Nielsen Looks for Injunction Against ComScore Over TV Ratings

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A service that just targets the television market and uses proprietary technology and data is alleged to violate a contract. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Nielsen Sued for Billions Over Allegedly Manipulated TV Ratings

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a huge new lawsuit, the business of TV ratings is fingered for rampant corruption by India's largest TV news network. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business Nielsen Company International

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WordPress Plugin For Avvo Star Rating And Reviews

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Lawyers, here are two easy-to-use plugins for WordPress that publish your star rating and reviews from Avvo.com directly to your website. Avvo Reviews Avvo Star Rating Filed under: misc. WiserBrand team activated it on my website FREE of charge. Please take a look!

Movie Ratings Are Not Protected By First Amendment, Court Told

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plaintiffs defend a lawsuit seeking an injunction where no films featuring tobacco imagery can be given "G," "PG" or "PG-13" ratings. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Justice Toolbox Lets People Pick Lawyers Based On Win Rates

Media Law

A recently launched company helps consumers find lawyers based on their win rates for particular types of cases. Called Justice Toolbox, the startup uses data mined from official state court records to compute and display how many cases a lawyer has won and lost and the lawyer’s approximate win rate. The post Justice Toolbox Lets People Pick Lawyers Based On Win Rates appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

BMI Rate Court Judge Rules Against Dept. of Justice's '100 Percent' Licensing Decision

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

With the new ruling, fractional licensing is allowed under the consent decree the performing-rights organization operates under. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business Billboard

D.C. Sets New Webcasting Rates: Free Streams Up, Paid Streams Down (With an Asterisk)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Pandora and other webcasters will have to pay more for free streams, while webcasters with a paid offering (including Pandora) will get some relief. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business Billboard

Appeals Court Rules in Pandora's Favor in Royalty Rate Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The streaming outlet holds the line on what it pays for song performance rights. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Is ‘Dunwello’ the Next Big Lawyer-Rating Site?

Media Law

When the lawyer-rating site Avvo was launched in 2007, some lawyers were so incensed at the idea of being rated that they filed a federal lawsuit to shut it down. A judge dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that Avvo’s ratings were protected by the First Amendment, but even he called the idea of rating […]. The post Is ‘Dunwello’ the Next Big Lawyer-Rating Site?

New Site Calculates and Compares Law School Hiring Rates

Media Law

Whereas once there was a dearth of information about graduates’ employment rates, now there are any number of sources of rankings and other data. The post New Site Calculates and Compares Law School Hiring Rates appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Studios Focus on Opinionated Nature of Movie Ratings in Smoking-in-Films Lawsuit

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MPAA members tell a judge that "PG," "PG-13" and other ratings don't represent seals of approval. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Culture Business THR Online

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The MTP Interview: David Lowery on the CRB Webcasting Rates

Music Technology Policy

MTP: How do you feel about the CRB decision in general as far as rates go? . The rates went up marginally for Pandora, and that seems to be the lead in the press. But it looks like rates went down for other webcasters. How can an illegal contract be the basis for CRB rates? Does the CRB go back and reset rates? Multinational corporations contracting to bribe executives to get a lower per stream rate?

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Rate Court is Over: Pandora Caves, Signs Licenses with ASCAP and BMI, Drops Appeal

Music Technology Policy

According to StreetInsider , MIC Coalition member Pandora has returned to Planet Earth and closed licenses with ASCAP and BMI, ending years of rate court litigation by the highly litigious Pandora under the controversial Department of Justice consent decrees.

Breaking: Super Lawyers Wins Patent on Lawyer Rating System

Media Law

The lawyer-rating service Super Lawyers today won a U.S. patent on its system for rating excellence within the legal profession. The patent, which is number 8,412,564, makes Super Lawyers the first lawyer-rating service to receive this unique distinction. Super Lawyers is owned by Thomson Reuters. The abstract for the patent describes it as follows: The present invention provides for a system and method of identifying excellence within a profession.

What's Easier For Children: Buying Violent Video Games or Sneaking Into R-Rated Movies?

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Eriq Gardner The FCC answers the question in a new report read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

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Is Pandora Really a Non-Interactive Service? Does It Really Qualify for Compulsory Licenses and Lower Rates?

Music Technology Policy

Originally posted on The Trichordist : What Is interactive radio? And why isn’t Pandora considered interactive radio? Although Pandora has always regarded themselves as a “non-interactive” Internet radio service from what I can tell this assumption has never really been properly tested. The question is important because if Pandora is “interactive” -not non-interactive -it could no longer rely on compulsory licenses.

Rating Cable News

Media Law Prof Blog

Selbst has published The Journalism Ratings Board: An Incentive-Based Approach to Cable News Accountability at 44 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 467 (2011). Andrew D. Here is the abstract. The American establishment media is in crisis. With newsmakers

How the Rate Court Cottage Industry is Leading to the Destruction of Collective Licensing

Music Technology Policy

Sony/ATV can bring Pandora to their knees, getting around the rate court, etc. A condition of these consent decrees is that every affiliate of ASCAP and BMI retains the right to “opt out” of the blanket licenses (and rates) offered by these societies. But another reason is that if they stay in the blanket license, then they are subject to rate court proceedings brought against the PRO if negotiations with a licensee (say Pandora) fail.

CNN Faces Growing Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The lawsuit against CNN and sister companies claims that African Americans receive lower performance ratings in evaluations. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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Another Legal Site Jumps on the Consumer Ratings Bandwagon

Media Law

Some lawyers still squirm at the mention of Avvo , the website that purports to rate every lawyer in the U.S. My belief is that ratings are a good thing, in that they help consumers make a better-informed decision. We all check consumer ratings and reviews when we buy other products and services. This month, another site added consumer ratings as a feature, as part of a broader relaunch.

Sony Seeks to Patent Method for Measuring Journalists' Accuracy

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This one rates a 100. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Should there be a rating system for “red flag” knowledge: How many DMCA notices are too many?

Music Technology Policy

In Los Angeles, the city health department gives restaurants a rating card that is posted on the front door of the establishment. It’s amazing how much of an effect a rating can have on the failure to comply with the law. Update: In written testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on November 16, Google’s lobbyist acknowledged that “During 2010, we processed DMCA takedown notices for approximately three million items across all of our products.

Report: US Has One Of The Highest Child Poverty Rates In The Developed World

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Report: US Has One Of The Highest Child Poverty Rates In The Developed World : pAccording to a new report from the Office of Research at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the developed world. Of the 35 wealthy countries studied by UNICEF, only Romania has a child poverty rate higher than the 23 percent rate in the [.]

Sony's Equity Stake in Spotify Survives Scrutiny in 'American Idol' Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

19 Recordings was arguing that Sony was taking ownership in the streaming giant in lieu of demanding fair-market royalty rates. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online

Reminder: Lowest Unit Rates for the November Election Start Tomorrow

Broadcast Law Blog

It’s election season, and for the 60 days before any general election, broadcast stations are required to charge broadcasters the “lowest unit rate ” for comparable advertising time that runs on their stations. That means that, for each class of advertising time on any particular station, the candidate can only be charged the lowest rate at which any spots was sold to a commercial advertiser for that class of time during the particular period in which the candidate’s spots will run.

Universal Music Agrees to Pay $11.5 Million to Settle Digital Royalties Class Action

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A settlement submitted to a judge for approval would also give UMG artists a higher royalty rate going forward. read more. THR, Esq. Earshot The Business Music Business THR Online

Noncommercial Webcasters Royalty Rate Proposals for 2016-2020

Broadcast Law Blog

But, along with the royalties for commercial webcasters (we wrote about the proposed commercial rates here ), the current Copyright Royalty Board proceeding will also set the rates for noncommercial webcasters. There are other proposals for noncommercial rates that were submitted by other parties, and we talk about those below. . Setting rates for noncommercial webcasters is not easy. Thus, the noncommercial rates are often set as an afterthought.

Should there be a rating system for “red flag” knowledge: How many DMCA notices are too many?

Music Technology Policy

In Los Angeles, the city health department gives restaurants a rating card that is posted on the front door of the establishment. It’s amazing how much of an effect a rating can have on the failure to comply with the law. In a recent conversation I had with an attorney who has represented YouTube, I asked him a question that I now feel very safe in asking—does a million notice and takedowns sent to one service in 12-18 months constitute “red flag” knowledge?

Hollywood Studios Beat Lawsuit Over PG and PG-13 Films Featuring Smoking

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge concludes that ratings are opinions, that misrepresentations haven't been made and that the proposed class action interferes with free speech.

PRO Rate Courts are Swords, Not Shields: It’s Time to Bring the PRO Consent Decrees into the 21st Century

Music Technology Policy

A rate court is a very expensive procedure that used to be rarely used, but now is the avenue of choice for well-heeled Internet companies wishing to use their financial muscle to harass songwriters into taking less money to make the pain stop–pain usually associated with the hemorrhaging of money to pay legal fees. And it’s the songwriters who are hurt by these rate court tactics that are an end run around collective bargaining.

Did SiriusXM Pull a Fast One on Major Record Labels in a Deal With Suing Indie Musicians?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The satcaster confronts allegations from the RIAA, SAG-AFTRA and others that it gratuitously included language in its Flo & Eddie settlement with an eye towards winning future royalty rate-setting proceedings. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Including Reg Fees, Nationwide EAS Test, Must-Carry Letters, Lowest Unit Rate, Translator and Repack Deadlines and GMR License Extension

Broadcast Law Blog

For those stations serving states with off-year elections on November 7 (including governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia and a host of state and local elections in other states), lowest unit rates go into effect on September 8. But if a station makes time available to one candidate in a race, it must treat all candidates for the same race equally by making time available to them, and starting on September 8, that time must be sold at lowest unit rates.

How Hollywood Wins in Trump's Proposed Tax Plan: "This Is Huge"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The president's proposed 15 percent rate would apply to "loan-out" companies, which could benefit stars and producers: "It's kind of ironic that the one group who stands [to gain] the most from all of this is the very group that's most vocally opposed to Trump."

Lawyer billing rates

The Legal Satyricon

Law.com conducted a survey of lawyers’ billing rates. source) I gotta raise my rates… Filed under: law practice. Nationwide, partners averaged $661 per hour, returning to their 2009 average after a dip to $639 per hour in 2010. Average for associates last year was $445 per hour, up six bucks from the year before. law practice

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

Music Technology Policy

But its better than the static rate that Sirius was hoping from the judges. SoundExchange press release says : The CRB increased the rates for Sirius XM by more than 40%, from 11% of revenue to 15.5% By contrast, the CRB reduced the rates for Music Choice’s and Muzak’s services from 8.5% SoundExchange advocated on behalf of its artists and rights owners in this rate litigation, which spanned 24 months. “We

Law School Sues Posters, Law Firm Over Claims About Salaries, Job Placement, Student Loan Default Rates

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, based in Lansing, Michigan, is suing a blogger and some anonymous posters over their comments concerning the school's reputation and their claims that it is involved in fraud for luring students into enrolling in the

Lawyer-Rating Site Avvo Adds Doctor Ratings

Media Law

The lawyer-rating site Avvo.com is taking on a whole new profession with its launch today of doctor ratings. As of today, Avvo is adding an entirely new section of its site that contains profiles and ratings of medical doctors from all 50 states.

Regulating the Ratings Industry

Media Law Prof Blog

Deats has published Talk that Isn't Cheap: Does the First Amendment Protect Credit Rating Agencies' Faulty Methodologies from Regulation?, Caleb M. forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review. Here is the abstract. This Note argues that courts should reject the Southern

CRB Announces Webcasting Royalty Rates for 2016-2020 – Lower Rates for Broadcasters Who Stream, Minimal Change for Pureplay Webcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board yesterday announced on its website the royalty rates that webcasters will pay to SoundExchange for the use of sound recordings in their digital transmissions over the Internet and to mobile devices in the period from 2016-2020. the rate paid per song, per listener) rate for nonsubscription streaming, and $.0022 The rates and terms adopted by the CRB for this statutory license can be found here. 0025 rate that they had been paying.

Update: Should there be a rating system for “red flag” knowledge: Are Five Million DMCA notices too many?

Music Technology Policy

In Los Angeles, the city health department gives restaurants a rating card that is posted on the front door of the establishment. It’s amazing how much of an effect a rating can have on the failure to comply with the law. [Update by Chris Castle: In written testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on November 16, Google's lobbyist acknowledged that " During 2010, we processed DMCA takedown notices for approximately three million items across all of our products.