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The Copyright Royalty Board Gets It Right: New Increased Inflation-Adjusted Royalty Rates for Webcasting

Music Technology Policy

The Copyright Royalty Board has announced its decision on webcasting rates under §114 for 2021-25 and its good news for non-featured artists, featured artists and sound recording copyright owners. The rates are set for 2021, paid retroactively to January 1. After 2022, these rates are adjusted by the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U for the geeks). So it is clear that the CRB can come up with reasonable rates when they’re asked.

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Webcasting Royalties Going Up – Copyright Royalty Board Releases Rates and Terms for 2021-2025

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on Friday released the rates and terms for webcasting royalties for 2021-2025 , and the rates are going up. If they do exceed that monthly listening limit on any stream, royalties will be paid on all overages at the commercial per performance rates.

Launching Today: Legal Billing Rates Database Enables Benchmarking By Firms and Clients

Media Law

The company Reorg , a global provider of financial intelligence, is today launching a first-of-its-kind Legal Billing Rates Database, an analytics tool that uses data drawn from court dockets to help attorneys benchmark their fees in preparation for client pitches.

Follow the Money: YouTube’s Failure to Pay Retroactively Gives “Conversion Rate” a Whole New Meaning

Music Technology Policy

One of the metrics one hears from the digerati is the term “conversion rate” which usually means the rate at which users of an ad-supported free service are “converted” to paying users, usually because they are so fed up with the advertising they are willing to pay.

Copyright Royalty Board Decision on Webcasting Royalties Expected by June 14 – What Will the Streaming Rates for 2021-2025 Be?

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board decision on the rates to be paid in the next 5 years by webcasters , including broadcasters who simulcast their programming on the internet, to SoundExchange for the digital public performance of sound recordings is supposed to be released by June 14. The CRB sets these rates in 5-year increments. The rates at issue in the current proceeding are for 2021-2025. For subscription webcasting, SoundExchange proposes that the rates increase from $.0024

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TermScout Launches with Customer-Favorability Ratings on 150 Top Software Vendors’ Contracts

Media Law

TermScout is a unique legal technology startup devoted to reviewing, rating and comparing the software contracts of leading business-to-business companies so that software buyers can better and more easily understand what they are being asked to sign.

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.

Justia Adds Lawyer Ratings and Reviews To Its Lawyer Lawyer Directory

Media Law

The legal research and information site Justia this week added peer-based lawyer ratings and reviews as part of the Justia Lawyer Directory. The new Justia Lawyer Rating and Reviews is based solely on attorney-to-attorney reviews and is intended to provide clients with valuable insights from peers and colleagues personally familiar with the lawyers’ work, Justia […].

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

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

Global coronavirus deaths pass 1m with no sign rate is slowing | World news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Global coronavirus deaths pass 1m with no sign rate is slowing | World news | The Guardian

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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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

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. For prospective law students, selecting a law school ain’t what it used to be.

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?

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

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

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.

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

WordPress Plugin For Avvo Star Rating And Reviews

The Legal Satyricon

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!

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

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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.

Watching Fox News Coincides with Higher COVID-19 Death Rates | NowThis

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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?

Teeni-Harari and Yadin on Regulatory Literacy: Rethinking Television Rating in the New Media Age @Sharon_Yadin

Media Law Prof Blog

Tali Teeni-Harari and Sharon Yadin, both of the Peres Academic Center, are publishing Regulatory Literacy: Rethinking Television Rating in the New Media Age in volume 88 of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review (2019). Rating Here is the abstract.

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.

Congress Asks Spotify for Information About Promotional Royalty Rates – Is This Much Ado About the Way the Interactive Music Marketplace is Designed to Work?

Broadcast Law Blog

While the implication is that negotiation over royalty rates is a new phenomenon, in fact such negotiations are common in the digital music marketplace and, based on the way that Congress itself established the royalties for music services, they are inherent in that system.

Do TV Program Ratings Do a Good Job Telling Families Which Programs are Appropriate for Kids to Watch? Congress Wants to Know, So the FCC is Asking

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week launched an inquiry into whether the TV Parental Guidelines and the organization that oversees these ratings provide accurate information to viewers as to which TV programs are appropriate for children. For the V-Chip to work, programs have to be rated. The ratings that resulted are familiar to most TV viewers and range from TV-Y programming appropriate for all children to TV-MA , appropriate only for mature audiences.

Startup Plans to Rate Lawyers Based on Court Records and Win-Loss Stats

Media Law

Two Harvard University undergraduates are preparing to launch a website that will rate lawyers based on publicly available court records. The post Startup Plans to Rate Lawyers Based on Court Records and Win-Loss Stats appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. The site, called Legalist, will mine and analyze court records in order to match clients with lawyers who win similar cases based on details and location. It will also profile litigators’ win-loss records.

Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden’s July Fourth goal - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden’s July Fourth goal "The ‘last mile’ of delivering coronavirus shots has become a marathon, with health officials showing up at stores, parks and factories to entice people who might not go to vaccination sites Health workers wait for people seeking shots at a vaccination clinic in Provo, Utah, on June 2. Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden’s July Fourth goal - The Washington Post

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How New Mexico Became the State With the Highest Rate of Full Vaccinations New Mexico, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., is a vaccination pacesetter thanks to decisive political decisions, homegrown technology and cooperation.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

How New Mexico Became the State With the Highest Rate of Full Vaccinations “New Mexico, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., And nearly 38 percent of adults are fully vaccinated, a higher rate than in any other state.

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Hollywood Studios Defend Freedom to Have Smoking in Movies Rated Suitable for Children

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In response to a class-action lawsuit, MPAA members raise the First Amendment flag and warn of forced R ratings for movies with soda and fatty foods. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Culture Business THR Online

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June Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewal and EEO Filings, Comments and Replies, Auction Upfront Payments, Streaming Rates Announcement, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

At issue are the rates to be paid for 2021-2025 to SoundExchange by webcasters, including broadcasters who simulcast their programming on the internet, for the digital public performance of sound recordings. Though the rates are being announced six months into 2021, they are likely to be retroactive to January 1, with a true-up period set out for catch-up payments, if necessary.

Hollywood's Rating System Blamed in Class Action Lawsuit for Smoking-Related Deaths

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The lawsuit seeks 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

Super Bowl Ratings Hit Decade Low

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

NYC Blacks and Hispanics Dying of COVID-19 at Twice the Rate

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

NYC Blacks and Hispanics Dying of COVID-19 at Twice the Rate of Whites, Asians Yoav Gonen 3:42 PM People protect themselves as they walk and shop along East 161 Street in the South Bronx, April 6, 2020. Latinos have died at a rate of 22.8

Will Senator Lee Challenge the Rate Court–an intellectual elite in a far away Eastern city?

Music Technology Policy

The Rate Courts Are Being Manipulated. If the government must insert itself into the songwriter’s business yet again, surely it need not do so through the current rate court system. Rate courts were intended to be a tribunal of last resort if the parties cannot reach a negotiated conclusion to a license. Indeed, that is how the rate courts operated most of the time until the Gang of Four came on the scene. The Rate Courts are Destroying Collective Licensing.

Exclusive: indigenous Americans dying from Covid at twice the rate of white Americans | US news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Exclusive: indigenous Americans dying from Covid at twice the rate of white Americans Nina Lakhani Thu 4 Feb 2021 03.00 American Indians and Alaskan Natives are dying at almost twice the rate of white Americans, according to analysis by APM Research Lab shared exclusively with the Guardian.

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. In connection with the signing of the BMI agreement, Pandora has agreed to withdraw its appeal of the May 2015 order in the recent BMI rate case.

The MTP Interview: Blake Morgan and David Lowery on the CRB Rates

Music Technology Policy

MTP had a chance to catch up to Blake Morgan and David Lowery for an interview about the CRB rates announced yesterday. MTP: How do you feel about the CRB decision in general as far as rates go? While I’m happy the Copyright Royalty Board raised Pandora’s non-subscription royalty rate by 21%, I can’t celebrate fully. The fact that webcasting rates were cut by 25% makes this mostly a wash, and flies in the face of basic respect for music makers.

NMPA Claims Victory: CRB Raises Payout Rate From Music Subscription Services

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Songwriters and music publishers will get a higher payout from on-demand subscription services like Spotify and Apple Music for the next five-year period. read more. THR, Esq. Music Business Billboard

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That "R" Rating: Wanted and Desired

Media Law Prof Blog

The Weinstein Company is getting that much desired "R" rating for its film "Blue Valentine." The MPAA Appeals Board has overturned the movie's intial NC-17 classification, ruling that its content (particularly one scene) was sexually graphic but not graphic enough

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