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Music Rights and Licensing in Theatre (Free Webinar)

Gordon P. Firemark

This Friday, I’ll be presenting a webinar on music rights and licensing in theatre, Admission is free, and space is limited to 50 attendees.

5 Fantastic Chinese Movie Poster Rip-Offs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Hollywood's piracy problems in China include advertising movies, too. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

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Another Site for Lawyers to Share Legal Forms

Media Law

I’ve written at least a couple times before about websites created in order to allow lawyers to share legal forms and documents. Now there is another one. First, a recap. I wrote last June about Standardforms.org , a legal wiki intended to serve as a free repository of sophisticated legal documents. In 2009, I wrote a post about ExampleMotion , a site where lawyers can share and even sell pleadings, motions and other legal documents. I do not know how either of these sites are doing.

Will the Pinterest "Nopin" Tag Put Online Image Owners on the Defensive on Implied Copyright Licenses? Should We Look to Robots.txt as Precedent?

New Media and Technology Law

Pinterest is the hot hot hot social media site that lets users create online “pinboards” of interesting or inspiring images. Although users may upload their own images to their pinboards, Pinterest emphasizes the pinning of images from third-party Web sites through the use of inline links. This of course generates yet a new series of online copyright issues.

Asked & Answered: Dialogue from an existing Play used in new screenplay

Gordon P. Firemark

Jeff asks about whether it’s necessary to get permission to have a character in his film quote lines from a famous play. In this video answer, I recommend in favor of getting permission, though in the U.S., the usage might constitute fair use protected under the First Amendment.

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Another 20 Questions: Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

We have previoiusly posted sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell some of which has been posted various places. If you are interested in getting a free copy of the basic article, you can download it from MTP. This weeks topic deals with artist management agreements. Commission Rate : 15% or 20% of Commission Base.

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Sheridan's Lawyer Presses ABC Conspiracy Theory

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Alex Ben Block Former "Housewives" writer Jeff Greenstein and former head of human resources at Touchstone studio Lynn Volk testified Friday. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Nicollette Sheridan Desperate Housewives Trial

‘DocketLaw’ App Calculates Court Deadlines

Media Law

If fear of missed deadlines keeps you awake at night, you might want to try DocketLaw , a new app for iPhone and iPad that lets you calculate court deadlines based on jurisdiction-specific rules. The app can perform calculations based on the rules of more than 300 federal and state courts.

Your Elected Officials Just Kicked the First Amendment Square in the Nuts.

The Legal Satyricon

And don’t even think about whining about it. Source. Here’s the text of HR 347, the festering shitburger your government passed and your president signed. Kids, this is no longer an issue of politics and which party sucks more. HR 347 passed with overwhelming support. P.S. Did you know the G8 Summit this spring has [.]. Civil Liberties First Amendment

20 More Questions for Artists: Co-writing for Artist-Writers with Record Deals

Music Technology Policy

We have posted sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell some of which has been posted various places. The current version of the article is available on MTP with the permission of the authors. This weeks topic deals with co-writing for artists who are also songwriters. 20 More Questions for Artists: Co-writing for Artist-Writers with Record Deals (Controlled Compositions, Pt.

Writer Sues Fox Claiming 'Touch' Was Stolen From Book, Asks For Broadcast Halt

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Author of a mystical book says that show creator may have been given a copy through mutual acquaintance. Exec producer and star Kiefer Sutherland also sued read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business Kiefer Sutherland Touch

New Service Helps You Vet Expert Witnesses

Media Law

Whether you are about to retain an expert witness or about to cross-examine one, you want to learn everything you can about the expert’s experience and background. A new service, Expert Witness Profiler , helps you do exactly that. It provides you with a dossier that covers everything from the expert’s professional background and testimonial history to the expert’s social media profile and news coverage. More specifically, the profile includes: Testimonial history.

Florida Airport Seeks to Evict the TSA

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy The Orlando Sanford Airport (not to be confused with Orlando International Airport) is going to try removing the TSA from its security theater and using private security teams in its place. While the airport would not be exempt from federal regulations and oversights, it may be able to operate without the TSA’s [.]. Civil Liberties

Is Android the Joe Camel of Privacy?

Music Technology Policy

L.A. Weatherman Sues CBS Stations For Hiring Young, Attractive Women

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Kyle Hunter has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against CBS Broadcasting and its stations KCBS and KCAL. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television

Google Maps Thinks the Mass. State House is in Hyde Park

Media Law

Either the State House has moved or Google Maps is very confused. General

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Florida Airport Seeks to Evict the TSA

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy The Orlando Sanford Airport (not to be confused with Orlando International Airport) is going to try removing the TSA from its security theater and using private security teams in its place. While the airport would not be exempt from federal regulations and oversights, it may be able to operate without the TSA’s [.]. Civil Liberties

If you only added value: more self-serving from apologists for tech oligarchs

Music Technology Policy

“When your fans are making love, would you rather they listened to your music or wore your t-shirt?” ” John Pointer, founder of Patronism.com in the MTP Interview. Michael Geist is on everyone’s mind this week due to the recent revelations in Canada, but I ran across this statement from the guy who’s never sold a record in his life that I thought warranted further emphasis: The truth is that you can compete with free content if you provide value.

Kanye West, Jay-Z Settle 'Watch the Throne' Illegal Sampling Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Erin Carlson Syl Johnson sued the rappers for using part of his song, "Different Strokes," without permission, payment or credit. read more. Earshot Earshot THR, Esq. Music Music Jay-Z Kanye West

The Ghost On the Book

Media Law Prof Blog

Julia Moskin writes about ghostwriting cookbooks,here, for the New York Times

CNN Debate: Should FCC Boot Rush Limbaugh From the Airwaves?

The Legal Satyricon

On the side of kicking him off the air, Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem. On the side of protecting his right to free speech, Marc J. Randazza. This is not the same debate over whether the subject of his diatribe has a valid defamation claim against him. I wrote about that here. Filed [.]. politics censorship Civil Liberties First Amendment Sexual Politics feminism political correctness

The MTP Interview: An Inconvenient Truth: Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes talks about the effect of piracy on American songwriters

Music Technology Policy

[Ed: This post originally appeared on MTP on January 30, 2009--how little has changed.]. American songwriters are one of our greatest sources of culture as well as important contributors to America’s “ soft power “–our ability to win hearts and minds around the world by attraction and not by force. As Professor Joseph Nye would say “Lennon trumped Lenin.”

Academy Sues Events Company for Oscar Copyright Infringement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Daniel Miller The lawsuit alleges that Illinois-based TheEventLine.com sells unauthorized eight-foot statues that are 'strikingly' similar to the Oscar statuette. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Home AMPAS Oscars

The Moment of Publication

Media Law Prof Blog

Deborah Gerhardt, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Law, has published Copyright Publication: An Empirical Study in volume 87 of the Notre Dame Law Review (2011). Here is the abstract. The Article presents the first empirical study of

MARCH MADNESS: An Unusual Case of Reverse Confusion

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote about last year around this time, MARCH MADNESS is a term that is protected by trademark law. It is owned by the March Madness Athletic Association (MMAA), a joint venture between the NCAA and the Illinois High School Athletic Association (IHSA). The IHSA was actually first to begin using this mark to describe its high school basketball tournament in the 1940s.

CNN Debate: Should FCC Boot Rush Limbaugh From the Airwaves?

The Legal Satyricon

On the side of kicking him off the air, Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem. On the side of protecting his right to free speech, Marc J. Randazza. This is not the same debate over whether the subject of his diatribe has a valid defamation claim against him. I wrote about that here. Filed [.]. censorship Civil Liberties feminism First Amendment political correctness politics Sexual Politics

The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In what might be the biggest legal action on this front yet -- 13 plaintiffs' lawyers! -- Universal Music is being sued for allegedly cheating musicians out of income generated from iTunes and elsewhere. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business Universal Music Group

The Origins of the Press Clause

Media Law Prof Blog

Patrick J. Charles, U. Air Force, and Kevin Francis O'Neill, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, have published Saving the Press Clause from Ruin: The Customary Origins of a 'Free Press' as Interface to the Present and Future, in the 2012

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Guest Post: The Fallacy of Music Like Water by Gavin Castleton

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie says: Please welcome another guest post by Gavin Castleton, a songwriter and producer from Portland, Oregon. Follow him on Twitter @gavincastleton. Gavin’s artist site is [link] and his excellent Tumblr commentary page is The Great Abstraction, [link]. Copyright by the author, used by permission.]. In 2002 David Bowie said , “Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity.”

Feminist War of 2012

The Legal Satyricon

By Tatiana von Tauber I’m embarrassed to be an American woman with witness to the current state of the Union. Being a woman is without a doubt the most difficult process of becoming I’ve ever undertaken especially since I began my role as a mother 14 years ago. Nothing prepares you for the experience of motherhood better [.]. Civil Liberties culture discrimination ethics feminism misc politics religion Satyriconista Sexual Politics

Power Rangers Owner Sues Over 'Power Hoodiez' Sweatshirts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Power Rangers color-and-design combos are nostalgically back in fashion. But the owner of the long-running kids' TV show wants to use their legal zords to shut down anything resembling unlicensed merchandise. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Style Business

Getting Your Name Back

Media Law Prof Blog

Delia Ephron writes about reclaiming your (domain) name on the net

But it’s on the Internet! Kickstarter tax issues

Music Technology Policy

If you have found any information about dealing with tax issues on Kickstarter.com, please post a comment. I haven’t found one single word. Of course, since it’s on the Internet, the money must be free. Update: There actually is a new link from Kickstarter to Amazon Payments that explains how Amazon will be required to report Kickstarter payments processed by Amazon to the IRS in the US. for the 2011 tax year on a Form 1099-K.

Court Rules for Student Newspaper Editor in First Amendment Case

The Legal Satyricon

District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ruled that Chicago State University violated a former student newspaper adviser’s First Amendment rights when he was fired over articles that criticized the University. <blockquote>The university’s interim president, Frank Pogue, fired him in October 2008, days after an article questioning the funding of a student-run fashion show was published, and following [.].