Hollywood Studios Rip VidAngel's New Service in Filtering Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"[B]y telling its users that its new service is lawful, VidAngel threatens to confuse consumers regarding the legitimate streaming market," Disney's attorney Kelly Klaus writes.

Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against VidAngel's Streaming Service

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"Star Wars is still Star Wars, even without Princess Leia’s bikini scene," states the opinion. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

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Production Services Agreements

Gordon P. Firemark

A commonly used, but often misunderstood type of contract used throughout the entertainment industry is the Production Services Agreement. What is a Production Services Agreement? When would I use a Production Services Agreement?

VidAngel Loses Bid to Have New Service Cleared by Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The filtering company is in a legal battle with several Hollywood studios. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Client-Intake Platform Lexicata Now Integrates with Lead-Gen Service Unbundled Attorney

Media Law

Lexicata, the client-intake and CRM platform, has announced that it now integrates with Unbundled Attorney, a lead-generation service for lawyers who practice in the areas of family law, estate planning and immigration law. Leads from Unbundled Attorney appear in the Lexicata inbox.

SoundExchange to Audit iHeart, CBS and Other Webcasters and Digital Music Services

Broadcast Law Blog

This week, several notices of the intent to audit the records of several webcasters and other digital music services were published in the Federal Register, indicating that SoundExchange was planning on having the royalty payment records of these services reviewed. Notices were sent to services including Live365 , iHeartMedia and CBS ). They can only review any service once for the same time period, so effectively a service can be audited only once every three years.

After Five Years in Stealth Mode, Judicata Reveals Its Legal Research Service

Media Law

Since at least 2013, the website of Judicata has been teasing visitors with the promise of a better legal research service. The post After Five Years in Stealth Mode, Judicata Reveals Its Legal Research Service appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. “We’re mapping the legal genome to help you better understand the law,” said its home page. The San Francisco-based company was started even earlier, in November 2011.

Kathy Griffin Says She's Gotten Death Threats, Contacted by Secret Service Over Trump Stunt

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The comedienne says she's been bullied by the Trump family following her shocking bloody photo stunt — which was inspired by his comments regarding Megyn Kelly during his campaign. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics THR Online

New Site Lets Lawyers Barter Their Services for Other Services

Media Law

A website launched this week, Barterball, enables lawyers and others to barter their services in exchange for other services they may need, such as accounting or website design.

ABA Blueprint Launches Today to Help Small Firm Lawyers Buy Products and Services

Media Law

The American Bar Association today is launching ABA Blueprint, its website designed to help solo and small firm lawyers manage the complexities of their legal practices by helping them find the products and services they need at affordable prices. The post ABA Blueprint Launches Today to Help Small Firm Lawyers Buy Products and Services appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Nominees Sought for Innovations in Law Practice Management and Delivery of Legal Services

Media Law

The College of Law Practice Management is seeking nominations for its annual InnovAction Awards, which honor innovations in law practice management and the delivery of legal services. The post Nominees Sought for Innovations in Law Practice Management and Delivery of Legal Services appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Appeals Court Makes It Tougher for Content Companies to Sue Tech Services for Mass Piracy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A legally infamous adult publisher — along with friends at the Recording Industry Association of America — suffer a defeat. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Tech Business THR Online

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Judge Orders Shutdown of TV Streaming Service

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Judge rejects argument that ivi, Inc., was a cable system. read more. THR, Esq. Television Tech Television

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Legal Services Corp. Selects Two States As Pilots for Access to Justice Program

Media Law

A year ago, I reported here on the announcement of a pilot program by the Legal Services Corporation, Microsoft and Pro Bono Net to develop state legal portals to direct individuals with civil legal needs to the most appropriate forms of assistance. The post Legal Services Corp.

Podcast: Trump’s Legal Services Cuts and the Impact on A2J

Media Law

President Trump’s budget threatens to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation. The post Podcast: Trump’s Legal Services Cuts and the Impact on A2J appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. What would this mean for civil legal aid to low-income Americans? LSC President James J. Sandman and American Bar Association President Linda Klein join us on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer this week to discuss the implications of Trump’s proposed budget.

Twitch Sues Over Bot Services Artificially Inflating Broadcasters' Popularity

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The gamer-watching platform says it needs to protect a "fair playing field" read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Hollywood Studios Kill 'Family-Friendly' DVD Service (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Company marketing family-friendly versions of studio films agrees to hand over money to settle lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

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Will 50 Cent Get In Trouble With the U.S. Secret Service For Using "Fake" Cash?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The rapper tells a bankruptcy court he's employing "prop money" for "social media marketing activities." Anything wrong with that? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

Public Knowledge Tells FCC That Comcast's Streaming Video Service Flouts Open Internet

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Comcast argues that its cable package does not go over the Internet so it's not subject to those rules. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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DocketHero Launches; Helps Lawyers Find Short-Term Services

Media Law

Way back in January 2014, I wrote two posts (here and here) about the planned launch of DocketHero, a website to connect lawyers who need short-term services with those willing to provide them. The post DocketHero Launches; Helps Lawyers Find Short-Term Services appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Nominees Sought for Legal Industry Sales and Service Awards

Media Law

The Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO), an organization focused on law firm business development and client service, is seeking nominees for its first-ever Sales and Service Awards for the legal industry. Two awards – Sales & Service Team of the Year and Sales & Service Executive of the Year – will recognize specific achievements […].

Comparing Fax-to-Email Services: eFax v. Maxemail

Media Law

In a recent issue of the email newsletter TechnoLawyer Answers, a lawyer asked about the easiest way to transition from a physical fax machine to a service that delivers faxes by email. The post Comparing Fax-to-Email Services: eFax v. Harold Burstyn, a lawyer and computer science professor, recommended the free version of eFax. This surprised me, primarily because I thought eFax no […]. Maxemail appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General

Alternative Legal Service Providers and the Future of Law

Media Law

If you are in the Dallas area, join me next week for a panel discussion on Alternative Legal Service Providers and the Future of Law. Sponsored by Texas A&M University School of Law, the panel will discuss the role of alternative legal service providers in the legal market and how they affect and complement the work of […]. The post Alternative Legal Service Providers and the Future of Law appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

How Technology is Helping Deliver Legal Services to the Poor

Media Law

The post How Technology is Helping Deliver Legal Services to the Poor appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

U.S. Postal Service Fails in Bid to Raise Prices on Netflix

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

DVDs by mail and streaming are in the "same market"? The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals begs to differ. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Appeals Court Gives Internet Service Providers Big Relief in Copyright Disputes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Barry Diller's Vimeo scores a win as the 2nd Circuit rules that safe harbor applies to pre-1972 recordings and isn't disqualified by employees who saw infringements. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online

Copyright Office Announces Rules for New Electronic Filing System for Service Provider’s Designated Agents for Take-Down Notices Under Section 512 Safe Harbor for User-Generated Content

Broadcast Law Blog

Section 512 of the Copyright Act provides a safe harbor for Internet service providers whose systems are used to transmit content created by third parties which infringes on copyrights. That agent must be identified both on the website of the service and registered with the Copyright Office. The registration can be done by the service provider itself, or through some third-party. The Designated Agent can be an individual, a position at the service provider (e.g.

Compulsory License Rules For Music Services Finding Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

In the case of a Spotify, don’t forget that streaming services also must obtain a performance license in addition to the mechanical. The first thing most people would do is search the PRO databases, particularly since the service will be reporting to them anyway. See sl 4l , Copyright Office Licensing Division Service Fees, available on the Copyright Office website.) So why are there any unlicensed songs in services like Spotify?

New Web Service Serves as ‘Ethics ER’ for Lawyers

Media Law

A former American Bar Association ethics lawyer has launched a web service that serves as an “emergency room” for lawyers who need immediate assistance with legal ethics issues. The post New Web Service Serves as ‘Ethics ER’ for Lawyers appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Former Tesla GC Launches ZipCourt, an ‘Online Courtroom Service’

Media Law

Craig Harding, the former general counsel of Tesla Motors , now hopes to bring speed and style to ODR with the launch of an “online courtroom service” called ZipCourt. Can a lawyer who helped bring zip to electric cars do the same for online dispute resolution?

New Service Launches to Pay Union Bonds (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

For a fee, BondIt will front the security deposit required by SAG-AFTRA and other unions, relieving a cash flow problem that confronts independent productions. read more. The Business DGA Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Actors Equity SAG-AFTRA Labor Business IATSE

New Service Helps You Vet Expert Witnesses

Media Law

A new service, Expert Witness Profiler , helps you do exactly that. Levin if the founder of The Daubert Tracker , an expert witness service whose central feature is a database of decisions interpreting and applying Daubert and its progeny. My service as an advisor consisted solely of providing feedback on the concept early on and additional feedback after launch.

MPAA Moves to Shut Down Online Rental Service Zediva

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The battle is shaping up to be a big one between technology and entertainment. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Movies Tech Business

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Second Circuit Blazes New Trail in Set-Top Box Cases: Cable Service and Boxes Are Not Separate Products

New Media and Technology Law

Since 2008, cable customers have been suing cable operators across the country claiming operators violate the antitrust laws by forcing customers to lease set-top boxes from the operator to access “premium” cable services. Plaintiffs claim that the operators have “tied” one product (the service) to another product (the box) and that the arrangement is a per se violation of the antitrust laws (i.e.,

Barry Diller-Backed TV Streaming Service Sued By Broadcasters

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Fox is one of many broadcasters looking for a permanent injunction against the well-funded company they allege is intent on stealing its transmissions for online broadcast. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business Barry Diller

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More Info on Avvo’s On-Demand, Fixed Fee Legal Advice Service

Media Law

In a post earlier this week, I wrote about the launch of Avvo Advisor, the new service from Avvo that provides on-demand legal advice by phone for a fixed fee of $39 for 15 minutes. Cost of Service One question I […]. The post More Info on Avvo’s On-Demand, Fixed Fee Legal Advice Service appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Dish, Chinese Broadcasters Sue Streaming Service for Piracy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

They claim the TVpad network streams Chinese programs in addition to content from HBO, BBC and CNN, all unauthorized. read more. THR Online THR, Esq. Television Dish Network Business

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Liability under CDA Section 230? Recent Lawsuit Tries to Flip the Script against Social Media Service

New Media and Technology Law

Yet, one section of the CDA, §230 , remained intact and has proven to encourage the growth of web-based, interactive services. Over the last few years, website operators, search engines and other interactive services have enjoyed a relative stable period of CDA immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) from liability associated with user-generated content. d) Obligations of interactive computer service. notice in a site’s terms of service)?

Show Me the Money: No Transparency in the Henhouse for the Real Black Box at Streaming Services

Music Technology Policy

The Wall Street Journal reports that the “black box” at streaming services is even worse that we thought: In the 10 months that ended this past January, Spotify users in the U.S. The WSJ also tells us that: When services don’t know whom to pay for publishing royalties in the U.S.,

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Pandora Tops 200 Million Users – Should Streaming Services Pay Lower Royalties?

Current Trends

I am a fan and user of Pandora’s services. But, I think most people enjoy Pandora enough that listening to a few ads can become the new normal to the free streaming radio experience. If you don’t like ads, opt for a premium ad-free service. Revenues from music subscription services and streaming services collectively went from just 3% of total industry revenues in 2007 to 15% in 2012, totaling over $1 billion for the year.