November, 2020

This year, giving thanks is even more important!

Gordon P. Firemark

Each year at this time, we give thanks for the people and experiences that have enriched our lives. But this year, with all that 2020 has dumped on us, I feel it's even more important to take time out to get in touch with gratitude and appreciation for the good things in our lives.

The DLC Finally Confirms (Sort of) How Much is in the MMA Black Box–Bigger than a bread box

Music Technology Policy

We’ve all heard rumors about how much is in the “inception to date” black box at the digital music services. The main reason that nobody knows is another example of the dismal drafting of the Music Modernization Act.

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LawSites Blog Marks 18 Years

Media Law

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the launch of LawSites blog. My first post was on Nov. 19, 2002. My initial focus was on tracking web sites of interest to legal professionals.

Bell on John Stuart Mill's Harm Principle and Free Speech: Expanding the Notion of Harm

Media Law Prof Blog

Melina Bell, Washington & Lee University, has published John Stuart Mill's Harm Principle and Free Speech: Expanding the Notion of Harm at 2020 Utilitas 1. Here is the abstract. This article advocates employing John Stuart Mill's harm principle to set

David Perdue profited from a Navy contractor’s stock while overseeing the Naval fleet.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

David Perdue profited from a Navy contractor’s stock while overseeing the Naval fleet. By Stephanie Saul and Andy Newman Nov. 19, 2020, 2:42 p.m. ET Nov. 19, 2020 Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, is a millionaire and formerly prolific trader of individual stocks.

CDA “Reform” on the Horizon: Investors and Operators Take Note

New Media and Technology Law

The appetite for acquisitions and investment in online businesses has never been stronger, with many of the most attractive online opportunities being businesses that host, manage and leverage user-generated content.

In Memory of RBG

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 www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/126. RBG IN MEMORIAM STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN LAWSUIT DENIED CERT SPINAL TAP SETTLES. One-sentence aside) SPINAL TAP SETTLES.

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Pro Bono Portal Connects Wisconsin Lawyers With Clients In Need

Media Law

Low-income individuals in Wisconsin have a new resource for finding legal help today, as the State Bar of Wisconsin and legal technology company Paladin join forces to launch the statewide Pro Bono Opportunity Portal.

Cowle, Rawson, and Rowe on Whether Audit Firms Care About Media Coverage @UArkansas

Media Law Prof Blog

Elizabeth N. Cowle, Caleb Rawson, and Stephen P. Rowe, all of the University of Arkansas, have published Do Audit Firms Care about Media Coverage? An Investigation of Audit Firm Response to News Coverage. Here is the abstract. We examine how

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Renowned artist Esther Mahlangu urges Africans to hold on to their traditions | World news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Renowned artist Esther Mahlangu urges Africans to hold on to their traditions Jason Burke Esther Mahlangu has found huge international success using the crafts of her Ndebele people.

The Gratitude Episode

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 www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/127. 5 Points VARA DISPUTE DENIED CERT (TWO SENTENCES) TERRENCE HOWARD SUES EMPIRE STUDIO FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT* *BUT REALLY IT’S A SORT OF BIZARRE PUBLICITY CASE.

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Promoting your show with sweepstakes, contests and lotteries

Gordon P. Firemark

Running a contest or a giveaway is a brilliant, and cost-effective way to get your audience engaged and get fresh leads, drive lots of meaningful actions, Attract people to your content, get them to share it, and more. . But it's important to exercise caution and make sure that you're complying with the relevant laws. You want to make sure that what you're doing, the kind of promotion, whether it's a contest or a giveaway doesn't amount to an illegal lottery. .

@jack the Racketeer Gets a Tillisgram From @SenThomTillis–Now What?

Music Technology Policy

Regardless of your politics, one message should ring out loud and clear from the election regarding Big Tech: Politicians are learning what artists have known for well over a decade. They do not care. They don’t care about Congress, they don’t care about the nation state, they don’t care about artists, songwriters, photographers, authors, none of it. In a litter full of sick puppies, the sickest puppy of all is Jack Dorsey.

UK Parliament’s Inquiry into the Economics of Streaming

Music Technology Policy

Thanks to the #BrokenRecord campaign and especially Tom Gray of Gomez, the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee is conducing an inquiry into the economics of streaming. Attention Lindsay Graham and Jerry Nadler). You can read about it here and consider giving evidence. If you're interested in artist rights and the streaming corrosion, this will be must-see TV. link] — Editor Baker (@MusicTechPolicy) November 23, 2020.

On LawNext: Stevie Ghiassi, Founder of Legaler, Legaler Aid and the Global Legal Tech Report

Media Law

To say that Stevie Ghiassi is a busy man is an understatement.

John Tredennick On His New Company Merlin and the Magic of Open Source

Media Law

After Catalyst, the pioneering cloud-based e-discovery company he founded and spent 19 years building, sold last year to OpenText for $75 million, John Tredennick was not ready to sit back and rest on his laurels.

New ‘Legal Tune Up’ App Helps People Check Public Records for Legal Issues and Resolve Them

Media Law

Minor legal infractions from the past can have major consequences in the present when they appear in public records, keeping some individuals from obtaining gainful employment. A unique new app called Legal Tune Up is designed to help Wisconsin residents address that problem.

The Good News is the Bad News is Wrong: Universal Invests in the Future with UMUSIC Hotels Venture

Music Technology Policy

[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions ]. According to some good news in Fast Company, Universal Music Group has announced that “the first three locations for the music-focused hotel partnership with Dakia U-Ventures are Atlanta, Orlando, and Biloxi, Mississippi.”.

New Site Helps Lawyers Get Clients – And Then Provides Free Software To Manage Them

Media Law

A website launched this summer aims to address the justice gap by making it easier for clients to find the right lawyer and by providing lawyers — primarily solos — with free practice management software to reduce their cost of providing legal services.

Summit Next Week Will Spotlight Tech and Innovation In Immigration Law

Media Law

A day-long summit on Nov. 10 will explore key trends and emerging technologies in immigration law and practice.

GDPR Compliance in Light of Heavier Sanctions to Come—at Least in Theory @wgvoss @BouthinonH

Media Law Prof Blog

Reprinted with permission from the Oxford Business Law Blog and with permission of the authors: GDPR Compliance in Light of Heavier Sanctions to Come—at Least in Theory Gregory Voss and Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas Ridiculously low ceilings on administrative fines hindered the

Voss and Bouthinon-Dumas on the EU General Data Protection Regulation Sanctions in Theory and In Practice @wgvoss @BouthinonH

Media Law Prof Blog

Gregory Voss, Toulouse Business School, and Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas, ESSEC Business School, are publishing EU General Data Protection Regulation Sanctions in Theory and in Practice in volume 37 of the Santa Clara High Tech. 2020). Here is the abstract

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TIME Names Two Legaltech Startups As Among The 100 Best Inventions Of 2020

Media Law

TIME has named two legal technology startups as among the 100 Best Inventions of 2020 : the bankruptcy startup Upsolve and the consumer arbitration platform FairShake. Regarding Upsolve , the publication cited its free nonprofit tool for helping people avoid the high cost of personal bankruptcy.

LawNext: Lauren Sudeall on Legal Deserts and Other Obstacles to Access to Justice

Media Law

A recent report from the American Bar Association portrayed the nation’s legal deserts – large swaths of the country in which there are few or no lawyers.

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With Faith in Their Hearts

Music Technology Policy

The Final Formation: U.S. Forces Cemetary, Normandy, France. “And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory? Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms.

Judge Questions Thomson Reuters’ Lawsuit Against ROSS Intelligence

Media Law

During a hearing last Friday in the copyright lawsuit filed by legal research giant Thomson Reuters against legal research startup ROSS Intelligence , the judge presiding over the case questioned whether TR’s allegations in its complaint were complete speculation.

Niki Black on Legal Ethics and #WFH Tech in the Time of COVID-19

Media Law

I was fortunate to have Nicole Black join me earlier this week for my Law Insights show on Litera.TV , where we discussed recent legal ethics opinions relating to COVID-19 and also talked about the essential tech every lawyer should have for working remotely. Niki is a Rochester, N.Y.,

New Service Uses AI To Help Startups Connect With The Right Lawyer

Media Law

For startup companies that go through high-profile incubator programs or whose founders come from prestigious schools, the traditional word-of-mouth referral network works just fine for finding a lawyer to represent them.

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All Of A Sudden, Legal Tech Marketplaces Are Proliferating

Media Law

Over the past month or so, three separate resources have launched, all devoted to serving as a marketplace directory for legal technology products.

Track COVID-19 Cases and News with New Email Alert Service from Fastcase

Media Law

An email alert service launched today by legal research company Fastcase, COVID-19 Case Alerts , provides daily updates on new civil opinions, selected pleadings, breaking news, and analyses of legal issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

In First for Contracts AI, Kira Creates Algorithm to Protect ‘Inferential’ Confidentiality of Training Data

Media Law

In what it says is a first for artificial intelligence contract-analysis platforms in the legal industry, Kira has developed a differential privacy algorithm that protects the confidentiality of text in model training data when a user shares a machine-learning model with other firms or organizations.

Opinion | America Is Letting the Coronavirus Rage Through Prisons

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

America Is Letting the Coronavirus Rage Through Prisons It’s both a moral failure and a public health one. By The Editorial Board Nov.

AOC castigates McConnell for sending the Senate home for the holidays

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Obama 'Troubled' By Attempts To Upend Election From Republicans, Right-W.

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Thanksgiving: CDC says avoiding travel and gatherings is safest - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"With Thanksgiving a week away and coronavirus cases exploding nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended against traveling or gathering for the holiday, urging Americans to consider celebrating in their own households instead.

The Legaltech Week Journalists’ Roundtable Returns Tomorrow

Media Law

The Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable returns tomorrow, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly discussion of the top news stories of the last week. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Register once and you’re registered for every subsequent week.