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.

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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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.

Spotify Board Member Google Gets Nailed by Stockholders for Another $250,000,000

Music Technology Policy

Google has entered into a proposed settlement agreement with a group of Google shareholders that sued Google’s top executives and board members for breach of fiduciary duty, abuse of control, corporate waste and unjust enrichment.

#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?

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.

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”.

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.

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 [.].

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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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.

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

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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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….

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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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?

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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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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Call Congress to Support Copyright Office Legislation

Music Technology Policy

I don’t often ask MTP readers for their vote, but I am asking you to call your member of Congress and ask them to support bipartisan legislation introduced by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, H.R. Here’s the important thing–the bill passed out of the Judiciary Committee with an unprecedented bi-partisan vote of 27-1 (let us not dwell on who the 1 was who voted against). Here’s who voted with us: Rep.

Jeff Flake Says He Was Moved By 'Emboldened' Women, Drive To Make Process 'Fair' | HuffPost

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Jeff Flake’s surprise call Friday for a delay in the final vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation was affected by encounters with women “emboldened” to share their experiences and his desire to demonstrate that the “process is fair,” he told reporters Friday. "Arizona Republican Sen.

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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Help @RepJerryNadler Beat the Cartels because #irespectmusic

Music Technology Policy

YouTube parent Google and Pandora are both members of the MIC Coalition cartel that is an effort by Corporate America dedicated to screwing the world’s songwriters and artists through massive lobbying power. Remember–you have one Member of Congress and two Senators.).

SAG A-List Blacklist

Digital Media Law

This time, the culprit is an email being circulated that advocates a No vote on awards for stars who oppose a strike authorization. The email urges SAG members not to vote for those stars in the upcoming SAG awards, for which they’ve been nominated. headquarters, is organized by location manager and Teamsters member Scott Bigbee , in support of SAG actors who oppose a strike. The dark times at SAG just got darker.

Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

Digital Media Law

Remember the lawsuit that former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First members (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed against their own union? The extension goes out for a vote in a few weeks to membership meetings in the five major AFTRA Locals of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington/Baltimore. Voting is by mail or at the WGA annual meeting Sept.

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