DirecTV Wants Out of Government's Fight With AT&T, Time Warner

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"The government offered no testimony or other evidence even hinting, much less demonstrating, that as a result of the merger DIRECTV’s incentives or behavior will change for the worse, or that it will be capable of harming competition."

Governing the Dark Web

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric Jardine, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has published The Dark Web Dilemma: Tor, Anonymity and Online Policing as Global Commission on Internet Governance Paper Series, No.

'Wolf of Wall Street' Financier Challenges U.S. Government's 1MDB Seizures

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Red Granite co-founder Riza Aziz says through court documents he's an "innocent owner" of assets allegedly derived from embezzlement. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online International

Government and Videogaming

Media Law Prof Blog

Daithi MacSithigh, Newcastle University Law School, has published Multiplayer Games: Tax, Copyright, Consumers and the Video Game Industries in volume 5 of the European Journal of Law and Technology (2014). Here is the abstract. The successes of the games industry

AT&T Spars With U.S. Government Over Evidence at Merger Trial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

DC federal judge Richard Leon oversees the first day of "trial" concerning AT&T's proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Norton on Remedies and the Government's Constitutionally Harmful Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Norton, University of Colorado School of Law, is publishing Remedies and the Government's Constitutionally Harmful Speech in ConLawNOW (2018). Although governments have engaged in expression from their inception, only recently have we begun to Helen L.

U.S. Government Claims Immunity in Suit Over Taxpayer's Info Revealed on Howard Stern Show

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Under the Trump Administration, the Justice Department says government can't be sued for tax collection activities, including "communications to third parties regarding a person or a group of persons' tax liability."

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Clarke and Piper on A Legal Framework to Govern Online Political Expression by Public Servants @Carleton_U

Media Law Prof Blog

Amanda Clarke, Carleton University School of Public Policy and Administration, and Benjamin Pipe, National Judicial Institute, have published A Legal Framework to Govern Online Political Expression by Public Servants at 21 Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal 1 (2018).

@theblakemorgan Looking For #irespectmusic Results from Government

Music Technology Policy

Blake Morgan took the #irespectmusic campaign to Capitol Hill again last week, this time in support of the Songwriter Equity Act (bill numbers HR 1283 and S662 ) with staff in the U.S. Senate. His meetings included his own New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gellibrand.

AT&T, Fox Square Off Over Document Confidentiality in Government's Merger Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Fox wants the ability to withhold anything it deems not necessary or relevant to the government's challenge. AT&T says that would prejudice the fight. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Norton on Government Speech and the War on Terror @ColoLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Norton, University of Colorado School of Law, is publishing Government Speech and the War on Terror in volume 86 of the Fordham Law Review (2017). The government is unique among speakers because of its Helen L.

Appeals Court Upholds U.S. Government's Seizure of Megaupload's Mega-Millions

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 4th Circuit rejects the contention that a federal statute disentitling fugitives from defending property claims against government forfeiture actions is a violation of due process rights.

Transparency and Privacy in Canadian Government Practices

Media Law Prof Blog

Conroy, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, are publishing Promoting Transparency While Protecting Privacy in Open Government in Canada, in the Alberta Law Review. Teresa Scassa, University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, and Amy M.

U.S. Supreme Court Wants Government's Take on Copyright Takedown Case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The high court is considering whether to grant review of a dispute triggered when Universal Music ordered the takedown of YouTube video showing a cute baby dancing to Prince's song. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Tech Business THR Online

Government Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Norton, University of Colorado School of Law, and Danielle Keats Citron, University of Maryland School of Law, have published Government Speech 2.0, Helen L. in volume 88 of the Denver University Law Review (2010). Here is the abstract. New expressive

ASA Bans "Lookalike" Government Websites

Media Law Prof Blog

The UK''s Advertising Standards Authority has banned several websites from operating after they deceived users into paying for government documents such as health cards, passports, and birth and death certificates. The websites, which used URLS that closely resembled official government

Mark Boal Settles With U.S. Government in Bergdahl Tapes Dispute

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The Oscar winner's confidential material will remain confidential. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online Serial

Governments, Technology, and Privacy

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric Lichtblau writes about increasing government requests to cell phone carriers for subscriber information in the past year. Two interesting pieces in the New York Times today. Cell phone providers say that law enforcement agencies made 1.3 million such requests

Norton on Government Lies and the Press Clause @ColoLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Norton, University of Colorado School of Law, is publishing Government Lies and the Press Clause in volume 89 of the Colorado Law Review. Helen L. Here is the abstract. This essay considers a particular universe of potentially dangerous governmental falsehoods

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Lance Armstrong Headed to $100 Million Trial Over U.S. Government Sponsorship

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The cyclist who was busted for using PEDs contends the government got more than enough benefits from the relationship, but a judge will allow a jury to decide.

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Pandora Runs to the Government to Screw Songwriters Again

Music Technology Policy

The government granted them an effective monopoly on webcasting and Pandora intends to keep it that way. The artists can’t say no because the government forces artists to accept the compulsory license for sound recordings, so there’s no way to block recordings.

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Government Speech and Public Schools

Media Law Prof Blog

Bowman, Michigan State University College of Law, has published The Government Speech Doctrine and Speech in Schools in volume 48 of the Wake Forest Law Review (2013). Kristi L. Here is the abstract. According to the Supreme Court, when the

The Government Speech Doctrine

Media Law Prof Blog

Mark Strasser, Capital University Law School, has published Ignore the Man Behind the Curtain: On the Government Speech Doctrine and What it Licenses, at 21 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 85 (2011). Here is the abstract. While federal and

Verify U.S. Government Social Media Accounts

Media Law

Ever wonder whether a Twitter feed is really from the government body or official it claims to be? government has a web page that lets you verify whether a social media account is really managed by the U.S. government. Federal Government Social Media Accounts | USA.gov.

U.S. Government's Seizure of Music Publishing Assets Draws Malaysian Financier's Family

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jho Low's relatives want a chance to challenge the Justice Department's biggest kleptocracy case. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Fox May Be Subject of Government Investigation Over Ailes Sexual Harassment Claims

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An attorney for a former Fox host says he received a subpoena from federal prosecutors in the midst of a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

Government Capture and Google’s Crony Capitalism Assault on America

Music Technology Policy

Government. Government” and not “the Obama Administration” for a reason–it just happens, it is merely coincidental that President Obama is the occupant of the White House during Google’s rise to power.

BlackBerry’s Continuing Struggle with Foreign Governments

JetLawBlog

In 2008, terrorist attacks in Mumbai were coordinated with cell phones, and the Indian government is concerned that the encryption of BlackBerry emails and messages could provide protection for future terrorist communication.

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Government Rights in Government Marks

Media Law Prof Blog

Malla Pollack has published "Governmental Marks: What Souvenirs Say About Speech and Sovereignty." Here is the abstract. Governmental marks” are words or phrases which involve the identity of a social group that is partly defined in terms of its citizenship

The Government’s Music Database: What Would Monk Do?

Music Technology Policy

There is a fundamental difference between people with experience in the vagaries of copyright chain of title research and those who want their data served up in nice neat–very, very neat–packages.

Movie Theatre Association Doubts Government Claim That People Sit When Watching Films

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Should the Food and Drug Administration have conducted a study of moviegoer habits before proposing calorie counts for menu items like popcorn? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

N.Z. government offers to mediate 'Hobbit' spat

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Government Limitations On Scientific Speech

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Gostin, Georgetown University Law Center, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, have published The Limits of Government Regulation of Science, at Science 1047 (March 2012). John Kraemer, Georgetown University Law Center, and Lawrence O. Here is the abstract

Megaupload Takes U.S. Government's Asset Seizures to Appeals Court

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A brief to the 4th Circuit argues the judge erred in asserting jurisdiction and interpreting whether Kim Dotcom was a fugitive. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Tech Business THR Online

@ascap #StandWithSongwriters to Capitol Hill to Demand Congress Roll Back Government Regulation of Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: Remember when the government set the price of mechanical royalties at $0.02 And then–in 1978– started giving songwriters increases based on inflation (Consumer Price Index) with no compensation for the government’s past mistakes? Gee, thanks government.

Alleged 'Hamilton' Ponzi Schemer Gets Plea Deal After Accusing Government of Misconduct

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Joseph Meli says a confidential witness lured him outside the presence of his attorney, Marc Kasowitz. Yes, the same Marc Kasowitz who represents Donald Trump. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Politics Business THR Online

'Snowden' Exec Producer Tapped to Oversee Red Granite During Government Probe

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government stemming from a Malaysian embezzlement investigation. Douglas Hansen will keep business running at the company for 30 days to start while it continues settlement talks with the U.S. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression: Governments Attempting To Suppress Information, Ideas

Media Law Prof Blog

David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, says that some governments are attempting to silence reporters, and From the United Nations News Centre: a UN human rights experts says that freedom of expression is under attack.

The Paradox of Government Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Joseph Blocher, Duke Law School, has published Government Viewpoint and Government Speech. Government speech creates a paradox at the heart of the First Amendment. In order to satisfy traditional First Amendment tests, the government must show Here is the abstract.

World Watch:  Canadian Government Closes Big Tech’s Back Door Loophole

Music Technology Policy

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has announced that Canada will expand the current 50 year copyright term for sound recordings in Canada to 70 years. Harper Government Acts to Protect Canadians from the Copyright Term Shell Game.

Sunstein and Randall on Political Control Over Public Communications By Government Scientists @CassSunstein @lirarandall ?

Media Law Prof Blog

Sunstein, Harvard Law School, and Lisa Randall, Harvard University, Department of Physics, have published Political Control Over Public Communications by Government Scientists. Cass R.

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Hurt Locker Oscar Winner Challenges Government Subpoena Over Bergdahl Interviews

Media Law Prof Blog

government has brought against Bowe Bergdahl (Hollywood Reporter). Mark Boal, who won an Oscar for the film The Hurt Locker (Best Original Screenplay), has challenged an Army-issued subpoena in the case the U. Mr. Boal interviewed Sergeant Bergdahl in

PBS Wants the Government to Reexamine Hard Stance on Indecency

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Together with NPR, the public stations also suggest the time might be right to ditch a rule prohibiting the broadcast of lottery drawings. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online