October, 2020

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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Controlled Compositions Clauses and Frozen Mechanicals

Music Technology Policy

BMG announced they will be rolling back at least some aspects of what’s called “controlled compositions” clauses in (presumably) their record deals. This is good, and is another example of how BMG is setting the gold standard for courageously defending their writers. .

RIP: Gayle McCormick O’Connor

Media Law

Sad news this morning as we learn of the death over the weekend of Gayle McCormick O’Connor, a stalwart of the legal technology industry, an effervescent life force, the soul mate to her longtime partner Tom O’Connor, and a dear friend to so many people in the legal world and beyond.

Arbel on Slicing Defamation by Contract @ProfArbel

Media Law Prof Blog

Yonathan A. Arbel, University of Alabama School of Law, has published Slicing Defamation by Contract at Chicago Law Review Online (2020). Here is the abstract. In considering the problem of fake news, many debate the merits of expanding media liability

Kavanaugh Fixes Error in Election Opinion After Vermont Complaint - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh made a correction to a concurring opinion after Vermont officials pointed out that he mistakenly said the state had not changed its election rules. After Vermont officials complained, Justice Brett M.

Facebook Brings Suit against Developers of a Browser Extension That Harvested User Data

New Media and Technology Law

In continuing its efforts to enforce its terms and policies against developers that engage in unauthorized scraping of user data , this week Facebook brought suit against two marketing analytics firms, BrandTotal Ltd (“BrandTotal”) and Unimania, Inc.

The Supreme Court Should See Through Google’s Industrial-Strength Fair Use Charade

Music Technology Policy

[This post first appeared on Morning Consult. The US Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Google v. Oracle case on October 7]. Google’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of two Federal Circuit decisions in Oracle’s favor is turning into the most consequential copyright case of the court’s term — if not the decade.

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The Cost of Evil: How Facebook Ripped Off @zoecello’s Fans

Music Technology Policy

On Sunday I discovered a fake Facebook event advertising a non-existant livestream for one of my covid-canceled concerts. My fans and I reported the scam. Facebook replied that the event does not violate their community standards & suggested users change their news feed settings pic.twitter.com/7AMvWb0zvP — Zoe Keating (@zoecello) September 1, 2020.

It’s A Leak: Google’s Double Super Secret European Lobbying Order of Battle Against a Level Playing Field

Music Technology Policy

According to two separate sources, Google’s secret attack plan against Europe’s planned Digital Services Act has leaked.

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On LawNext: Solo Inti Martinez-Alemán’s Award-Winning Approach to Client Service

Media Law

A solo serving the Hispanic community in St. Paul, Minn., Inti Martinez-Alemán knew from the day he opened his Ceiba Forte Law Firm that he wanted to take a creative approach to client service.

RIP Sean Connery

Music Technology Policy

Let him put that in his paper if he has need of news… Everyone knows where the booze is…

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Indicted Founder Of Now-Defunct Legal Tech Company Says In Book He Was FBI Mole

Media Law

Launching Today: LexFusion Aims to Turbocharge Tech Adoption by Changing the Sales Paradigm

Media Law

Two legal industry veterans are today launching a company that they believe will change the paradigm for how law firms and legal departments purchase technology — and thereby turbocharge the adoption and use of innovative technologies throughout law practice and operations.

Launching Today: A Global Directory of Legaltech Products and Resources

Media Law

A website launching today aims to be the most complete global directory of commercial legal technology, listing legaltech tools, consultants, jobs, events, awards, resources and more from throughout the world in a single, unified resource.

On LawNext: Rocket Lawyer Founder Charley Moore

Media Law

In September, Rocket Lawyer became the first national company approved to participate in Utah’s regulatory sandbox, a pilot program for licensing new and alternative forms of legal providers and services.

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Driver on Freedom of Expression within the Schoolhouse Gate @YaleLawSch

Media Law Prof Blog

Justin Driver, Yale Law School, is publishing Freedom of Expression within the Schoolhouse Gate in volume 75 of the Arkansas Law Review. Here is the abstract. This Article examines the history of student speech, with a focus on threats facing

Robinson and Hill on The Trouble With "True Threats" @bloglawonline

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric P. Robinson and Morgan B. Hill have published The Trouble with "True Threats," at 8 UB Journal of Media Law & Ethics 37 (2020). Here is the abstract. In the midst of prevalent abusive language online, the U.S. Supreme

Lemley on Disappearing Content @marklemley

Media Law Prof Blog

Mark A. Lemley, Stanford Law School, has published Disappearing Content. Here is the abstract. One of the great advantages of digital content has been that for the last forty years, people have had access to whatever content they want whenever

Legalweek Makes It Official: It’s Going Virtual – Not to Mention Free and Extended

Media Law

In news that will be a surprise to no one, Legalweek New York , one of the largest and most-anticipated annual legal technology and legal industry conferences, will go virtual this year.

Clio’s Latest Legal Trends Report Finds A Landscape Forever Changed By COVID

Media Law

New Tech Tool Helps Organizations Achieve Diversity and Inclusion

Media Law

A technology platform unveiled today is designed to help organizations develop and implement plans to achieve greater diversity, equity and inclusion.

Legal Marketplace Priori Legal Raises $6.3M; Exclusive LawNext Interview with the Founders

Media Law

Priori Legal , a marketplace for in-house legal teams to find and hire outside counsel, is today announcing that it has raised $6.3 million in a Series A financing.

Spotify’s Got Another Artist Relations Issue: Joe Rogan

Music Technology Policy

Remember when Spotify bought Joe Rogan’s podcast and signed him to deliver futures? Big money, big press release. Big chuckles in some quarters, why? Welcome to the world of artist relations, Mr. Ek. Here’s a suggestion. When you sign an artist who you know is controversial going in, expect…you know…controversy. Is that really so hard to figure out? And understand that whatever that artist does, their brand is potentially going to be wrapped around your brand.

United States v. Google: Public Access To First Status Conference

Music Technology Policy

The first hearing is scheduled for Friday 10/30/20 at 10 am ET. You can dial in to listen only (you will be muted) on the court’s public access line at (877) 848-7030, access code 321-8747. News from the Goolag US v. Google 2020 Antitrust Case Google Antitrust Investigation US v. Google Hearings

The Safe Harbor We Actually Need: Pandemic Liability

Music Technology Policy

There’s finally a real head of steam behind getting rid of safe harbors for Big Tech (being Section 230 and the DMCA). I’d welcome that major course correction as much as anyone. But I’d also like to see some attention paid to the more complex and desperately needed safe harbor reform that is not designed to create an income transfer.

The Week in Legal Tech? Hear All About It From Our Friday Journalists’ Roundtable, Today At 3 ET

Media Law

We are back today at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable, where we discuss and dissect the top news stories of the last week. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Register once and you’re registered for every subsequent week.

Join Our Journalists’ Roundtable to Discuss the Week’s Top Legaltech Stories, Today at 3 ET

Media Law

Join us today at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable, where we discuss and dissect the top news stories of the last week. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Register once and you’re registered for every subsequent week.

Legaler Aid Aims To Tackle The Justice Gap Through Crowdfunding And Blockchain

Media Law

Way back in 2018, I reported here on the plan by Australia-based company Legaler to create a blockchain-based legal charity to allow social justice legal cases to be supported through crowdfunding and matched with lawyers willing to handle them.

Discovery Company DISCO Raises $60M, Aiming To Become the Salesforce Of Law

Media Law

The Austin, Tex., based discovery company DISCO said today that it has raised a $60 million equity financing, at a valuation for the company of $785 million, and bringing total investment in the company to $195 million.

CASEpeer Integrates with Soluno to Add Cost and Trust Accounting

Media Law

CASEpeer , a case management platform for plaintiffs’ attorneys, is today launching an integration with the legal accounting software company Soluno that will provide its users access to a full suite of cost and trust accounting tools. “Our goal was to have the integration between the two platforms be very seamless,” CASEpeer CEO Gabriela Cubeiro said during a demonstration that she and Soluno cofounder Alan Tuback recently gave me.

What to Expect at Next Week’s Clio Cloud Conference

Media Law

For Clio , the practice management company that helped pioneer cloud computing for legal, it is only fitting that its Clio Cloud Conference be in the cloud, as it will be Oct. 13-16 next week. But, at the same time, for a company whose physical conference has become known as one of the legal profession’s leading events, maintaining that momentum in a virtual setting is a challenge.

New Dashboard Makes It Easy To Find Practical Content on Wolters Kluwer’s Cheetah Legal Research Platform

Media Law

In recent years, legal research companies have increasingly put an emphasis on providing access to practical content — content such as forms, checklists and practice notes that focuses less on the law in a given area and more on how to get things done.

Walmart pulls firearms from store shelves amid fears of possible unrest

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The Stories That Haven’t Gotten Enough Coverage In 2020 l FiveThirtyEight

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Intapp Drives Nail In Coffin Of On-Premises Software, Goes All Cloud

Media Law

Even as many law firms have stubbornly stuck with on-premises software to run their practices, the last few years have seen a decided shift towards the cloud.

New Partnership Unites Integreon’s Services with SirionLabs’ AI CLM Tech

Media Law

In a recent episode of my LawNext podcast , I interviewed the founder of SirionLabs , Ajay Agrawal , about how his company is aiming to disrupt the field of enterprise contract lifecycle management through the use of artificial intelligence technology.

Jared Kushner Faces Backlash Over Comments Considered Racist | Morning J.

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