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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Microsoft Releases Advanced Data Governance Within Office 365

Media Law

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Advanced Data Governance within Office 365, a tool that uses machine learning to help organizations find and retain important data while eliminating redundant, obsolete and trivial data.

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.

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

Microsoft Launches Preview Version of Machine-Learning Data Governance Tool for Office 365

Media Law

Last September, it announced that it would be developing an advanced data governance tool for Office 365, and on Friday, it released that tool in a limited public preview, with general availability […].

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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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

'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

Voxgov Aggregates and Analyzes Government News and Media

Media Law

government can be daunting. The government is gargantuan, with thousands of entities publishing a constant flow of news and information across many thousands of websites and social media platforms. Keeping track of an issue within the U.S.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Twitter Sues U.S. Government Over Attempt to Unmask Anti-Trump Tweeters

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The social media giant says immigration officials are demanding records pertaining to @ALT_USCIS and threatening to chill political speech. read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

Media Companies Rally Behind Mark Boal's First Amendment Clash With U.S. Government

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A parade of major names in the broadcast and print industry urge a judge to stop a military prosecutor's efforts to obtain interviews with Bowe Bergdahl. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Movies Television Culture THR Online

@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.

Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Mark Boal Sues U.S. Government Over Bowe Bergdahl Interviews

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Boal says he shouldn't be held in contempt in a military court for refusing to comply with a subpoena. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Culture Business THR Online

Twitter Tastes Victory After U.S. Government Withdraws Demand to Unmask Anti-Trump Account

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The social media service voluntarily dismisses a lawsuit that argued the government was attempting to quell anonymous speech critical of immigration policies. read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

Apple Loses Government's Antitrust Lawsuit Over E-Books

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

New York judge says that Apple conspired with publishers to "eliminate retail price competition." read more. The Business THR, Esq. Tech Business

U.S. Government Mulls Changes to Copyright Rules (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner New radical proposals that may shape the future of media include a small claims court for copyright disputes, new registration methods for blogs, and crowdsourcing a digitization of the current card catalogue system. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Business Politics

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.

Hollywood Guilds Claim 'Wolf of Wall Street' Money After Government Seizure

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Red Granite is also being audited over concern for pension and health contributions to those in the entertainment industry. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online Labor

U.S. Government Wins Key Ruling in Bid to Extradite Kim Dotcom

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A New Zealand appellate court rules that the U.S. won't have to turn over documents and that the coming extradition hearing will only consider a "limited weighing of evidence." read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Kim Dotcom Tech Business

U.S. Government Supporting TV Broadcasters in Aereo Fight at Supreme Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The executive and legislative branches rally behind the TV broadcasters in their big copyright dispute. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

Megaupload Lawyer Accused of Conflict of Interest By U.S. Government

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The Quinn Emanuel firm has represented entertainment companies, and prosecutors hint that many Hollywood executives will be called to testify in the case against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business Kim Dotcom International

Judge Urges Mark Boal and U.S. Government to "Informally" Resolve Bergdahl Tapes Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"The reporter's privilege is not absolute," says federal judge George H. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Podcast: Government Snooping and the Attorney-Client Privilege

Media Law

law firm raises troubling questions about attorney-client privilege in an age of seemingly ubiquitous government snooping. The recent disclosure that an N.S.A. counterpart had eavesdropped on a U.S.

U.S. Government to Argue Against Aereo in Supreme Court Tuesday

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The move was expected, in light of the government’s brief filed in support of the broadcasters. read more. THR Online THR, Esq. Television Behind the Screen Tech Business

U.S. Government Ordered to Hand Over More Evidence in Pursuit of Megaupload

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The judge overseeing the upcoming extradition hearing against Kim Dotcom and others expresses his view that the case is "complex." Plus, Dotcom gets to move back into his mansion. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business Kim Dotcom

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Kim Dotcom's Lawyers Object to U.S. Government's Evidence Sharing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In response, the government points to "victims'' rights," the lengthy delay of the extradition hearing and Kim Dotcom''s tweets. read more. The Business International Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Kim Dotcom Tech Business

YouTube Bullying Tactics Results in Indie Labels Taking Fight to Brussels and UK Government

Music Technology Policy

and are launching complaints with the UK government soon to be followed by a formal complaint with the European Union Competition Commission in Brussels. Below is the letter from AIM’s CEO, the indomitable Alison Wenham, to the UK government demanding action and exercising the indies’ right to not be forgotten. We call on Government to prevent You Tube from blocking these independent companies from their platforms while they seek a commercial solution.

Justice Souter On Government Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Nahmod, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Institute for Law and the Humanities, has published Justice Souter on Government Speech at 2010 Brigham Young University Law Review 2097. Sheldon H. Here is the abstract. Justice David Souter, who replaced Justice William Brennan

U.S. Government Wins Key Ruling in Bid to Extradite Kim Dotcom

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A New Zealand appellate court rules that the U.S. won't have to turn over documents and that the coming extradition hearing will only consider a "limited weighing of evidence." read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Kim Dotcom Tech Business

Kim Dotcom Fights U.S. Government's Attempt to Seize $67 Million in Assets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The money is allegedly tied to the "Mega Conspiracy" read more. The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Tech Business

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

U.S. Government's Anti-Piracy 'Six Strike' Conversations Remain Secret

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rejects a researcher's full demand for all communications, documents and notes between the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and the entertainment industry. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Business

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

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

Digital Media Law

And meanwhile a fire destroys a "Hobbit" miniatures facility. For detail, see my THR piece: [link]. ———————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

Dish Network Dealing With Government Probe on Internet Hiring

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The satellite TV company is fighting a subpoena issued by the EEOC. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Dish Network Business

British Government Release Draft Defamation Bill To Address Libel Tourism

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Independent: with a new Defamation Bill, the British government announces changes in libel laws that seek to protect the expression of honest opinion. More here from Inform's Blog, the BBC, but some criticism from the Content ETC blog

On liberty and independence

Gordon P. Firemark

–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed … Full text of the Declaration of Independence is available here , and well worth the few minutes it takes to read. Government

The Government’s Overreach on Bradley Manning

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The Government’s Overreach on Bradley Manning

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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