Sat.Mar 31, 2012 - Fri.Apr 06, 2012

DON’T SIGN THAT! – Webinar April 17th.

Gordon P. Firemark

On April 17th, at 10am PST , I’ll be joining my friend Adam Leipzig for a teleseminar entitled : “ DON’T SIGN THAT!

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MPAA Warns of Megaupload 'Re-Launch' If Servers Are Transferred

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Giving Megaupload back data would constitute a violation of studio rights, says a legal filing by the MPAA today. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Tech Business Kim Dotcom MPAA Piracy

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‘TheFormTool’: Smart, Simple Document Assembly

Media Law

Wandering through the exhibition hall at ABA Techshow last week, I’d ask friends I bumped into whether they’d seen any new products that interested them. Time and again, it seemed, the answer was the same: TheFormTool.

Section 230 Amendment strips websites of immunity from anonymous commenters

The Legal Satyricon

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is not particularly known for his friendliness toward the First Amendment, is at it again. As chairman of the Senate homeland security committee, Lieberman urged Twitter to stop hosting pro-Taliban tweets last fall, in addition to persuading Internet companies to remove blog posts that promote terrorism. It appears he’s now taking [.]. anonymous speech ass hat censorship internet law Section 230

Quoted on ReelGrok about Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act

Gordon P. Firemark

ReelGrok about the new crowdfunding rules to be implemented following President Obama’s signing of the JOBS ACT Thursday.

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UPDATE: Reps. Blackburn and Maloney, and Human Rights Advocates Call on Google to Stop Profiting from Human Trafficking Advertising

Music Technology Policy

UPDATE: According to The Hill and Politico, Representatives Marsha Blackburn and Carolyn Maloney authored a bi-partisan letter to Google CEO Larry Page calling on Google to do a number of things voluntarily regarding human trafficking advertising that Google may be selling.

Keith Olbermann Files Lawsuit Against Current TV

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Sources say the suit was filed Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television Current TV Keith Olbermann

The Illinois Right of Publicity Statute and Online Social Networks

Media Law Prof Blog

Anne McLean, Northern Illinois University College of Law, has published Me.Com: The Growing Need for the Illinois Right of Publicity Act to Respond to Online Social Networks. Here is the abstract. This Comment discusses the recent growth in prevalence of

Who killed chivalry? Our “pussified legal system”

The Legal Satyricon

Mike at Crime & Federalism makes a good case for not giving a shit when you see someone getting harassed or picked on. here) Essentially his point is that if she’s not actually getting raped or killed, you have more of a chance of winding up in prison for being a “White Knight,” so better [.].

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But it’s on the Internet! Kickstarter tax issues

Music Technology Policy

UPDATE 3/16/12: The U.S. House of Representatives passed the JOBS (Jumpstart our Business Startups) Act, but the legislation is bogged down in the Senate for a variety of reasons including the crowdfunding provisions. The JOBS Act would allow equity investment over the Internet, which is difficult due to the disclosure requirements under U.S. securities laws (as a crowdsourced equity investment would be, or be sufficiently like, selling stock).

Ray Charles Estate Sues Singer's Children Over Song Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Animosity has broken out as the R&B legend's estate now says an "enormous cloud" hangs over ownership of his songs. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business

CSU Tells Faculty, Staff: Get Approval Before Speaking To Press

Media Law Prof Blog

Chicago State University has issued a new policy that forbids its faculty and employees to speak to the press via traditional or new media without prior approval from an "authorized CSU media relations officer or designate," according to an article

Texts from dog

The Legal Satyricon

Fuck the Miami-Dade vs. Broward thing: THIS is some funny shit. Filed under: misc.

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Don’t be Deceptive: Is YouTube a honeypot for data collection?

Music Technology Policy

Remember the righteous indignation of parents over the use of the deceptive cartoon figure “Joe Camel” in the Camel cigarettes advertising campaign to sell cigarettes largely targeted at kids?

Hulu Sued By Insurance Company Over Privacy Violation Claims

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Online video hub is facing a class action that alleges substantial damages for the alleged use of "zombie cookies" and won't get any immediate assistance from its insurer. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business Hulu

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Gil Noble Changed My Life - Gil Noble, Long Time Host Of WABC TV's Like It Is Dead At 80

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Gil Noble spoke at the Freshman Orientation Meeting organized by the Black Student Union, at Hunter College, City University of New York, in September of 1971, my first day in college. He was introduced by the renowned late historian John Henrik Clarke. He changed my life that day. He spoke about the struggles of peoples of African decent in global terms and urged us as incoming students to take up the mantle of struggle.

Texts from dog

The Legal Satyricon

Fuck the Miami-Dade vs. Broward thing: THIS is some funny shit. Filed under: misc.

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Social Media Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Media Law Prof Blog

Sherry Denise Sanders, Southern University Law Center, is publishing Privacy is Dead: The Birth of Social Media Background Checks in the Southern University Law Review. Here is the abstract. For years employers have used social networking sites (SNS) such as

Current Files Cross-Complaint Vs. Olbermann, Cites 'Persistent' Breach of Contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Olbermann filed a lawsuit against the cable network Thursday. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Current TV Keith Olbermann

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Gil Noble, pioneering black journalist, dies  - NY Daily News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Gil Noble, pioneering black journalist, dies - NY Daily News

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This is What Monopoly Looks Like: Did Google “Muzzle” U.S. Attorney for Speaking About Larry Page?

Music Technology Policy

An interesting fact came out in open court recently. Before reading the rest of this post, quickly ask yourself if you are aware that Google paid a $500,000,000 forfeiture for aiding and abetting the importation of controlled substances into the United States under a nonprosecution agreement, i.e., a “no indictment letter” with the U.S. If you are like most people, you are hearing of it for the first time right now.

Olbermann To File Multi-Million $ Lawsuit

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Hollywood Reporter: Keith Olbermann is set to file a mega million dollar lawsuit against Current TV, his former employer, after its spectacular termination of his employment there at the end of last month. Current says the former anchor/commentator

Court Sides with Viacom, but YouTube Can Celebrate Small Victories (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Thursday's decision largely favored Viacom, kicking its massive copyright case down to a district court for further proceedings, but it handed YouTube parent Google enough to proclaim some vindication for its interpretation of the law. read more. THR, Esq.

U.S. News - Connecticut Senate votes to repeal state's death penalty

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

News - Connecticut Senate votes to repeal state's death penalty Hurray for a long overdue move away from this barbaric practice. John H. Armwood

You’re all suspect!

The Legal Satyricon

I’m late to the party on this one, so I won’t comment too heavily on the Supreme Court’s recent decision that American citizens can be strip-searched after arrests for any infraction whatsoever. NYT article here) I’d just like to suggest how we deal with this. If there are any cops out there in the DC [.].

Social Media, Jurors, and the Fair Trial Guarantee

Media Law Prof Blog

Amy J. Eve, U. District Court Judge, and Michael A. Zuckerman, U. District Court, have published Ensuring an Impartial Jury in the Age of Social Media, in volume 11 of the Duke Law & Technology Review (2012

Megaupload Adds Superstar Lawyer to Defense Team

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Andrew Schapiro also represents YouTube in battles with Viacom and knew Barack Obama at Harvard Law School. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business Kim Dotcom International

msnbc video: Explosion at Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy

The Problem with the JOBS Act and Equity Crowdfunding

Music Technology Policy

The U.S. Congress passed the JOBS (Jumpstart our Business Startups) Act, and President Obama is expected to sign it. The JOBS Act gives the SEC 270 days to draft regulations to implement crowd-funding of startups. SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro has stated that 18 months is a more likely target for the SEC to promulgate regulations (which is where the action will be). The JOBS Act would allow equity investment over the Internet, which is difficult due to the disclosure requirements under U.S.

Limitations On Attorney Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Peter Margulies, Roger Williams University School of Law, is publishing Advocacy as a Race to the Bottom: Rethinking Limits on Lawyers’ Free Speech, as a Roger Williams University Legal Studies Paper. Here is the abstract. Attorneys looking for protection under

Weinstein Co. Sues Kevin Williamson Over Rights to Film Project

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni According to the suit, Williamson claims he still owns "Shadows," a project the studio says he relinquished control of after a 2010 settlement over the writer's "Scream 4" duties. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Kevin Williamson The Weinstein Company Scream

A Look Back at Supreme Court History | Mother Jones

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

A Look Back at Supreme Court History | Mother Jones

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TSA can’t handle the heat of criticism

The Legal Satyricon

Ars Technica reports: Bruce Schneier, the security expert who coined the term “security theater” to describe the Transportation Security Agency’s airport screening procedures, was uninvited from speaking on a Monday Congressional panel at the insistence of the TSA. source) Filed under: misc.

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James Murdoch Out at BSkyB

Media Law Prof Blog

Breaking news from CNN, Hollywood Reporter, the Guardian. James Murdoch is leaving BSkyB as its head, effective immediately, apparently as a consequence of fallout from the phone hacking scandal. He had already stepped down from his position at News International

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