January, 2021

Streaming and the Embarrassment of COVID Riches

Music Technology Policy

We’re starting to see a narrative emerging from the digital music services in reaction to artists chafing under the misery of streaming royalties. Streamers want lawmakers to focus on the allocation of current period revenue that they pay to creators.

A glimmer of good news for theatres, producers and other live-performance operators suffering during pandemic

Gordon P. Firemark

Theatre owners, operators and producers are among those eligible for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program being administered by the Small Business Administration. The program was created under The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues.

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Time to Vote: Pick the Startup Alley Finalists for ABA TECHSHOW 2021

Media Law

We need your vote! You can help pick the legal technology startups that will be selected for the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2021. Fifteen companies will be selected to face off in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Seeks Senior Staff Attorney @rcfp

Media Law Prof Blog

From the RCFP: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is currently seeking a Senior Staff Attorney to lead the organization's nationwide amicus practice. This full-time position, based in RCFP's Washington, D.C. office, provides a unique opportunity for an

The Solution to Creating Recurring Invoices

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Having a regular flow of monthly income can be helpful, especially in certain seasons where business is slow. That’s why it’s no surprise that many companies have come to appreciate the power of recurring invoices—invoices that you can repeatedly send on a regular schedule.

Southwest Airlines Sues to Stop Web Scraping of Fare Information

New Media and Technology Law

On January 14, 2021, Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest”) filed a complaint in a Texas district court against an online travel site, Kiwi.com, Inc.

Results and Recommendations of the Artist Rights Watch MLC Awareness Survey

Music Technology Policy

Our sister site Artist Rights Watch fielded a Mechanical Licensing Collective Awareness Questionnaire during January targeting songwriters attending our MLC webinar. MLC Awareness Questionnaire 1/31/21 n=120.)

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LawNext: AltaClaro’s Abdi Shayesteh on Developing ‘Rocket Fuel for Legal Skills Training’

Media Law

Legal technology company AltaClaro describes itself as “rocket fuel for legal skills training. It uses a unique experiential framework based on education science, with mock transactions and live feedback, all done online.

Miller on Defending Free Speech @JMfreespeech

Media Law Prof Blog

Judith P. Miller, University of Chicago Law School, has published Defending Speech Crimes on the University of Chicago Legal Forum, 2020. Here is the abstract. The First Amendment is supposed to provide important protections against criminal prosecutions for speech crimes

What Are the Different Types of Invoices?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

If you’re a freelancer, contractor, or business owner, you know how crucial it is to invoice your clients. It helps keep your money flowing and your business operating.

Happy New License Availability Date!

Music Technology Policy

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Auld Lang Syne, by Robert Burns.

How Songwriters Get Screwed by Cheese and Pies

Music Technology Policy

For some reason, there’s a focus at the moment on songwriter royalties and in particular for streaming royalty rates. Notice that I said “rates” not “share” or the one I find particularly irritating, “share of the pie.” Let us be clear—there is no “pie” there are only “rates”. Or should be. Let’s investigate why. To frame this idea (speaking for the U.S.

Uncle Sugar is Back, Baby, Because That’s Where the Money Is

Music Technology Policy

In News from the Goolag, the well-known Cypriot and former Googler Eric “Uncle Sugar” Schmidt is back in town. .

When Do I Get Paid by The MLC?

Music Technology Policy

Songwriters are beginning to realize that the government is forcing them to use The MLC, Inc. financed by the streaming services) as their mechanical licensing collective for collecting and paying their mechanical royalties. So now they are asking questions about when and how that payment is to be made, among other things. The over arching issue you must realize is that The MLC, Inc. will not pay you if you are not matched AND registered with them.

Making Sense of the New Blanket Mechanical License and the Mechanical Licensing Collective

Music Technology Policy

This post first appeared on MusicTech Solutions. This is a recording of a webinar about the Mechanical Licensing Collective that I did with Abby North and Gwen Seale, sponsored by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Austin Texas Musicians and Austin Music Foundation.

Longtime Competitors Fastcase and Casemaker Merge, Reshaping the Legal Research Landscape

Media Law

In news akin to a wedding announcement jointly issued by the Hatfields and the McCoys, two longtime competitors in the legal research market, Casemaker and Fastcase , have merged, creating a single company under the Fastcase brand that has an estimated subscriber base of more than three quarters of all lawyers in the United States.

Backed By $200M Investment, AI-Driven E-Discovery Companies Reveal and Brainspace Merge

Media Law

In a deal they say makes them the leading AI-powered e-discovery platform, the companies Reveal and Brainspace have merged under the Reveal name, backed by an investment of more than $200 million by investment firm K1 Investment Management , which is taking a majority stake in the company.

PinHawk Legal and Professional Newsletters Acquired By Law Business Media

Media Law

PinHawk LLC , the company that publishes an assortment of free and paid electronic newsletters for the legal and professional services markets, has been acquired by Law Business Media, publisher of Corporate Counsel Business Journal , In-House Ops and In-House Legal Tech.

LAWCLERK Launches Subscription-Based Virtual Law Firm Associates

Media Law

LAWCLERK , an online marketplace where solos and small firms can hire freelance lawyers, is expanding today into a new kind of offering — subscription-based virtual associates.

Out on the edge of darkness, there rides the peace train

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Bloomberg Law Offers Free Research to Legal Services and Pro Bono Lawyers

Media Law

Bloomberg Law is helping lawyers provide legal services to the poor by offering free access to its legal research service to legal services and pro bono attorneys. Last week, Bloomberg Law said that it is providing free access to all grantees of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

Hudson on The Fighting Words Doctrine: Alive and Well in the Lower Courts @DavidLHudsonJr1

Media Law Prof Blog

David L. Hudson, Jr., Belmont University College of Law, is publishing Essay: The Fighting Words Doctrine: Alive and Well in the Lower Courts in volume 19 of the University of New Hampshire Law Review (2020). Here is the abstract.

Fagan on Two-Sided Social Media and Bad Faith Political Speech @EDHEC_BSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

Frank Fagan, EDHEC Business School, is publishing Two-Sided Social Media and Bad Faith Political Speech in volume 29 of Research in Law and Economics (2021). Here is the abstract. The First Amendment affords protection to political speech on the basis

Conklin on The Big Problem With the Small Penis Rule: Why It Does Not Limit Defamation Liability @AngeloState

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Conklin, Angelo State University, has published The Big Problem with the Small Penis Rule: Why It Does Not Limit Defamation Liability. Here is the abstract. The small penis rule is an informal strategy for limiting defamation liability for authors

Bowman on Universities' Speech and the First Amendment @Prof_KBowman @NebLRev

Media Law Prof Blog

Kristine L. Bowman, Michigan State University, is publishing Universities' Speech and the First Amendment in the Nebraska Law Review (2021). Here is the abstract. Increasingly, scholars and students alike suggest that university leaders should engage in speech to oppose racism

My Interview with SCOTUSblog Cofounder Amy Howe

Media Law

Since its founding in 2002, SCOTUSblog has developed into the preeminent source for Supreme Court news, commentary and research. In 2012, when the Supreme Court handed down its opinion on Obamacare, the blog had more than 900,000 concurrent readers.

Relativity Acquires VerQu, Strengthening Its Ability to Capture Enterprise Communication Data

Media Law

Just six days into 2021, the year has already brought two major mergers and acquisitions, with the merger of Fastcase and Casemaker and Litera’s acquisition of Foundation Software Group.

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In Latest Litigation Gambit, ROSS Files Antitrust Claim Against Thomson Reuters, Alleging Research Monopoly

Media Law

Remembering those the Legal Tech Community Lost in 2020

Media Law

One year ago today, at 11:27 p.m. Eastern time, I received a text from my long-time friend Kevin O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of LexBlog. It said simply, “Jill just passed surrounded by family holding onto her.”

Save the Date! January 14 at Noon CST, Zoom Panel with @musictechpolicy @northmusicgroup @sealeinthedeal for Independent Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

I’m grateful to Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Austin Texas Musicians and the Austin Music Foundation for hosting an information webinar next week on the impact of the new blanket mechanical license under the Music Modernization Act on independent songwriters. We will also cover the nuts and bolts of dealing with The MLC, Inc. and a unit on the Digital Licensee Coordinator.

Texas Bar and Paladin Partner to Launch Statewide Pro Bono Portal

Media Law

A free online portal launched today in Texas is designed to help lawyers find volunteer opportunities and assist residents of the state find help with their legal needs.

ICYMI: Legaltech Week 1.29.21 – New This Week: Panelists’ Rants and Raves

Media Law

We introduce a new segment this week: panelists’ rants and raves, a lightning round of what made us mad or glad this week.

Lexis+ Gets Litigation Analytics for Data-Based Insights on Courts, Judges and Counsel

Media Law

LexisNexis has enhanced its Lexis+ premium legal research platform with the addition of litigation analytics, which provide data-driven insights into judges, courts, attorneys and law firms, in both federal and state courts.

Georgia police chief and officer resign after racial bodycam video - Insider

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

A Georgia police chief and an officer resigned after they were caught on bodycam footage using racial slurs ahead of a BLM march Bre'Anna Grant Jan 30, 2021 Police clear the streets of some demonstrators with an unknown agent being sprayed during a protest, Saturday, Aug.

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Chuck Schumer goes V.IRAL with MUST-SEE s.peech over 'p.u.nishing Trum.p.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Crazy Georgia Congresswoman who should be expelled from Congress. She is a terrorist!

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

You Did This.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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