March, 2019

“Purchased Protest” Bombshell: Germany’s FAZ News Uncovers The Seamy Underbelly of Google’s Article 13 Lobbying

Music Technology Policy

The usual suspects got caught again. And you can’t have the usual suspects without Keyser Söze.

Goldenziel and Cheema on How U.S. Law Hampers the Fight Against Information Warfare @JillGoldenziel

Media Law Prof Blog

Jill I. Goldenziel, Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College; University of Pennsylvania; Harvard University, and Manal Cheema University of Virginia - School of Law, Alumnus or Degree Candidate Author, have published The New Fighting Words?: How U.S. Law Hampers the

‘Case Status,’ App that Automates Client Communications, Receives Venture Funding

Media Law

Case Status , a company whose product aims to improve the client experience by automating lawyer-client communications and case updates, has received venture capital funding from the Alabama Futures Fund. The amount of funding was not disclosed.

Jazz as a model fora modern conceptof Democracy

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FTC Obtains Record $5.7 Million Fine for Children’s Privacy Protection Act Violation

Broadcast Law Blog

When is your website or app covered by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and the FTC’s COPPA Rule ? Although there are gray areas under COPPA, one clear way to fall under this law is to know that you’re collecting information from children under the age of 13 online. That’s part of what landed Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, in trouble with the FTC – including a record-setting COPPA fine of $5.7 million.

Registrations, not Applications: Supreme Court Says Copyright Owners Must Wait to Sue

New Media and Technology Law

This Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. Wall-Street.com, LLC , 586 U.S. _ (Mar. 4, 2019), that a copyright owner may commence an infringement suit only when the Copyright Office determines whether or not to register a copyright, as opposed to when the owner submits an application and fee for registration. The widely-followed case resolves a simple question, but has far-reaching practical implications for U.S. copyright litigation.

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Guest Post by Iain Baker of @jesusjonesband: An update on the PledgeMusic Debacle

Music Technology Policy

[We’re pleased to provide a platform for Iain Baker of Jesus Jones to update MTP readers on the slow motion train wreck called Pledge Music. This has turned into a real financial crisis for artists and their vendors as well as the fans.]. We are still no nearer a resolution, it would seem. And it feels like they’re running down the clock. Artists are told to dial back any criticism of Pledge, in order to make it easier to sell the company.

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New ‘LawZam Consults’ Allows Lawyers to Sell Text or Video Legal Consultations

Media Law

A new service launching today, LawZam Consults , allows lawyers to provide 15-60 minute text and video client consultations for a fee via a mobile-friendly online platform.

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Public Shaming: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Comment Dates Set on Proposed Rule Changes for Reviewing New Noncommercial and LPFM Applications

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote here , the FCC recently adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to consider changes to its rules dealing with applications for new noncommercial educational stations and LPFM stations. The FCC plans to publish that Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register tomorrow , making comments due May 19, 2019 , with replies due on June 18 assuming publication takes place as planned.

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Le Tatou’s Excellent Explainer on YouTube’s Role in Article 13 Lobbying–from @TatouProd

Music Technology Policy

“What no one tells you about Article 13” As we’ve read in recent reporting from Europe, Google’s Susan Wojcicki has been twisting arms among their “YouTubers” to put out videos not only opposing Article 13, but also using the Google party line.

UNC Center For Media Law and Policy Prize Competition Now Open

Media Law Prof Blog

Competition now open: The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy awards annual prizes to students who write the best published scholarly articles on media law and policy related topics. The James R. Cleary Prize competition is open to all

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A Cautionary Tale for Congress: Big Tech Uses Fake Grassroots Interference Lobbying In Europe

Music Technology Policy

There’s a sound policymaking reason why the European Parliament should ignore the bombardment of email and social media messaging it has recently endured for copyright reform.

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Trimble on Copyright and Geoblocking @unlvlaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Marketa Trimble, UNLV School of Law, is publishing Copyright and Geoblocking: The Consequences of Eliminating Geoblocking in volume 25 of Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law (2019). Here is the abstract. Geoblocking has become a common companion of

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Kadri and Klonick on Facebook v. Sullivan: Building Constitutional Law For Online Speech @thomaskadri @Klonick

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas Kadri, Yale Law School, and Kate Klonick, St. John's University School of Law and Yale University Information Society Project, have published Facebook v. Sullivan: Building Constitutional Law for Online Speech. Here is the abstract. In the United States, there

Facebook and the Enemy Within: T-Bone Burnett’s Keynote at SXSW 2019 — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

As usual, Henry gives an extremely relevant and literate dissertation on the loss of humanity imposed on us by Big Brother’s youngest sibling, Mark Zuckerberg–the boy who wouldn’t grow up, but who instead created an app for Room 101. Please listen to T Bone when you have a quiet hour to yourself.

@rachelrwithers: Amazon Owes Wikipedia Big-Time — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Amazon gave $1 million to Wikipedia–and gets way more out of the deal than the charity. via @rachelrwithers: Amazon Owes Wikipedia Big-Time — Artist Rights Watch

EPIC Obtains FBI Media Guidelines for NSLs

Media Law Prof Blog

Back in 2017, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a FOIA request to obtain the FBI's rules for using National Security Letters (NSLs) when it interacts with the press. The FBI has now released those rules. More here from

Lidsky on "Whither the Fourth Estate?" @lidskylidsky

Media Law Prof Blog

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Missouri School of Law, has published Symposium: Truth, Trust and the First Amendment in the Digital Age, Foreword: Whither the Fourth Estate? at 83 Missouri Law Review 907 (2018). Here is the abstract.

What’s Good for the Goose: Europe for Creators Asks for Equal Time on YouTube for Their Pro-Article 13 Messages — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

In case you had any doubts, YouTube’s antics in pushing its messaging on copyright reform in Europe should dispel the idea that it is a neutral platform. When safe harbors for companies like YouTube were created in the US and in Europe 20 years ago, it was with the idea of providing a little latitude to reasonable people acting reasonably on the condition of being a neutral platform–for not creating an app for Room 101 where 2+2=5.

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Another Side to the #gagtheswag Campaign

Media Law

You may have heard about #gagtheswag, the campaign to limit or prohibit all that cheap swag given away at legal conferences. The idea is to encourage vendors and conference organizers to either ban conference swag or provide only swag that is 100 percent recyclable. Frank Ready reported on the campaign Friday at Legaltech News and Richard Tromans posted about it at Artificial Lawyer. The Time Blawg takes a dissenting view.

LawNext Episode 30: ABA TECHSHOW’s Startup Pitch Competition

Media Law

Last week, ABA TECHSHOW presented the third annual Startup Pitch Competition , which I was thrilled to moderate and help organize. Fifteen legal technology startups presented three-minute pitches before a live audience of TECHSHOW attendees, who then voted for their favorite. In this special edition of LawNext, we partner with the Legal Talk Network to present a recording of the live event.

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Rocket Matter Update Brings Business Intelligence Module, Configurable Dashboards, and More

Media Law

Updates released today to the cloud-based practice management platform Rocket Matter add two notable features not previously available in the platform: a business intelligence module and customizable dashboards.

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Legal Tech in the Heartland, Episode 4: Kim Benjamin, Kansas City, MO

Media Law

How do solo and small-firm lawyers use technology in their practices? Hoping to provide some small insight into this, I recorded a series of 18 interviews with lawyers, asking them about the technologies and products they use in their work.

@richardjburgess: The So-Called ‘Local Radio Freedom Act’ Is Actually an Anti-Creator, Anti-Property-Rights Bill — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and its army of highly paid lobbyists are asking Members of Congress to cosponsor a bill that they have the nerve to call the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA). In past Congresses, many lawmakers have been deceived into cosponsoring this legislation, being told that it is a non-controversial sense-of-Congress resolution aimed at protecting local radio stations. In fact, it is an anti-creator, anti-property-rights bill.

@crispinhunt: Critics of Article 13 are Weaving a Narrative with No Relationship to Fact — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

[An excellent post by songwriter and BASCA chair Crispin Hunt on the remarkable disinformation campaign being waged by legacy tech companies against safe harbor reform in Europe.] A recent article by Rhett Jones, which appeared in Gizmodo, perfectly encapsulated the feverish disinformation campaign around Article 13 being undertaken by US tech companies and their minions. […]. via @crispinhunt: Critics of Article 13 are Weaving a Narrative with No Relationship to Fact — Artist Rights Watch

Casemaker Offers Its Members Access to Vincent, AI Tool from vLex

Media Law

The legal research platform Casemaker is announcing today an expansion of its partnership with the global legal research company vLex by which its members will get access to Vincent , vLex’s artificial intelligence legal research assistant. Subscribers who receive access to Casemaker through bar association affinity plans are entitled to a one-week free trial of Vincent and then 50 percent off first-year pricing.

Puzzling number of men tied to Ferguson protests have died

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) AP) — Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose.

As Neota Logic Rolls Out Platform Upgrade, New CEO Targets Growth

Media Law

Artificial intelligence company Neota Logic today rolled out version 9.2

#SayNoToJoe The Case Against Joe Biden: How the Former VP Fueled Mass Incarceration.

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Texas Is Latest State To Adopt Duty Of Technology Competence

Media Law

A big space just got filled in on my map of the states that have adopted the ethical duty of technology competence for lawyers, as Texas becomes the 36th state to do so. On Feb. 26, 2019, the Supreme Court of Texas entered an order amending Paragraph 8 of Rule 1.01 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The amended comment now reads (emphasis added): Maintaining Competence.

People in Denmark Are Much Happier Than People in the United States. Her.

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Robocalls: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Will The Pursuit Of The Money Lead You Down The Road To Happiness?

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"The Conquerers Write The History" Alex Haley

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Ocasio-Cortez may have opened door to Trump's taxes

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Why Can't Anyone Criticize Israel? Ilhan Omar Faces Backlash, Rebuke Fro.

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