Law

In June, Documate founder Dorna Moini and Northwestern Law professor Dan Linna issued a challenge to law students: Build an innovative legal technology application to solve a legal problem using the Documate document-automation platform and win $1,000.

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RIP Chadwick Boseman

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If Your Judge Is Using this New AI Tool, Should You Be Using It Too?

Media Law

Thomson Reuters is today introducing an artificial intelligence brief-checking tool designed to help judges understand and validate the briefs submitted in their courts.

Why No One Should Be Surprised About Tencent

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers will not be surprised at the Executive Order relating to Tencent and one of its apps called “WeChat.” ” The WeChat app has long been considered a tool of censorship associated with China’s Ministry of State Security and the Chinese Communist Party. From The Standard.

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Contract Lifecycle Company Agiloft Gets $45M Investment and New CEO

Media Law

The contract management lifecycle company Agiloft has received a $45 million growth equity investment from FTV Capital — the first outside investment for this 29-year-old California company.

TechnoLawyer Names Its Top 10 Products of 2020

Media Law

As it has almost every year since 2011, the legal technology newsletter TechnoLawyer has published its picks for the top products of the year.

Breaking: In Historic Vote, Utah Supreme Court Approves Sweeping Changes in Legal Services Regulation

Media Law

In a historic vote that could set a blueprint for the rest of the country, the Utah Supreme Court has approved the most sweeping changes in a generation to the regulation of law practice and the delivery of legal services. Spurred by a widening gap in access to justice, made even worse by the coronavirus crisis, the court’s five justices voted unanimously to approve a comprehensive package of changes they proposed in April and put out for public comment.

24 Finalists Named for Inaugural American Legal Technology Awards

Media Law

Twenty-four finalists in eight categories were announced this morning by organizers of the inaugural American Legal Technology Awards , a new round of awards that will honor companies and individuals who are making a difference in law through technology innovation. As I reported here in June , this is the first year of these awards, which were originally slated to be presented during a virtual event in August.

Erin Levine Is Taking Her Innovative ‘Hello Divorce’ Platform To All 50 States

Media Law

The recognitions keep stacking up for Emeryville, Calif., attorney Erin Levine and her do-it-yourself divorce platform Hello Divorce. Earlier this year, the American Bar Association awarded her its James I. Keane Memorial Award for Excellence in eLawyering , and just a few months before that, the practice management company Clio named her recipient of its 2019 Reisman Award for legal innovation.

Guest Column: How the Global Pandemic Is Driving Innovation at Firms and Creating New Value for Clients

Media Law

One of the biggest and most pleasant surprises emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic is how rapidly and effectively the legal industry is innovating in response to remote work mandates.

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Guest Column: Utah, We are Going to Need a Bigger Sandbox

Media Law

The Aug. 13 Utah Supreme Court decision intersected with the work of Reginald Heber Smith in a way I am certain he never expected. In 1919, Smith published Justice and the Poor.

LawNext: How Kimberly Bennett Ditched the Billable Hour and Built A Successful Virtual Firm

Media Law

Kimberly Y. Bennett describes herself as an innovator, entrepreneur, legal industry disruptor, and business coach who happens to be a lawyer.

Taking the Worry Out of Moral Panic: Senators Tillis and Lee Call for Investigation into Google Favoring YouTube in Search

Music Technology Policy

Let’s be honest–Google is not an honest broker in search results and probably never has been. We began noticing how Google started favoring YouTube in search results as well as it’s other products. Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Geographic and Local Services, Google, Inc.: “[ When] we roll[ed] out Google Finance, we did put the Google link first.

Career Advice from A Top Lawyer and Head of Innovation at Liberty Mutual

Media Law

When I invited Robert Taylor , vice president and senior corporate counsel for legal ideation and transformation at Liberty Mutual Insurance, to be my guest earlier this week on Litera.TV , I knew him to be a widely recognized innovator in legal department operations, as was recognized last year when the Association of Corporate Counsel recognized his group with its Legal Operations Team of the Year award.

Like the Netflix of Legal Programming, Litera TV Unveils New Format and Hosts, Plus Live Full-Day Coverage of ILTA>ON

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Hudson on Copyright Guidance for Using Films in Online Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic @DrEmilyHudson

Media Law Prof Blog

Emily Hudson, King's College London School of Law, has published Copyright Guidance for Using Films in Online Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here is the abstract. This Guidance discusses copyright options for using feature films and other audiovisual content in

My ATL Column Offers My Thoughts on Last Week’s Virtual ILTA Conference

Media Law

Last week brought ILTA>ON , the first virtual annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association. In prior years, the live ILTACON has traditionally been one of the largest, if not the largest, legal technology conferences in the world. So how was the virtual version?

Black Homeowners Face Discrimination in Appraisals - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Companies that value homes for sale or refinancing are bound by law not to discriminate. Black homeowners say it happens anyway. A second appraisal valued Abena and Alex Horton’s Jacksonville home 40 percent higher than the first appraisal, after Ms. Horton removed all signs of Blackness.

How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

In the 1930s, federal officials redlined these neighborhoods in Richmond, Va., marking them as risky investments because residents were Black. Today, they are some of the hottest parts of town in the summer, with few trees and an abundance of heat-trapping pavement.

‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dies of Cancer at 43 - The New York Times

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‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dies of Cancer at 43 - The New York Times

David Smith: Minneapolis police did not face discipline in Black man’s death 10 years before George Floyd - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

“Is he breathing?” Minneapolis police officer Timothy Callahan wondered aloud.

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The Truth About Voting By Mail & Election Fraud | LegalEagle’s Real Law.

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How to commit mail-in voting fraud (It's nearly impossible) - CNET

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How to commit mail-in voting fraud (It's nearly impossible) - CNET

Thousands turn out for 57th anniversary of the March on Washington

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