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

Gordon P. Firemark

– California Business Organizations – Changes in the Law is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P. Did you know? On January 1, 2014, California corporate and LLC laws are changing.

Lexbox Organizes and Monitors Canadian Legal Research

Media Law

The post Lexbox Organizes and Monitors Canadian Legal Research appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. I know what you’re thinking: Just because Ambrogi won a Canadian law blog award last week, now he’s gratuitously writing about Canadian stuff. But the fact of the matter is that I started playing around with Lexbox even before then. I am speaking later this month at the mid-winter conference of the Manitoba Bar Association […].

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WGA in Organizing Struggle with Comcast

Digital Media Law

Style, and G4 writers seek immediate guild representation; Comcast refuses, and is forcing a government-supervised secret ballot election. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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AFTRA Endorses IATSE 'Biggest Loser' Organizing Campaign

Digital Media Law

The union issued an unequivocal statement of support. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

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New Organization Aims to Kickstart Innovation in Legal Industry

Media Law

A for-profit membership organization aimed at driving technology innovation and adoption in the legal industry made its formal launch yesterday. The post New Organization Aims to Kickstart Innovation in Legal Industry appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Called Evolve Law, its primary focus will be on promoting collaboration among a “community” of lawyers, law firms and innovative legal technology companies in order to speed adoption of new technology.

A Nissan Victory Could Usher in a New Era of Southern Organizing

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"The United Automobile Workers union and its allies in the labor and civil-rights movements have been organizing for years to get a union at the sprawling Nissan Motor Company vehicle assembly facility in Canton, Mississippi. A Nissan Victory Could Usher in a New Era of Southern Organizing

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What New News Organizations Need

Media Law Prof Blog

The New York Times discusses the dangers that face reporters who work for start-up organizations such as Current TV, the network that employs Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two journalists facing 12 years in prison in North Korea. These

FCC Proposes to Adopt Rules Allowing Fundraising for Third-Party Nonprofit Organizations By Non-CPB Noncommercial Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

Two deal with noncommercial broadcasters ( undoing the requirement for noncommercial broadcasters to get Social Security Numbers from its board members so that they can acquire an FCC Registration Number for them – see our articles here and here on that issue – and one allowing noncommercial broadcasters to interrupt programming to raise funds for unrelated non-profit organizations ). Such fundraising is limited to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

How News Organizations Are Generating Revenue From Social Media

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The bible of rock culture was sued for unfairly competing with its exclusive licensing deals with musicians. read more. Music Music Business

Brief of Amici Curiae EFF, Organization for Transformative Works and Others in Capitol Records v. Vimeo Now Available

Media Law Prof Blog

Brief of Amici Curiae Electronic Frontier Foundation, Organization for Transformative Works, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Public Knowledge, and New Media Rights in Capitol v.

@wearesonala: Songwriters Organization of North America Letter to Renata Hesse at Dept. of Justice [sic] on 100% Licensing — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

via @wearesonala: Songwriters Organization of North America Letter to Renata Hesse at Dept. In ancient Rome, emperors gave free entertainment to the masses called “bread and circuses” to keep the attention of the people diverted.

Global Songwriter and Composer Organizations Send Open Letter to RIAA Proposing Solution to Massive Failures to Accord Credit and Respect International Laws of Moral Rights

Music Technology Policy

[ For more information go to BASCA website.]. An Open Letter. 15 th August 2017. Mr. Cary Sherman. Mr. Mitch Glazier. Via email. Dear Messrs. Sherman and Glazier, It was with great disappointment that we read the recent RIAA comments to the Copyright Office in connection with moral rights; in particular, with regard to the right of attribution.

YouTube Suspends Account of Prominent Skeptics Organization

Media Law Prof Blog

YouTube has suspended the account of skeptical organization JREF, headed up by astronomer Phil Plait, but it's unclear why. Dr. Plait indicates that he's trying to "work things out," but JREF supporters are miffed

Organizers of ‘Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run' Bow to MGM's Trademark Threat

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Rocky Balboa did what?!! read more. The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. MGM) Business

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National Organization for Marriage rejects claim by Miss Universe organization; asserts fair use of short clip

Copyrights & Campaigns

The National Organization for Marriage has already rejected a copyright claim from blogger Mario Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton), and now it's standing up to the Miss Universe organization as well. On May 4, MUO sent a cease and desist letter to NOM, demanding that the anti-gay-marriage group stop using a brief (approximately 7 second) clip from this year's Miss Universe pageant in a TV ad.

Second Circuit Holds Marketing Campaign Organizer Liable Under FTC Act for Deceptive Representations of Its Marketing “Affiliates”

Broadcast Law Blog

There is nothing new about the FTC bringing enforcement actions based on deceptive advertising practices. Those cases are the FTC’s bread and butter. But in recent years the FTC has been pushing forward with cases that address the increasingly complex network of entities involved in marketing, including companies that collect , buy , and sell consumer information and play other behind-the-scenes roles in marketing campaigns.

The World Trade Organization and Online Games

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas Steiner, Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research, has published "Online Games Under WTO Law: Unresolved Classification Issues," as NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper No. 2009/3. Here is the abstract.This paper explores the views of state and non-state actors

Russian Copyright Law and Rights Licensing Organizations

Media Law Prof Blog

Sergey Budylin, Roche and Duffay, and Yulia Osipova have published "Is AllofMP3 Legal? Non-Contractual Licensing Under Russian Copyright Law," at 7 Suffolk University Journal of High Technology Law 1 (2007). Here is the abstract. Lately, Russian copyright law has attracted

When YouTube is Not Enough: Google’s Uncle Sugar Wants to Organize the Data From Your Schools

Music Technology Policy

We all know that the real value of YouTube is the data: the music, movies and television is just the honeypot for the data. Particularly for underage users that Google has trouble getting any other way. But if YouTube isn’t enough, where does Google go to get data on kids?

Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

Music Technology Policy

It should not be lost on any artist that what Google really wants is to destroy the ability of individual artists to organize and fight back collectively when their life’s work is stolen. Disqualifying the authors and photographers organizations as class representatives would be an important step in fulfilling Google’s dream.

Major news organizations join call for webcast of Tenenbaum hearing

Copyrights & Campaigns

A coalition of major news organizations has filed an amicus brief in the First Circuit in support of webcasting a Feb. Earlier today, EFF, several other organizations, and yours truly signed onto a separate amicus brief. 24 District Court motion hearing in the record labels' copyright suit against accused peer-to-peer infringer Joel Tenenbaum.

EFF’s Wendy Seltzer on organizing ORG: Ears that touch music will never touch mine

Music Technology Policy

The former EFF staff attorney, Wendy Selzer (although her interviewer seems to have dropped that affiliation from her bio) tells us of how the future is circumventing the nation state, ending copyright and that artists need to tour (forever, apparently). She looks forward to the destruction of the “megastar” in favor of “local acts” (who presumably would be prevented from becoming “megastars” in some way?). (Of

Head of BBC Trust Tries To Protect Organization From Criticism

Media Law Prof Blog

Sir Michael Lyons, the head of the BBC Trust, is trying to save it from dissolution as he fights against criticism of the BBC and the Trust itself, in particular against its funding. Earlier this month he revealed not just

YouTube restores National Organization for Marriage video early, citing fair use

Copyrights & Campaigns

Interestingly, the Miss Universe organization ("MUO") has also made a claim on the same ad (or the 30-second version), objecting to the use of its footage, which depicts Prejean answering the question about same sex marriage.

The NCAA: A Voluntary Organization or the Only Game in Town?

JetLawBlog

The NCAA’s ever-reliable argument when it takes unilateral action is that they are a “voluntary organization,&# and schools can choose whether or not they want to participate.

GMR Sues RMLC – Claims Antitrust Violations for Negotiating Royalties on Behalf of the Radio Industry – What Are the Implications?

Broadcast Law Blog

Just a few weeks ago, we wrote about the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) filing a lawsuit against Global Music Rights (GMR) alleging that GMR was violating the antitrust laws by offering an all or nothing blanket license for rights to play the songs written by certain songwriters now represented by this new performing rights organization.

BMI Judge Rejects DOJ Conclusion that Consent Decree Requires 100% of Songs – What Does that Mean for Music Services?

Broadcast Law Blog

Lacking a reliable public database for that information, the music user pays the performing rights organization (“PRO”) like ASCAP or BMI for the rights to the music that the PRO licenses, and the service assumes that it is covered to perform the music that it has licensed. A licensee may pay fees to the established PROs, thinking that it has rights to specific songs, only to get additional demands from other organizations representing fractional owners.

Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

Music Technology Policy

Reblogged from MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY: I read today that the Durie Tangri firm took time off from defending Rojadirecta to pursue a different case supporting the proposition that creators rights should be trampled at any convenient turn.

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Miss Universe pageant joins the copyright fun; piles on National Organization for Marriage over ad

Copyrights & Campaigns

Lavandeira is already involved in a copyright dispute with the National Organization for Marriage over NOM's use in an ad of 3 seconds of Lavandeira calling Prejean a "dumb [beep]." The Miss Universe organization -- a joint venture between Donald Trump and NBC Universal -- may not like its footage to be used for partisan purposes, but the fair use doctrine permits such uses -- whether they like it or not.

What’s a Broadcaster to Do When a Candidate Complains About the Truth of an Attack Ad? – Dealing with Ads from Non-Candidate, Third-Party Organizations

Broadcast Law Blog

However, ads from third parties (PACs, SuperPACs, labor unions, right to life groups and other advocacy organizations) are different. As we move into the final weeks of the election season, and races heat up, there are always issues about attack ads and what a station needs to do when they receive a “take-down” notice from a candidate who is being attacked.

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Understanding Music Royalties – Congressional Research Service Releases Summary of the Law, While DOJ Asks for More Comments on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decree Reform

Broadcast Law Blog

The importance of understanding these issues is illustrated by this week’s request from the Department of Justice for more information about the rights of songwriters to authorize ASCAP and BMI (often referred to as Performing Rights Organizations or PROs) to license their works to services like radio stations and webcasters when there are multiple songwriters who may not all be members of the same rights organization.

DOJ Recommends No Changes in ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees, And Requires Full-Work Licensing – How It Affects Music Users

Broadcast Law Blog

But in a world where partial withdrawals are possible, and even where they are not (where there may be complete withdrawals and the establishment of new PROs or organizations that function like PROs, with GMR – Global Music Rights – being perhaps the most visible manifestation of that possible trend), the issue becomes more important. The DOJ yesterday issued its long-awaited review of the ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees.

Canadian Writer Calls Yet Another Foul: They really hate it when you organize

Music Technology Policy

Canadian novelist John Degen has an excellent post on more anti-artist hysteria coming from the University of Ottawa and in particular from the very well-funded web of the very well-funded Michael Geist.In "Lessons in Headline Writing" John Degen calls out the latest and greatest by Geist in which Geist tries to gin up controversy against an open letter to Ministers Moore and Clement that was

News from the Goolag: Organizing the world's information--whether the world likes it or not

Music Technology Policy

A handy guide to all the places Google is being sued--courtesy of Read Write Web "Google vs. The World"View Google vs the world in a larger map

GMR Offers Commercial Radio 6 Month Extension of Interim License to Play Their Songs

Broadcast Law Blog

Global Music Rights, commonly known as GMR, is the newest Performing Rights Organization (PRO) in the US music business, licensing public performance rights to musical compositions of songwriters as diverse as various members of the Eagles to Pharrell Williams to George Gershwin. Broadcast Performance Royalty Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights Global Music Rights GMR antitrust litigation performing rights organization public performance rights RMLC

Blackout? What Blackout? “The SOPA blackout was about as organic as the masses of North Koreans crying in the streets upon hearing of Kim Jong Il’s death”

Music Technology Policy

Net Coalition circulated the union busting flyers at meetings of conservative organizations in Washington and seems to be leading Google’s dirty tricks campaign against organized labor who opposed the company’s management on rogue sites, second only to usual suspect, the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Who do you suppose funds all these overlapping Lessig organizations? [Editor Charles says: A version of this post originally appeared in MTP Monthly].

Looking at Music Royalty Issues for Radio and TV Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

These are the organizations that represent most commercial broadcasters in their negotiations with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC for public performance licenses for “musical works” or “musical compositions” – the underlying words and music to any song. Radio has also had to deal with a new performing rights organization, Global Music Rights (GMR), principally representing songwriters who have withdrawn from ASCAP and BMI.

Adele’s New Record is Not on Online Streaming Services – Except Where It Is – The Difference Between Interactive and Noninteractive Streaming

Broadcast Law Blog

Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights On Line Media compulsory license interactive service internet radio performance complement noninteractive service on demand streaming performing rights organization Section 115 statutory license webcasting royaltiesAdele’s decision to not stream her new CD “ 25 ” on services like Apple Music and Spotify has been the talk of the entertainment press pages – like this article from the New York Times.

RMLC Reaches Agreement with ASCAP on Royalties for Commercial Radio for Through 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote here , this is but one of the many performing rights organizations with which RMLC must deal this year. Finally, as we detailed in our articles here and here , RMLC also is dealing with a new performing rights organization, GMR , which represents a small number of songwriters who have withdrawn their songs from ASCAP and BMI and approached broadcasters to seek a performance royalty.

Background on the GMR/RMLC Dispute – 5 Questions on the Basics of the Controversy

Broadcast Law Blog

What is GMR and why isn’t the music they represent covered by the other organizations like BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC? GMR is a new performing rights organization. The Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) is the group that represents most commercial radio broadcasters in music royalty negotiations with the various organizations that represent songwriters. Thus, new organizations are not likely to pop up overnight.