January, 2019

Actor’s Equity On Strike: What’s it all about?

Gordon P. Firemark

If you've been planning to develop your plays and musicals using professional actors in a “developmental” production environment, you may have to put your plans on hold.

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@Europarl_EN Explains Article 13 and Google’s Fake “Lobbying”

Music Technology Policy

This week the European Parliament issued a scathing rejection of Google and Facebook’s massive lobbying campaign against Members of the European Parliament over what’s often called “Article 13”, or the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Article 13 is the first meaningful attempt to reverse the European safe harbor income transfer and close the value gap. . Yet Article 13 is a crucial step toward restoring creator rights both in and outside Europe.

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Penney and Citron on When Law Frees Us To Speak @oiioxford @daniellecitron

Media Law Prof Blog

Jon Penney, University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, and Danielle Keats Citron, University of Maryland School of Law, are publishing When Law Frees Us to Speak in the Fordham Law Review. Here is the abstract. A central aim of online

Startup’s New Messaging App for Lawyers Offers Security and Storage

Media Law

A Chicago-area startup founded by a lawyer who was concerned about his inability to securely message with colleagues and clients today launched a secure messaging app for iOS and Android that is designed to meet the security needs of legal professionals.

City Attorney of Los Angeles Sues Popular Weather App Claiming Deceptive Collection and Sharing of Geolocation Data

New Media and Technology Law

Rudy Guiliani says, 'I have never said there was no collusion' between Trump campaign and Russia - The Washington Post. HaHa, Here We go. LOL

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Rudy Guiliani says, 'I have never said there was no collusion' between Trump campaign and Russia - The Washington Post

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FCC to Examine the Process for Awarding Construction Permits for New NCE and LPFM Stations – And Some of the Rules that Apply Once a New Noncommercial CP is Awarded

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote on Friday , the government shutdown affects many aspects of FCC operations – and could affect the ability of the FCC to hold its regular monthly meeting, now scheduled for January 30. With the FCC likely shut down for most of this week, just before closing, the FCC released its agenda for the January 30 meeting (which would normally have been released this week – 3 weeks before the meeting).

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Hudson on Anti-Profanity Laws and the First Amendment

Media Law Prof Blog

David L. Hudson, Jr., has published Anti-Profanity Laws and the First Amendment at 42 T. Marshall L. 203 (2017). Here is the abstract. The essay first examines several current state laws that prohibit profanity under certain circumstances. It then

Clio Is Launching A Podcast Devoted To What Matters In Building A Law Practice

Media Law

In building a law practice, small changes can have a big impact on your success. That is the driving principle behind a new monthly podcast being launched today by the practice management company Clio. Called Matters , each 30-minute episode will focus on a specific technique, strategy or tactic that — as the name suggests — “matters” in transforming a law practice.

MTP Podcast: Spotify’s Direct Public Offering

Music Technology Policy

Chris Castle explains Spotify’s direct public offering (compared to a traditional IPO) and commentary on how the stock is performing (NOT investment advice). Spotify Case Study: Structuring and Executing a Direct Listing . MusicTech Solutions: Why Will Spotify’s Price Tank?

Craig on The End of Innocence: Open Justice, Free Speech[,] and Privacy in the Modern Constitution @RobertCraig3

Media Law Prof Blog

Robert Craig, London School of Economics & Political Science, has published The End of Innocence: Open Justice, Free Speech and Privacy in the Modern Constitution – Khuja (Formerly PNM) V Times Newspapers Limited at 82 Modern Law Review 129 (2019

Carroll on Platforms and the Fall of the Fourth Estate @GeorgetownLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Erin Carroll, Georgetown University Law Center, has published Platforms and the Fall of the Fourth Estate: Looking Beyond the First Amendment to Protect Watchdog Journalism. Here is the abstract. Journalists see the First Amendment as an amulet, and with good

Adler on Art's First Amendment Status @nyulaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Amy Adler, New York University School of Law, has published Art's First Amendment Status: A Cultural History of The Masses in volume 50 of the Arizona State Law Journal (2018). Here is the abstract. This Article explores a little-known chapter

Whittington on Academic Freedom and the Scope of Protections for Extramural Speech @kewhittington

Media Law Prof Blog

Keith E. Whittington, Princeton University Department of Political Science, is publishing Academic Freedom and the Scope of Protections for Extramural Speech in Academe. Here is the abstract. Advocates for faculty have long argued that "extramural speech" - off-campus speech by

Linford on Truth in Music Advertising Post Tam @LinfordInfo

Media Law Prof Blog

Jake Linford, Florida State University College of Law, is publishing 'Tell the Truth': Truth in Music Advertising Post Tam in the Oxford Handbook of Music Law and Policy (forthcoming). Here is the abstract. There are two morals in David Bowie’s

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Call For Presentation Proposals: Institute For Teaching and Learning Summer Conference

Media Law Prof Blog

From the mailbox: The Institute for Teaching and Learning Summer Conference, "Teaching Today's Law Students," will be held at Washburn University School of Law, June 3-5, 2019. Here's a link to the Call for Presentation Proposals. Proposals for 60 minute

Newman on Interpreting Freedom of Thought in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms @UsaskLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Dwight G. Newman, University of Saskatchewan College of Law, is publishing Interpreting Freedom of Thought in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in volume 85 of the Supreme Court Law Review. Here is the abstract. The fundamental freedoms set

ALI’s Restatement of Copyright Scandal

Music Technology Policy

Shownotes for Restatement Scandal: ALI Restatement of Copyright Progress Status (note no chapters have been approved). American Law Institute, Restatement of Copyright project. Restatement of Copyright Participants. Samuelson Letter to ALI Requesting Restatement of Copyright.

Oliphant, Pinghua, and Chen on The Legal Protection of Personality Rights: Chinese and European Perspectives @KenOliphant @Brill_Law

Media Law Prof Blog

Ken Oliphant, University of Bristol Law School, Zhang Pinghua, Yantai University Law School, and Chen Lei, City University of Hong Kong, Centre for Chinese & Comparative Law, are publishing The Legal Protection of Personality Rights: Chinese and European Perspectives in

Bob Woodward To Receive PEN Literary Award

Media Law Prof Blog

Journalist Bob Woodward will receive the 2019 Literary Service Award at PEN America's Literary Gala on May 21, 2019. More here

Bârg?oanu and Radu on Some Insights Into Romanians' Digital Behaviour @BargaoanuAlina

Media Law Prof Blog

Alina Bârg?oanu, oanu, National School for Political and Administrative Studies, and Loredana Radu, SNSPA, are publishing Fake News or Disinformation 2.0? Some Insights Into Romanians’ Digital Behaviour, in volume 18 of the Romanian Journal of European Affairs (2018). Here is the

Postdicting the Future: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 4: Fixing Unmatched Songwriter Royalties

Music Technology Policy

[In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. The series foreshadowed policies that were addressed in the Music Modernization Act five years later. This is a repost of Part 4 of that series. After the MMA, how did I do?]. The US is alone in the world in maintaining a compulsory license for songs.

The Mother’s Milk of Algorithms: Google Expands Its Data Center Lobbying Footprint in Minnesota–Home to Senator Amy Klobuchar

Music Technology Policy

Data profiling requires a lot of computing power. Really a whole bunch. When you’re talking that much electricity, you’re talking government. When you’re talking government, you’re talking lobbying. And in this case, looking at the political landscape from the data center point of view might explain a whole lot of oddball results.

LawNext Episode 25: Using AI to Enhance Virtual Receptionists, with Smith.ai

Media Law

?. What do you get if you combine a virtual receptionist service with artificial intelligence? Spoiler alert: The answer is not robots answering the phone. Rather, the folks at Smith.ai say the combination results in a superior receptionist service for both live calls and website chat. By incorporating AI, they say, their service continually gets smarter as it comes to know your practice and your clients. On this episode of LawNext, I speak with Smith.ai’s

Thomson Reuters, Long A Mainstay At ABA TECHSHOW, Withdraws As Exhibitor

Media Law

For as long as I can remember in attending the American Bar Association’s annual TECHSHOW conference, one constant has persisted: the prominent presence in the exhibit hall of Thomson Reuters or its predecessor West Publishing Company. This year, that will change. When TECHSHOW opens Feb. 27 in Chicago, Thomson Reuters will not be among the exhibitors. Thomson Reuters confirmed this week that it will not exhibit at TECHSHOW this year. Last year, it spent $137,000 to exhibit at TECHSHOW.

Legal Tech in the Heartland, Episode 2: John Walker, Walker Law PC, Houston, Texas

Media Law

In October 2018, I recorded a series of 18 interviews with solo and small firm lawyers about how they use technology in their practices. For an introduction to the series, see this post.

LawNext Episode 24: Making Legal Research Better, with Judicata Founder Itai Gurari

Media Law

With Judicata , Itai Gurari believes he has built a better legal research platform. A lawyer and computer scientist, his approach to designing a legal research engine was to first “map the legal genome” — that is, map the law with extreme accuracy and granularity.

Postdicting the Future: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime from The Hill

Music Technology Policy

[This is a July 30, 2013 summary from The Hill of my series that first appeared in the Huffington Post on July 26, 2013–let’s see how I did after the Music Modernization Act.]. Create an Audit Right for Songwriters for Compulsory Licenses : One of the oldest compulsory licenses in the Copyright Act is the “mechanical license”, the statutory mandate forcing songwriters to license songs that dates from 1909.

What are the five main claims about Donald Trump and his team from the alleged Russian dossier?

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

It is time for us to revisit the allegations made in the Russian Dossier. The claims made seem even more credible than they did initially and they were believable then. "At

Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 3: Create an Audit Right for Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. After the MMA, how did I do? via Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 3: Create an Audit Right for Songwriters — Artist Rights Watch. Post-Dicting Uncategorized Music Modernization Act

New Year Kicks Off With Huge $200M Investment In Legal Tech Company

Media Law

Just a few weeks ago, in my 2018 year-end round-up of the most important legal technology developments , I noted that it had been a banner year for investments in legal technology companies, with the total hitting $1 billion. Now, 2019 is off to a roaring start, with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit , a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation.

Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. After the MMA, how did I do? via Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters — Artist Rights Watch. Post-Dicting Uncategorized

Border Wall: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Here’s the Recording of My Guest Spot on the final episode of ‘This Week in Law’

Media Law

I had the great pleasure to be a guest last week on the final episode of This Week in Law , the video podcast that Denise Howell has hosted for 12 years, most recently with cohosts Stefan Szpajda and Matt Curtis. If you missed the live broadcast, the recording is now available to view.

Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do For Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 1: Pre-72 Sound Recordings — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

Originally posted on Artist Rights Watch: [In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. After the MMA, how did I do?]. In this and future posts, I will be addressing five things the Congress could do for music creators that are easy to do and that wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime.

Global Legal Hackathon Launches Initiative To Support Women In Legal Tech; Names Former Wolters Kluwer Exec To Lead It

Media Law

As plans get underway for the second Global Legal Hackathon Feb. 22-24, its organizers today announced it will include an initiative to support up-and-coming women leaders in legal innovation around the world.

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I.