October, 2018

Gordon P. Firemark, Attorney at Law Receives 2018 Los Angeles Award

Gordon P. Firemark

Press Release. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Gordon P. Firemark, Attorney at Law Receives 2018 Los Angeles Award. Los Angeles Award Program Honors the Achievement. LOS ANGELES October 24, 2018 — Gordon P. Firemark, Attorney at Law has been selected for the 2018 Los Angeles Award in the Attorney category by the Los Angeles Award Program.

The First Rule of Lawfare: Is Google’s Active Measures Campaign on Article 13 a Trial Run for Election Meddling by a US Non-State Actor?

Music Technology Policy

Well, I wake up in the morning. Fold my hands and pray for rain. I got a head full of ideas. That are drivin’ me insane. It’s a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor. I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more. From Maggie’s Farm, written by Bob Dylan.

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Project Provides Access to All U.S. Case Law, Covering 360 Years

Media Law

Launching today is the capstone to a massive project executed over the last three years to digitize all U.S. case law, some 6.4 million cases dating all the way back to 1658, a span of 360 years. The Caselaw Access Project site launching today makes all published U.S.

Clarke and Piper on A Legal Framework to Govern Online Political Expression by Public Servants @Carleton_U

Media Law Prof Blog

Amanda Clarke, Carleton University School of Public Policy and Administration, and Benjamin Pipe, National Judicial Institute, have published A Legal Framework to Govern Online Political Expression by Public Servants at 21 Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal 1 (2018).

Malcolm X : Media Manipulation

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FCC Quickly Disposes of Proposal for AM Station to Go Silent and Broadcast Exclusively on FM Translator

Broadcast Law Blog

Only three weeks ago, we wrote about an application for experimental authority filed by an AM station operator in Arizona, seeking permission to cease operating its AM station for a one year test to operate solely with its paired FM translator. We suggested that this proposal portended much for the AM band.

Music Modernization, Resale Royalties and more – Entertainment Law Update Episode 102

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. MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT – Summary Overview. THE AMERICAN ROYALTIES TOO ACT OF 2018 . CALIFORNIA ENACTS STRONGEST NET NEUTRALITY PROTECTIONS IN THE COUNTRY AS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FILES SUIT.

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Stanford and Suffolk Create Game to Help Drive Access to Justice

Media Law

Here’s an idea: What if there was a way to promote access to justice while having fun at the same time? That is the idea of a unique project launching today that uses a game to train a machine-learning algorithm.

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Gordon on Atrocity Speech Law @ProfGSGordon

Media Law Prof Blog

Gregory S. Gordon, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, has published Atrocity Speech Law: Foundation, Fragmentation, Fruition -- Introduction in Gregory S. Gordon, Atrocity Speech Law: Foundation, Fragmentation, Fruition (Oxford University Press, 2017). Hate speech is widely

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Jon Stewart says the President is attacking journalists' ego

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Beware of the Political File Obligations in this Hot Political Advertising Year

Broadcast Law Blog

In this “political” year with Congressional mid-term elections in November, including many hotly contested races for seats in the US House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as many state and local elections, I receive many questions from broadcasters across the country. Perhaps the area in which most questions are received deals with the “political file,” particularly because these files are now available online.

Common Software Licensing Language at Issue in IP Dispute

New Media and Technology Law

Licensors of software typically utilize software license agreements providing for their ownership of the licensed software and related IP, as well as restrictions barring licensees from reverse engineering the code at issue. The scope of protection, of course, depends on the final language of the licensing agreement and disputes can arise when licensees decide to develop similar software in-house, or with a third party. Indeed, a recent case, Ford Motor Co. Versata Software Inc. , 15-10628 (E.D.

Save the Date! NYC Music Business & Law Conference November 16

Music Technology Policy

I’m honored to be included in a panel at the New York State Bar Association’s annual Music Business & Law Conference on November 16 with truly awesome panelists. 11:50am-12:50 pm Music Modernization Act (US) / International Developments. The Music Modernization Act could be the most consequential copyright legislation in a generation.

New Bots From DoNotPay Includes One That Lets You Sue In Any Small Claims Court At The Press Of A Button

Media Law

DoNotPay , the company that created a chat bot to automatically appeal parking tickets, is today launching a series of legal and consumer-protection bots that includes one that will enable individuals to file an action in any small claims court in the United States.

Balkin on The First Amendment in the Second Gilded Age @jackbalkin

Media Law Prof Blog

Jack M. Balkin, Yale Law School, is publishing The First Amendment in the Second Gilded Age in the Buffalo Law Review, 2019 (Forthcoming). Here is the abstract. How do we pay for the digital public sphere? In the Second Gilded

Mike Pence and “Christian Rabbi” Loren Jacobs spark outrage after synagogue shooting - Vox - Pence is a truly evil man.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Mike Pence and “Christian Rabbi” Loren Jacobs spark outrage after synagogue shooting - Vox

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FCC Releases Draft Order to Eliminate Broadcasters’ Obligations to File Contracts, Relying on Online Public File to Make Documents Available

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week released its draft order proposing to eliminate the requirement that broadcasters file certain contracts relating to ownership and control with the Commission.

Illinois Appellate Court Reinstates Biometric Privacy Action, Finding Potential Harm in Alleged Disclosure of Fingerprint to Outside Vendor

New Media and Technology Law

Late last month, an Illinois appellate court reversed a lower court’s dismissal of biometric privacy claims against a tanning salon franchisee that had collected the plaintiff’s fingerprint to allow entry in its own salon and any L.A. Tan salon location nationwide. ( Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan, Inc. 2018 IL App (1st) 180175 (Ill. 28, 2018)).

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RIP Paul Allen

Music Technology Policy

Paul Allen was a co-founder of Microsoft and hence a “tech billionaire.” ” But he used that wealth to make a contribution to music in smart and lasting ways through supporting music in Seattle and by doing so being an important voice for our business whether we knew it or not. And of course he was a sailor, making great contributions on and below the surface.

Breaking Practice Management News: Tabs3 Acquires CosmoLex to Expand in the Cloud

Media Law

There is major acquisition news today involving practice management technology. Software Technology LLC, developer of Tabs3 Software , a leading desktop law practice management program, has acquired CosmoLex , one of the leading cloud-based practice management platforms.

The Committee To Project Journalists' Global Impunity Index For 2018

Media Law Prof Blog

The Committee to Protect Journalists has published its Global Impunity Index for 2018, a list which indicates the countries in which governments tolerate the murder of members of the media. At the top of the list is Somalia, followed by

Republican House Majority Leader Confirmed That Trump's Threat To End Birthright Citizenship By An Executive Order Was An Obvious Lie.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Long-Form Applications Due November 5 for FM Translators for AM Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this year, there was a settlement window for mutually exclusive applications in the FCC’s application window for new FM translators for Class A and B AM stations. The FCC yesterday released a list of the applications that are now grantable as a result of conflict resolutions filed during that settlement window.

Biometric Suits Continue, Including Recent Action Against IoT Company

New Media and Technology Law

Last December, we noted the continuing robust wave of Illinois biometric privacy suits.

Arithmetic on the Internet: The Ethical Pool Solution to Streaming Royalty Allocation — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

“Sick of my money funding crap.” A Fan’s Tweet. Subscription services are one of the few secular trends in the current economy that is not yet reactive to trade wars or interest rates. Subscription services are found in many areas of the economy, but music drives some of the big ones like Spotify, Amazon and Apple. But when fans find out that their money gets paid for music they never listen to performed by artists they would never listen to, it may give cord cutting a whole new meaning.

Breaking: Clio Acquires CRM Platform Lexicata, Will Launch New CRM Product, Clio Grow

Media Law

Kicking off his company’s Clio Cloud Conference in New Orleans this morning, cofounder and CEO Jack Newton announced that Clio has acquired Lexicata , the cloud-based client-intake and client relationship management platform.

West on Presidential Attacks on the Press @sonjarwest @UGASchoolofLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Sonja West, University of Georgia School of Law, is publishing Presidential Attacks on the Press in the Missouri Law Review. Here is the abstract. President Donald Trump’s habit of hurling invectives at the press is disturbing. It undermines the work

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Pittsburgh Protester To Trump: ‘You're The One Who Can Stop’ These Trage.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Demands to Pull Attack Ads in the Closing Days of the Election – What is a Station to Do?

Broadcast Law Blog

As we approach Election Day, the political ads seem to be getting more and more frequent, and often more and more nasty. We provided this overview of what a station should do when it gets an attack ad two years ago, and the ads have not become kinder in the intervening period, so we will publish it again (with a few revisions).

Fastcase CEO Explains Why He Acquired A Dormant Legal News Site

Media Law

On the surface, the Fastcase acquisition of legal news site Law Street , reported here yesterday , may seem puzzling, given that the site has been dormant for more than a year. But Ed Walters, Fastcase CEO, says there were good reasons for the acquisition. Speaking by phone last night, Walters said that expanding into legal news is consistent with Fastcase’s ongoing mission to become as robust a legal research platform as LexisNexis and Westlaw.

Fastcase Becomes Free Benefit for 60,000-Member California Lawyers Association

Media Law

Except for California, every U.S. state bar offers a member benefit of free access to a legal research service, typically either Fastcase or Casemaker. Until today, California has been the lone exception. But this morning, the California Lawyers Association and Fastcase announced a partnership through which the CLA’s roughly 60,000 members will have free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system.

Chalk Up Another State that Has Adopted the Duty of Technology Competence

Media Law

Another state has adopted the ethical duty of technology competence for lawyers, bringing the total that have done so to 32. Related: Full list of states that have adopted the duty of technology competence. This week, the Vermont Supreme Court ordered amendments to the comments to Rule 1.1 of the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct.

Breaking: 11th Circuit Rules for Fastcase in Copyright Dispute with Casemaker

Media Law

The ongoing legal battle between Fastcase and Casemaker over the latter’s claims of copyright in Georgia administrative regulations has taken a notable turn as the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the lower court erroneously granted summary judgment in favor of Casemaker. The three-judge panel remanded the case to the District Court for further proceedings.

Startups: Enter Now to Win A Spot on ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley

Media Law

Calling all legal technology startups. Here is your chance to compete to be featured as a presenter and exhibitor in the third-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW , the American Bar Association’s annual legal technology conference, taking place in Chicago Feb. 27 to March 2, 2019.

LawNext Episode 16: Lawmatics Founder Matt Spiegel on Automating Legal Marketing

Media Law

?. They say you can’t go home again, but Matt Spiegel came back to legal technology after selling the first company he founded, MyCase , and then moving to other verticals. Earlier this year, Spiegel launched his second legal technology startup, Lawmatics , a cloud-based platform designed to automate legal marketing, CRM and client intake. Spiegel had been a criminal defense lawyer when, in 2009, he founded MyCase, the legal practice management platform.

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LawNext Episode 14: DoNotPay Founder Joshua Browder On Replacing Lawyers with Bots

Media Law

At just 17 years old, Joshua Browder made international news when he created DoNotPay , a chatbot that helped appeal parking tickets, reportedly saving motorists in the U.S. and UK some $16 million. Now 21, he has just released a series of apps designed to help consumers solve common legal problems without the help of a lawyer — including one to file small claims lawsuits in any U.S. jurisdiction.

Adobe Releases Major Updates to Acrobat DC, Including Integrated Adobe Sign

Media Law

Adobe today announced a number of enhancements to its Adobe Document Cloud intended to enhance collaboration around PDF documents, maximize mobility, and improve the overall PDF workflow and experience.