December, 2020

As the year nears a close, do these things to save money, time, hassle and risk.

Gordon P. Firemark

First off, if you celebrate, let me wish you a Happy Hannukkah! ? ? It's getting to be that time of year when we all sort of wrap up our work activities, and things start to slow down. That makes this a really good time to think about a few tasks that are best done before 2021 begins.

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The CASE Act Passes Congress

Music Technology Policy

If Senator Ron Wyden has learned anything from his efforts to use secret holds and trickery to scuttle the copyright small claims legislation, I hope he’s learned to beware of determined children. Particularly Grace.

20 For 2020: The Legal Tech Trends that Defined the Year

Media Law

Whoa, what the f*&% just happened? This was a year few of us will ever forget. It brought untold hardships for many and unfamiliar challenges for all of us.

Tushnet on The Kids Are All Right: The Law of Free Expression and New Information Technologies @Mark_Tushnet

Media Law Prof Blog

Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School, has published The Kids Are All Right: The Law of Free Expression and New Information Technologies. Here is the abstract. Recently the literature on free expression has turned to the question, Should the law of

How to Respond to the SolarWinds “Orion” Supply Chain Attack

New Media and Technology Law

As reported last week, it appears that a state-sponsored security hack has resulted in a major security compromise in widely-used software offered by a company called SolarWinds.

Dr. Fauci Thinks It's 'Unimaginable' Some Americans Still Believe Covid.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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2020 Year in Review

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/128. AGREEMENT REACHED OVER STREAMING THEATER PERFORMANCES PLATFORM LIABLE FOR USER COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT DUE TO FAILURE TO PAY $6.00.

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CDC Says Lawyers and Judges A Priority for Coronavirus Vaccine

Media Law

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on who should be first to receive the coronavirus vaccine puts lawyers and other legal professionals near the top of the list.

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Former Google Employees Allege Company Retaliated Against Them For Union Activity

Media Law Prof Blog

From Buzzfeed: Four Google employees who lost their jobs last month say the company terminated their employment because they were involved in protected labor activity. Now they're asking the NLRB to investigate Google's actions. More here

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Its First CFAA Case

New Media and Technology Law

On November 30, 2020, the Supreme Court held oral argument in its first case interpreting the “unauthorized access” provision of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

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The Final November 3rd Election results which many seditious Americans refuse to accept even though this is was the biggest percentile loss by an incumbent President since 1932. This election was not close.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Curiouser and Curiouser: Strange Loose Ends with Apple Music and The MLC

Music Technology Policy

Here’s an update on the bizarre saga of Apple Music and The MLC.

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Optimism is Contagious, Too: @nivassoc’s #SaveOurStages Included in COVID Stimulus

Music Technology Policy

Thanks to the hard work of the National Independent Venue Association and their allies, it looks like some stimulus relief is finally coming to small venues, theater operators, bars and restaurants. The NIVA effort began with the Save Our Stages Act that authorizes the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make grants to eligible live venue operators, producers, promoters, or talent representatives to address the economic effects of the pandemic on certain live venues.

What is Apple Music Up to with the MLC?

Music Technology Policy

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Bird is the Word: @Jack the Racketeer Skips Out on @SenThomTillis’s DMCA Hearing

Music Technology Policy

Let’s be honest–Jack Dorsey is a weird guy. He may not be full-blown Howard Hughes no-mani/pedi and urine sample bottles in pentagrams weird, but he’s getting there. Keep an eye on those Vegas hotel sales.

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LawNext: The Founders of Findlaw and Justia on 25 Years of Making Law Free

Media Law

Twenty-five years ago, in the still-fledgling days of the web, the husband-and-wife team of Tim Stanley and Stacy Stern founded FindLaw and quickly developed it into the most highly trafficked legal site on the internet.

DISCO Completes $100M Financing, Including Previously Announced $60M

Media Law

The Austin, Tex., based discovery company DISCO said today that it has completed its fourth-quarter financing, bringing total investment in the company to $235 million and valuing the company at $785 million.

Legal Research Company ROSS to Shut Down Under Pressure of Thomson Reuters’ Lawsuit

Media Law

Exterro Acquires AccessData In Nine-Figure Deal, Expanding Its Platform And Setting Stage For Possible IPO

Media Law

Today is E-Discovery Day 2020 , and Portland, Ore.-based based Exterro is celebrating in a big way.

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@SenThomTillis Releases Discussion Draft of DMCA Revisions

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers will recall that Senator Thom Tillis has hosted many hearing on how to fix the DMCA’s broken notice and takedown process.

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XIRA’s Free ‘GAVEL’ Aims to Disrupt the Subscription Model for Practice Management Software

Media Law

Last month, I wrote here about XIRA , a new lawyer-matching website whose goal is not only to make it easier for clients to find lawyers, but also to make legal services more affordable by providing attorneys with free practice management software.

Facebook Announces It Will Remove Misinformation About COVID-19 Vaccines

Media Law Prof Blog

In a recent post, Facebook has announced it is beginning to remove false information about COVID-19 vaccines. Given the recent news that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be rolling out around the world, over the coming weeks we will start removing

LawNext: Suffolk Law Dean Andrew Perlman On Innovating Legal Education and Legal Services

Media Law

Andrew Perlman is one of the nation’s leading forces helping to establish the future of legal education and legal practice.

20 Legal Tech Executives Write Speaker Pelosi In Favor Of Open Courts Act

Media Law

Twenty executives of legal technology companies and organizations signed on to a letter delivered this morning to Speaker Nancy Pelosi in favor of legislation that would eliminate the PACER paywall and modernize access to federal court records.

Pandemic Pushes Paralegals To Work More and Worry More, Survey Finds

Media Law

Several surveys in recent months have looked at the impact of the pandemic on lawyers, but a survey out today examines the effect the pandemic has had on paralegals and other allied professionals in law firms and legal departments, and it finds that the events of the last eight months have taken a major toll.

Chen on Fake News, Rational Deliberation, and Some Truths About Lies @profalankchen @WMLawReview

Media Law Prof Blog

Alan K. Chen, University of Denver College of Law, has published Fake News, Rational Deliberation, and Some Truths About Lies at 62 William & Mary Law Review 357 (2020). Here is a link to the article

Newly Published: Daniel Joyce, Informed Publics, Media, and International Law (Hart, 2020) @DAWJoyce @hartpublishing

Media Law Prof Blog

Daniel Joyce, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Law Affiliated Research Fellow, Erik Castrén Institute, University of Helsinki, has published Informed Publics, Media and International Law (Hart Publishing, 2020). Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents. This book

Garry on The Erosion of Common Law Privacy and Defamation @USDKnudsonLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Patrick M. Garry, University of South Dakota School of Law, has published The Erosion of Common Law Privacy and Defamation: Reconsidering the Law's Balancing of Speech, Privacy, and Reputation at 65 Wayne Law Review 279 (2020). Here is the abstract

Call For Nominations: Harry W. Stonecipher Award For Distinguished Research on Media Law and Policy

Media Law Prof Blog

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: HARRY W. STONECIPHER AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH ON MEDIA LAW AND POLICY The Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) seeks nominations for the 2020 Harry W. Stonecipher Award

Feldman on Free-Speech Formalism Is Not Formal @uw_law

Media Law Prof Blog

Stephen Matthew Feldman, University of Wyoming College of Law, has published Free-Speech Formalism Is Not Formal at 12 Drexel L. 723 (2020). Here is the abstract. Legal formalism proclaims that cases can be resolved through the logical application of

Huang on Freedom of Speech as a Right to Know @DukeLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Tao Huang, Duke University School of Law, is publishing Freedom of Speech as a Right to Know in volume 89 of the University of Cincinnati Law Review (2020). Here is the abstract. Since its birth, the right to know and

What Is the Intention of Justice? Notice and Stay Down Is the Government’s Responsibility

Music Technology Policy

ARTHUR. Let’s get back to justice…what is justice? What is the intention of justice? The intention of justice is to see that the guilty people are proven guilty and that the innocent are freed. Simple isn’t it? Only it’s not that simple. From … And Justice for All , written by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson. Law out of balance is no law at all. I suggest that this imbalance has created another.

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LexisNexis Releases Unique ‘Crowdsourced’ Resource for Commercial Leases

Media Law

LexisNexis today launched a unique “crowdsourced” solution to a problem faced by lawyers who negotiate commercial leases, which is the lack of data on market standards and trends to aid them in lease negotiations.

Please Take Our Mechanical Licensing Collective Survey

Music Technology Policy

Please take a moment and complete the ArtistRightsWatch new anonymous 10 question survey regarding The MLC at this link. We’re gathering general anonymized information about how songwriters and publishers have heard about The MLC and whether you think an independent advocate (or an “ombudsman”) would be useful to you. This will help us plan future programming and input. The survey is available to everyone and will be open until January 31, 2021. Thanks!

Update: @nivassoc Press Release on Passing of Save Our Stages Legislation

Music Technology Policy

Save Our Stages Act just passed as part of the COVID-19 Relief Bill! Thank you for helping to #SaveOurStages! You responded in an overwhelming fashion. NIVA thanks those across the country who sent 2.1 million emails to their elected officials expressing their support for the Save Our Stages Act. All 535 Congresspeople heard from their constituents through SaveOurStages.com. Without your support and continued attention, we could not have accomplished this goal. Our gratitude also extends to Sen.

My Most-Read Posts of 2020

Media Law

In a year dominated and defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is surprising that most of my top-read stories this year had nothing to do with the pandemic. Instead, they were about ransomware attacks, regulatory reform, industry news, and new legal research tools.

Client Service Awards Honor 474 Lawyers – But Just One CIO

Media Law

For the 19th year, BTI Consulting Group has announced its honorees as BTI Client Service All-Stars for 2020, 475 law firm professionals chosen by corporate clients to be recognized for their commitment to superior client service. Of the 475 honorees, all are attorneys — all, that is, but one.