Is Pandora Managing By Press Release?

Music Technology Policy

It’s the press release syndrome. I don’t know that this “management by walking around press releases” is happening at Pandora, but would you be shocked if it were

SAG No News Press Release

Digital Media Law

SAG's out with a press release confirming what was first reported about 10 hours ago. The press release also gives short bios of the two new highly-qualified people stepping in to right the ship, David White as interim NED and John McGuire as Chief Negotiator. though in fairness, they've had a rough day over there in the SAG Communications department.

Press Release on CLASSICS Act to Close Pre-72 Loophole

Music Technology Policy

PRESS RELEASE. Music Organizations Press Congress to Consolidate. [Editor Charlie sez: Let’s not forget–if it weren’t for The Turtles stepping up with Henry Gradstein’s team and suing Sirius and Pandora in a class action to close the nasty loophole leveraged by their legal teams, none of this would be happening. Artist class actions work and sometimes are the only thing that work.

First an RIAA press release, now a white flag

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner We were a little skeptical last month when the RIAA announced that it would be stepping back from its Captain James Norrington approach to taking out the music pirates of the world. Maybe because we hadn't —.

FCC Confirms $4000 Fine For Televising Video News Release Without Sponsorship ID

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC has issued a Forfeiture Order , confirming a $4000 fine levied against a Minneapolis TV station for airing a video news release ("VNR") without sponsorship identification. The station argued that its use of a video supplied by General Motors for a story about the popularity of convertibles in the summer was equivalent to use of a company press release, which the FCC has found acceptable in the past.

ACLU Asks For Investigation Into Hollywood's Hiring Practices

Media Law Prof Blog

According to a press release by the ACLU The ACLU is calling for an investigation into hiring practices by studios, networks, and talent agencies to see if there is widespread and systematic gender discrimination in the industry concerning female directors.

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FILIPINA JUSTICE NOMINATED TO HEAD CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

Entertainment Litigation Blog

View the Governor's press conference here.You can read PABA's press release celebrating Governor Schwarzenagger's historic announcement here. You can also read the press release of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) about Justice Cantil-Sakauye's nomination here.

Media General and Meredith Corporation Announce Deal

Media Law Prof Blog

More here in a press release From the Hollywood Reporter: Media General is acquiring all stock of Meredith Corporation. The companies will now be known as Media Meredith Corporation. The present Meredith head, Steve Lacy, will lead the new company.

Startup Launches Artificial Intelligence Tool to Diagram Corporate Structures

Media Law

In a press release being […]. A new legal technology company called Deftr is today launching a tool powered by artificial intelligence that helps professionals diagram intricate corporate structures. The tool reads text in real time, as it is being typed, then turns that text into a shareable, interactive graphic illustrating a corporate structure or transaction.

LegalZoom Suffers Setback in North Carolina

Media Law

When LegalZoom issued a press release last month announcing that the South Carolina Supreme Court had issued a determination that the company is not engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in that state, the news was widely reported by news media and blogs.

FCC Requests Public Comment On Proposal To Expand Access To Mobile Wireless Services On Aircraft

Media Law Prof Blog

According to a press release dated December 12, 2013, the FCC has initiated a proceeding to consider a proposal that The FCC is accepting public comments on its proposal to expand access to mobile wireless services on aircraft in flight.

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' Alleged Pirate Identified by Summit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni The studio today took the unorthodox step of sending out a press release identifying the alleged culprit in a March hacking incident that ended with images of the highly-anticipated vampire romance film circulating on the Internet.

@royaltyclaim CEO: Services are Spending $50,000 a week to file “address unknown” NOIs — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Press Release Teaser: “DSPs are collectively spending an average of over $50,000 PER WEEK to file mass ‘address unknown’ NOIs under the Section 115 compulsory license provision of the US Copyright Act.” – Dae Bogan, Chief Researcher at Royalty Claim / CEO at TuneRegistry More facts to come out next week when he presents Royalty Claim’s report on the […]. [Editor Charlie sez: $50,000 a week is $2,600,000 a year and that’s a whole bunch of streams.

Are You A ‘Solution Provider’? If So, There’s Now A Coalition For You

Media Law

During her 17-year tenure as editor-in-chief of Law Technology News (now rebranded as Legaltech News), there was one word Monica Bay would not tolerate in articles or press releases: “solution.” ” “We’re determined to build bridges, not walls — and to explain and demystify technology,” she once wrote. “That means no jargon, no acronyms, and no […]. The post Are You A ‘Solution Provider’?

LexisNexis Named Publisher of Official Mass. Reports

Media Law

LexisNexis took over the contract as of July 1, the press release said. This is interesting.

FILIPINA JUSTICE NOMINATED TO HEAD CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

Entertainment Litigation Blog

View the Governor's press conference here.You can read PABA's press release celebrating Governor Schwarzenagger's historic announcement here. You can also read the press release of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) about Justice Cantil-Sakauye's nomination here.

Abercrombie & Fitch Slams 'The Situation' in Detailed Lawsuit Response (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The "substantial" offer for "Jersey Shore" cast member Mike Sorrentino to NOT wear Abercrombie clothing was $10,000 and came after the retailer had put out a press release.

Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals – Fire Your Public Relations Agent

The Legal Satyricon

From this press release. Hi-Tech Pharmaceutical Sues Self Professed Weight Loss Expert – Harvard Professor Pieter A. Cohen for $50 Million in Compensatory Damages and $150 Million in Punitive Damages for Libel and Slander NORCROSS, Ga., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc, ( “Hi-Tech”) filed a suit against four researchers who published a […].

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Technical Advisory Board Releases First Responder Interoperability Technical Requirement Recommendations

Media Law Prof Blog

Press Release from the FCC: Today, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) approved for transmittal to FirstNet the minimum technical requirements submitted by the Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability (Interoperability Board).

BROWNE v. McCAIN. A RETROSPECTIVE

KWIKA Entertainment Law Blog

On July 21, 2009, a Joint Press Release was issued announcing that a settlement had been reached in Jackson Browne v. You can read the Joint Press Release here. John McCain et al. The settlement has three components: 1. Financial terms that are confidential; 2. A public apology from the Defendants that Running on Empty was used without [.].

MPAA Sues Zevida For Copyright Infringement

Media Law Prof Blog

From the AP: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is suing Zediva, that company which has started releasing new films early via the Internet. According to its press release, the MPAA is suing for copyright infringement, because Zediva "illegally

Are You A ‘Solution Provider’? If So, There’s Now A Coalition For You

Media Law

During her 17-year tenure as editor-in-chief of Law Technology News (now rebranded as Legaltech News), there was one word Monica Bay would not tolerate in articles or press releases: “solution.” ” “We’re determined to build bridges, not walls — and to explain and demystify technology,” she once wrote. “That means no jargon, no acronyms, and no […]. The post Are You A ‘Solution Provider’?

Former WMA CEO Jim Wiatt Sues Law Firm Over Ken Starr Ponzi Scheme

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Former William Morris Agency CEO Jim Wiatt has issued a press release saying he's suing the Winston & Strawn law firm for malpractice in connection with the Ken Starr Ponzi scheme. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Egyptian Blogger Release After Four Year Prison Sentence

Media Law Prof Blog

Here is a link to a Reporters Without Borders press release announcing Mr. Amer's return to his home Blogger Kareem Amer is out of jail after serving four years for insulting Islam and committing other crimes.

FCC Asks for Formal Comments on Next-Generation of Television, and Approves Greater Use of FM Translators By AM Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The Commission apparently took the general actions previewed in its draft order released earlier this month, though additional questions were said to have been teed up for public comment in the final version of the NPRM. The final version had not been released when this article was written on Friday morning. The FCC press release on its action yesterday is here. We’ll write more about the details of the NPRM in the next few days, after it is released.

Will the Salahis sue us for calling them White House party crashers?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni Kudos to attorney Lisa Bloom, who last night blasted out one of our favorite press releases of the year. In it, she warns journalists not to refer to clients Michaele and Tereq Salahi as "party crashers" because.

Canadian Talent Consultant Charged in Alleged Actor Visa Scam

Digital Media Law

Actor Andrew Boryski was charged with multiple criminal counts for cheating aspiring actors out of thousands of dollars in an immigration visa scam, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said Thursday in a press release. Normal. false. false. false. Normal. false. false. false. Boryski is charged with 32 counts; “this suspect, who’s an aspiring actor himself, has landed a role in a real life crime drama” says a federal agent. Normal. false. false. false.

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SoundExchange Reaches Out to Help Texas Flood Victims

Music Technology Policy

Press Release. For SoundExchange members based in Houston and throughout the Gulf Coast, SoundExchange wants to make sure you receive your royalties in this time of tragedy.

Superman lawyer responds to Warner Bros. suing him

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Marc Toberoff is about to issue this press release responding to today's lawsuit claiming he manipulated the heirs of Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster into cutting him in on revenues from the Superman franchise. We will have analysis of the.

Pseudo Social Sharing Isn’t Smart, It’s Spam

Media Law

Targeted at medium and large firms, the app “helps attorneys more easily share content with their professional networks through LinkedIn, Twitter and other platforms,” according to the press release last […]. I have to admit I was taken aback by the premise of ClearView Social, the new app being developed by social marketing consultant Adrian Dayton.

Paul Caron Now Sole Owner Of LawProfessorBlogs

Media Law Prof Blog

From a press release dated May 24, 2013: Law Professor Blogs LLC announces today that co-founder Paul L. Caron has purchased the 50% interest of co-founder Joseph A. Hodnicki and now owns 100% of the company. Paul Caron: I will

Qualcomm, Broadcom Settlement

Media Law Prof Blog

Here's a link to the press release Qualcomm and Broadcom have settled their longstanding patent disagreement with a multi-year agreement and a payment from Qualcomm to Broadcomm of $891 million over a four year period.

ASK THE READERS: Will SAG go on Strike? Does anybody care?

Gordon P. Firemark

She’s published a press release from AMPTP about the breakdown of mediation talks this past weekend. The press release is worth reading, but don’t miss the comments… strong opinions abound, and express some important points of view. Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood is one of my favorite places for industry news and information.

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GOVERNOR SCHWARZENAGGER APPOINTS FILIPINO COLLEAGUE TO THE BENCH

Entertainment Litigation Blog

His office's press release can be found here. Governor Schwarzenagger announced the appointment of 17 new judges to the Los Angeles Superior Court. Among the Governor's appointees is my friend and colleague, Bernie C. LaFortenza. Judge LaFortenza has served with me on the Board of Governors of the Philippine American Bar Association. He is a good man with a long record of public service. I am proud to call him my friend and colleague. He will make an exceptional jurist.

Beta Site Continues to Claim it is First Network for Lawyers

Media Law

Now, wireLawyer has once again announced its launch in beta, putting out a press release proclaiming, “ wireLawyer Launches First Online Professional Network for the Legal Community.” Although the press release promises documents that are peer reviewed, the ones I’ve seen all seem to be pulled straight out of EDGAR or somewhere similar.

The Harder They Fall: Kafka 1 DOJ 0

Music Technology Policy

Here’s the BMI press release: BMI PREVAILS OVER DOJ IN CONSENT DECREE DISPUTE. Details to follow, but the BMI rate court judge ruled against the Department of Justice on 100% licensing. Here’s the important part of the ruling: Nothing in the Consent Decree gives support to the Division’s views. That’s what I call the ontological definition of losing. You know…gloating is so unbecoming but sometimes it’s really hard not to.

SAG & AMPTP Confirm Meetings for Next Tues-Weds

Digital Media Law

SAG and the AMPTP confirmed in a joint press release today that they will meet at AMPTP HQ next Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17-18, as was widely expected. Meanwhile, MembershipFirst released a statement from key leader and SAG 1 st VP Anne-Marie Johnson that shows they intend to torpedo a deal if possible. In my view, negotiations will probably continue over a period of a few weeks, as a significant number of issues remain.

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The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Is Missing A Ton Of Info | FiveThirtyEight

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

".Changes to the UCR’s yearly report are not unheard of, and the press release that accompanies the 2016 report, which was published in late September, acknowledges the removal of some tables, saying that the UCR program had “streamlined the 2016 edition.”

World Watch: Author John Degen’s Seriously Must Read Post “5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright”

Music Technology Policy

” And this means you, journalists–especially you journalists who uncritically write to the press release from the Electronic Frontier Foundation or the sainted Creative Commons. Canadian author John Degen (@jkdegen) wrote a funny and informative post that I recommend to anyone interested in artist rights and copyright, “ 5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright.”

And Your Little Dog, Too: The Librarian of Congress Give Us A Lesson in Constructive Termination

Music Technology Policy

Remember when the Librarian of Congress issued a press release about how Maria Pallante was being promoted from the Register of Copyrights to something that sounded awfully functionary–and not a promotion. Notwithstanding the Librarian’s press release on Friday, we now know that Pallante turned down the “promotion” and has now resigned.