October, 2019

Oldies and Goodies

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/113. California Governor signs two controversial bills affecting entertainment and sports BILLIONS LAWSUIT BEATEN BY SHOWTIME ORAL ARGUMENTS HELD in LED ZEPPELIN STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN CASE PARKER V.

Guest Post by @cagoldberglaw:  Scared as Hell: Section 230 Denies Access to Justice, Not Free Speech Protection

Music Technology Policy

By Carrie A. Goldberg. [We We are honored to be able to post this article by one of the great lawyers of our time, Carrie Goldberg author of the new book Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls and victim rights lawyer extraordinaire.

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SMU Law Review's Free Speech Symposium: The 100th Anniversary of Schenck and Abrams @SMULawReview @SMULawSchool

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The Southern Methodist University Law Review has published scholarship from its recent Free Speech Symposium in its current issue. Read the articles online here. A great line-up of authors! Lackland H. Bloom, Jr., The Lessons of 1919 Dale Carpenter, Born

In Move to Enhance Access to Justice, Oregon Bar OKs Licensed Paralegals and Bar Admission without Law School

Media Law

Joe: Why Is GOP Trying To Track Down Whistleblower Identity? | Morning J.

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Warrantless Retrieval of Electronic Automobile Data Held to Be Unreasonable Search – Ruling Points to Private Nature of Digital Data Collected in Today’s World

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The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the retrieval of electronic automobile data from an electronic data recording device (e.g., airbag control modules) without a warrant at the scene of a fatal collision was a search and seizure that implicates the Fourth Amendment, regardless of any reasonable expectations of privacy. Mobley v. State , No. S18G1546 (Ga. 21, 2019)).

@artistrights: As Predicted, Google Refuses to Comply with EU Copyright Directive #ThisIsWhatMonopolyLooksLike

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Journalist enemy #1. The first time I met with the French Minister of Culture, we met at their offices at the historic Palais-Royal complex which is also home to the Comédie-Française, the oldest active theater group in the world (founded in 1630). The French take their culture very seriously.

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University of Illinois Claims NPR Reporters Are U Employees For Purposes of Title IX Reporting; ProPublica Rejects Claim

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ProPublica has responded to a claim from the University of Illinois (Springfield) that NPR Illinois reporters who also report for ProPublica are considered mandatory reporters under a relevant Illinois statute and must turn over information they uncover during sexual harassment

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IP Docketing Company Alt Legal Makes An Acquisition and Announces Its First User Conference

Media Law

Alt Legal , the cloud-based, intellectual-property docketing software company, has acquired MarkTend , a trademark docketing and monitoring software, for an undisclosed price.

Day on Monopolizing Free Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Gregory Day, University of Georgia, C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business, is publishing Monopolizing Free Speech in the Fordham Law Review. Here is the abstract. The First Amendment prevents the government from suppressing speech, though individuals can

Strasser on Pickering, Garcetti, and Academic Freedom @CapitalLaw

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Mark Strasser, Capital University Law School, has published Pickering, Garcetti, and Academic Freedom at 83 Brooklyn Law Review 579 (2018). Here is the abstract. While the United States Supreme Court long ago recognized that individuals do not lose their free

A Sad State of Affairs: Senator Wyden’s Secret Hold on CASE Act Comes to Light

Music Technology Policy

Karl Herchenroeder reports in Communications Daily that Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has placed a “hold” on the CASE Act (the legislation creating a copyright small claims court), which essentially stops it from moving forward. We had heard this hold was in place long ago, and Rep.

Je me souviens…

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Uncategorized Charlie Hebdo ISIS

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20 Questions Sidebar: “Frozen Mechanicals” and The Importance of Advocacy

Music Technology Policy

There is a certain Truman Show aspect to songwriter royalties–the government sets the royalty rates, not arms length negotiation.

Kendrick on The Book Has Two Faces: Trevor Ross's Writing in Public @lckendrick @uvalaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Leslie Kendrick, University of Virginia School of Law, is publishing The Book Has Two Faces: Trevor Ross's Writing in Public: Literature and the Liberty of the Press in Eighteenth Century Britain in Critical Analysis of Law: An International & Interdisciplinary

Elau on the Laws Impacting on Freedom of Expression in Uganda, 2019 @elauemm

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Emmanuel Elau, Uganda Christian University Faculty of Law, has published The Laws Impacting on Freedom of Expression in Uganda, 2019. Here is the abstract. Freedom of expression in Uganda is a fairly contentious area. The Constitution of Uganda, 1995 provides

UK Official Investigating PledgeMusic Directors, Asks the Public for Information

Music Technology Policy

Don’t believe the headlines–just because there’s no money for artists from the PledgeMusic bankruptcy does not mean that the story is over. It just means that justice is going to take longer.

Westling on Whether Deep Fakes Are a Shallow Concern @jeffreywestling

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Jeffrey Westling, R Street Institute, has published Are Deep Fakes a Shallow Concern? A Critical Analysis of the Likely Societal Reaction to Deep Fakes. Here is the abstract. Deep fakes, a class of AI generated audio-visual materials designed to appear

USPS Issues Stamp In Honor of Gwen Ifill

Media Law Prof Blog

Via Judy Woodruff and Kevin Madden, the United States Postal Service announces that it is issuing a new Forever Stamp honoring the late journalist Gwen Ifill. More here from the USPS website

Schragger on Unconstitutional Government Speech @UVALaw

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Richard Schragger, University of Virginia School of Law, has published Unconstitutional Government Speech as Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2019-56. Here is the abstract.

Kendrick on Miami Herald v. Tornillo: Freedom of Speech for Whom? @lckendrick @UVALaw

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Leslie Kendrick, University of Virginia School of Law, is pubblishing Miami Herald V. Tornillo: Freedom of Speech for Whom? in Painting Constitutional Law (forthcoming). Here is the abstract. This piece is part of a forthcoming volume entitled Painting Constitutional Law

Arizona Task Force Calls for Wide-Ranging Practice Reforms, Including Eliminating Ban on Nonlawyer Ownership

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Loophole Competition: Is Google’s News’ Richard Gingras the Counterpart of YouTube’s Lyor Cohen? via ArtistRightsWatch

Music Technology Policy

LawNext Episode 55: Utah’s Bold Experiment to Reimagine Legal Services

Media Law

In August, a Utah task force on access to justice issued a report that called for “profoundly reimagining the way legal services are regulated in order to harness the power of entrepreneurship, capital, and machine learning in the legal arena.”.

New CEO at LegalZoom, As Longtime Leader John Suh Steps Aside

Media Law

There is a new CEO at online legal services provider LegalZoom. John Suh , who has been CEO since 2007 and on the company’s board since 2005, is moving to a position as senior advisor.

Just Two Weeks Left to Enter Your Blog in the LexBlog Excellence Awards

Media Law

The deadline is Nov. 1 to nominate a blog post for the inaugural LexBlog Excellence Awards , designed to honor exemplary writing on legal blogs. As I explained in an earlier post , these awards are unlike other “best blog” awards.

ILTA CEO Joy Heath Rush Named Winner of Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award

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ILTA 2019 Tech Survey Shows AI Adoption Slow, But Cloud Move Quickening

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vLex Partners with LexBlog to Add 400,000 Blog Posts to Global Research Collection

Media Law

The international legal research service vLex has partnered with the legal blogging company LexBlog to add more than 400,000 law-related blog posts to its collection of legal-research materials, which currently spans some 100 jurisdictions, including the United States.

The #1 Reason People Get Redaction Wrong

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20 Questions for New Artists: Performing Rights Organization Affiliations

Music Technology Policy

There is a bit of strategy involved with affiliating with a performing rights organization in the United States. All the societies have a creative staff. The decision to affiliate with a particular society should be made after the artist/writer has taken some meetings with the performing rights society and decided if there’s more love coming from one than another.

Five Legaltech Finalists Named for Clio’s $100,000 Launch//Code Contest

Media Law

Two weeks away from its sixth annual Clio Cloud Conference , the cloud-based practice management company Clio today announced the five legal technology finalists that will compete at the conference for a $100,000 Launch//Code grand prize.

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@ericdharvey Misses Music Twitter’s Defining Feature: Refuse Licenses and Pay Zero Royalties via @ArtistRights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Eric Harvey has a great must-read article in Pitchfork about what he describes as “Music Twitter” (“ How Twitter Changed Music “). Mr. Harvey makes that case that Twitter was designed with both music and the music business in mind. That is certainly true. Twitter couldn’t be a more perfect way for pop and rap stars to connect with their fans and introduce new music. If willing to put in the time (aka free labor for Twitter), artists from any genre can find it useful.

Webinar Tomorrow: How Law Firms Can Use Lean Methodologies to Grow Profits

Media Law

Some of the world’s most efficient and forward-thinking manufacturing companies long ago learned the power of lean methodologies and systems thinking. But how can law firms employ lean thinking and methodologies to grow profits and strengthen client relationships?

@kantrowitz: As Google Backlashes Have Risen And Fallen, So Have Its Grants To News Organizations via @artistrights

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[Editor Charlie sez: Google attacks journalists with one hand, doles out the charm offensive cash with the other.]. Over more than a decade, Google and foundations run by its leaders have given hundreds of millions of dollars to journalists and news organizations around the world, sponsoring drones in Nigeria and Kenya , and local news in the US.

MyCase Adds E-Signatures, Online Intake, Lead Analytics, Dashboards for Cases and Leads, and More

Media Law

It has been a year since I last checked in with MyCase, the cloud practice management platform. Over that time, the company has continued to add new features and improve existing ones. Here are some of the most-notable enhancements made in recent months. E-Signatures for PDF Documents.

Trump nominee breaks down, cries when called out for his bigotry

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