Learn copyright law basics from a comic book!?

Gordon P. Firemark

A copyright law comic book? One of my clients just kindly pointed me to a link for a cool little project coming out of Duke University. It's a comic book style presentation of copyright law basics, and it's worth a look.

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It’s a Play! It’s Live Internet TV! It’s Both, and it Opens in Los Angeles on Friday

Digital Media Law

‘The Noir Series’ harkens back to the days of live TV but presents a thoroughly modern challenge to entertainment unions Bad Medicine,'' a segment from ''The Noir Series,'' features a chain-smoking doctor and two disconcerting nurses. Courtesy Heretick Theatre Lab.

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A Time of Unprecedented Innovation in Legal Technology

Media Law

Just back from last week’s LegalTech in New York, and with the perspective of someone who has been writing about legal technology for more than two decades, I am convinced that I have never before seen a time of such intense and creative innovation in legal technology.

Why Can’t Songwriters Audit? A Brief Guide to Statutory Audits Under the U.S. Copyright Act

Music Technology Policy

BLANCHE. Whoever you are…I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. From A Streetcar Named Desire , by Tennessee Williams. Songwriters earn a sizable percentage of their ever decreasing income from mechanical royalties.

Record Companies' Lawsuit Against Vimeo Heads Towards Appellate Showdown

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

If the 2nd Circuit agrees to hear this copyright dispute, it could impact how employees of UGC sites interact with videos and whether popular websites carry pre-1972 music. read more. The Business Music THR Online THR, Esq. Vimeo IAC Tech Business

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More With Less. Closing binder for $3 million film financing (left). Closing binder for $25 million VC startup financing (right). Independent Film Internet Negotiations Start-ups Startups The Culture Venture Capital

Is The Music Industry Really Broken?

The Digital Lowdown

As I ponder the tumultuous past year in the music business, I have to wonder if the business is as broken as all the pundits claim it is. When I drive down Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles (aka "The Strip"), I spot an obvious sign that the music industry is not broken. True, Tower Records is gone. Virgin Megastore, where I used to take my kids to listen to new music, is gone. Perhaps, the nearest record store (please forgive this archaic reference) is miles away on Melrose.

Twittering Away

Cyberlaw Central

I’ve been busy with the new job, and enjoying all the challenges life has to bring, so I have not posted here in a while. I’d certainly planned to, but something always came up. I have been more active on Twitter than anywhere else, posting links to interesting articles. I also was jazzed to be on This Week in Law, #279, with the great title “Blame Kevin.” ” Thanks, Denise!

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How to effectively outsource Business and Legal Affairs work in the Film, Television, Theatre and Media Industries

Gordon P. Firemark

Introduction. This past year, I’ve been very fortunate to be asked by a few small- and mid-sized entertainment businesses to handle some or all of their Business Affairs and Legal Affairs work; Work that traditionally would be handled by in-house counsel, but is noow being outsourced to me.

How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says ‘Trust Us’

Digital Media Law

Cloud Ethics Opinions: A Full List (Maybe)

Media Law

The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center has a useful collection of cloud ethics opinions from around the U.S. For anyone researching the topic, however, you should note that the list is incomplete.

Pandora CEO says “Pandora is Radio” so Pandora shouldn’t pay artists at all

Music Technology Policy

Sometimes it pays to read the transcripts from earnings calls, especially for company’s like Pandora, our latest set of fake “friends” in the tech community. Always striving to keep their executive salaries high, Pandora’s CEO let their true strategy slip out in yesterday’s earnings call ( see the full transcript on Seeking Alpha ): For the landscape around content licensing remains a complex topic.

Michael Keaton Fighting Lawsuit He Ruined Movie

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

He''s facing a potential trial beginning March 2 read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

Bloggers are protected as “Media” – Comins v. VanVoorhis (Chapter 2)

The Legal Satyricon

It’s an all-too-common scenario: A blogger criticizes someone online, and then gets sued for his statements. But two things make this case unique: First, the plaintiff sued because of the blogger’s characterizations of him shooting two dogs at close range; second, the defendant blogger was in Florida – and thus protected by Fla. Stat. […]. censorship Civil Liberties defamation First Amendment Flori-duh internet law journalist privilege law practice SLAPP

Looking At Courts and Social Movements in "New York Times v. Sullivan"

Media Law Prof Blog

Paul Horwitz, University of Alabama School of Law, is publishing Institutional Actors in New York Times v. Sullivan in the Georgia Law Review (forthcoming). Here is the abstract. This Article was written for a symposium held at the University of

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FCC Chairman Reminds TV Broadcasters of the Importance of their Online Political File Obligations as its Staff Investigates Complaints about Deficiencies

Broadcast Law Blog

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the complaints filed against 11 big-market TV stations about deficiencies in the political broadcasting paperwork in their online public file. This week, the FCC’s Office of Political Broadcasting in its Media Bureau sent letters to all of the stations involved, asking that the stations respond to the complaints and provide details about the factual assertions that were made, by May 27.

Can the Estate of a Person Who is Deceased Enforce that Person’s Right of Publicity?

Film and Television Law Blog

Marilyn Monroe passed away in 1962. Her estate has zealously enforced her trademark and other intellectual property rights from those who would infringe upon it. However, there are other common law rights that might apply, such as the right of publicity, which would likewise bar someone from using her name and likeness. The question that was before the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in August of 2012 was whether that right of publicity could be applied in Marilyn Monroe’s case.

Who Controls Your Likeness? Balancing Right of Publicity and Free Speech

Current Trends

Originally Published in TEXAS LAWYER*. Sharing photos has never been easier. From checking out Ellen Degeneres’ selfies at the Oscars to uploading family vacation pictures, even lawyers don’t always think through how third parties might use their likenesses. But two pending court cases might change that. Imagine that a photographer allows an engaged couple to post engagement photos online.

How to make sure your production doesn’t get shut down.

Gordon P. Firemark

How to make sure your production doesn't get shut down. In the past few months, the news has carried several stories about plays and musicals being “shut down” by authors. In this post, I'll explain why, and also how savvy producers can avoid a similar fate for their productions.

How to get the best deal possible: Negotiation strategies I learned from my 5 five-year-old.

Gordon P. Firemark

Kindergartens must have upped their game. It seems they're teaching negotiating skills. At least, that's what you'd conclude from talking to my five-year-old. He has an uncanny knack for getting what he wants. Here are a few tips I've picked up from observing my kids in the wild.

2030 May Be The Year They’ll Take Your Driver's License Away

Digital Media Law

I was stuck in traffic yesterday, which I didn’t really mind because I have a fun little yellow convertible, and I was thinking about Uber ($17 billion! that’s the company’s valuation, not the price of a ride) and Google’s driverless cars (development cost unknown), and I decided it was time to connect the dots: once a car learns to drive, there’s no need to own it and there’s no need for a driver.


Top 10 Product Announcements at ABA Techshow

Media Law

I am just back from ABA Techshow in Chicago. It was well worth the trip, with great programming, a teeming exhibit hall, and abundant opportunities for networking and socializing.

We Got Trouble My Friends, Right Here in Music City: The Spotify Meltdown Tour Continues

Music Technology Policy

The Spotify “artist relations” team continued their swing West last night with a stop in Nashville at City Winery where a songwriter can grab a burger and a glass of red for a mere 350,000 plays–including tip!

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Aereo Lays Out New Survival Strategy in Letter to Judge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The company attempts to pay statutory license fees as a cable operator. The broadcasters respond that the new defense to copyright infringement is "astonishing." read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

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RLG Seeks 0-2 Year Associate

The Legal Satyricon

Randazza Legal Group is looking for an associate attorney with 0-2 years of experience. The successful candidate must be enthusiastic about practicing in the areas of First Amendment Law and international intellectual property law. I greatly prefer that the candidate be admitted to the bar, somewhere already, but the successful applicant must be ready, willing, […].

Fan Fiction and Fair Use

Media Law Prof Blog

Stacey Lantagne, University of Mississippi School of Law, has published Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Lucrative Fandom: Recognizing the Economic Power of Fanworks and Reimagining Fair Use in Copyright. Here is the abstract. Fan” culture in the guise

Learning Copyright Law from TV’s The Good Wife – Compulsory Licenses, Derivitive Works and Parody and Fair Use

Broadcast Law Blog

The Good Wife is not usually where one turns for serious discussions of music copyright issues (nor is Stephen Colbert’s Christmas special where we found copyright issues discussed several years ago ). But I was surprised to find this Sunday that the principal plot line of The Good Wife was focused on a music rights dispute. After watching, I wondered how many people in the show’s audience had any idea of what the legal issues being discussed were really all about.

Using Quotes in a film, video or media production

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about using quotes in your production. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

Kind Sues Cliff For Trade Dress Infringement

Current Trends

Kind, LLC thinks new product packaging from competitor Cliff Bar & Company is an infringement on the KIND brand trade dress shown above. Currently Cliff Bar & Company packages their MOJO bar with a half-moon transparent opening.

May A Producer Of Adult Content Sue Users Who Jointly Download Using BitTorrent?

Film and Television Law Blog

There have been a number of cases in which federal courts have been addressing the issue of peer to peer downloads of adult content. Most of the cases allege copyright infringement on a joint basis, i.e., that all the defendants who downloaded the content should be considered joint defendants.

Things to do for your business before the holidays get in the way.

Gordon P. Firemark

Thanksgiving, and the Winter holiday chaos that ensues are just around the corner. Once they arrive, most non-retail businesses can expect things to go into a sort of “standby” mode until after the new year.

How to protect a concept for a film when making an oral pitch?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about how to protect a concept for a film when making an oral pitch. link].

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Fewer Lawyers Have Blogs, ABA Survey Suggests

Media Law

The number of lawyers with legal blogs is dwindling, according to the latest Legal Technology Survey Report from the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center. For 2014, 24% of respondents in the annual survey said that their firms have blogs, down from 27% in 2013.

And don’t forget the songwriters: YouTube is Out of Touch with the Lives of Creators

Music Technology Policy

ELI Luncheon Speaker Robert Kyncl: Where is the love, baby? Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images from Guardian).