Mr. Obama, Meet Mr. Kafka

Music Technology Policy

Hers is a timeline replete with strange coincidences, secret White House meetings, and missing chunks of resume, all held together by a common thread: Whenever Hesse is around, Google seems to benefit. Mr. Obama, meet Mr. Kafka, the author.

SAG Board Meeting Starts

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board meeting began this morning at 9:00 a.m. The meeting is expected to be contentious. Also strange: I saw SAG President Alan Rosenberg entering the meeting at about 10:15, i.e., about an hour after it had started. I don’t know if he had been in already and left the meeting, but it looked like he was coming from the parking lot, which suggests he had just arrived. accompanied by light informational leafleting from pro and con sources.

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VFX Town Hall Meeting Urges Trade Association and Union

Digital Media Law

Pi Day – a multi-city international meeting of VFX artists – took place Thursday evening amid rising concern about the state of the industry. Normal. false. false. false. However, panelists also acknowledged the difficulty of achieving either goal.

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Not Just Me, Meet Saira Rao

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Billions and Billions: Carl Sagan Meets the Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

According to a post in Variety, there seems to be a rather large chunk of cash sitting at the digital music services. As Artist Rights Watch posted, Variety’s initial story read: The DSPs are holding some $1.5 billion in unmatched mechanical royalties. If the MMA passes, that money would be passed through to the MLC which would match it to the songwriters and publishers.

President Xi Meets President 'Me'

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

SAG, AFTRA Meet About Merger

Digital Media Law

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Richard Simmons' Libel Lawsuit Against National Enquirer Meets Skeptical Judge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The court tentatively holds that "like race, being transgender is an immutable characteristic" and while being transgender may subject a person to contempt from a portion of the population it "will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them." read more. THR, Esq.

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CBS Can't Stop Shari Redstone from Interfering With Key Board Meeting

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a struggle over power, and with the possible fate of would-be merger between CBS and Viacom on the line, Redstone scores the first big win in CBS' audacious lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business THR Online

FCC Pulls Controversial Set-Top Box Proposal From Meeting Agenda

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says rules reshaping access to TV programming will remain under consideration, but that the FCC needs to resolve technical and legal issues. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Bridy on Fearless Girl Meets Charging Bull: Copyright and the Regulation of Intertextuality @AnnemarieBridy

Media Law Prof Blog

Annemarie Bridy, University of Idaho College of Law; Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, is publishing Fearless Girl Meets Charging Bull: Copyright and the Regulation of Intertextuality in the UC Irvine Law Review (2018).

Goodnight Glassholes: Permissionless Innovation Meets 3D Reality

Music Technology Policy

Permissionless Innovation Meets The Real World. With models like these, what could possibly go wrong?

Meet Netflix's "Juicers": People Who Get Paid to Watch TV

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"Project Beetlejuice" — about which little is known — pays people to pick the best still images and videos from thousands of titles to help users figure out what to watch. Now, two of them are suing for overtime, paid vacation, health insurance and more. read more. THR, Esq.

Report on SAG NY Town Hall Meeting

Digital Media Law

SAG held a town hall meeting in NY last night to provide information re the TV/theatrical contract. SAGWatch infers, accurately I think, that most people have already voted and would have little reason to attend an informational meeting at this point. A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, tells me that the MF folks (perhaps 15-20 people) were rowdy, booing people and apparently having their cell phones call en masse to disrupt the meeting.

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Donald Trump Jr. Meets With Senate Staff About Russia | MSNBC

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Meets With Senate Staff About Russia | MSNBCDonald Trump Jr.

Meet the Hollywood Lawyer on 'The New Celebrity Apprentice' (Q&A)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"They wanted to have someone from Arnold’s actual team in the boardroom and I was very honored when I was asked to come on board as an advisor," says attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

FCC Open Meeting Scheduled For June 18, 2015

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC will hold an open commission meeting on June 18, 2015. Here's a link to the agenda

@andreworlowski: Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

After meeting Kanye West, President-elect Trump will meet Google and other Silicon Valley leaders today. via @andreworlowski: Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript — Artist Rights WatchWe’ve imagined how the conversation might go. RUSHED TRANSCRIPT TRUMP: So. Peter tells me you’re the smartest guys in America. How do you like the furniture? PAGE: Very nice Mr President Elect. TRUMP: Where’s the Russian?

@andreworlowski: Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

After meeting Kanye West, President-elect Trump will meet Google and other Silicon Valley leaders today. via @andreworlowski: Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript — Artist Rights WatchWe’ve imagined how the conversation might go. RUSHED TRANSCRIPT TRUMP: So. Peter tells me you’re the smartest guys in America. How do you like the furniture? PAGE: Very nice Mr President Elect. TRUMP: Where’s the Russian?

Report from SAG Town Hall Meeting

Digital Media Law

I visited the SAG Town Hall meeting in LA tonight. After the meeting started, people continued to trickle in slowly; no one, so far as I could tell, was turned away. The meeting lasted about 3 hours, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. The next Town Hall meeting in LA will be at the Hollywood Renaissance hotel, next Wednesday, December 17. Here are some key takeaways: About 450-500 people attended, a capacity crowd at the venue (Harmony Gold theater).

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An Egregious Open Meeting Violation

Media Law

I constantly hear the refrain that government officials never intentionally violate the open meeting law. The article describes multiple, blatant violations, including locking the door to its meeting room to keep out a news reporter who had every legal right to be there. Tags: open meetings When they do violate the law, these people say, it is only because of an innocent mistake.

Several Open Meeting Items Today

Media Law

A number of open meetings items in the news today: Board Cited 3rd Time on Meeting Law. For the third time in a year, the Charlton Water-Sewer Commission has been cited for violating the open meeting law. Stoughton residents vent anger over perceived open meeting law violation. Patrick for a series of closed-door meetings with local officials. Boston City Council admits open meeting law violations. Tags: open meetings

Trump acknowledges, defends 2016 meeting between son, Kremlin-aligned lawyer - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

President Trump on Sunday offered his most definitive and clear public acknowledgment that his oldest son met with a Kremlin-aligned lawyer at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign to “get information on an opponent,” defending the meeting as “totally legal and done all the time in politics.” campaigns to receive donations or items of value from foreigners, and that June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. "BRIDGEWATER, N.J.

Trump attorney fed statement to publicist for Russians about Trump Tower meeting | US news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The Trump Organization coordinated with Russians involved in a notorious 2016 meeting at Trump Tower on what to tell the public about the discussions, according to emails published by Congress. Collusion anyone?

FCC Open Commission Meeting Agenda for May 15 Now Available

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has posted the agenda for the May 15 Open Commission Meeting here

Two New Open Meeting Investigations

Media Law

In Brookfield, the Worcester district attorney is investigating allegations that the Board of Selectmen violated the open meeting law twice in as many months, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports. Two selectmen are alleged to have participated in unposted meetings on July 8 and Sept. Both allegedly involved private meetings held just prior to or immediately following public selectmen's meetings. Tags: open meetings

Two Distortions of the Open Meeting Law

Media Law

The same, it seems, can be said about public officials and the open meeting law, as two items in the news today illustrate. First is a story from the Worcester Telegram about the Dudley Board of Selectmen's decision to reprimand the town's fire chief for supposedly violating the open meeting law. Did he violate the law by holding a secret meeting? No, the selectmen claim he violated the law by being open about what happened at a meeting. Tags: open meetings

SAG-AMPTP Meeting Tentatively Planned for Early Next Week

Digital Media Law

Sources close to the situation tell me that SAG and the AMPTP (studios) are planning for a meeting early next week, perhaps Tuesday. This would be the first meeting under the new SAG administration. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, caution that the logistics are still being arranged, and that it is as yet unsure whether all the necessary people can be available at that time, in which case a different date would need to be chosen.

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Implications of SJC's Open Meeting Ruling

Media Law

Reporter Kendall Hatch has a piece in The Metrowest Daily News considering the long-term implications of the Supreme Judicial Court's recent ruling in the open meeting law case, District Attorney for the Northern District v. Tags: open meetings School Committee of Wayland , which I previously blogged about here. I am among the sources Hatch interviewed for his article.

Implications of SJC's Open Meeting Ruling

Media Law

Reporter Kendall Hatch has a piece in The Metrowest Daily News considering the long-term implications of the Supreme Judicial Court's recent ruling in the open meeting law case, District Attorney for the Northern District v. Tags: open meetings School Committee of Wayland , which I previously blogged about here. I am among the sources Hatch interviewed for his article.

Two Opinion Pieces on Open Meeting 'Deform'

Media Law

As I wrote here Friday, the ethics bill passed this week by the Massachusetts legislature had the ironic effect of weakening the open meeting law. Two opinion pieces published over the weekend make this point in no uncertain terms: Hired guns shoot up Open Meeting law , an op-ed by Larry McDermott, publisher of The Republican. Our opinion: Open meeting loopholes tarnish solid reform effort , an editorial in The Patriot Ledger. Tags: open meetings

The Week's Open Meeting Law News

Media Law

Some items in the news this week regarding the Massachusetts open meeting law: A Cape Cod Times editorial calls for the state legislature to put teeth in the open meeting and public records laws. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette files a complaint alleging that the Charlton Board of Selectman violated the open meeting law in its performance evaluation of the town administrator. Tags: open meetings

The Week's Open Meeting Law News

Media Law

Some items in the news this week regarding the Massachusetts open meeting law: A Cape Cod Times editorial calls for the state legislature to put teeth in the open meeting and public records laws. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette files a complaint alleging that the Charlton Board of Selectman violated the open meeting law in its performance evaluation of the town administrator. Tags: open meetings

Yet Another Open Meeting Violation

Media Law

Milford selectman violated "both the letter and the spirit" of the open meeting law when they met privately last summer with a real estate developer to discuss a proposed casino, the Worcester district attorney ruled this week. Hardly matters, given that violations of the open meeting law in this state -- intentional or not -- carry no meaningful consequences. This was an exploratory meeting to discuss a possible casino development in Milford. Tags: open meetings

Blake Morgan’s Notes from The Music Managers Forum’s first US meeting in NYC

Music Technology Policy

The Music Managers Forum is hosting a number of meetings in the US in the coming days: Blake Morgan attended the first MMF meeting in New York so we asked him some questions about how it went and what jewels of wisdom the assembled brain trust imparted to the audience.

Goldieblox Meets Chucky: Case Targets Songwriters and Producers

Music Technology Policy

Goldieblox–meet Chucky

Crazy, meet Racists. Racists, meet Crazy.

The Legal Satyricon

Man skipped in line allegedly beats McDonald’s manager with bat | www.wftv.com. Come for the workers’ compensation story, stay for the racist commentary. Seems like some guy has been reading the Consumerist too much and decided that the executive e-mail carpet bomb was insufficient. So, he registered his complaint with management with a baseball [.]. bigots Flori-duh

Lowell Sun Files Open Meeting Complaint

Media Law

Latest example of government officials turning the law upside down: Preparing to go into a closed school committee meeting, the Wilmington, Mass., school superintendent told a Sun reporter that it would be illegal for the committee to meet in public. In fact, the law requires a public meeting before going into closed session. Tags: open meetings

McConnell won't admit Trump's statement about American judge of Mexican descent is racist though he condemns it. - Meet the Press - NBC News Meet the Press - NBC News

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SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

Digital Media Law

SAG has set members-only informational meetings on the proposed contract. The LA meeting is sure to have fireworks, since the leaders of the Membership First faction, based in LA, oppose the proposed deal. The details of the meetings are in an email to members (see below). ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. Member informational meetings are also planned for Branch locations across the country.