Spotify’s Got Another Artist Relations Issue: Joe Rogan

Music Technology Policy

Remember when Spotify bought Joe Rogan’s podcast and signed him to deliver futures? Big money, big press release. Big chuckles in some quarters, why? Welcome to the world of artist relations, Mr. Ek. Here’s a suggestion. When you sign an artist who you know is controversial going in, expect…you know…controversy. Is that really so hard to figure out? And understand that whatever that artist does, their brand is potentially going to be wrapped around your brand.

FCC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: One-Ring Scam Calls

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the matter of one-ring scam calls. One-ring scams are annoying and pernicious, waking up many Americans with confusing calls in the middle of the night and tricking them out of

Washington Legal Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand

Broadcast Law Blog

Where do all the Washington DC legal issues facing TV broadcasters stand? While we try on this Blog to write about many of those issues, we can’t always address everything that is happening. Every few months, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and the latest version, published today, is available on their website, here.

Fifty Ways To Litigate Star Trek Issues @dkluft

Media Law Prof Blog

Fifty ways to litigate Star Trek issues! This post, originally published at the Trademark & Copyright Law Blog.by David Kluft, is a little dated, but it's entertaining. Maybe he'd be willing to update? There's a Star Trek: Discovery plagiarism lawsuit

A Presentation on Legal Issues for Podcasters – Who Owns What?

Broadcast Law Blog

My presentation, Legal Issues In Podcasting – What Broadcasters Need to Know , was part of the Broadcasters Meet Podcasters Track. In the presentation, I discussed copyright issues, including some of the music rights issues discussed in my articles here and here , making clear that broadcaster’s current music licenses from ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and even SoundExchange don’t provide them the rights to use music in podcasts. I also touched on privacy and security issues.

More Podcast Legal Issues – Remembering Sponsorship Identification

Broadcast Law Blog

In recent weeks, we’ve written about a number of legal issues that need to be considered in connection with podcasting – getting releases from guests , making sure that ownership of the podcast is clear , and considering music royalties. Another issue that I discussed in my presentation on legal issues for broadcasters entering the podcast industry at Podcast Movement in late July was one of sponsorship identification.

Washington Legal Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand

Broadcast Law Blog

Where do all the Washington DC legal issues facing TV broadcasters stand? While we try on this Blog to write about many of those issues, we can’t always address everything that is happening. Every few months, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and the latest version, published today, is available on their website, here.

Complaints Filed Against TV Stations for Public File Violations on Political Issue Ads

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this week, the Campaign Legal Center and Issue One, two political “watchdog” organizations, filed FCC complaints against two Georgia TV stations, alleging violations of the rules that govern the documents that need to be placed into a station’s public inspection file regarding political “issue advertising” (see their press release here , with links to the complaints at the bottom of the release).

USPS Issues Stamp In Honor of Gwen Ifill

Media Law Prof Blog

Via Judy Woodruff and Kevin Madden, the United States Postal Service announces that it is issuing a new Forever Stamp honoring the late journalist Gwen Ifill. More here from the USPS website

Force Majeure: an issue in the SAG/AMPTP negotiations

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the issues in the impasse between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is the Force Majeure Clause. The article explains the current Force majeure clause, the issue between the parties and the consquences of its application and enforcement. Backstage magazine has A good piece by Armin Shimerman on Force Majeure.

Political Broadcasting Issues to Consider Now for the 2020 Election Campaign

Broadcast Law Blog

We have written about some of the issues that broadcasters should already be considering in our Political Broadcasting Guide (which we plan to update shortly). Obviously, one of the primary issues is lowest unit rates – as those rates become effective 45 days before the primaries (or before any caucus which is open to members of the general public). There are issues to consider about free time for candidates.

Washington Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand at the FCC

Broadcast Law Blog

There is never a shortage of Washington issues for broadcasters to consider, and the rapid pace of change since the new administration took over in January has made it even more difficult to track where all the issues stand. While we try on this Blog to write about many of the DC issues for broadcasters, we can’t always address everything that is happening. It provides a summary of the status of legal and regulatory issues ranging from the adoption of the ATSC 3.0

Legal Issues for Broadcasters – Updates on Pending Matters

Broadcast Law Blog

There are so many legal issues that facing broadcasters that it is sometimes difficult to keep up with them all. Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and is available on their website, here. Our latest update was published last week, and provides a summary of the status of legal and regulatory issues ranging from the adoption of the ATSC 3.0

Law Practice Magazine’s Techshow Issue Is Out

Media Law

Now online is the TECHSHOW issue of Law Practice magazine, the publication of the ABA’s Law Practice Division. I was co-editor of this issue, along with Mary E. Among the articles featured in this issue: Practical Magic: Law’s Hands-on AI Revolution, by James A. The post Law Practice Magazine’s Techshow Issue Is Out appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Video Looking at the Basics of the Online Public Inspection File and Quarterly Issues Programs Lists

Broadcast Law Blog

Looking for a brief explanation of the online public inspection file and Quarterly Issues Programs List , and how they will be viewed in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle – including the potential fines for violations of the rules? The Indiana Broadcasters has just released this video of me discussing those issues available here. So if you have questions about these issues, check out these resources, and contact your own legal advisor for more information.

Tomorrow: Twitter Chat on Ethics Issues in Client Communications

Media Law

Do you have attachment issues? Eastern, Above the Law (@atlblog) and I (@bobambrogi) are hosting a Twitter chat, sponsored by Citrix (@sharefile), called “Attachment Issues: Ethics of Client Communications for Lawyers.” The post Tomorrow: Twitter Chat on Ethics Issues in Client Communications appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Email attachments, that is. Or questions about encryption, client portals and other forms of client communications?

Confronting Issues of Race and Gender: Two Law Firm Executives’ Stories

Media Law

I sat in last week on a powerful panel discussion, “Talking Successfully About Race, Politics & Gender at Work,” in which two law firm executives shared how they and their staffs talk about difficult issues of race and gender.

Coronavirus updates: CDC director says masks not political issue - ABC News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Coronavirus updates: CDC director says masks not political issue - ABC News

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State Bar Issues Ethics Guidance on Working from Home During COVID-19 Pandemic

Media Law

As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many attorneys and their staffs to work from home for the first time, the Pennsylvania Bar Association has issued an ethics opinion intended to provide guidance now and into the future on working from home and other remote locations. The opinion discusses some of the unique issues that working from home presents.

Leveson Commission Issues Report

Media Law Prof Blog

The Leveson Inquiry has concluded with the issuance of its report, An Inquiry Into the Culture, Practices, and Ethics of the Press: A Report. It's four volumes, and it begins with a bang. Mr. Justice Leveson calls for new legislation

Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Pokémon Go

Media Law

Unfortunately, the popular app has also raised a host of legal issues, from trespassing to muggings to accidents on foot and on the road. The post Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Pokémon Go appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Pokémon Go is the latest craze sweeping the world. The location-based augmented reality mobile game/app produced 15 million downloads in just its first week.

Looking at “Legal” Marijuana and CBD Advertising – A Presentation on the Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

With all these issues outstanding, I was recently asked to talk about the advertising issues surrounding these products before a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. These ads are particularly of concern during the license renewal cycle that begins next month, as objections from anti-marijuana activists could put this issue directly before the FCC.

What’s Up With Music Rights for Broadcasters and Webcasters? – A Presentation on Pending Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

While this summer has perhaps not brought the big headlines in trade press about copyright issues involving broadcasters – particularly in the area of music rights – there still are many issues that are active. I addressed some of those issues in a presentation earlier this month at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention. So keep paying attention to these issues!

FCC Issues Fines For Misuse of Emergency Alert Tones

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has fined three different networks for misusing the emergency alert tones in conjunction with broadcast. It hit ABC with a $395,000 penalty for use of the tones on the Jimmy Kimmel show during an October 2018 comedy sketch

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More Podcast Legal Issues – Remembering Sponsorship Identification

Broadcast Law Blog

In recent weeks, we’ve written about a number of legal issues that need to be considered in connection with podcasting – getting releases from guests , making sure that ownership of the podcast is clear , and considering music royalties. Another issue that I discussed in my presentation on legal issues for broadcasters entering the podcast industry at Podcast Movement in late July was one of sponsorship identification.

Looking at Music Royalty Issues for Radio and TV Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

In our discussion, there was a general summary of the licenses needed for the use of music by broadcasters, a summary of the status of some of the current royalty negotiations, and questions about other issues in music licensing. As this discussion raised a number of issues that I have covered in articles posted on this blog, I thought that it might be worth highlighting some of that past coverage so that those interested in any topic can read a bit more on these subjects.

Legal Issues for Digital Audio Companies – A Presentation

Broadcast Law Blog

This week, I was given 15 minutes at the RAIN (Radio and Internet Newsletter) Summit in Nashville to summarize all of the legal issues that are important to digital audio companies including webcasters and podcasters. While getting everything into a presentation that short entailed some speed talking and the briefest description of many very complicated issues, I hope that I was able to at least outline issues about which companies should be cognizant.

Our Quarterly Review of the Legal and Regulatory Issues Facing TV Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and is available on their website, here. Our latest update was published today, and provides a summary of the status of legal and regulatory issues ranging from the adoption of the ATSC 3.0

Kickstarter tax issues redux

Music Technology Policy

Thanks to Dean Kay on ASCAP Daily Brief and Glenn Peoples at Billboard.biz for shout outs on the Kickstarter taxable income post

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February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Reports, Webcasting Proceeding, FCC Meeting and Other Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

So Quarterly Issues Programs lists should be added to the online public file by January 30, and Children’s Television Reports should be submitted by that date if they have not already been filed with the FCC. That NPRM was adopted in December ( here ), and addresses issues including the potential relaxation of the local radio ownership rules. With the reopening of the Federal government (at least for the moment), regulatory deadlines should begin to flow in a more normal course.

ABA Votes to Urge Legal Profession to Address Emerging Legal and Ethical Issues of AI

Media Law

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, its policy-making body, voted this week to approve a resolution urging courts and lawyers to address the emerging ethical and legal issues related to the usage of artificial intelligence in the practice of law. The report also describes issues of bias and transparency in the use of AI. ” But the report also suggests that a purpose behind the resolution is simply to raise awareness of issues around the use of AI.

Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Bitcoin

Media Law

In this […] The post Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Bitcoin appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Cyber currency Bitcoin has seen an exponential rise in value and popularity since its inception in 2010. Consider this: If you had bought $1,000 worth of Bitcoins in 2010, it would be worth $2.4 million dollars today. But as Bitcoin gains wider mainstream use, it is surrounded by a host of legal questions.

Two Issues with the FBI & Apple

The Legal Satyricon

by Jay Marshall Wolman, CIPP/US By now, practically everyone who cares has heard that Magistrate Pym has ordered Apple to help the FBI crack open an iPhone related to the San Bernadino shooting. The order is pursuant to the All Writs Act, codified at 28 U.S.C. 1651. In short, it is a catch-all that lets […]. First Amendment misc compelled speech cyber security privacy

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Keeping Our Campaigns Honest Act Proposes that FCC Require Disclosure of Significant Donors to Entities That Sponsor Issue Ads

Broadcast Law Blog

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week proposes that the FCC be required to amend its sponsorship identification rules to require not just the name of the sponsor of an ad addressing “ a controversial issue of public importance ,” but also the names of any “ significant donors ” to the sponsor. This issue came up at Congressional hearings on FCC reform with Chairman Wheeler yesterday. So watch where the FCC goes on this issue in the coming months.

Three Issues @HawleyMO Should Address in his Anti-Social Media Addiction Bill

Music Technology Policy

Of course, one underlying issue is what appears to be the endemic loneliness and withdrawal of children and adults. All the legislation in the world is unlikely to resolve these underlying social issues. This means that the editorial board of DSM thought there was enough of an issue with Internet Gaming Disorder to warrant including it in DSM-5 with the suggestion that the phenomenon deserved further study with an eye toward including it as a formal disorder.

FCC Chair Pai on the False Alert Issued In Hawaii

Media Law Prof Blog

Federal Communications Chair Ajit Pai has issued a statement concerning the false alert announcing a missile attack on Hawaii. It says in part: “The FCC’s investigation into this incident is well underway. We have been in close contact with federal

Legal Issues in Digital and Social Media – Identifying the Landmines for Broadcasters and Other Media Companies – A Video Webinar

Broadcast Law Blog

Almost every week, we write about some legal issue that arises in digital and social media – many times talking about the traditional media company that did something that they shouldn’t have done in the online world, and ended up with some legal issues as a result. Some of the specific issues that we talked about are familiar to readers of this blog. These are but some of the issues that I discussed in my webinar.

CDC director issues warning about second wave of virus

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Arrest warrants issued for woman accused of torching Atlanta Wendy’s

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"An arrest warrant has been issued for a woman believed to be one of several people responsible for torching a south Atlanta Wendy’s last weekend in the wake of Rayshard Brooks’ death. Arrest warrants issued for woman accused of torching Atlanta Wendy’sThe fast food restaurant on University Avenue was set on fire and destroyed Saturday evening after Brooks was shot and killed in the parking lot by Atlanta police the night before.

January Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Reports, Ownership and EEO Comments, Copyright Issues and More

Broadcast Law Blog

By the 10 th of the month , all broadcast stations need to have placed in their public inspection files (online for TV and for those radio stations that have already converted to the online public file, and paper for the remaining radio stations), their Quarterly Issues Programs lists , documenting the issues of importance to their communities and the programs broadcast in the last quarter addressing those issues.

The merging of Book, Lyrics and Music in theatrical collaborations: A complex and frequently mishandled issue.

Gordon P. Firemark

An important, and frequently mishandled point in theatrical collaboration agreements is the clause declaring when, precisely, “ merger &# of the collaborators’ respective contributions to the play or musical occurs. Not to be confused with the Integration clause found in many contracts, merger is the point (in time) at which the various creative elements are deemed to be merged or joined into a unified, single work. Under U.S.

Regulatory Issues from the NAB Convention: License Renewals, ATSC 3.0, Translator Interference, Ownership Rules, and Children’s TV

Broadcast Law Blog

Questions about regulations from Washington don’t disappear just because you are spending time in Las Vegas, and this week’s NAB Convention brought discussion of many such issues. We’ll write about the discussion of antitrust issues that occurred during several sessions at the Convention in another post. But, today, we will report on news about more imminent actions on other issues pending before the FCC. See our articles here and here on these issues.

FCC Issues Third Broadband Report

Media Law Prof Blog

Here's the press release