Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer!

Gordon P. Firemark

I am thrilled to have been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Entertainment law.

The Royal Scam: Content ID and Google’s Massive Profits From Piracy and Crime

Music Technology Policy

Google and YouTube have managed to create a scam that has gone largely undetected and largely unpunished for a decade–illicit activity that is both seen through the sale of advertising and unseen through data scraping in the background.


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SAG-AFTRA Engages Jonathan Handel as Outside Special Counsel

Digital Media Law

Leaves The Hollywood Reporter; will continue to practice entertainment/tech law; writes at jhandel.news LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2020) – SAG-AFTRA has engaged entertainment/technology attorney and journalist Jonathan Handel as an outside Special Counsel to the union, effective Sept.


NYPD Arrests Journalist For Filming Officers During Arrest

Media Law Prof Blog

NYPD officers arrested Amr Alfiky, a reporter with ABC and Reuters, after he filmed them taking another person into custody. The NYPD claimed he failed to identify himself as a journalist, but video demonstrates that Mr. Alfkiky did identify himself

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Who Watches the Watchers?

The Legal Satyricon

by Jay Marshall Wolman On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during an arrest of Floyd for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase a pack of cigarettes. A 17-year old filmed the arrest and murder, which was then shared and resulted in protests against system racism […].

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Washington, State that Pioneered Licensed Legal Technicians, Cancels the Program

Media Law

The Washington Supreme Court has voted 7-2 to end the state’s pioneering Limited License Legal Technicians program, a first-of-its-kind program that the court created in 2012 in an effort to help address the unmet legal needs of residents who could not afford a lawyer.

Why You Need An Invoice Generator & Invoice Maker for Small Business

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Invoices are crucial for entrepreneurs to get paid for the goods or services they offer. On top of that, it’s an important document that makes bookkeeping easier.

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James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog


A new look at the old standard: “Force Majeure” clauses

Gordon P. Firemark

With Covid-19/Coronavirus causing cancellation of events and transactions around the globe, people are naturally looking at whether they must still perform their contractual obligations and whether they are entitled to refunds of deposits and advance payments they've made.

This year, giving thanks is even more important!

Gordon P. Firemark

Each year at this time, we give thanks for the people and experiences that have enriched our lives. But this year, with all that 2020 has dumped on us, I feel it's even more important to take time out to get in touch with gratitude and appreciation for the good things in our lives.

As the year nears a close, do these things to save money, time, hassle and risk.

Gordon P. Firemark

First off, if you celebrate, let me wish you a Happy Hannukkah! ? ? It's getting to be that time of year when we all sort of wrap up our work activities, and things start to slow down. That makes this a really good time to think about a few tasks that are best done before 2021 begins.

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MLC Metadata Showdown: What’s in a Name? Your money.

Music Technology Policy

There is an unsurprising discussion going on about song titles in the metadata deliberations regarding the regulations mandating the conduct of the Mechanical Licensing Collective quango. The least surprising part of the discussion is that the services change song titles as it suits them.

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Can (and should) producers use COVID-19 waivers from cast and crew to limit their liability?

Gordon P. Firemark

The scenario. An actor client today told me that she’s been asked to sign a document before coming to work on a new project.


Call For Applications: Visiting Professor, LSU Law Center, 2020-2021 Academic Year

Media Law Prof Blog

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire a visiting professor for the 2020-21 academic year or for Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 in the following areas: federal courts, constitutional law, civil procedure, and evidence. Applicants should

For the 5th year running, Gordon Firemark named among “Best Lawyers”

Gordon P. Firemark

Gordon Firemark has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I've always loved helping creatives and entertainers people bridge the gap to build successful businesses. I find this work so very rewarding.”

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The Decade in Legal Tech: The 10 Most Significant Developments

Media Law

In legal technology, it was a decade of tumult and upheaval, bringing changes that will forever transform the practice of law and the delivery of legal services. Feisty startups took on established behemoths. The cloud dropped rain on legacy products. Mobile tech untethered lawyers.

How to Make An Invoice

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

You’ve set up a business and gained customers patronizing your products. And now you have to send them invoices to get paid. How do you make an invoice? In this guide, we will walk you through how to make an invoice and what information you should include in it. What Is An Invoice? An invoice is a document that states the products or services you have rendered and the total amount the client has to pay you.

The Coronavirus and Force Majeure Clauses

New Media and Technology Law

Beyond the human toll of the current global health crisis, the coronavirus outbreak is having serious economic repercussions to the global economy and the supply chains on which it depends.

Dr. Fauci Thinks It's 'Unimaginable' Some Americans Still Believe Covid.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog


You Can’t Copyright the Law

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 www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/121.

REGISTER NOW for the May 2nd Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp

Gordon P. Firemark

On May 2nd I will be holding my Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp. The workshop, will be conducted online, so you can attend and participate from the comfort of your home, office or studio. Register Now!

Free Online Training for Digital Entrepreneurs

Gordon P. Firemark

Join me for “Keep your digital business legal, protected & growing in challenging times without incurring staggering legal fees” on March 23rd, at 11am (Pacific).

The DLC Finally Confirms (Sort of) How Much is in the MMA Black Box–Bigger than a bread box

Music Technology Policy

We’ve all heard rumors about how much is in the “inception to date” black box at the digital music services. The main reason that nobody knows is another example of the dismal drafting of the Music Modernization Act.

Resources to help during Covid-19 Crisis

Gordon P. Firemark

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash. (no, no, I don't have a secret resource for T.P.). But here are a few useful links.: ? The Freelancer’s Guide to The CARES Act: New Funds and Benefits (from my friend and client Abbey Woodcock) ? What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus ? ?

Turner on Limits to Terror Speech in the UK and USA @DrIanTurner

Media Law Prof Blog

Ian Turner, University of Central Lancashire Law School, has published Limits to Terror Speech in the UK and USA: Balancing Freedom of Expression With National Security at 2 Amicus Curiae 201 (2020). Here is the abstract. Article 10(1) of the

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Achieve More, Better, Faster

Gordon P. Firemark

As you know, I love to help creatives and business folk in all fields… film, tv, theatre, podcasting, online/digital business, or whatever, to forge their paths forward to bigger, better, accomplishments, as quickly as you can imagine.

20 For 2020: The Legal Tech Trends that Defined the Year

Media Law

Whoa, what the f*&% just happened? This was a year few of us will ever forget. It brought untold hardships for many and unfamiliar challenges for all of us.

Best Invoice App for Freelancers

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

As a freelancer, the way you manage your business impacts your career. Success is not only about providing phenomenal results to your clients but also making sure they are satisfied—from the moment they interact with your business up until the service or product has been delivered. And when they’re totally happy with your service and all is said and done, you get the payment you well deserve. But there’s one important step just before that… invoicing.

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EU Releases “A European Strategy for Data”

New Media and Technology Law

As 2019 came to a close, we looked ahead into 2020 and noted that data would continue to be a huge issue for the digital economy. We have not been disappointed.

The Final November 3rd Election results which many seditious Americans refuse to accept even though this is was the biggest percentile loss by an incumbent President since 1932. This election was not close.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog


Blackbeard’s Revenge!

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 www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/119.

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Live from Dallas

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 www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/118.

Speaking at Podcast Movement, Evolutions!

Gordon P. Firemark

Next week, I'll be speaking at the Podcast Movement – Evolutions conference in Los Angeles. My talk is about content acquisition and compensation structures for podcasters. I'll be covering how to pay for and get paid for content as a podcaster.

Here Comes the New Dark Age: Blanket Licenses for Everything Based on MMA

Music Technology Policy

Cory Doctorow has a post on the EFF’s Deep Thoughts…sorry…Deep Links blog that proposes “A Plan to Pay Artists.” ” MTP readers probably need no further information to know what’s coming next without even reading Mr. Doctorow’s post.

REGISTER NOW! Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp live and in-person in conjunction with Podfest Expo.

Gordon P. Firemark

On March 6th, I'll be holding my Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp live , and in person. The workshop, previously conducted online, will coincide with the Podfest Multimedia Expo in Orlando, Florida, where I'll also be speaking. Register Now!

Post and Rothman on The First Amendment and the Right(s) of Publicity @profrothman

Media Law Prof Blog

Robert Post, Yale Law School, and Jennifer E. Rothman, Loyola (Los Angeles) Law School, are publishing The First Amendment and the Right(s) of Publicity in volume 130 of the Yale Law Journal (2020). Here is the abstract. The right of

Has AB5 affected you yet?

Gordon P. Firemark

Earlier today, I had a call from the HR director at one of the colleges where I teach one night a week. She called to tell me that I can no longer be classified as an independent contractor, and that under California's new law, AB5, I must be treated as an employee. No big deal for me.