Vote Now: Pick the Startup Alley Finalists for ABA TECHSHOW

Media Law

Vote now. Now your votes will select the final 15. The 15 startups with the most votes will get the opportunity to be featured at TECHSHOW, which will be held Feb. Read their pitches, check out their websites, then vote. Deadline for voting is Friday, Dec. Pricing: Three different plans based on number of members. Help us pick the legal technology startups that will be selected for the third-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW.

WGA Sends Studio Deal to Members

Digital Media Law

The ratification vote will take place in April, before the existing contract's May 1 expiration. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. On a separate note, I will be speaking at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the school's "A Conversation With" series. The subject is "The Past, Present and Future of Hollywood Unions." I'll also be discussing my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition).

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WGA Institutes Qualified Voting

Digital Media Law

The WGA membership has approved new rules limiting members’ eligibility to vote on strike authorization and ratification of the feature-primetime contract: members now have to have earnings of $30,000 under a WGA agreement during the six years preceding the vote or 15 or more qualified years as a pension plan participant, Variety reports.

Ron Wyden’s Teachable Moment: Should one Senator be allowed to stop 415 Members of Congress on the Pre-72 Fix

Music Technology Policy

” That would be the pre-72 fix in the CLASSICS Act that was just passed by 415 Members of the House of Representatives. He may be narcissistic enough to believe that he’s entitled to replace the vote of 415 of his colleagues with his own cronyism, but we don’t have to buy it.

WGA Members Okay Three Year Contract With AMPTP

Media Law Prof Blog

The Writers Guild (WGA) membership has voted to ratify a three year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the new deal: 98.5

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Rachel Maddow: Ohio suspends elections board members for adding voting time

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy Rachel Maddow: Ohio suspends elections board members for adding voting time : "" (Via

Academy Invites New Members, Oscar Host Jackman

Thompson On Hollywood

The Academy has invited 134 new members, many of them long overdue, from actor Hugh Jackman--who wasn't a member when he hosted the Oscars on February 22--and producer Paula Wagner to directors Danny Boyle and Henry Selick, execs Daniel Battsek and Joe Drake, and writers John August and Howard A.

Rep. @jerrynadler Speech Supporting Performance Royalty at #irespectmusic AND I VOTE! Show at The Bitter End

Music Technology Policy

Last Tuesday, some outstanding artists put on an electrifying sellout show at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village supporting the #irespectmusic AND I VOTE! Watch the video, sign the petition and VOTE FOR ARTIST RIGHTS ON NOVEMBER 4!!!

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#irespectmusic And I Vote: The Good News is the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong

Music Technology Policy

The MIC Coalition members listed above are the new alliance of big business against artists and songwriters. Remember that NPR was a member of the original configuration of the MIC Coalition, but NPR abruptly departed. What about Pandora, another McCoalition member?

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Senate Leaders Try to Appease Members as Support for Health Bill Slips - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

With Democrats solidly opposed to the legislation, Senate Republicans must find the votes from within. They can afford to lose only two votes, but five Republican senators have announced that they cannot support the health care bill as drafted, and others have expressed concerns.

#irespectmusic: House Judiciary Voting Today on HR 1695 the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

Music Technology Policy

The House Committee on the Judiciary says the House will vote on HR 1695 today–the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. If you haven’t already, call your House member today and ask them to vote YES on HR 1695! and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) “Today the House of Representatives will consider the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act ( H.R.

#howgoogleworks: Google Shareholders Decimated by Rigged Insider Voting at Google Shareholder Meeting

Music Technology Policy

Shareholder voting power is usually demonstrated by voting for a slate of candidates for board of directors and voting for shareholder resolutions–both on the assumption that the shareholders have a hope of succeeding. How about empowering them with 10 votes to your one?

The Vote Counts in Florida and Georgia Bring a Touch of Fairness to a Dysfunctional Election Day | The New Yorker

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"A week past the midterms—as citizens in Georgia and Florida fight to have every vote tallied—is a good time to remember that there is no explicit right of universal suffrage in the U.S. From the start, the franchise was defined by who could not, rather than who could, vote.

Venezuela poll turnout figures ‘manipulated by at least 1m votes’ | World news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Turnout figures in Venezuela’s constituent assembly election were inflated by at least 1m votes, according to a company that has worked with the country on its voting system since 2004. “We Venezuela poll turnout figures ‘manipulated by at least 1m votes’ | World news | The Guardian

Elizabeth B. Wydra: Supreme Court Waits in the Wings as Appeals Court Considers the Constitution, Voting Rights, Race and Criminal Justice

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Wydra: Supreme Court Waits in the Wings as Appeals Court Considers the Constitution, Voting Rights, Race and Criminal Justice Serious questions about racial discrimination in our criminal justice system, laws that deny the vote to those who have been convicted in this system, and the reach of the Constitution's guarantee of the right to vote free from racial discrimination may soon be heading for the Supreme Court. Elizabeth B.

'Jonathan voted four times in 2007'

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Image via Wikipedia 'Jonathan voted four times in 2007' He was only a candidate for vice president then but in 2007, Goodluck Jonathan took matters into his own hands — literally. Why should the president vote four times? Our vote is very important,” he said.

Four Labour MPs Vote Against Libel Law Reforms

Media Law Prof Blog

Four Labour Members of Parliament refused to toe the party line and vote for Justice Minister Jack Straw's proposal in committee. The British government's attempt to reform the libel law regime by capping lawyer fees has hit a roadblock.

Elizabeth B. Wydra: Supreme Court Waits in the Wings as Appeals Court Considers the Constitution, Voting Rights, Race and Criminal Justice

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Wydra: Supreme Court Waits in the Wings as Appeals Court Considers the Constitution, Voting Rights, Race and Criminal Justice Serious questions about racial discrimination in our criminal justice system, laws that deny the vote to those who have been convicted in this system, and the reach of the Constitution's guarantee of the right to vote free from racial discrimination may soon be heading for the Supreme Court. Elizabeth B.

Russian involvement in US vote raises fears for European elections | US news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Some of the thousands of emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee and members of Clinton’s campaign staff that were leaked, reportedly by Russian proxies, were used to reinforce a key Trump campaign narrative, that of “Lying Hillary”.

A loss, is a tie, is a win.

The Legal Satyricon

The Connecticut Bar Association voted on whether to sign onto a brief in support of a firearms law. The House of Delegates voted yes, 2-1, but there was a referendum petition. A vote was taken. By a vote of 734-729 (5 votes), the members voted to join the brief. Those opposed to signing the brief […]. second amendment

The ABA Blawg 100 is here — and I want you to vote this year, more than ever.

The Legal Satyricon

However, this year we have a new member in our category — our beloved friends at Popehat. The Legal Satyricon is the two-time reigning champion of its IMHO/Opinion category. Yay. And, of course, we’ve been nominated again this year. Popehat has, inexplicably, been snubbed for the past two years, and did not make the [.].

It is time we tell the truth about those who support and those who voted for Trump. These were not innocent or good people. They were all racists, bigots and misogynists. Trump's racist. sexist and Nazi connections were reported by the media during the campaign. We all knew "America First" was a slogan of a pro Nazi American organization whose most famous member was Charles Lindberg. Donald and his father had a long history of anti-Black and anti-Hispanic racism. Everyone knew that they both had been brought to Court by Nixon's justice department for specific discriminatory policies and they settled because the evidence was overwhelming. Trump's blatant, racist policies at his Atlantic city resorts were widely reported by the video and print media with witnesses interviewed during the campaign. Trump voters and supporters have no excuse. They are bigots, pure and simple. These are not good people. They are the worst among us.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The ABA Blawg 100 is here — and I want you to vote this year, more than ever.

The Legal Satyricon

However, this year we have a new member in our category — our beloved friends at Popehat. The Legal Satyricon is the two-time reigning champion of its IMHO/Opinion category. Yay. And, of course, we’ve been nominated again this year. Popehat has, inexplicably, been snubbed for the past two years, and did not make the [.].

Boaty McBoatface Uses Fight For the Future Dialer Tool to Lobby Rand Paul on HR 1695 from…Scotland

Music Technology Policy

One of the big dodges is that the shilleries have autodialing tools that allow anyone to call a number and be connected to “their” Member of Parliament, Senator, Representative.

CLIENT ALERT! – California Business Organizations – Changes in the Law

Gordon P. Firemark

For example, under the new default rules, manager-managed LLC’s may see significant limits on the manager’s authority to act without a vote or consent of all members, before engaging in certain transactions. Did you know?

EU Adopts Net Neutrality

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times: The EU is setting new rules that guarantee net neutrality for the 28 member states of the European Union. The European Parliament has voted to support the new regime, which ends roaming charges by Christmas

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Filming the Audience?

Gordon P. Firemark

But what about audience members whose likeness would also be uploaded to this commercial website. He says that all the organization has to do is write on the ticket that the event is being videotaped, and that is notice enough to cover an audience member’s right.

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Inside the SAG Boardroom

Digital Media Law

In support of their contentions, the approximately 10 sources—including board members from across the country—described a previously-unreported litany of Membership First’s alleged delaying tactics, and provided a detailed chronology of the meeting. I sought comment from Rosenberg , SAG, and others, but 1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson responded in an email that SAG, its staff, officers and board members would not comment. more than 50%) of votes on the Board, but not the 2/3 (i.e.,

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Teamsters, studios fail to break stalemate

Digital Media Law

The union meets in Burbank early Sunday morning, where the leadership is expected to seek – and obtain – a strike authorization vote from members. Talks between the studios and Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 ended late Friday night with no movement and no new negotiating sessions scheduled. That authorization would, in turn, allow union leaders to call a strike at any time after the July 31 expiration of their contract with the studios and producers.

SAG TV/Theatrical Contract Ratified Overwhelmingly, 78%-22%

Digital Media Law

Significantly, even in the faction's stronghold, the Hollywood division, the vote was an enormous 71% to 29% in favor, or almost 3 to 1. There was a large turnout—35% of eligible members voted, far above the typical 20%-25%. The ballots went out to 110,000 paid-up members. Approximately 110,000 SAG members received ballots of which 35.26 The vote count in the Hollywood Division was 70.70 In the New York Division, the vote count was 85.74

DACA: Paul Ryan tells Republicans not to sign petition

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday sought to discourage fellow Republicans from signing a measure that would force an immigration vote, members leaving the meeting said. If 25 GOP members and all House Democrats sign the petition, it would force the vote.

SAG: Four Hardline Horsemen in the National Board Room

Digital Media Law

Yet, strangely enough, the leaders of the losing hardline faction will all find seats on the national board, and will continue to be a shadow government within the union’s Hollywood board—a board on which, in contrast, none of the key moderate leaders will be voting members. Tough independent and former presidential candidate Morgan Fairchild remains, but she’s not a member of the UFS slate and thus doesn’t occupy a leadership position in that group.

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The First Rule of Lawfare: Is Google’s Active Measures Campaign on Article 13 a Trial Run for Election Meddling by a US Non-State Actor?

Music Technology Policy

German MEP Helga Truepel explained why the plenary vote on the Copyright Directive was so lopsided against Google at a press conference : “…[It was] due to this message spamming campaign. But members of the European Parliament have not forgotten. Well, I wake up in the morning.

How (and why) to set up a special purpose production entity for your film or show

Gordon P. Firemark

The Company's Bylaws, Operating Agreement or Limited Partnership Agreement can identify the ownership structure, voting rights, and other rights of the various owners, and afford important protections for investors and the hands-on producers as well.

SAG and the Studios: Post-Prandial Posturing

Digital Media Law

If the union achieves a yes vote of 75% (or more) of those voting, it will have the strike authorization it seeks, and the national board is likely to then vote to go on strike. They (like the hardline Membership First) voted for the October board resolution that brought us to this juncture. And even the NY and regional board members voted for the October resolution: all but 2 of the 71-member national board did so.

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SAG Moderates Win Presidency, Secr. + Additional 4 Natl Seats

Digital Media Law

On the subject of merger with AFTRA, Howard disputed claims from 6 years ago that merger would hurt SAG members' pensions. Ballots were mailed to 99,485 paid-up SAG members on August 25, and 27,295 were tabulated today, for a return of 27.44 Presidential candidates Ken Howard received 12,895 votes, with Anne-Marie Johnson coming in second with 8,906 votes, Seymour Cassel got 4,838 votes, and Asmar Muhammad received 402 votes. “I’d

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The Politics of Librarians

Music Technology Policy

The lopsided vote this week on HR 1695 (the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act ) this week invites an explanation (378-48). Some people were surprised by just how few votes the opposition got but the spread in our office pool was at least 300 voting “yes” Why? Neither stereotype is universally true, obviously–House Minority Leader Pelosi voted against the bill. Is the vote a “rebuke” of the Librarian of Congress?

The Article 13 Trialogue and Google’s Magic Grits

Music Technology Policy

After Google’s stunning defeat on the plenary vote on the Directive on Copyright in the Single Digital Market in the European Parliament, they had to go to plan B on their lobbying and public messaging tactics.

Ron Wyden’s Oregon Updates the Business Plan: Sell Electricity to Data Centers

Music Technology Policy

Here’s a blast from the past–five years ago Senator Wyden was already demonstrating his fealty to Google, Amazon, Facebook and Rackspace–all members of the Internet Association. Good thing these Gang of Four members are all supporting the local tax base. Earlier this week, The Dalles city council and Wasco County commissioners voted to approve a package of “enterprise zone” tax breaks that exempts Google’s buildings and….

SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

Digital Media Law

SAG has set members-only informational meetings on the proposed contract. Supporting the deal are SAG staff and the SAG National Board, including SAG's moderate majority leadership, comprised of the LA-based Unite for Strength faction, LA independent board member Morgan Fairchild, and most or all of the NY and regional board members. 50% + 1) of those members voting. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible members on May 19, 2009.

SAG Moves towards Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board yesterday passed a resolution, by a surprising 82% to 18% vote, directing the guild’s president and National Executive Director to “seek engagement with AFTRA in a joint bargaining agreement for negotiation of the Television/Theatrical Contract,” as quoted in a SAG press release. Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard said, “I am very pleased with the vote and thank the Board for their leadership and foresight on this important issue.

SAG National Executive Director Firing – How it Went Down

Digital Media Law

The SAG board’s moderate majority fired National Executive Director Doug Allen today by using a document signed by board members and called a “written assent.” Monday morning, a group of board members went to SAG’s LA headquarters. The group included Unite for Strength leader Ned Vaughn, NY board member Sam Freed, board members Ken Howard, Pamela Reed, Stacey Travis, Gabrielle Carteris and two others whose names I don’t know.

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SAG Strike Authorization Ballots Delayed

Digital Media Law

This development was revealed less than two hours ago in an email from SAG National Executive Director Doug Allen to all SAG members, which also stated that an in-person SAG National Board meeting is now set for January 12-13 (all day the 12 th and part of the day the 13 th ). The 12 th and 13 th are weekdays, and this fact may make it hard for some NY and regional members to attend, and even some of the working UFS members may not be available.

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