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Drug Kingpins and Cartoon Frogs.

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. SUPREME COURT: BANKRUPTCY DOES NOT TERMINATE A LICENSE (FOLLOW-UP) THE COPYRIGHT TRIAL THAT ALMOST WAS… “PEPE THE FROG” QUICK COVERAGE OF SHAKEUP AT BLOOM, HERGOTT APPLE V.

Wixen v. Pandora Raises Questions About Lyric Licensing

Music Technology Policy

In the “it was only a matter of time” department, Wixen Music Publishing has sued Pandora over infringing reproductions of the lyrics in songs it represents. (For For those reading along at home, Wixen is represented by badass David Steinberg, so good luck Pandora.).

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SCT: Private Entities Designated By Local Government To Operate Public Access Channels Are Not State Actors

Media Law Prof Blog

The Supreme Court, voting 5-4, has reversed the Second Circuit in Manhattan Community Access Corp., Halleck. In the case, petitioner Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) argued that it is not a state actor and is not required to allow the

What Is Innovation in Law? Take this Very Short Survey

Media Law

Seems as if everyone talks about innovation in law. But what does it really mean? At the upcoming annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries, Jean O’Grady, author of the Dewey B Strategic blog, is moderating a panel on embracing sustainable innovation.

Opinion | Reparations: Reasonable and Right - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"By Charles M. Blow nytimes.com It is America’s responsibility to undo the trauma it has inflicted upon black people for hundreds of years. Opinion Columnist Carolyn Smith, a descendant of a slave, gestures toward gravestones of other descendants of enslaved people in Houma, La.

Locksmiths Locked Out: Court Affirms Immunity for Use of Tools That Portray Third-Party Content Pictorially or as an Aggregate Metric

New Media and Technology Law

In the past few months, there have been a number of notable decisions affirming broad immunity under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) , 47 U.S.C. 230(c), for online providers that host third party content. The beat goes on, as in late May, a Utah district court ruled that the Tor Browser, which allows for anonymous communications and transactions on the internet, was protected by CDA Section 230 for a website’s sale of illegal substances to a minor on the dark web via the Tor Browser.

Roberts on False Influencing @lexlanham

Media Law Prof Blog

Alexandra J. Roberts, University of New Hampshire School of Law, has published False Influencing. Here is the abstract. Social media influencers and the brands that engage them are bound to comply with the portions of the FTC Act that regulate

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Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Makes the Case for Reparations at Historic Congr.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The Tor Browser Afforded CDA Immunity for Dark Web Transactions

New Media and Technology Law

The District of Utah ruled in late May that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. 230 (“CDA”) shields The Tor Project, Inc. (“Tor”), Tor”), the organization responsible for maintaining the Tor Browser, from claims for strict product liability, negligence, abnormally dangerous activity, and civil conspiracy. The claims were asserted against Tor following an incident where a minor died after taking illegal narcotics purchased from a site on the “dark web” on the Tor Network.

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Campbell and Exner on A Calgary Chiropodist Who Complained of Libel, 1916 @TheHeidikins

Media Law Prof Blog

Lyndsay Campbell and Heidi J. Exner, both of the University of Calgary, have published An Elusive Remedy: A Calgary Chiropodist Complains of Libel, 1916 at 6 Law & History 115 (2019). Here is the abstract. The decision of a

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LawNext Episode 43: LexLab’s Alice Armitage on Teaching Innovation and Mentoring Startups

Media Law

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AOC was right to compare Trump's border internment camps to concentration camps

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"We're debating the description of forced extrajudicial detainment of a rhetorically demonized racial minority in harsh, punitive conditions. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, during a House Oversight and Reform Committee markup on June 12, 2019.

Browsewrap Terms Enforced Due to Customer Knowledge of Existence of Terms

New Media and Technology Law

Last month, a California district court granted a web-based service’s motion to compel arbitration of a putative class action brought by a user whose personal information was allegedly accessed in a massive 2016 data breach that involved 339 million user accounts. Gutierrez v. FriendFinder Networks Inc. , 18-05918 (N.D. May 3, 2019)).

Wisconsin Judge Issues Summary Judgment For Plaintiff In Defamation Case Against Authors Who Denied Truth Of Sandy Hook Killings

Media Law Prof Blog

Dane County (Wisconsin) Circuit Court Judge Frank Remington issued a summary judgment in the defamation case that Lenny Pozner, father of 6 year old Noah Pozner, brought against James Fetzer and Mike Palacek, authors of Nobody Dies at Sandy Hook

Legal Tech Round-up, Post-Vacation Edition: Two Weeks of Tech News

Media Law

When I left for vacation 2.5 weeks ago, I jokingly sent out a tweet, “Dear #legaltech world: Please stop making news for two weeks. I’m trying to take some time off.” ” Unfortunately, the legal tech world did not get my message.

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2020 candidates weigh in on prosecuting Trump. This video hits on one of the main legal and Constitutional reasons that impeachment is necessary right now.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Fourth Amendment Appeal before Georgia Supreme Court over Airbag Crash Data Could Have Implications for Autonomous Cars and Related Technologies

New Media and Technology Law

Today, the Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument in an appeal brought by a defendant convicted of vehicular homicide and other charges related to a fatal car crash. Mobley v. State , No. S18C1546).

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Another EEO Audit Released – Looking at the FCC’s Current EEO Obligations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released another of its regular EEO audit notices ( available here ), asking that approximately 80 radio stations, and the employment units with which they are associated, provide to the FCC (by posting the information in their online public inspection file) their last two year’s EEO Annual Public File reports , as well as backing data to show that the station in fact did everything that was required under the FCC rules.

ILTA Invites Applications for StartUp Hub at ILTACON 2019

Media Law

The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) today invited companies to apply for spots in the StartUp Hub at its annual ILTACON conference, which takes place Aug. 18-22 in Orlando, Fla.

Impeachment: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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School Segregation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Fox hosts give Trump chilling news about his open collusion invitation

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

I can't believe I am sharing a Fox News, Post. It is not collusion. It is accepting something of value from a non-American or permanent resident. "52 52 U.S. Code § 30121 - Contributions and donations by foreign nationals U.S.

Chris Cuomo ENDS Conway's CAREER before She Handcuffed for Violating Fed.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Cory Booker discusses his phone call with Joe Biden

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Cory Booker discusses his phone call with Joe Biden

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Preparing for the 2020 Elections – Our Updated Political Broadcasting Guide

Broadcast Law Blog

2020 will no doubt be a very active year for political advertising. To help broadcasters sort out the confusing rules they need to follow in connection with such advertising, we have updated our Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters (note that the URL for the updated version has not changed from prior versions, so your bookmarks should continue to work).