April, 2018

Using a Title that’s Already Taken – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

VIDEO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: John has a question about choosing a title for his film when there's already a film with the same title out there.

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Bill Cosby Convicted of Sexual Assault by Jury

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

After 14 hours of deliberation, the second jury to hear the comedian's case has found him guilty. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Bill Cosby nsfs

Don’t Come Crying to Me: Streaming Royalty Comparison

Music Technology Policy

As we watch Daniel Ek gorge himself on stock market riches, who is either a royalty deadbeat or the savior of the music business depending on who you believe, here’s some numbers from the Washington Post to comfort you if you didn’t trade royalties for stock.

Borgesius and Steenbruggen on The Right to Communications Confidentiality in Europe: Protecting Trust, Privacy, and Freedom of Expression @WSteenbruggen @fborgesius

Media Law Prof Blog

Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, University of Amsterdam, IVir Institute for Information Law (IViR), and Wilfred Steenbruggen, Bird & Bird, have published The Right to Communications Confidentiality in Europe: Protecting Trust, Privacy, and Freedom of Expression. Here is the abstract. In the

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Marc Randazza on the Nazi-salute dog video and hate speech in Europe and the US

The Legal Satyricon

In his recent CNN article, Marc Randazza shared his opinion regarding a Scottish comedian, who made a horrible joke that could now have criminal consequences. A Scottish comedian named Mark Meechan, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire taught a pug named Buddha to raise his paw any time he said “Sieg Heil.” ” Meechan posted a video of the […]. First Amendment free speech misc hate speech internet pug

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Justia Adds Lawyer Ratings and Reviews To Its Lawyer Lawyer Directory

Media Law

The legal research and information site Justia this week added peer-based lawyer ratings and reviews as part of the Justia Lawyer Directory. The new Justia Lawyer Rating and Reviews is based solely on attorney-to-attorney reviews and is intended to provide clients with valuable insights from peers and colleagues personally familiar with the lawyers’ work, Justia […].

What can You do if You Think Your Agent or Manager is Scamming You – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

VIDEO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: What can you do if you think your agent or manager is scamming you? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level.

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Spotify IPO Watch: Making it Up on Volume or See SPOT Run

Music Technology Policy

HeyIdiot.com is your ticket to this Silicon lined gravy train. Heyidiot is the best of web software, e-commerce and on-line trading business all rolled into one. The sole purpose of this endeavor is make you money, We call it a cash portal. Here’s how it works.

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Feds Seize Backpage.com, Charge Founders With Facilitating Prostitution, Numerous Other Counts

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Two-Way (NPR): Backpage founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin are facing federal charges of facilitating prostitution, money laundering, and dozens of other counts after a federal grand jury indicted them; according to Time, the indictment was revealed Monday

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Mueller Has Dozens of Inquiries for Trump in Broad Quest on Russia Ties and Obstruction - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Mueller Has Dozens of Inquiries for Trump in Broad Quest on Russia Ties and Obstruction - The New York Times

LexBlog Opens Its News Network to All Legal Bloggers

Media Law

As I recently announced here, in January I joined LexBlog as its publisher and editor-in-chief. Later today, I am heading to New Orleans for the annual meeting of the Legal Marketing Association, where we will be making an announcement that I am excited about — and that you get to read here first. At LexBlog, […]. The post LexBlog Opens Its News Network to All Legal Bloggers appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General LexBlog

Dragon Ladies, Tattooed Athletes and BOTUS – Entertainment Law Update Episode 96

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 [link]. Here's what we talked about. Disney tries again to protect download codes. . Blurred Lines Case Upheld in 9th Cir. Google (YouTube)Beats Lawsuit Accusing YouTube of Censoring Conservatives . Olivia De Havilland ‘does not own history’ – “Feud” Lawsuit tossed. Lohan v.

Sony Sues Brewer Over "Breaking Bud" Beer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The studio claims Knee Deep Brewing is infringing on its 'Breaking Bad' trademarks. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

Where Was the Board? Facebook’s “Pinto Memo” Says Volumes About Them

Music Technology Policy

Everything is not awesome at 1 Hacker Way. No, the House of Zuck is in serious trouble over many aspects of the business model that Sheryl Sandberg perfected for Facebook.

O'Sullivan on Industry Strategy For the Enforcement of Copyright Online: A Spectre of Private Regulation For the EU? @LawUCC

Media Law Prof Blog

Kevin O'Sullivan, University College Cork, School of Law, is publishing Industry Strategy for the Enforcement of Copyright Online: A Spectre of Private Regulation for the EU? in the European Intellectual Property Review. Here is the abstract. This article will argue

What Vulgar Remarks? Trump and Nigeria’s Leader Studiously Avoid a Clash - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

WASHINGTON — In January, when word got out that President Trump had disparaged African nations in vulgar terms during an Oval Office rant about immigration policy, his remarks were met with alarm and outrage by leaders and others on the continent.

Legal Tech and the Fork in the Road — A Guest Post By Sam Glover

Media Law

[Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of occasional guest posts by Sam Glover, founder of Lawyerist.] If we are near the beginning of a dramatic transformation from the “traditional,” lawyer-centric legal market into a tech-enabled, client-centric market, then everyone involved in law faces a fork in the road. (By By now you will […]. The post Legal Tech and the Fork in the Road — A Guest Post By Sam Glover appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General

FOSTA Signed into Law, Amends CDA Section 230 to Allow Enforcement against Online Providers for Knowingly Facilitating Sex Trafficking

New Media and Technology Law

Today, the President signed H.R. 1865 , the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017” (commonly known as “FOSTA”).

Music Publishers Win Major Copyright Fight Over Streaming of Legendary Rock Concerts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A federal judge concludes that Wolfgang's Vault lacked requisite license to stream hundreds of iconic songs. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Tech Business THR Online

Here Come the SPOT Analysts

Music Technology Policy

It’s still very early days for stock analysts to reach a consensus about Spotify except for one thing–royalties are too damn high. We have, of course, heard this one before–remember Pandora?

Duffy on Inciting Terrorism? Crimes of Expression and the Limits of the Law @hartpublishing

Media Law Prof Blog

Helen Duffy, Leiden University, is publishing Inciting Terrorism? Crimes of Expression and the Limits of the Law in Security and Human Rights (B. Goold and L. Lazarus, eds., Hart Publishing, 2018). Here is the abstract. In the context of the

Opinion | The Sense of Justice That We’re Losing - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

I had the great experience of clerking at Griffin Bell's law firm in 1985 and I particularly remember a funny conversation about military plans flying near the firm's, King & Spalding's Washington office at their 100th Anniversary celebration at the old Atlanta Historical Society.

Fastcase Officially Launches Its AI Sandbox and Firms that Will Participate

Media Law

Nearly a year ago, this blog first reported that legal research service Fastcase would launch an artificial intelligence sandbox for law firms — a testing environment where firms would have access to various AI platforms and data sets, as well as be able to bring in their own data. Soon thereafter, Fastcase launched an “unofficial” […]. The post Fastcase Officially Launches Its AI Sandbox and Firms that Will Participate appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Facebook Granted Dismissal of Biometric Privacy Claims Brought by “Non-Users”

New Media and Technology Law

This week, the court dismissed the Gullen putative class action asserting Illinois biometric privacy claims brought by “non-users” based on evidence that the social media site did not use its facial recognition technology on business or organizational accounts (as opposed to personal social media pages). ( Gullen v. Facebook, Inc. , 16-00937 (N.D. 3, 2018)). This ruling on the merits follows a decision last month where the court refused to dismiss the action due to lack of standing.

Judge Judy's $47 Million Salary Isn't Too Much, Rules Real Judge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

CBS scores a big win as a Los Angeles judge dismisses a talent agency's claim that Judy Sheindlin's compensation was purposely structured to wipe out profits on the syndicated hit. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

MTP Interview: #irespectmusic Tour Advocacy with @theBlakeMorgan

Music Technology Policy

An interesting interview with artist, songwriter, small business owner and advocate Blake Morgan about how he mixes his advocacy and touring as an artist, leveraging tour press for his advocacy work. Castle: You just came off of a West Coast tour with Tracy Bonham, how did that go? Morgan: Honestly one of the best tours I’ve ever experienced. The audiences were amazing––we sold out almost all of the shows on the run––everyone was so engaged and energetic.

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Gray on Copyright Infringement and the First Amendment: User-Generated Content and DMCA Interpretation @StanfordLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Megan Gray, Stanford Center for Internet & Society; Gray Matters, has published Copyright Infringement and the First Amendment: User-Generated Content and DMCA Interpretation -- Youtube. I Tube. We All Tube. Here is the abstract. Under the Digital Millinium Copyright Act

Opinion | A Growing Problem for the Military Transgender Ban — Facts - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Since President Trump announced in March that the Pentagon would prohibit many transgender people from serving in the military, thousands of Americans have been in limbo, not knowing whether their careers were over or whether they would be barred from even joining the armed forces.

New Product of the Year? Law Librarians Pick AI Research Tool from Bloomberg Law

Media Law

A legal research tool that uses artificial intelligence to help legal researchers quickly find key language critical to a court’s reasoning has been selected by the American Association of Law Libraries as winner of its 2018 New Product Award. AALL cited Points of Law, a tool developed by Bloomberg Law, for its ability to provide […]. The post New Product of the Year? Law Librarians Pick AI Research Tool from Bloomberg Law appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Researchers May Challenge the Constitutionality of the CFAA “Access” Provision as Applied to Web Scraping

New Media and Technology Law

Such Scraping “Plausibly Falls within the Ambit of the First Amendment”. The Ninth Circuit is currently considering the appeal of the landmark hiQ decision , where a lower court had granted an injunction that limited the applicability of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to the blocking of an entity engaging in commercial data scraping of a public website.

'Monkey Selfie' Appellate Ruling Finds Animals Can't File Copyright Suits

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"We conclude that this monkey — and all animals, since they are not human — lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act." read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Please Support Tipitina’s Foundation on Give NOLA Day!

Music Technology Policy

Please support Tipitina’s Foundation and Instruments A’ Comin’

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The Reporters Without Borders Rankings of Countries That Protect Press Freedom Is Out: U.S. Ranks 45th @RSF_inter

Media Law Prof Blog

Reporters Without Borders ranks the United States 45th for press freedom for 2018 among countries it ranks, while Canada is in the top 20 in the world, at 18th. Norway is again first in the world, and Sweden is 2nd

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Black America should stop forgiving white racists - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Black America should stop forgiving white racists - The Washington Post

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Following Avvo’s Acquisition, Founder Britton is Leaving the Company

Media Law

Mark Britton Mark Britton, the 51-year-old lawyer and entrepreneur who founded the often-controversial legal marketplace and lawyer-rating site Avvo in 2007 and served as its CEO ever since, is leaving the company. In January, Avvo was acquired by Internet Brands, a web behemoth that already owned a portfolio of legal sites such as Nolo, Martindale-Hubbell, Ngage […].

Illinois Considering Amendments to Biometric Privacy Law (BIPA) That Would Create Major Exemptions to Its Scope

New Media and Technology Law

We have written before about the issues presented by the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act , 740 Ill. Comp Stat. 14/1 (“BIPA”). BIPA is still the only state biometric privacy statute with a private right of action.

Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein for Sexual Harassment and Defamation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actress says Weinstein cost her a role in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy after she rejected his sexual advances. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Ashley Judd Harvey Weinstein nsfs