August, 2021

Gordon Firemark named “Best Lawyer” for 6th year running!

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For the 6th year in a row, Gordon Firemark has been selected by his peers for recognition among Best Lawyers in Entertainment – Theatre.

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ILTA Reveals Final Attendance Numbers for Its Hybrid ILTACON

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Much uncertainty surrounded attendance at this years ILTACON , the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association, and the first hybrid version of the conference, as the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19 cause some to reconsider in-person attendance.

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Censorship Without Borders: The Second Great Takeaway

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Let’s be honest–Prince Charles is not the sharpest tool in the shed. But every now and then he gets it right and he couldn’t have been more correct than in his notes on what he called “The Handover of Hong Kong or the Great Chinese Takeaway.”

Houston Doctor Sues Anderson Cooper, CNN, For Defamation Over Their Coverage Of Her Support For Hydroxychloroquine

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Stella Immanuel, a physician in the Houston TX area, is suing Anderson Cooper and CNN for defamation, alleging that Mr. Cooper's reporting about her support for the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was false, and injured her reputation. She also alleges that

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 31, 2021 to August 6, 2021

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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.

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The Haiti They Dont Want You To See - Borgne Oboy ????

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The Happiest Episode On Earth

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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/136. APPEALS COURT REVIEWS CASE OVER “BARE NECESSITIES” AGAINST DISNEY QUICK TAKE: INSIDE OUT SPARKS ANOTHER LAWSUIT, THIS TIME IN CANADA SCARLETT JOHANSSON SUES DISNEY OVER SIMULTANEOUS RELEASE JUDGE EVALUATES USE OF 9/11 FOOTAGE IN FILMS.

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Not You, ARPU: Another way to value streams on Spotify

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I recently co-wrote with the noted international economist Professor Claudio Feijoo a paper for the World Intellectual Property Association on a new “streaming remuneration” royalty to be paid to all musicians and vocalists by streaming services.

UF Brechner Center Opens Paper Competition, Seeks Law Student Entries @BrechnerCenter

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From Frank LoMonte, Professor and Director, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications The UF Brechner Center publishes The Journal of Civic Information, a peer-reviewed open-access quarterly journal, to showcase works of

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: August 7, 2021 to August 13, 2021

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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.

“The daily average for hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the United States is now more than 100,000. That average, calculated over the last seven days, is higher than in any previous surge except last winter’s, before most Americans were eligible to get vaccinated.

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The U.S. reaches 100,000 average daily Covid hospitalizations for the first time since winter. Updated Aug. 30, 2021, 5:30 a.m. ET 18 minutes ago The Latest News on Coronavirus and the Delta Variant Aug.

Why I’m Pulling My Chips Out Of Attending ILTACON In Las Vegas

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It is fitting that Las Vegas is a major mecca of gambling, given that, next week, several hundred people will take a gamble on their safety to attend the physical portion of the first-ever hybrid ILTACON, the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association.

ILTA to Launch Legal Innovation Hub to Bring Together Investors, Founders and Buyers

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Aiming to create a community that brings together developers, investors and buyers of legal technology products in order to expand opportunities for all three groups, the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) will launch the ILTA Innovation Hub Aug.

Clearbrief, Product that Strengthens Legal Writing, Raises $3.5M Seed Round

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LawPay Looks to Expand Beyond Payments, While Staying True To Core Mission, New CEO Says In Interview

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Last month, AffiniPay , parent of the popular legal payments platform LawPay , named Dru Armstrong as its new CEO.

Breaking: iManage Says It Will Not Send Staff to ILTACON

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A week away from the first hybrid version of ILTACON, the annual convention of the International Legal Technology Association, and with mounting fears around the surge in the Delta variant of the virus, a major vendor, iManage, has informed its customers that it will not send staff to the conference in Las Vegas. “We

In Defense of the Billable Hour: A LawNext Interview with Apperio CEO Nicholas d’Adhemar

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Does the billable hour get a bum rap? Nicholas d’Adhemar , founder and CEO of the London-based spend management company Apperio , believes so. The real culprit for out-of-control legal costs is something else altogether, he believes.

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LawNext: Reregulation of Legal Services – A Panel of Five Leading Experts Discuss

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There may be no more critical issue facing the legal profession than reregulation of legal services.

Over Seven Years, Scant Progress in Law Firm Diversity, New Survey Shows

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law firms have made little progress towards achieving greater diversity, with only minimal gains over the last seven years, according to a new analysis by Law360 Pulse.

International Working Group Creates Best Practices Guide for Drafting Legal Documents

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An international working group of academics, vendors, lawyers and other legal professionals is today releasing the legal industry’s first comprehensive guide to best practices and workflows for creating effective legal documents in Microsoft Word.

Guest Post: Beating the Alternative – Why The Billable Hour is the Truest Representation of Cost

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The billable hour has been unfairly painted as the villain of law firm pricing, when in fact opacity is the issue. Guest Post By Nicholas d’Adhemar , Founder and CEO, Apperio. A while back I had a contractor out to my home to quote some remodeling work.

Litera to Acquire Legal AI Pioneer Kira Systems, Enhancing its Transaction Management Offering

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Kira Systems , a 10-year-old Toronto company that pioneered the use of artificial intelligence in contract analysis, is to be acquired by the global legal technology company Litera , its 12th acquisition over the span of two years.

It’s All About the Stock: Tone deaf Spotify Insiders Vote for Stock Buyback to Juice Their Share Price While Congress Questions Streaming Payola — @ArtistRights Watch

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Spotify announced a second billion dollar stock buy back last week which means they have $1 billion in free cash that they will spend, not for paying artists, not for paying songwriters, but to juice their stock price and make Spotify insiders and senior employees richer still.

On LawNext: Northwestern Law’s New Dean Hari Osofsky On Leading the School’s Next Chapter of Innovation

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On Aug.1, Hari M. Osofsky took office as dean of Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law , after four years as dean of Penn State Law School and nearly two decades of teaching law.

#FrozenMechanicals Crisis: Comments of @helienne Lindvall, @DavidCLowery and @TheBlakeMorgan to the Copyright Royalty Board

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Before the. United States Copyright Royalty Judges Copyright Royalty Board. Library of Congress. Docket No. 21–CRB–0001–PR (2023–2027). COMMENTS OF HELIENNE LINDVALL, DAVID LOWERY AND BLAKE MORGAN.

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Legal Analytics Platform Lex Machina Can Now ‘Fetch’ State Court Documents for Customers

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The legal analytics platform Lex Machina has introduced a “fetch” functionality that allows users to request and retrieve specific documents from state court dockets.

Two Well-Known Legal Tech Writers Launch Podcast on iOS in Law

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Two well-known writers on legal technology have launched a weekly podcast, In the News , discussing the latest news involving the use of iPhones and iPads by legal professionals. Every Friday, Jeff Richardson, New Orleans lawyer and author of the blog iPhone J.D. ,

Reminder:  Nationwide EAS Test Tomorrow

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As we wrote several months ago , the Nationwide EAS test is scheduled for tomorrow, August 11, 2021 at 2:20 pm ET , with “day of test” information to be filed with the FCC on ETRS Form Two by August 12.

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@ddayan is the Only Journalist Who Gets the Deep Implications of Scarlett Johansson’s Streaming Lawsuit Against the Happiest Place on Earth

Music Technology Policy

Remember record clubs? 20 CDs by hit artists for 1¢? These were the absurd organizations run by some of the smarmiest of the smarmy in our business that could not wait to get their greedy paws on your records by your artist who you busted your hump to help find an audience, often at the peak of their popularity.

Embedding Social Media Videos on Your Website? – Court Case Says Get Permission from Copyright Owner First

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We’ve written before over the controversy as to whether embedding pictures or video served by a social media site on your website negates the need to get explicit permission from the copyright owner for that use.

With Expansion, Legal Innovation Lab Is First to Span Multiple States and Institutions

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Innovation for Justice , a legal innovation lab focused on social justice, launched at the University of Arizona James E.

FCC Audits Another 200 Broadcast Stations on EEO Performance

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On Friday, the FCC released another of its regular EEO audit notices ( notice and list of affected stations available here ), asking approximately 200 radio and TV stations, and the station employment units with which they are associated (i.e.,

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One Project Sweeps First-Ever AALL Innovation Showcase (Despite My Participation)

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One project has swept the inaugural American Association of Law Libraries’ Innovation Showcase , winning in all three categories of government, law firm and law school. More surprisingly, the project was able to achieve its sweep despite some minor involvement by yours truly. More on that later.

Douglas on Defamation Actions and Australian Politics

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Michael Douglas, The University of Western Australia Law School, is publishing Defamation Actions and Australian Politics in the UNSW Law Journal Forum (2021). Here is the abstract. In recent years, politicians have been frequent participants in Australian defamation litigation. Former

Targeting Midsized Firms, Practice Management Platform Centerbase Receives ‘Significant’ Growth-Equity Investment

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Centerbase , a Dallas-based company providing legal practice management software for mid-sized law firms , has received a growth equity investment from Mainsail Partners , a growth equity firm that invests exclusively in fast-growing, bootstrapped software companies.

Featured Resource: A Lawyer’s Guide to Online Marketing

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This week’s featured resource from LawSites Resources : A Lawyer’s Guide to Online Marketing. Marketing your law firm is a different beast today than it was 20, 10, or even five years ago. Whereas previously firms were jostling for prime Yellow Pages placement (“AAAA Divorce Attorneys,” anyone?),

Litera Makes Another Acquisition, of UK Relationship Marketing Company Concep

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Barely a week after acquiring AI pioneer Kira Systems , and building on its acquisition earlier this year of Foundation Software, the legal technology company Litera is today announcing another acquisition, of U.K.