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Beyonce Can't Dodge "Formation" Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

It's premature to rule that Messy Mya's heir doesn't have a plausible claim, the court held. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Beyonce

Why L&D Goes Hand in Hand with M&A

Pathgather

Mergers and acquisitions are playing an increasing role in business strategy, as 56 percent of CEOs expect their companies to pursue an acquisition over the next 12 months, according to EY’s Global Capital Confidence Barometer.

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The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act: The Domesday Book Meets A Unicorn — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

Americans are freedom loving people and nothing says freedom like getting away with it. Long Long Time , written by Guy Forsyth. Longtime PRO opponent Rep.

Episode 87 – Monkeys, Machines & McCartney

Gordon P. Firemark

Show notes are located at [link] 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. Here's what we talked about… FOLLOW UP: Widow of Four Season’s autobiography ghostwriter sues the producers of the Jersey Boys movie. IMDB FOLLOW UP. A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED POKEMON GO PROTECTED UNDER CONSTITUTION (Quick take). MONKEY SELFIE IN THE 9TH CIRCUIT.

HBO Fights Energy Co.'s Bid to Prevent Re-Broadcast of John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The pay network says the so-called "John Oliver Effect" is no reason to impose an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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The Beatles Triumph in Ownership Fight Over Footage from Famous Concert

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rejected the contention that master tapes belonged to the promoter who brought the band to the United States. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

Is Trump Desperate Enough to Pardon Himself? | The Nation

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

[link] Is Trump Desperate Enough to Pardon Himself? | The Nation

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Denison, Wedeking, and Zilis on Negative Media Coverage of the Supreme Court @universityofky

Media Law Prof Blog

ICYMI: Alex Denison, Justin Wedeking, and Michael Zilis, all of the Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky, have published Negative Media Coverage of the Supreme Court: The Interactive Role of Opinion Language, Coalition Size, and Ideological Signals. Here is

More Details on FCC’s Upcoming Nationwide EAS Test Including August 28 Deadline to Update Information in ERTS Reporting System

Broadcast Law Blog

We wrote earlier this week about the upcoming EAS Nationwide Test and the need for broadcasters to make sure that their EAS equipment is operating in compliance with all FCC rules. The FCC itself has now released its own Public Notice detailing the many things that broadcasters need to check at their facilities before the upcoming test, including the need to update their information in the ERTS EAS reporting system by August 28.

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Fox Hit With $48M Lawsuit for Allegedly Scapegoating Executive in Sexual Harassment Scandal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Francisco Cortes, a former vice president at Fox News Latino, says he was forced by contract to stay silent as Tamara Holder came forward to accuse him of assault. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

The worst is yet to come - "The Court of Mad King Donald is not a presidency. It is an affliction, one that saps the life out of our democratic institutions, and it must be fiercely resisted if the nation as we know it is to survive." The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"The Court of Mad King Donald is not a presidency. It is an affliction, one that saps the life out of our democratic institutions, and it must be fiercely resisted if the nation as we know it is to survive." (Via.). Via.). The worst is yet to come - The Washington Post

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Wall on The Theft of Ideas as a Cybercrime

Media Law Prof Blog

David S. Wall, University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, has published The Theft of Ideas as a Cybercrime: Downloading and Changes in the Business Model of the Creative Arts in The Handbook of Technology, Crime & Justice 161-177

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CLASSICS Act Introduced to Provide Pre-1972 Sound Recording Public Performance Clarity – What Issues Does It Leave Unresolved?

Broadcast Law Blog

The CLASSICS (Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service and Important Contributions to Society) Act was introduced in Congress last week to try to clear up some of the ongoing disputes over the public performance rights of pre-1972 sound recordings.

Fox, Paramount Accused of Using Stolen Computer Graphic Technology for Hit Films

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A VFX firm demands an injunction on "Deadpool" and three other blockbusters plus one huge video game. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Don't Underestimate Donald Trump's Raw Power, Says Legal Scholar | Morni.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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The Guardian On Technology and Fake News

Media Law Prof Blog

The Guardian reports on ways to create fake news, pointing out that we often rely on visual and auditory cues to persuade us that what we see and hear is authentic. There are also ways to detect deceptive reports, some

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Proposed $66,000 Fine Reminds Broadcasters to Prepare for September Nationwide EAS Test

Broadcast Law Blog

FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) has notified the FCC that it will be conducting the next nationwide test of the EAS system on September 27, 2017 (with a back-up date of October 4, 2017 – in the event potential real emergencies make the earlier date one that could cause confusion).

Jury Begins Deliberations in Quincy Jones-Michael Jackson Estate Royalties Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jones says he's owed $30 million, while Jackson's estate puts it closer to $400,000. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Quincy Jones

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President Donald Trump's 'Bad Policy' Made For A Political Reason. The Morning Joe panel discusses President Trump's announcement via Twitter on Wednesday a fresh ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. | Morn.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Turkish Journalists Go On Trial For Assisting Terrorism

Media Law Prof Blog

From the BBC: Seventeen journalists are on trial in Turkey, accused of aiding terrorists. They were arrested last year in the wake of the attempted coup against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The seventeen work for opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet and

@eriqgardner: Google Has a Big Canadian Problem — and It’s Getting Desperate — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

What is significant is that the case dealt with intellectual property and the possibility that Google might have to do more than pay lip service to piracy….If If one didn’t know any better, it would be reasonable to assume that Google has lost its mind.

Time Warner Beats Lawsuit Claiming a Pattern of Racial Discrimination at CNN

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A putative class action is dismissed by a judge who sees "conclusory assertions, rank speculation, confusing statements, and generalized allegations." read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

U.S. House leader says willing to do conference committee on healthcare

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"With the Senate digging in for what could be a rare all-night session to debate amendments to a Republican healthcare plan that would roll back parts of the seven-year-old Affordable Care Act, Republican senators challenged their leaders and expressed frustration with the entire process. “I’d

Clement and Obar on Keeping Internet Users in the Know Or in the Dark @AndrewClement @CDNJobar

Media Law Prof Blog

Clement, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, and J. Obar, York University and Michigan State University, have published Keeping Internet Users in the Know or in the Dark: An Analysis of the Data Privacy Transparency of Canadian Internet

Google Has a Big Canadian Problem — and It's Getting Desperate

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

After losing up north, Google takes the battle over a worldwide injunction to an American court. But it's unlikely to be the tech giant's last stop. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Tech Business THR Online International

Dish Claims Univision Breached Contract by Streaming Soccer Matches on Facebook

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A court is asked to prohibit the Spanish-language broadcaster from putting its programming online. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

'Game of Thrones' Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Sues Ex-Manager for Fraud

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor says he doesn't have to pay Jill Littman commissions from the HBO hit since he terminated their business relationship. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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The Kingston Trio's Trademark Sparks Legal Battle of the Bands

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The son of one of the band's founding members says he paid $100K for a 10-year exclusive license. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Olivia de Havilland Wants to Take FX to Trial Before Her 102nd Birthday

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

This feud could reach trial in the next four months. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Feud

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'Citizen Kane' TV Reboot Sparks Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The parties agreed updating the classic was "an important, and long overdue, project," according to the complaint. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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Coal King Fights to Move John Oliver Dispute Back to State Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Robert Murray, head of Murray Energy, argues that HBO and Oliver are avoiding the key issue: whether defamation of a CEO hurts that company's business. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online John Oliver

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National Enquirer Argues False Stories About Celebrity Sex Changes Can't Be Defamatory

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The tabloid looks to stop a suit from Richard Simmons on the basis he can't show any injury. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Television Culture Business THR Online

Judge Asked to Stop Irving Azoff Outfit From Gouging Pennsylvania Radio Stations

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Hardball tactics in a big antitrust lawsuit involving works performed by Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Madonna prompt a demand for an injunction. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Vizio Can't Dodge Claims Its TVs Spy on Viewers

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A federal judge has now decided to permit consumers to assert illegal wiretapping against the television manufacturer. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online