May, 2017

Filming in Public – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. link]. What are the legal risks when you film in places and at events where people will inevitably wind up in the background of your shots?

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Drake Beats Lawsuit Over Sampling With Winning "Fair Use" Argument

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A federal judge decides the hip-hop artist transformed a statement about the primacy of jazz over all other forms of popular music. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

Spotify Settlement Points a Finger At Facebook

Music Technology Policy

More on this later, but Robert Levine is reporting in Billboard that the combined Lowery/Ferrick potential class actions have reached a $43.4 million settlement with Spotify ( read the latest court document on the settlement here from Pacer).

ABA Issues Major Ruling on Ethics of Email and Electronic Communications

Media Law

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued a major new opinion providing guidance on the steps lawyers should take to protect client confidentiality in electronic communications. The new opinion, Formal Opinion 477 (embedded copy below), updates Formal Opinion 99-413, issued in 1999, to reflect changes in the digital landscape as […].

Jail For Laughing Protester Is An Outrage

The Legal Satyricon

Marc Randazza’s most recent CNN column analyzes the recent conviction of Code Pink Protestor Desiree Fairooz after the media suggested she had been arrested merely for, “laughing at Jeff Sessions” during a Congressional hearing. There is, of course, more to the story. See: Jail for laughing protester is an outrage When Fairooz laughed loudly during […]. First Amendment right of publicity civil rights

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Guest Post by @schneidermaria: Google’s Self-driven “Carma”

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: We’re pleased to publish this guest post written by Maria Schneider , a five-time GRAMMY-winning composer and bandleader, a board member of the Council of Music Creators , and an active supporter of MusicAnswers.org.

After Five Years in Stealth Mode, Judicata Reveals Its Legal Research Service

Media Law

Since at least 2013, the website of Judicata has been teasing visitors with the promise of a better legal research service. “We’re mapping the legal genome to help you better understand the law,” said its home page. The San Francisco-based company was started even earlier, in November 2011. Along the way, it picked up some […]. The post After Five Years in Stealth Mode, Judicata Reveals Its Legal Research Service appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Black Voters Aren’t Turning Out For The Post-Obama Democratic Party | FiveThirtyEight

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"The special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is the first major test of the Democratic resistance to President Trump. In one sense, the results of the first round in April were promising for the party.

Aufderheide, Sinnreich, Imperiale, and Silvernail on Norms-Shifting on Copyright and Fair Use in the Visual Arts Community @paufder @aram @LouisaImperiale

Media Law Prof Blog

Patricia Aufderheide, Aram Sinnreich, and Louisa Imperiale, all of American University, and Carolyn Silvernail, Independent, are publishing Norms-Shifting on Copyright and Fair Use in the Visual Arts Community, in the Visual Arts Review (Winter 2018). Here is the abstract.

Episode 85 – Over The Top, Net Neutrality, and more

Gordon P. Firemark

Show notes are located at [link] 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. Here's what we talked about… Eagles Sue Hotel California for Trademark Infringement. The US Patent and Trademark Office Denies “MARIJUANAVILLE” its Trademark. Who's on First Petitions for Cert.

Conan O'Brien Headed to Trial Over Claims of Stealing Jokes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Alex Kaseberg overcomes a summary judgment motion and moves forward on jokes about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady, and the Washington Monument. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Must Watch Talk By Artist @MirandaMulholland on Redefining Success in the Digital Marketplace — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Canadian artist Miranda Mulholland articulated the common reality that we hear every day from artists around the world. Thankfully she gave her clear-eyed assessment of reality at the Economic Club of Canada–it would be great if we could get a comparable audience for artists around the world.

Now Lawyers Can Say, ‘Alexa, Track My Time’

Media Law

You may think of Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant Alexa as a fun accessory for your home, allowing you to ask for a song or check the weather. But a new tool from Thomson Reuters might encourage you to take Alexa to your law office, where it can now track your billable hours and control time […]. The post Now Lawyers Can Say, ‘Alexa, Track My Time’ appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General Thomson Reuters

Jimmy Carter: Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski Was One Of The Best I've Ever Know.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

I first learned of him in 1972, reading one of his books in a political science class; "Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era". He was an architect of the Israeli Egyptian peace agreement

Seuba, Geiger, and Lu on The Evaluation and Modernization of the Legal Framework for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

Media Law Prof Blog

Xavier Seuba, Christophe Geiger, and Linhua Lu, all of the University of Strasbourg, Centre for International Intellectural Property Studies (CEIPI), have published The Evaluation and Modernisation of the Legal Framework for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights as Centre for

TV Station Agrees to $55,000 Payment for EAS Tones Used in Promotional Announcement

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday announced a consent decree with TEGNA, the licensee of a television station in Jacksonville, Florida, which used simulated EAS tones in a promotional announcement for the Jacksonville Jaguars football team. According to the consent decree, the station ran the announcement only 4 times. It was apparently produced by the team and inserted into the station’s master control without review.

Johnny Depp Allowed "Whistleblower" in Business Manager Suit Despite "Perjury" Challenge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

TMG says the "whistleblower" is merely a disgruntled ex-employee who perjured herself. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

What’s Wrong With Content ID? Start with Dozens of YouTube Videos on How to Defeat It.

Music Technology Policy

Both Peter Kafka and Lyor Cohen seem to be mystified by concerns about how YouTube shakes down artists and songwriters in Kafka’s interview with Lyor in Recode.

Presentation: Ethical Dangers of Technology in the Legal Practice

Media Law

During the past week week, I’ve had the great honor and pleasure of presenting a four-hour program on legal ethics and technology to members of the Solo & Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar. What made this program particularly special was that it took place during a 10-day cruise along the Danube River, from […]. The post Presentation: Ethical Dangers of Technology in the Legal Practice appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General legal ethics

Investigation Turns to Kushner’s Motives in Meeting With a Putin Ally - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was looking for a direct line to President Vladimir V.

Cronin on Seeing Is Believing: The Ongoing Significance of Symbolic Representation of Musical Works in Copyright Infringement Disputes @USCGouldLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Charles Patrick Desmond Cronin, USC Gould School of Law, has published Seeing is Believing: The Ongoing Significance of Symbolic Representations of Musical Works in Copyright Infringement Disputes. Here is the abstract. Since the mid-twentieth Century the development of audio recording

WordPress Plugin For Avvo Star Rating And Reviews

The Legal Satyricon

Lawyers, here are two easy-to-use plugins for WordPress that publish your star rating and reviews from Avvo.com directly to your website. WiserBrand team activated it on my website FREE of charge. Please take a look! Avvo Reviews Avvo Star Rating Filed under: misc.

Fyre Festival Debacle Sparks Another Class Action Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Bahamas-based event is becoming a legal nightmare for organizers. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Of Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Road Rash

Music Technology Policy

In 1994, I kept getting calls from Electronic Arts about using Soundgarden in the soundtrack of a video game. Remember–at that time, the only music in video games was pretty limited stuff. The Electronic Arts game was called Road Rash and a new version of it was being released in a format called 3DO which I’d also never heard of.

Law Librarians Name Casetext’s CARA as New Product of the Year

Media Law

I happened to catch this picture of Arredondo at work during a visit last week to the Casetext offices. Every year at its annual meeting, the American Association of Law Libraries presents an award for the new product of the year. This week, it announced that this year’s honoree will be Pablo Arredondo, vice president […]. The post Law Librarians Name Casetext’s CARA as New Product of the Year appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General Casetext

Lawrence To Donald Trump White House Staff: 'Lawyer Up' | The Last Word.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Rebel Wilson's Defamation Lawsuit Against Bauer Media Begins In Melbourne Court

Media Law Prof Blog

Australian actress Rebel Wilson (What To Expect When You're Expecting, Pitch Perfect 2) is suing Bauer Media, the publisher of the Australian magazine Woman's Day and other publications, for running stories that claim she falsified her age, facts about her

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Update: Comment Dates Set on Prometheus Petition for Reconsideration of Relaxation of Siting Rules for FM Translators Rebroadcasting AM Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this week, we wrote about a number of proceedings affecting FM translators , including the Petition for Reconsideration (available here ) of the FCC decision relaxing the rules governing the locations at which AM stations using FM translators to rebroadcast their signal can locate those translators (see our summary here ). Notice of that Petition has now been published in the Federal Register , setting May 19 as the date for formal oppositions to the petition, with replies due May 30.

Alan Thicke's Sons Claim His Wife Threatened Them With Bad Press to Get More of His Estate

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor's sons say they have no choice but to protect their father's legacy from the "avarice and overreaching" of his thid wife. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Alan Thicke

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Watch This Space: The #irespectmusic Podcast Coming Soon!

Music Technology Policy

Watch this space for the #irespectmusic podcast , hosted by Karoline Kramer Gould! Listen to the trailer here! irespectmusic campaign #irespectmusic #irespectmusic podcast Karoline Kramer-Gould

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New Wolters Kluwer Product Tracks Federal Developments — And Is Free For Now

Media Law

It’s a maelstrom of activity in our nation’s capital these days, making it all the harder for lawyers to keep up with federal developments and separate truth from rumor. Cognizant of that, Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory has launched a new product, the Federal Developments Knowledge Center, designed to help legal professionals stay on top […].

Trumpcare’s Cruelty, Reaffirmed - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Any doubts about the senseless cruelty underlying the health care agenda put forward by President Trump and Congress were put to rest last week by two government documents. The fantasy that Mr. Trump intends to fight for the health of long-suffering working people should be similarly interred.

Research Handbook on the History of Copyright Law (2017): New From Elgar Publishing @ElgarPublishing

Media Law Prof Blog

New from Elgar: Research Handbook on the History of Copyright Law (Isabella Alexander and H. Tomás Gómez-Arostegui, eds., Elgar Publishing, 2017) (Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property Series). There has been an explosion of interest in recent years regarding the origin

June Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Comments on Reg Fees, ATSC 3.0 and Routine EEO Filings Highlight the Month

Broadcast Law Blog

June brings some of the normal regulatory deadlines for stations in certain states.