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).

'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.

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!!!

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.

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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.

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.

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

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”.

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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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.

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.

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?

#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.

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.

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.

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.

#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?

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

#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?

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?

#irespectmusic Invades the Boardroom: @sivers Calls Out How Pandora Hides Its War on Songwriters from Shareholders

Music Technology Policy

If the board fails in its role, one of the ways that individual stockholders can call executives and board members to account is by attending an annual meeting. Pandora could easily put that policy to a vote of the shareholders, but they never do.

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 [.].

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 [.].

@GTP_updates Report on “Google Academics, Inc.”

Music Technology Policy

This is particularly timely given the “fake news” hot topic and the new book by Sharyl Attkisson all about manufactured information in our astroturf culture entitled The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote. Mr. Band is a registered lobbyist for MIC Coalition member the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Library Copyright Alliance and Yahoo!

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The MMF’s Google Problem

Music Technology Policy

So if the group is going to use that letter as a lobbying tool we would expect that the other members of Copyright 4 Creativity would be in line with the IMMF’s mission statement, right? It’s certainly something deserving of a vote by artists.

Stone Temple Pilots Trademark and Band Dispute

Current Trends

The three remaining original band members of the Stone Temple Pilots sued expelled member Scott Weiland in May 2013 claiming breach of their written partnership agreement, breach of fiduciary duty and trademark infringement. Weiland was voted out of the group in February 2013. The four group members operated under a written band partnership that allows a partner to be ousted for numerous reasons, including not making the band a top priority.

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

How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

Music Technology Policy

But that LinkedIn profile also includes its own unexplained gap about what she did prior to joining the DOJ in 2012–her then-current employment as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal and Civil Operations: Member.

New Legal Networking Site Seeks to Keep it Simple

Media Law

Lawford suggests classmates to follow, even if they are not members. For example, when it showed me a list of my law school classmates I might want to connect with, the names on that list were not necessarily Lawford members.

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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.,

U.N. Mass Grave Probe Obstructed In Ivory Coast : NPR

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

28 vote, which the U.N. Defense officials from the member states met Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria, where the bloc is based. Image via Wikipedia U.N.

FCC Clarifies Public File Obligations for Identifying Issues and Sponsors for Political Ads – Admonishes Numerous TV Stations for Violations

Broadcast Law Blog

The order made clear that the statute and rules require that licensees must disclose all of the chief executive officers or members of the executive committee or board of directors of any person seeking to purchase broadcast time. As those initials might not be recognizable to members of the general public, the FCC admonished the station for its incomplete disclosure.

Republican = unashamed sefishness House GOP Exempts Itself From Zombie Trumpcare

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"As House Republicans scramble to get 218 votes to move their revised health plan (a.k.a. who authored this amendment confirmed this was the case: members of Congress and their staff would get the guarantee of keeping these Obamacare regulations.

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 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.

Reflections on L.A.’s nascent producer’s league. Treason… No, but…

Gordon P. Firemark

Here, in 2012 Los Angeles, as we meet to debate and ultimately vote on the league’s mission, bylaws, and governing principles, it’s important to maintain perspective. In success or failure, the members of this league will go on producing theatre, one way or another. Frequent readers probably know that I have lately been involved with a group of L.A.

SAG Ballots Go Out May 19

Media Law Prof Blog

SAG members are voting up or down on whether to ratify the new tentative agreement worked out with The Hollywood Reporter notes that Screen Actors Guile (SAG) ballots will be mailed to the membership May 19, due back June 9.

Venezuela’s Opposition, Battling Nicolás Maduro, Suffers a Crippling Blow - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

But with one contentious vote on Sunday, President Nicolás Maduro effectively liquidated any political challenge that the opposition might present for him for years to come. "BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Just a year and a half ago, Venezuela’s opposition was riding high, at the apex of its power.

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.

It’s Their Web: Google’s land grab with the new gTLDs for.music,film,movie,book

Music Technology Policy

One month after pushing through a vote on the new TLD program in his last meeting as Chairman he took a role with publicly-traded Top Level Domain Holdings, a company focused solely on profiting from new top level domain names.