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.

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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.

'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.

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.

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.

FCC Issues Third Broadband Report

Media Law Prof Blog

Here's the press release

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

FCC Fines Two TV Stations $4000 For Airing Video News Releases Without Sponsorship Identification, Even Though the Stations Were Not Paid for the Broadcast

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC has issued two Notices of Apparent Liability, each proposing fines of $4000 to TV station licensees, both for airing video news releases ("VNR") in news or information programs without sponsorship identifications. " Based on these examples, the FCC levied the fines in the cases just released. Advertising Issues FCC Fines Payola and Sponsorship Identification VNR fines sponsorship acknowledgment sponsorship identification video news release video press releas

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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).

Multiple Websites for a Single Firm: Smart Marketing or SEO Spam?

Media Law

I happened to notice a flood of press releases over the last couple days announcing a flood of new law firm websites. The press releases all have two things in common. As an example, one press release issued yesterday proclaims, “ Law Firm M. They all announce a single law firm’s launch of multiple websites.

SoundExchange Scores 41% increase in SiriusXM artist royalties — The Trichordist

Music Technology Policy

SoundExchange press release says : The CRB increased the rates for Sirius XM by more than 40%, from 11% of revenue to 15.5% More to come when the Copyright Royalty Board releases its written opinion. Billboard reports today the government’s decision on the performance royalties SiriusXM pays to artists (effective January 1, 2018): The Copyright Royalty Board [“CRB”] has determined that Satellite Audio Radio Services, i.e. SiriusXM will pay 15.5

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

Gender Bender du Jour: Behind ‘LadyLegal’ is a … Man?

Media Law

This press release caught my attention: Lady DUI Welcomes Lady Divorce to Connecticut. Turns out LadyDivorce and LadyDUI are two halves of the dynamic marketing duo LadyLegalGroup , something the press release calls a “new legal group run by 2 female lawyers.”

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.

More Media Manipulation on Copyright Office Crashtrogate

Music Technology Policy

No, we know it from what is apparently a Google-funded surrogate’s press release reported as news by the Torrent Freak blog that once again is trying to whip up a frenzy over something that’s not there. And then have their surrogate issue a press release about doing so?

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Will MRI’s Patent on Song Matching Be Useful in Discovery?

Music Technology Policy

It appears that Music Reports, Inc. (or

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.

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.

Google and Amazon Leverage Copyright Loophole to Use Songs Without Paying Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

New releases, including one example from Sting, are also targets suggesting significant revenue loss to songwriters. (I Sting’s recent release “50,000” (coincidentally a tribute to David Bowie and Prince) is on Google’s “address unknown” NOI list.

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.

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Did President Obama Just Endorse Spotify During an FTC Investigation of Apple Music?

Music Technology Policy

” How many press releases do you think Spotify is going to milk out of this one? The White House now has a Spotify account. You would know this if you happened to run across the 500 or so stories about President Obama’s Spotify playlist in the news.

2011 InnovAction Awards: Time is Running Short to Enter

Media Law

Here is the press release announcing this year’s competition. A global search is underway for ingenuity and innovation in law practice management. It is the seventh-annual InnovAction Awards sponsored by the College of Law Practice Management. With the June 1 entry deadline fast approaching, you don’t have much time to submit your nomination. Any lawyer or law firm anywhere in the world is eligible to enter. Entries will be judged based on: Originality.

More News from MyCase: A Built-In Word Processor

Media Law

A press release from the company describes these features: Simple and automated document assembly: Easily create document templates in MyCase, then merge those templates with matter and contact information, and documents will be immediately generated. I wrote just yesterday about the announcement from MyCase of its application programming interface and App Bar, which will allow third parties to develop applications to integrate with the MyCase practice management platform.

LexisNexis Acquires Legal News Site Law360

Media Law

The Lexis press release says that Law360 has over 100,000 subscribers. “The acquisition of Law360 is part of the continuing LexisNexis commitment to provide critical legal and business content to help customers increase productivity and achieve better outcomes for their organizations and clients,” the release says.

Two Updates on wireLawyer

Media Law

In my post, I took issue with a press release it issued claiming to be the first online professional network for the legal community. Last week, I wrote a follow-up to my October post about the launch of wireLawyer.com , a new professional network for lawyers. Matt Tollin, wireLawyer’s CEO, has posted a comment replying to my post which I urge you to read.

FCC Chairman Reminds TV Broadcasters of the Importance of their Online Political File Obligations as its Staff Investigates Complaints about Deficiencies

Broadcast Law Blog

And rarer still is an accompanying press release from the FCC Chair talking about the importance of the subject matter of the complaint. As we wrote in April , the FCC’s public notice released during the NAB Convention seemed to make that clear – and this is just additional evidence that the July 1 deadline will hold firm. .

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.

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New Blogs on Practice Management and Technology

Media Law

See the line-up in this press release – me among them.). This week brought the arrival of two different blogs, one devoted to law practice management and the other to legal technology. Today, LexisNexis launched the blog Matters of Practice , written by contributors from its Law Firm Practice Management group.

City of Austin Music Office Launches Ground Breaking Census for the Austin Music Economy

Music Technology Policy

Here’s the press release: City of Austin to Conduct First-Ever Music Industry Census. If you live outside of New York, Nashville or Los Angeles, how much do you really know about the needs of your local music community? (And, And, frankly–who are we kidding. Even if you live in one of those “centers” ) Artists, songwriters, producers, live music–and all of the folks who make up our local business and contribute to the local economy.

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.

@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.

LawZam: ‘Like Speed Dating for the Legal World’

Media Law

“LawZam is like speed dating for the legal world,” Dunkelman, a Los Angeles lawyer , says in a press release. That is how co-founder Claudio Dunkelman describes his new lawyer-client matching site, LawZam. The site aims to connect consumers with attorneys by facilitating free, face-to-face consultations conducted live via videoconferencing. “Our unique platform gives you the ability to video chat with a lawyer, and keep talking if it’s a match.

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 […].

Here we go again: Human Rights Advocates Call on Google to Stop Profiting from Human Trafficking Advertising

Music Technology Policy

In addition, the organizations will release a letter to NAAG imploring them to demand Google stop profiting from advertisements and investigate its contribution to the $32 billion global human trafficking industry. For additional information I have included the press release announcing the letter and demonstration.

It Ain’t Ph?: What if Streaming Went Away?

Music Technology Policy

Someone who would, for example, admit that they stiffed songwriters and publishers to the tune of no less than $30 million without tying up an industry-wide settlement or naming a single publisher in the press release announcing their settlement with…theoretical publishers.

Legal Blog Offers Cash for News Leads

Media Law

In a press release , the site said the move was being taken “in order to better serve its readers.” ” The press release continued: JD Journal will pay $50 and up per lead if the story is used on the site.

Coming Soon: A Site for Asia Legal Industry News

Media Law

People moves and law firm press releases. Scheduled to launch Sept. 15 is Conventus Law , a legal-media site that promises to provide legal professionals and business leaders with a one-stop shop for the latest Asia-Pacific legal business news.

Another Cloud-Based Practice Management System Launches

Media Law

The press release announcing Velawsity’s launch describes it as “unique” and goes on to explain: Velawsity has its sights on a rather specific inefficiency in the practice of law encountered by a growing number of sole practitioners.

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.