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.

An Insult to the Heart: Lobbyists Organize Big Tech Rallies in Europe

Music Technology Policy

As the man who wrote the book on propaganda (literally) Bernays made a chilling observation: The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.

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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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ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees Under Review – How Performing Rights Organizations, Antitrust Policy and Statutory Licenses Could Create a Controversy

Broadcast Law Blog

Those consent decrees, which have been in place since the 1940s, among other things require that these Performing Rights Organizations treat all songwriters alike in distributions based on how often their songs are played, and that they treat all services alike with users that provide the same kind of service all paying the same rate structure. How is a statutory license different from what is offered now by these organizations?

Startup Launching Today Will Develop Software to Help Firms and Organizations Better Use Data

Media Law

Making its official launch today is Infinnium , a software company that aims to redefine how law firms, corporations and other organizations interact with data in order to improve information management, information governance, regulatory and privacy compliance, and e-discovery. ObscurePI is an IG tool designed to help organizations protect sensitive information and achieve compliance with HIPAA, GDPR and other privacy regulations, the company says.

A Bibliographic Literature Survey of IP Standard-Setting Organizations

Media Law Prof Blog

Contreras, University of Utah College of Law, is publishing Patents, Technical Standards and Standards-Setting Organizations: A Survey of the Empirical, Legal and Economics Literature in 2 Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Peter Menell and Jorge L.

Trump Organization: Cease-and-Desist Letter Over Cat Website Is Fake

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"The letter did not come from us," says a top attorney for the president's company as significant doubts are raised about the authenticity of the communication. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

Save the Date: @miramulholland Speaking at the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva April 5

Music Technology Policy

An industry transformed: securing sustainable growth for today’s digital music industry. Friday, 5 th April 2019. 1pm – 3pm. Geneva, Switzerland. The global music industry has transformed itself through investment and innovation over the past two decades. The recording industry has licensed hundreds of digital music services around the world, driving innovation and providing consumers with access to some 50 million tracks.

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.

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

Top Trump Organization executive asked Putin aide for help on business deal - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Top Trump Organization executive asked Putin aide for help on business deal - The Washington Post

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

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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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.

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

@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.

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?

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

More Time for Comments on DOJ Review of ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees – Now Due August 9

Broadcast Law Blog

In a very important proceeding we summarized here , the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division is reviewing the antitrust consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI – the decrees that require that these performing rights organizations treat similarly situated licensees (and artists) in the same way and which allow a Court to review the reasonableness of the rates that ASCAP and BMI propose.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

1968 DNC Protests, 50 Years Later: Organizers Recall Coalition Building. The 50th Anniversary of the police riot at the Democratic National Convention. Bobby Seale and Weather Underground leaders discuss this event interviewed by Juan Gonzalez who was also there.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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].

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

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.

DOJ Starts Review of BMI and ASCAP Consent Decrees – Exploring the Background of the Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division yesterday announced that it was starting a review of the ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees that govern the United States’ two largest performing rights organizations for musical compositions (referred to as the “musical work”). The radio and TV music licensing committees both took SESAC, a privately-owned performing rights organization not subject to a consent decree, to court alleging anticompetitive behavior.

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

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].

Lobbyist For CCIA Makes All Kinds of Wild Claims About Copyright Management Organizations. BMI ASCAP SOCAN SAMI Included in Charges of Corruption.

Music Technology Policy

Reblogged from The Trichordist: I don’t even know what to say about these statements by Jonathan Band, one of the long-time lobbyists for the Computer & Communications Industry (read Google). The whole thing just seemed kind of crazy to me. To be clear I don’t have a dog in this fight. Just curious where these allegations come from. Cause I researched a bit and I don’t really see anything to justify most of these charges. Read more… 42 more words.

National Organization for Marriage claims fair use on Perez Hilton clip; won't cease broadcast of TV ad

Copyrights & Campaigns

The National Organization for Marriage has rejected a demand by an attorney for Mario Lavandeira (aka blogger Perez Hilton ) that the anti-gay-marriage group cease and desist broadcast of a TV ad that includes a 3-second clip of Lavandeira calling Miss California USA a "dumb [beep]."

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.