April, 2021

BYU Law Students Develop Web Resource To Address Flaws In Expungement Process

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Eight students in the LawX legal design lab at BYU Law have developed an online resource, called Goodbye Record , that is designed to address flaws in the process for expunging criminal records in Utah and potentially other states as well.

Google’s Fair Use, Warhol’s isn’t… or is it?

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/132.

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Four Virtual Legal Innovation Events Worth Attending This Month

Media Law

April brings an embarrassment of riches when it comes to virtual conferences focused on innovation in law.

COVID Misery Index Rent is Too Damn High Edition

Music Technology Policy

Post-Pandemic Growth of Spotify Stock Compared to Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google 1/1/20-4/13/21.

Smith on Copyright Silencing @CathaySmith

Media Law Prof Blog

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, has published Copyright Silencing at 106 Cornell Law Review Online 71 (2021). Here is the abstract. This essay highlights a practice I call “copyright silencing,” which is the use of copyright to

Reminder: Issue Ads Require Public File Disclosures Even Outside Political Windows

Broadcast Law Blog

Back in January, we reminded broadcasters that state and local elections , even those held in “off-years” like 2021, still fall within the FCC’s political broadcasting rules.

VC Tim Draper Invests $1M In Blockchain-Based Dispute Resolution Platform

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Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper , known for early investments in companies such as Twitter, Skype and DocuSign, has invested $1 million in seed capital in Jur , a blockchain-based dispute resolution platform founded in Switzerland.

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New Site Connects Consumers to Lawyers For Instant Video Consultations

Media Law

Finding a lawyer to consult with remains an intimidating proposition for many consumers. They don’t know who to call or what it might cost them.

The Charlatan’s Bookends: The Inventor and WeWork

Music Technology Policy

There was a time, not so long ago, when there was a place called the Santa Clara Valley in Northern California. It was a handful of middle class towns below South San Francisco and Daly City (immortalized in the classic rich hippie sneer as “little boxes on the hillside’).

Corbin on Government Speech and First Amendment Capture @CarolineMCorbin @VirginiaLawRev

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Caroline Mala Corbin, University of Miami School of Law, is publishing Government Speech and First Amendment Capture in the Virginia Law Review Online (2021). Here is the abstract. Alarm regarding government speech is not new. In earlier decades, scholars worried

Closing Out the Incentive Auction and TV Repack – FCC Reminds Broadcasters of End Dates for Submitting Invoices for Repacking Expenses

Broadcast Law Blog

The Commission’s staff this week issued a Public Notice reminding broadcasters that the reimbursement program for those broadcasters displaced by the repacking of the television band after the incentive auction is coming to an end. The FCC reminded broadcasters eligible for reimbursement (including certain FM stations and LPTV licensees – see our article here ) that deadlines to submit invoices for reimbursement will start in six months.

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‘A Coming of Age for Legal Tech’: Exclusive Interview with CEO Jack Newton on Clio’s $1.6B Valuation

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The legal technology company Clio this morning announced a Series E investment of $110 million at a valuation of $1.6 billion, making it the first law practice management company to achieve so-called unicorn status and one of only a small number of legal tech companies overall to achieve that status.

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Washington Post: Giuliani Disregarded U.S. Intel Fears That He Was Being.

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Online Dispute Resolution Service FairClaims Takes On AAA and JAMS with New Offering

Media Law

The online dispute resolution service FairClaims is taking on established commercial arbitration services such as JAMS and the American Arbitration Association with a new offering that it says will resolve disputes far faster and at a fraction of the cost.

Here to Help: Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operator’s Grant Portal is Still Down

Music Technology Policy

The eight most terrifying words are “We’re from Washington and we’re here to help.” ” Notwithstanding the appropriation of billions in revenue, the SBA’s application portal for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is still not up and running.

Tackling the "Fake" WIthout Harming the "News": A Paper Series on Regulatory Responses to Misinformation

Media Law Prof Blog

Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information has published Tackling the 'Fake' Without Harming the 'News': A Paper Series on Regulatory Responses to Misinformation (2021). Here is the abstract. Around the world, an increasing number of governments are responding

FCC Announces that Window to Apply for New Noncommercial FM Stations Will Open in November

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC released its decision to limit to 10 the number of applications that can be filed by one party in the next window for new noncommercial FM stations in the reserved FM band (those channels below 92.1 on the FM dial). No party can have attributable interests in more than 10 applications filed in the window. By making this decision, the FCC cleared the way for the window itself, which was first hinted at last summer (see our article here ).

Top 3 Ways To Help Your Law Firm Save Money

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Do you feel like your law firm is hemorrhaging money? Maybe it is and you don’t even realize it. Take the time to evaluate how your firm operates and identify how you can help stop the bleed. Top three ways to save: 1) Don’t duplicate effort or function.

Biden's First 100 Days

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Rocket Lawyer Raises $223 Million To Meet Growing Demand For Its Services

Media Law

The online legal services provider Rocket Lawyer has raised $223 million in growth capital financing to help it meet what it says has been a strong and accelerating demand for its digital legal documents and advice.

Hell Has Frozen Over: Apple Joins the Competition on Artist Royalty Payments with Some Good Karma

Music Technology Policy

As an old sailing master once said, two boats on the water is a race. For once, the prize may be which streamery can treat artists better than their competitor. What do SoundCloud and Apple have in common? Or said another way, what does Spotify not have in common with SoundCloud and Apple? Of all the different ways that each of these licensed platforms try to compete with each other, SoundCloud and Apple have started competing on how fairly they pay the artists. We like it.

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Smith on Weaponizing Copyright @CathaySmith @umontanalaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, is publishing Weaponizing Copyright in volume 35 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. Here is the abstract. Copyright grants authors exclusive rights in their works in order to encourage creation

A New TV Station in Your Future?  Lifting of TV Freeze Brings Proposals for New Allotments

Broadcast Law Blog

While the pandemic has focused much attention on streaming television services, at least some companies believe that over-the-air television still has a future, as evidenced by recent proposals to allocate new TV channels which, if adopted, could result in brand new TV stations. As we wrote here , last year the FCC lifted the freeze on applications for new TV allotments and for changes in existing stations, as the repacking of the TV band following the incentive auction has finally ended.

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Asia-Pacific Legal Association Partners with Theorem LTS to Launch Membership Portal and Legal Tech Marketplace

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The Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA) and legal tech startup Theorem LTS have partnered to develop and launch ALITA’s new online membership portal.

Why I Got Arrested in Ethiopia!

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Former Legal Tech Founder Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Fraud, Forgery

Media Law

Between 2016 and 2018, I wrote a series of posts about Derek Bluford, a one-time rising star on the legal tech start-up scene whose star fell after I reported in 2016 of his settlement of a lawsuit charging him with impersonating a lawyer, forging legal documents and fraudulently swindling two clients.

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Honesty in Our Favor: HFA Loses Attempt to Exit Eight Mile Style Case–What implications for MLC?

Music Technology Policy

The Uniform Commercial Code defines “good faith” as “ honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing.” ” Spotify was sued by Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated, two publishers that control rights in some of the early Eminem repertoire, including Lose Yourself. Remember that earlier this year, Spotify announced with great fanfare that Lose Yourself was streamed over 1 billion times on the platform.

RCFP Seeks Pro Bono Director For New Media Law Network @rcfp

Media Law Prof Blog

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is accepting applications for a Pro Bono Director to run a media law network to support local journalists. More information about the position and the newly established media law network here

Missing Music On Streamed TV Programs Highlights Rights Issues for Podcasters and Video Producers

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the NY Times ran an interesting article, here , about how many old TV programs now available on streaming services are missing music that was featured on the original broadcast.

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How It Works: Ironclad’s Contract Lifecycle Management Platform

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Biden’s plans are ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to end global tax abuse, says OECD boss Ángel Gurría says international deal is within striking distance and could be signed this summer

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Biden’s plans are ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to end global tax abuse, says OECD boss “Ángel Gurría says international deal is within striking distance and could be signed this summer Richard Partington Ángel Gurría is secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Lawyerist Makes Strategic Investment In Law Firm Brokerage Business

Media Law

Lawyerist , a company that offers business resources and coaching for small law firms, has made a strategic investment in The Law Practice Exchange , a company that facilitates the buying and selling of law practices.

What the MLC Can Learn from Orphan Works

Music Technology Policy

This post first appeared in MusicTech.Solutions. As you may be aware, The MLC recently received $424 million as payment of the “inception to date” unmatched mechanical royalties held at a number of streaming platforms, sometimes called the “black box.”

Tadeg and Shiferaw: Reflections on Ethiopia's Media Law Reform

Media Law Prof Blog

Mesenbet Assefa Tadeg, Addis Ababa University School of Law, and Solomon Shiferaw, Program Officer, International, Media Support (IMS)-Fojo Ethiopia, have published Reflections on Ethiopia's Media Law Reform. Here is the abstract. Freedom of expression and the media is a lifeblood

FCC Rules for All-Digital AM Radio Become Effective – Will There Be a Flood of Applications?

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC’s order adopted in late October authorizing AM stations to voluntarily convert to operations in a fully-digital mode became effective yesterday when the approval of its information-collection obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act was announced in the Federal Register.

As Everlaw Kicks Off First Conference, It Reports Record Growth for its Cloud E-Discovery Platform

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The cloud-based e-discovery and litigation platform Everlaw today kicks off Illuminate 2021 , its first industry conference, and as it does, it is reporting a year of record growth.

The CDC’s New Mask Guidelines Make No Sense | The Daily Show

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