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Corbin on Government Speech and First Amendment Capture @CarolineMCorbin @VirginiaLawRev

Media Law Prof Blog

Caroline Mala Corbin, University of Miami School of Law, is publishing Government Speech and First Amendment Capture in the Virginia Law Review Online (2021). Here is the abstract. Alarm regarding government speech is not new. In earlier decades, scholars worried

Hell Has Frozen Over: Apple Joins the Competition on Artist Royalty Payments with Some Good Karma

Music Technology Policy

As an old sailing master once said, two boats on the water is a race. For once, the prize may be which streamery can treat artists better than their competitor. What do SoundCloud and Apple have in common? Or said another way, what does Spotify not have in common with SoundCloud and Apple? Of all the different ways that each of these licensed platforms try to compete with each other, SoundCloud and Apple have started competing on how fairly they pay the artists. We like it.

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FCC Announces that Window to Apply for New Noncommercial FM Stations Will Open in November

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC released its decision to limit to 10 the number of applications that can be filed by one party in the next window for new noncommercial FM stations in the reserved FM band (those channels below 92.1 on the FM dial). No party can have attributable interests in more than 10 applications filed in the window. By making this decision, the FCC cleared the way for the window itself, which was first hinted at last summer (see our article here ).

Former Legal Tech Founder Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Fraud, Forgery

Media Law

Between 2016 and 2018, I wrote a series of posts about Derek Bluford, a one-time rising star on the legal tech start-up scene whose star fell after I reported in 2016 of his settlement of a lawsuit charging him with impersonating a lawyer, forging legal documents and fraudulently swindling two clients.

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Tackling the "Fake" WIthout Harming the "News": A Paper Series on Regulatory Responses to Misinformation

Media Law Prof Blog

Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information has published Tackling the 'Fake' Without Harming the 'News': A Paper Series on Regulatory Responses to Misinformation (2021). Here is the abstract. Around the world, an increasing number of governments are responding

CDC advisers recommend resuming use of J&J vaccine

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A New TV Station in Your Future?  Lifting of TV Freeze Brings Proposals for New Allotments

Broadcast Law Blog

While the pandemic has focused much attention on streaming television services, at least some companies believe that over-the-air television still has a future, as evidenced by recent proposals to allocate new TV channels which, if adopted, could result in brand new TV stations. As we wrote here , last year the FCC lifted the freeze on applications for new TV allotments and for changes in existing stations, as the repacking of the TV band following the incentive auction has finally ended.

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Smith on Weaponizing Copyright @CathaySmith @umontanalaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, is publishing Weaponizing Copyright in volume 35 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. Here is the abstract. Copyright grants authors exclusive rights in their works in order to encourage creation

Dr. Fauci On Sen. Johnson's Comments Against Vaccinations: 'We Are Deali.

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Congressional Letter to FCC on CALM Act Violations Puts Focus on FCC Enforcement Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

As we highlighted yesterday in our weekly summary of regulatory issues for broadcasters, last week saw a letter from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to the FCC asking for the FCC to review the enforcement of the rules established by the CALM Act , which prohibits loud commercials on TV stations. The letter cites news reports of thousands of complaints annually to the FCC since the rule’s adoption in 2012 without there ever having been an enforcement action against a station for any violation.

Rocket Lawyer Raises $223 Million To Meet Growing Demand For Its Services

Media Law

The online legal services provider Rocket Lawyer has raised $223 million in growth capital financing to help it meet what it says has been a strong and accelerating demand for its digital legal documents and advice.

From the Pentagon Papers to the Resignation @ChristianGAppy @ConversationUS

Media Law Prof Blog

From The Conversation, Christian Appy's essay on the links between coverage of the Pentagon Papers case and the end of Richard Nixon's presidency. Dr. Appy writes in part, Why did Nixon ultimately decide to go after the press and Ellsberg

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Evidence in Chauvin case contradicted first police statement

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

" PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Moments after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death, copies of the original Minneapolis police statement began recirculating on social media.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: April 10, 2021 to April 16, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. According to press reports, broadcasters should pencil in August 11, 2021 on their calendars for the next national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

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Lex Machina Expands Its Analytics Coverage Of California State Courts

Media Law

The legal analytics platform Lex Machina , which is owned by LexisNexis, today announced that it has expanded its coverage of state courts in California to include Orange County Superior Court, its seventh California county. Lex Machina now provides analytics for over 1.5

Freedom Forum Position: First Amendment Specialist

Media Law Prof Blog

The Freedom Forum is accepting applications for its First Amendment specialist position. The position is full-time. More information available from the website here

Bones of Black children killed in police bombing used in Ivy League anthropology course

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Bones of Black children killed in police bombing used in Ivy League anthropology course Ed Pilkington Mourners of Move members stand in front of their former headquarters.

FCC Being Anything but CALM About Congressional Letter – Asks for Public Comments on CALM Act Enforcement

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this week, we highlighted a letter sent last week from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo asking the FCC to review CALM Act compliance. The letter noted that the FCC has received thousands of complaints about loud commercials in the decade that the law has been in effect without having taken any enforcement action.

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New Platform Launches to Quickly Resolve Disputes; Could Its Timing Be Just Right?

Media Law

For at least 25 years, companies have attempted to succeed in the business of online dispute resolution, mostly without success. Could that be about to change?

Cantu and Jussim on Microaggressions, Questionable Science, and Free Speech @UMKCLaw @PsychRabble @RutgersU

Media Law Prof Blog

Edward Cantu, University of Missouri, Kansas City, and Lee Jussim, Rutgers University, are publishing Microaggressions, Questionable Science, and Free Speech in the Texas Review of Law & Politics. Here is the abstract. The topic of microaggressions is hot currently. Diversity

Outcry over US Postal Service reportedly tracking social media posts Report obtained by Yahoo says USPS surveilling via covert program social media activity it describes as ‘inflammatory’

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Outcry over US Postal Service reportedly tracking social media posts Report obtained by Yahoo says USPS surveilling via covert program social media activity it describes as ‘inflammatory’ Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has faced scrutiny over the last year due to the reform effort that slowed mail service for the 2020 election.

Langos and Babie on Social Media, Free Speech, and Religious Freedom @Adel_Law_School

Media Law Prof Blog

Colette Langos and Paul T. Babie, both of the University of Adelaide School of Law, have published Social Media, Free Speech and Religious Freedom at 20 Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion 239 (2021). Here is the abstract. Social media

Ravid on Judging By the Cover: On the Relationship Between Media Coverage on Crime and Harshness in Sentencing @ItayRavid @Villanova_Law

Media Law Prof Blog

Itay Ravid, Villanova University School of Law; Stanford University School of Law, has published Judging by the Cover: On the Relationship Between Media Coverage on Crime and Harshness in Sentencing at 93 S. 1121 (2020). Here is

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Leung on Publicity Stunts, Power Play, and Information Warfare in Mediatized Public Confessions @JHCLeung @law_humanities

Media Law Prof Blog

Janny Leung, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Arts, School of English, has published Publicity Stunts, Power Play, and Information Warfare in Mediatized Public Confessions at 11 Law and Humanities 82 (2021). Here is the abstract. Confession has for centuries

Stacey Abrams: Why Republicans Are 'Hysterical' About Suppressing The Vo.

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Republicans Freak Out About DC Statehood and the Green New Deal: A Close.

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Patrick Maloney: In The GOP ‘Voices Like MTG Are Driving The Decision Ma.

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Republican Bills Attack Protest Rights; Wink At Running Over Protesters.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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'She Mowed Him Down': Sen. Kennedy Grills Stacey Abrams On Georgia Law |.

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How It Works: Storybuilder by Everlaw, Free Narrative Builder and Trial Prep Platform

Media Law

In today’s episode of How It Works : Storybuilder by Everlaw , a free, secure narrative building and trial preparation platform. Product Lead Kevin Kraft presents an introduction of the product and a walkthrough of how it works.

New Product Makes It Easy For Firms To Map Multijurisdictional Surveys

Media Law

A common service that law firms perform is to compile multijurisdictional surveys of laws, regulations or other legal data. But an equally common problem is presenting that data in a way that is visually informative and compelling.

Chauvin Found Guilty in George Floyd Murder As Calls for Police Reform G.

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After Chauvin Verdict, Police Veteran Blows Whistle On The 'Dangerous' B.

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‘Don’t Kill Me’: Others Tell of Abuse by Officer Who Knelt on George Floyd - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

‘Don’t Kill Me’: Others Tell of Abuse by Officer Who Knelt on George Floyd "Firsthand accounts accuse Derek Chauvin, the police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis, of using similar tactics on detainees over the years. Published Feb.

AG Garland Announces 'Comprehensive Review' Of Minneapolis Policing Prac.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

We must end ‘qualified immunity’ for police. It might save the next George Floyd

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

We must end ‘qualified immunity’ for police.

Teenage Girl Is Fatally Shot by the Police in Columbus, Officials Say The use of deadly force in Ohio happened just before the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Teenage Girl Is Fatally Shot by the Police in Columbus, Officials Say The use of deadly force in Ohio happened just before the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. April 20, 2021 Updated 10:06 p.m.