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20 Questions for New Artists Sidebar: The Economic Reality of Streaming

Music Technology Policy

Streaming is all the rage. But–it is cannibalizing higher margin goods, even digital goods. Because of the industry standard revenue share method of dividing up royalties, all artists essentially get a market share allocation of streaming service revenue based on the number of streams.

The Merry Month of May

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. MORAL RIGHTS (quick) FOURTH CIRCUIT SAYS FAIR USE ISN’T TO PROTECT LAZY APPROPRIATORS ANTI-TRUST AS A DEFENSE TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?

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Franks on Fearless Speech @ma_franks

Media Law Prof Blog

Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law, is publishing Fearless Speech in volume 17 of the First Amendment Law Review (2019). Here is the abstract. The American conception of free speech is primarily defined as the freedom to

Casetext’s New ‘SmartCite’ Citator Is Its Clever Answer to Shepard’s and KeyCite

Media Law

Knowing whether a case is good law is elemental to legal research. To do this, lawyers have long relied on citator services such as Shepard’s from LexisNexis and KeyCite from Westlaw.

20 Questions for New Artists Part 4: Band Administrator, Split Sheets and Co-Writer Agreements

Music Technology Policy

For the next few weeks, we’re going to post sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell some of which has been posted various places. This doesn’t constitute legal advice, or any intent to form the attorney-client relationship. Chris, Amy and others will also be publishing occasional excerpts from the “Artist Glossary of Industry Terms” as a companion guide. Band Administrator.

State Department to LGBT Married Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Children of U.S. citizens are falling victim to a policy that de-recognizes their parents’ marriage—and strips them of their birthright citizenship. Scott Bixby05.15.19 5:12 AM ET No parent can ever be fully prepared for the arrival of a new baby.

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Seibert-Fohr on the Independence of Judges and Their Freedom of Expression

Media Law Prof Blog

Ania Seibert-Fohr, University of Heidelberg, has published The Independence of Judges and their Freedom of Expression: An Ambivalent Relationship. Here is the abstract. Judges posting tweets on Twitter, writing columns in newspapers and pronouncing their views in public lectures

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Where Was the Board? Some Thoughts on Potential Legal Issues in Pledge Music “Administration” Bankruptcy–Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

[This post first appeared on Artist Rights Watch ]. We’ve had a lot of questions about what is going on with the Pledge Music crowdfunding platform which appears to be either on its way or already in a bankruptcy filing according to reports.

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Of Parks, Gangsters And Priviledged Democrats

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Smith on Copyright in Culinary Presentations @Cathay Smith

Media Law Prof Blog

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, has published Copyright in Culinary Presentations in Non-Conventional Copyright: Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?128-149 128-149 (Enrico Bonadio & Nicola Lucchi eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018). Here is the abstract. This chapter

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LawNext Episode 39: An Exclusive Look at LegalZoom’s New Project to Develop Better Contracts for Small Businesses

Media Law

This week on LawNext, we get to reveal a project that could change the face of contracting for small businesses worldwide. The global online legal services company LegalZoom — through its research affiliate Pulse Global Services Ltd.

Looking at “Legal” Marijuana and CBD Advertising – A Presentation on the Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

Perhaps some of the most controversial areas in broadcast advertising are those surrounding the advertising of cannabis products. While many states claim to have legalized marijuana, either for medical or recreational purposes, the Federal government still considers its possession a felony , and has specific laws that criminalize the use of radio frequencies, the Internet, and publications to promote its use.

How Does Donald Trump Keep Getting Away With It? | The Nation

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Hint: From Congress to the courts, people keep treating Trump like a “normal” president. It’s time to stop. By Elie Mystal Today 8:35 am Every day, President Donald Trump or his minions say something stupid, wrong, or demonstrably false. Most days, these people threaten to take illegal actions.

Magliocca on A Special Relationship: Winston Churchill and the American Constitution @IUMcKinney

Media Law Prof Blog

Gerard N. Magliocca, Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, has published A Special Relationship: Winston Churchill and the American Constitution. Here is the abstract. This Article is the first detailed treatment of Winston Churchill's views on the United States Constitution.In.

Another Legal Tech Startup Is Shutting Down

Media Law

Last week, I reported that legal tech startup Tali will be shutting down, effective June 30. Now I have another shut-down to report — SupportHound , a spousal support calculator for Oregon attorneys that used real cases to calculate how much and how long a spousal support award should be.

What Do New Drug Ad Price Disclosures Mean for TV?

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted a new rule mandating, at some point later this year after Paperwork Reduction Act approval, that prescription drug advertising on TV contain certain price information. Specifically, HHS will require TV ads for prescription drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid to include the list price for a month’s supply or for the usual course of therapy, if that price is $35 or more.

Green New Deal: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Litman on Imaginary Bottles @UMichLaw @DukeLawTechRev

Media Law Prof Blog

Jessica Litman, University of Michigan Law School, is publishing Imaginary Bottles in the Duke Law & Technology Review (2019). Here is the abstract. This essay, written for a symposium commemorating John Perry Barlow, who died on February 7, 2018, revisits

Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions Acquires CLM Matrix for $35 Million

Media Law

Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions , a provider of technology for enterprise management of legal matters and legal spend, has acquired CLM Matrix , a provider of contract lifecycle management (CLM) software, for $35 million. The acquisition will enable Wolters Kluwer to offer a more comprehensive suite of solutions to address the growing needs of corporate legal operations, the company said in its first-quarter trading update.

Video Looking at the Basics of the Online Public Inspection File and Quarterly Issues Programs Lists

Broadcast Law Blog

Looking for a brief explanation of the online public inspection file and Quarterly Issues Programs List , and how they will be viewed in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle – including the potential fines for violations of the rules? The Indiana Broadcasters has just released this video of me discussing those issues available here.

Was Donald Trump Trafficking Cocaine? (w/ David Cay Johnston)

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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James Comey says Barr summary of Mueller report was "misleading," "inade.

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Flynn told Mueller that people tied to Trump and Congress tried to obstruct probe, Evidence of more obstruction of justice services. This is witness tampering a very serious crime.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told investigators that people linked to the Trump administration and Congress reached out to him in an effort to interfere in the Russia probe, according to newly-unredacted court papers filed Thursday. The court filing from special counsel Robert Mueller is believed to mark the first public acknowledgement that a person connected to Capitol Hill was suspected of engaging in an attempt to impede the investigation into Russian election interference.

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