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An Insult to the Heart: Lobbyists Organize Big Tech Rallies in Europe

Music Technology Policy

The ghost of Edward Bernays walks the streets of the ancient capitols of Europe.

Doin’ The Copyright Registration Dance

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. SCOTUS RULES ON WHEN TO FILE SUIT EU REVOKED MCDONALDS BIGMAC TRADEMARK: BURGER KING HAS FUN AT MCDONALDS EXPENSE NOMINATIVE FAIR USE FOR WEBCAST NAME (TIE TO FANDOM PODCASTS?) MAHONEY: FIRING A PERSON IS FREE SPEECH ‘STAR TREK'/DR.

Stanford's Free Course On Attacks on Freedom of the Press

Media Law Prof Blog

Last fall, Stanford Continuing Studies in conjunction with the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships offered a course called Journalism Under Siege? Truth and Trust in a Time of Turmoil. Over five weeks, it presented views from twenty-eight experts. Now those

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Exclusive Survey Report: Small Firms See Many Challenges, But Do Little To Address Them

Media Law

Solo and small law firms face many challenges — from getting paid to managing time to keeping up with technology — but they do little to address them, according to the 2019 State of U.S. Small Law Firms survey report being released today by Thomson Reuters.

Goliath Never Learns: “Article 13” Passes European Parliament With Substantial Majority–now what?

Music Technology Policy

The European Copyright Directive (aka “Article 13”) has passed the European Parliament by a vote of 348 to 274, a substantial majority in favor of artist rights. Silicon Valley interests embarrassed themselves as expected.

Democratic Party Weakness Emboldens Trump!

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Judge Grants Summary Judgment In Defamation Case Against Buzzfeed

Media Law Prof Blog

District Court Judge Victor Marrero has granted Buzzfeed's request for summary judgment in Leidig v. Buzzfeed, agreeing with the defendant that the plaintiffs could not demonstrate that the statements they complained of were false or that they could

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Indie artists call on @Europarl_EN 2 to ‘Just Say’ #Yes2Copyright with Steph’s ReMix

Music Technology Policy

Article 13 #Yes2Copyright Steph's Remix

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Time for All-Digital AM?  Petition for Rulemaking Asks that the FCC Allow It

Broadcast Law Blog

For decades, the FCC has been attempting to solve problems with AM reception – in the 90s looking to protect AMs from each other, and today trying to assist them in overcoming the effects of background “noise” coming from the proliferation of electronic devices in the environment which make AM reception, particularly in urban areas, very difficult.

Skinner-Thompson on Recording as Heckling

Media Law Prof Blog

Scott Skinner-Thompson, University of Colorado Law School, is publishing Recording as Heckling in volume 108 of the Georgetown Law Journal (2019). Here is the abstract. A growing body of authority recognizes that citizen recording of police officers and public space

Healthcare, Puerto Rico Aid, Special Olympics: Everything Must Go!

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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The Ennui of Learned Helplessness: Article 13 and the Five Lies in YouTube’s Content ID

Music Technology Policy

Global Legal Research Company vLex Acquires UK Service Justis Publishing

Media Law

The global legal research company vLex will announce today that it has acquired Justis Publishing Ltd., a 33-year-old UK-based online legal publisher with clients in more than 40 countries including the UK, Ireland, the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Justis, headquartered in London, will become part of vLex. Justis Managing Director Masoud Gerami will remain in his role and all 30 or so Justis employees will join vLex.

Stone on Freedom of Expression in Asia @Adrienne_Stone1

Media Law Prof Blog

Adrienne Stone, University of Melbourne Law School, is publishing Freedom of Expression in Asia in the Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia (Lau, Lau, and Schwartz, eds., Oxford University Press) (forthcoming). Here is the abstract. Freedom of expression is

New, Confusing Developments In Jussie Smollett's Case

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Must Read: @RobertBLevine_: Karyn Temple Appointed United States Register of Copyrights @CopyrightOffice — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

In a week of great news for copyright, Karyn Temple has been appointed Register of Copyrights (the head of the U.S. Copyright Office). via Must Read: @RobertBLevine_: Karyn Temple Appointed United States Register of Copyrights @CopyrightOffice — Artist Rights Watch

12 Finalists Named for Global Legal Hackathon; Will Compete May 4 in NYC

Media Law

Twelve teams from global locations ranging from Australia to China, from Bucharest to Brazil, and from India to San Francisco, have been named as finalists in the second annual Global Legal Hackathon. The teams have been invited to compete in the hackathon’s final found May 4 in New York City. The first round took place over the weekend of Feb. 22-24, when over 6,000 individuals formed hundreds of teams in 46 host cities spread across 24 countries.

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Zhu and Krever on The Impact of Newspaper Reports on Fear of Violent Crime in Hong Kong @uwanews @UWALawSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

Runping Zhu, The University of Western Australia, and Richard Krever, The University of Western Australia Law School, has published The Impact of Newspaper Reports on Fear of Violent Crime in Hong Kong. Here is the abstract. This study analyzed violent

Colbert: All The Other Reasons Trump Is A Bad President

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Save the Date: @miramulholland Speaking at the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva April 5

Music Technology Policy

An industry transformed: securing sustainable growth for today’s digital music industry. Friday, 5 th April 2019. 1pm – 3pm. Geneva, Switzerland. The global music industry has transformed itself through investment and innovation over the past two decades. The recording industry has licensed hundreds of digital music services around the world, driving innovation and providing consumers with access to some 50 million tracks.

Recent Bill Introduced in Illinois Legislature Would Curtail BIPA Litigation

New Media and Technology Law

In the wake of the Illinois Supreme Court decision that held that claimants need only allege a procedural violation to have standing to bring an action under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) and the continued wave of BIPA-related litigation, the Illinois legislature is considering an amendment to BIPA that would strip the statute of its private right of action.

On PBS Tonight: "King Charles III"

Media Law Prof Blog

Airing tonight on PBS: King Charles III, a filmed version of Mike Barlett's play of the same name, first performed at the Almeida Theatre in London in 2014. The play imagines events after the death of Queen Elizabeth II and

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Blatant Racism At COSCO! In Atlanta "Can You Even Afford To Buy This?" #BoycottCOSCO

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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April Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Radio License Renewal, Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Reports, Repacking and EEO Dates, and Comments on the Quadrennial Review

Broadcast Law Blog

April, as we wrote last month , begins the start of the radio license renewal process, with stations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia having to run on the 1 st and 16 th of the month public notices of the planned filing of their license renewals at the beginning of June.

Bipartisan Facial Recognition Privacy Bill Introduced in Congress

New Media and Technology Law

Senators Brian Schatz (D) and Roy Blunt (R) recently introduced S.847, the “ Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act of 2019 ,” a bill that would, subject to certain important exceptions, generally prohibit the commercial use of facial recognition technology to identify and track consumers without consent. The bill, as drafted would place limitations on the third-party sharing of collected faceprint data, as well as require covered entities to meet certain minimum data security standards.

Delfino on Pornographic Deepfakes--Revenge Porn's Next Act--The Case for Federal Criminalization @LoyolaLawSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

Rebecca Delfino, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, has published Pornographic Deepfakes — Revenge Porn’s Next Tragic Act – The Case for Federal Criminalization. Here is the abstract. This could happen to you: You have appeared in digital photographs. Your pictures

Virtual ‘Growth Summit’ for Legal Tech Startups Monday will Launch New Startup Resource

Media Law

A free, three-day virtual summit designed to help legal tech startups accelerate growth kicks off Monday, April 1, with tomorrow, March 29, the last day to register. The summit will kick off the launch of LegalTech Growth , a new website devoted to providing marketing advice to early-stage legal tech companies on how to break through the noise and scale up.

April Fool’s Day is Monday – Don’t Let the Joke Be on You by Forgetting the FCC’s Hoax Rule

Broadcast Law Blog

It’s that time again. If you are planning any on-air pranks on that air on Monday for April Fools’ Day, think twice. As we do every year about this time, we need to play our role as attorneys and ruin the fun by repeating our reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other bits prepared especially for the day. While a little fun is OK, remember that the FCC does have a rule against on-air hoaxes.

What We Know About The Mueller Report

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Judicial Analytics Platform Launches for California with $2M in Seed Funding

Media Law

In a December column at Above the Law , I wrote about the growing market of legal technology tools devoted to litigation analytics, describing it as tech that can turn the tables in litigation. Now today comes a new entrant to that market, Trellis Research , a judicial analytics platform that claims to have the most-comprehensive database of California court records and that is launching with $2 million in seed funding.

See You in Boston for #LITCon2019? Registration Closes April 1

Media Law

Suffolk Law School’s second-annual legal innovation and tech conference, LIT Con 2019 , takes place on Monday, April 8. If you plan to attend, now is the time to cough up the exorbitant $25 registration fee, because registration closes April 1. The one-day, one-track conference features a great line-up of speakers who will offer case studies in innovation and discuss a spectrum of innovative development projects.

Advertising for CBD – Safe for Broadcasters?

Broadcast Law Blog

In the last few months, we probably have had more questions about advertising for CBD products than any other topic. At this point, CBD products seem to be sold in nearly every state in the country, and discussions about CBD’s effectiveness seem to be staples on national and local television talk programs. Broadcasters naturally ask whether they can advertise these seemingly ubiquitous products.

Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General - The New York Times