November, 2018

Do this for your business before the holidays get in the way.

Gordon P. Firemark

Thanksgiving, and the Winter holiday chaos that ensues are just around the corner. Once they arrive, most non-retail businesses can expect things to go into a sort of “standby” mode until after the new year. the entertainment industry, in particular, goes pretty quiet at this time of the year. A few to-dos. So, before the holidays really start getting in the way, here are a few to-do items you might consider to make sure your business hits the ground running in the New Year.

Offering Flat-Fee, Limited-Scope Legal Help, New Site Sounds Like Avvo Legal Services, But with Key Differences

Media Law

In July, six months after acquiring Avvo , Internet Brands said it was shutting down Avvo Legal Services , the controversial program that provided fixed-fee, limited-scope legal services through a network of attorneys and that had raised the ire of many an ethics regulator.

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Keller on Internet Platforms: Observations on Speech, Danger, and Money @daphnehk @StanfordCIS

Media Law Prof Blog

Daphne Keller, Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, has published Internet Platforms: Observations on Speech, Danger, and Money as Hoover Institution's Aegis Paper Series; 1807 (2018). Here is the abstract. Policymakers increasingly ask Internet platforms like Facebook to

Save the Date: Nov. 28 Music Modernization Act at the Dallas Bar Association

Music Technology Policy

If you’ll be in Dallas, Texas on November 28, I will be discussing the Music Modernization Act at a luncheon sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Section. The meeting is scheduled for noon at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue in Dallas. The talk will focus mostly on the Music Licensing Collective and Digital Licensee Coordinator in Title I, but will also cover the Wyden Loophole in Title II for pre-72 recordings.

Buzzfeed News profiles Marc Randazza and explores his high-profile, controversial cases

The Legal Satyricon

Marc Randazza, the lawyer working to protect First Amendment rights of people spewing socially undesirable speech, recently opened up to Buzzfeed News about his devotion to the First Amendment and how representing neo-Nazis, trolls, and Satanists helps him uphold what he believes is one of the most important ideals this country was founded upon. The […]. ethics First Amendment free speech internet law law practice misc

Interview to Zoraida. Afrocolombiana from Medellin

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Motorcycles, Satanic Sculptures, and Girl Scouts, Oh My! – Entertainment Law Update Episode 103

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link]. Here's what we talked about. 9th CIRC. DENIES CBS A REHEARING in Pre ‘72 Recordings Case. AMERICAN AIRLINES LOGO DENIED COPYRIGHT PROTECTION. PSA: MISCHIEF IN THE TRADEMARK SERVERS. STURGIS MOTORCYCLES V RUSHMORE PHOTO & GIFTS.

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Rieger on Digitizing the Schoolhouse Gate @UFLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Joshua Rieger, University of Florida College of Law, has published Digitizing the Schoolhouse Gate: Protecting Students' Off-Campus Cyberspeech by Switching the Safety on Tinker's Trigger at 70 Florida Law Review 695 (2018). Here is the abstract. Secondary-school students regularly engage

Wendy! Wendy! Peter’s Off His Meds Again! CEO Madness Sets in At Facebook

Music Technology Policy

Hey Alexa – Remind Me How Much You Are Increasing My SoundExchange Music Royalties

Broadcast Law Blog

At almost every broadcast conference, there is a discussion of using Alexa, Google Home and other smart speakers and digital assistants to increase the reach of broadcast radio stations. Discussions of how to get listeners to tune in and how to monetize the listeners on these new platforms are regularly included. But rarely is there a discussion of the music royalty impact of transitioning radio listeners to these digital platforms.

Do you need an ID to buy a box of cereal, as Donald Trump said? Of course not | PolitiFact

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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WSJ Article on Geolocation Data Highlights Risks for Fund Managers

New Media and Technology Law

Last week the WSJ published an article detailing how companies are monetizing smartphone location data by selling it to hedge fund clients. The data vendor featured in the WSJ article obtains geolocation data from about 1,000 apps that fund managers use to predict trends involving public companies. However, as we’ve noted , the use of alternative data collection for investment research purposes may give rise to a host of potential issues under relevant laws.

Just-Launched WindTalker Offers A Unique Approach to Document Encryption and Redaction

Media Law

Two months ago, I reported on a preview I’d seen of WindTalker , describing it as a document-security product unlike anything I’d seen. This week, WindTalker makes its formal debut, launching as a cloud-based content-security platform with an initial focus on the legal sector.

Geiger, Frosio, and Bulayenko on The EU Commission's Proposal To Reform Copyright Limitations @GCFrosio

Media Law Prof Blog

Christophe Geiger, Giancarlo Frosio, and Oleksandr Bulayenko, all of the University of Strasbourg, CEIPI, have published The EU Commission’s Proposal to Reform Copyright Limitations: A Good but Far Too Timid Step in the Right Direction at 40 European Intellectual Property

The TAZ, Pirate Utopias and YouTube’s Obsession with Safe Harbors

Music Technology Policy

“[A]s you begin to act in harmony with nature the Law garottes & strangles you – so don’t play the blessed liberal middleclass martyr – accept the fact that you’re a criminal & be prepared to act like one.” ” Hakim Bey from “ T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism”.

FCC Reminder About Activation of the Online Public Inspection File – Potential Impact of Noncompliance at License Renewal Time

Broadcast Law Blog

By March 1 of 2018, all radio stations were to have activated their online public file. We wrote about how that activation should be done here , and answered other questions about the online public file for radio here. Yet, from my own review, and from what I have heard from engineers who conduct reviews of broadcaster’s FCC compliance for the Alternate Broadcast Inspection Programs sponsored by state broadcast associations, there remain stations that have not yet complied with the requirement.

Full Speech: Stacey Abrams Ends Candidacy For Georgia Governor. We are back in the 1880s-1890s. Voter Suppression has been the American way all but fifty years of this country's history. | NBC News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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What’s the Agenda at @TheAgenda?

Music Technology Policy

Google’s European charm offensive on “Article 13” has come to Canada in search of earned media. They got it last night on a previously-credible news show called The Agenda in the “ Struggling Artists and Copyright Rules ” episode. (For readers outside of Canada, the Agenda is one of the top news magazine television programs in Canada, hosted by the erudite Steve Paikin.).

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Preserving the Bond

Music Technology Policy

France can be deceptively cold and really rather miserable in the late fall. This can be particularly true of the French mountains and the Vosges Mountains are no exception.

Legal Tech Entrepreneur and Blogger Ivy Grey Joins WordRake

Media Law

Ivy B. Grey , a well-known legal technology entrepreneur and blogger, has joined legal-editing software company WordRake as director of business strategy, the company is announcing today. Grey will be responsible for helping to accelerate WordRake’s growth and further develop the software.

See SPOT Fall–Does the Decline of Spotify’s Stock Price Mean Anything? — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

What’s happening with the Spotify stock price? Chris Castle argues that the main downward driver for SPOT is the market catching up to the Spotify inflated DPO price and its subsequent insider-heavy stock sales. via See SPOT Fall–Does the Decline of Spotify’s Stock Price Mean Anything?

Szabados on Conflicts Between Fundamental Freedoms and Fundamental Rights in the Case Law of the CJEU @eotvox_uni

Media Law Prof Blog

Tamás Szabados, Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Private International Law and European Economic Law, is publishing Conflicts Between Fundamental Freedoms and Fundamental Rights in the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union: A Comparison With the

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Results Are In: The Microsoft Office 365 eDiscovery Challenge Survey

Media Law

Wischmeyer on The German Network Enforcement Act 2017

Media Law Prof Blog

Farrah Pepper, Innovation Counsel for Marsh & McLennan, Wins Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award

Media Law

Farrah Pepper, chief legal innovation counsel for Marsh & McLennan Companies , has been named the winner of the fourth annual Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award, given in honor of my friend and former colleague Monica Bay , the longtime editor-in-chief of the the former ALM publication Law Technology News.

Lex Machina Expands Its Employment Litigation Analytics with an ERISA Module

Media Law

I’ve noted in a number of posts here Lex Machina’s continuing expansion of its legal analytics into new practice areas, particularly since its acquisition by LexisNexis in 2015. Today Lex Machina is announcing a new module that adds ERISA litigation cases.

Latest Round of LSC TIG Grants Show How Tech Can Help Expand Access to Justice

Media Law

If you want to know how technology can be used to increase access to justice, you need look no farther than the Legal Services Corporation’s Technology Initiative Grants program. Since 2000, when Congress first appropriated special funds for the TIG program, it has been the most significant and consistent source of funds aimed at innovation in the delivery of legal assistance to low-income individuals, having put more than $60 million into more than 700 technology projects.

Hidy on Social Media Use and Viewpoint Discrimination @xuwcb

Media Law Prof Blog

Kathleen Hidy, Xavier University College of Business, is publishing Social Media Use and Viewpoint Discrimination: A First Amendment Judicial Tightrope Walk With Rights and Risks Hanging in the Balance in the Marquette Law Review. Here is the abstract. This Article

Tudon on Net Neutrality (A Primer)

Media Law Prof Blog

Jose Tudon M., ITAM Business School, has published A Primer on Net Neutrality. Here is the abstract. The Economist puts it best: “The details around network neutrality, the principle that internet-service providers (ISPs) must treat all sorts of web traffic

Ireland-Piper and Crowe on Whistleblowing, National Security, and the Constitutional Freedom of Political Communication @drjoncrowe

Media Law Prof Blog

Danielle Ireland-Piper and Jonathan Crowe, both of Bond University School of Law, have published Whistleblowing, National Security and the Constitutional Freedom of Political Communication at 46 Federal Law Review 341 (2018). Here is the abstract. Whistleblowers promote the values of

Artist Rights Watch COUNTDOWN TO MODERNITY (11/16): Key Dates and Accomplishments for the Mechanical Licensing Collective Under the Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

As best we can tell from the outside looking in, this chart has the dates for key events in the critical path to launch for the Mechancial Licesing Collective as required by the Music Modernization Act. We have called the chart the “Countdown to Modernity.” ” This chart is a work in progress, and if anyone sees anything wrong in it or something that should be clarified or corrected, please let us know.

Taylor on the Sources of Free Speech in U.S. Higher Education @UTAustin

Media Law Prof Blog

ZW Taylor, University of Texas, Austin, has published Sources of Free Speech in U.S. Higher Education: What the Law Tells Us. Here is the abstract. This critical literature review discusses how U.S. law has addressed the issue of free speech

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Media Request For Access To Sealed Motions In Criminal Case Prior To Jury Selection

Media Law Prof Blog

The Supreme Court of Illinois has reversed a lower court ruling which would have allowed access to motions in limine sealed in a criminal case prior to jury selection. Intervenors were members of the media, who argued that the public

Please take the New Survey on Music Subscription Royalties

Music Technology Policy

Please spend a few minutes and take our "Artist Fans on Artist Royalties" survey. Your feedback is important! link] #irespectmusic. — Editor Baker (@MusicTechPolicy) November 3, 2018. Ethical Pool Surveys Fan Awareness Subscription Royalties

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LawNext Episode 17: Headnote Founder Sarah Schaaf on Simplifying How Lawyers Get Paid

Media Law

Sarah Schaaf wanted to revolutionize how lawyers get paid. After growing up with lawyer parents and then becoming a lawyer herself, including a stint in Google’s legal department, she saw the problems lawyers had in collecting from clients. She envisioned a platform as easy to use as PayPal or Venmo, but made specifically for the legal field and fully compliant with lawyers’ professional responsibilities.

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LawNext Episode 18: Adam Ziegler on How Harvard Put 360 Years of Caselaw Online

Media Law

The recently launched Caselaw Access Project is the capstone to a massive undertaking executed over three years to digitize all U.S. case law, some 6.4 million cases dating back to 1658. Leading the project was Adam Ziegler , director of the Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School, which partnered with Ravel Law to digitize the school’s entire library of U.S. cases.

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Enterprise Collaboration Platform Workstorm Expands into Corporate Legal

Media Law

A company that earlier this year launched a platform to provide law firms with enterprise-grade workplace collaboration technology is today announcing its expansion of that technology to service corporate legal departments. When it launched its platform last June, Workstorm initially focused on providing its technology to law firms.