2021

Google’s Fair Use, Warhol’s isn’t… or is it?

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/132.

Streaming and the Embarrassment of COVID Riches

Music Technology Policy

We’re starting to see a narrative emerging from the digital music services in reaction to artists chafing under the misery of streaming royalties. Streamers want lawmakers to focus on the allocation of current period revenue that they pay to creators.

Livingstone on Equal Treatment and the Free Speech Clause @Yale

Media Law Prof Blog

Spencer G. Livingstone, Yale University, has published Equal Treatment and the Free Speech Clause. Here is the abstract. The traditional Free Speech Clause burden is a law that directly impedes speech interests and that courts can remedy through invalidation.

BYU Law Students Develop Web Resource To Address Flaws In Expungement Process

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Eight students in the LawX legal design lab at BYU Law have developed an online resource, called Goodbye Record , that is designed to address flaws in the process for expunging criminal records in Utah and potentially other states as well.

New Site Connects Consumers to Lawyers For Instant Video Consultations

Media Law

Finding a lawyer to consult with remains an intimidating proposition for many consumers. They don’t know who to call or what it might cost them.

FCC Announces that Window to Apply for New Noncommercial FM Stations Will Open in November

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC released its decision to limit to 10 the number of applications that can be filed by one party in the next window for new noncommercial FM stations in the reserved FM band (those channels below 92.1 on the FM dial). No party can have attributable interests in more than 10 applications filed in the window. By making this decision, the FCC cleared the way for the window itself, which was first hinted at last summer (see our article here ).

Long Covid Is Not Rare. It’s a Health Crisis. Lingering symptoms from the coronavirus may turn out to be one of the largest mass disabling events in modern history.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Long Covid Is Not Rare. It’s a Health Crisis. Lingering symptoms from the coronavirus may turn out to be one of the largest mass disabling events in modern history. March 17, 2021, 5:00 a.m.

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Group of Democratic Senators Release Latest CDA Reform Bill

New Media and Technology Law

With the change in administrations in Washington, there has been a drive to enact or amend legislation in a variety of areas.

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User Centric As Competitive Advantage: The Arc of the Moral Universe is Bending

Music Technology Policy

How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Our God Is Marching On! March 25, 1965, Montgomery, Alabama. Everyone knows that streaming royalties are unsustainable. The question is what to do about it.

Non-Fungible What?

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/131. NEW YORK STATE TRIAL-LEVEL COURT ELABORATES CHANGES IN STATE LAW CONCERNING DEFAMATION REDBUBBLE HELD LIABLE FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT BY 6TH CIRCUIT WIXEN HAS CASE DISMISSED FOR FAILING TO SPECIFY THE COPYRIGHT YEAR.

New Copyright Regs, Compendium, and More

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/130. NEW COMPENDIUM COMING THIS MONTH BEVERLY HILLS POLICE OFFICER USES COPYRIGHT TO AVOID LIVE STREAMING SCOTUS DENIES CERT TO JACK DANIELS AND MOODSTERS STORIES. DESIRE LLC V.

New Year, New Laws.

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/129. LIEBOWITZ LAWSUIT OVER $15.00

Smith on Copyright Silencing @CathaySmith

Media Law Prof Blog

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, has published Copyright Silencing at 106 Cornell Law Review Online 71 (2021). Here is the abstract. This essay highlights a practice I call “copyright silencing,” which is the use of copyright to

‘A Coming of Age for Legal Tech’: Exclusive Interview with CEO Jack Newton on Clio’s $1.6B Valuation

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The legal technology company Clio this morning announced a Series E investment of $110 million at a valuation of $1.6 billion, making it the first law practice management company to achieve so-called unicorn status and one of only a small number of legal tech companies overall to achieve that status.

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Online Dispute Resolution Service FairClaims Takes On AAA and JAMS with New Offering

Media Law

The online dispute resolution service FairClaims is taking on established commercial arbitration services such as JAMS and the American Arbitration Association with a new offering that it says will resolve disputes far faster and at a fraction of the cost.

Reminder: Issue Ads Require Public File Disclosures Even Outside Political Windows

Broadcast Law Blog

Back in January, we reminded broadcasters that state and local elections , even those held in “off-years” like 2021, still fall within the FCC’s political broadcasting rules.

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Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Fight to vote: activism works – just look at the 1965 Voting Rights Act “Martin Luther King Jr and Lyndon B Johnson’s telegrams underscore just how significantly Selma changed the calculus on pushing voting rights legislation Sam Levine Lyndon B Johnson discusses the Voting Rights Act with Martin Luther King Jr.

What Are the Different Types of Invoices?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

If you’re a freelancer, contractor, or business owner, you know how crucial it is to invoice your clients. It helps keep your money flowing and your business operating.

Southwest Airlines Sues to Stop Web Scraping of Fare Information

New Media and Technology Law

On January 14, 2021, Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest”) filed a complaint in a Texas district court against an online travel site, Kiwi.com, Inc.

Results and Recommendations of the Artist Rights Watch MLC Awareness Survey

Music Technology Policy

Our sister site Artist Rights Watch fielded a Mechanical Licensing Collective Awareness Questionnaire during January targeting songwriters attending our MLC webinar. MLC Awareness Questionnaire 1/31/21 n=120.)

A glimmer of good news for theatres, producers and other live-performance operators suffering during pandemic

Gordon P. Firemark

Theatre owners, operators and producers are among those eligible for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program being administered by the Small Business Administration. The program was created under The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues.

The Metadata Hot Potato: The MLC Enters the Jerry McGuire Reality

Music Technology Policy

Here it is: The MLC is about to hear those beautiful words. They will hear it in English. They will hear it in Spanish. They will hear it in Bantu, French, Portuguese, Pashto, Russian, Hausa, Berber and Czech. And songwriters will say it like they mean it.

Happy New License Availability Date!

Music Technology Policy

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Auld Lang Syne, by Robert Burns.

Cornell Law School Accepting Applications For Stanton Fellow For First Amendment Clinic @CornellLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Cornell Law School is accepting applications for a Stanton Fellow for its First Amendment Clinic. The Fellow will, among other activities, manage ongoing cases and supervise the work of the students in the Clinic. This is a full-time position for

Nominations Open for 2021 American Legal Technology Awards

LawSites

Nominations open today for the second annual American Legal Technology Awards , a competition launched last year to honor exceptional achievements in legal technology.

Lawyerist Makes Strategic Investment In Law Firm Brokerage Business

Media Law

Lawyerist , a company that offers business resources and coaching for small law firms, has made a strategic investment in The Law Practice Exchange , a company that facilitates the buying and selling of law practices.

A New TV Station in Your Future?  Lifting of TV Freeze Brings Proposals for New Allotments

Broadcast Law Blog

While the pandemic has focused much attention on streaming television services, at least some companies believe that over-the-air television still has a future, as evidenced by recent proposals to allocate new TV channels which, if adopted, could result in brand new TV stations. As we wrote here , last year the FCC lifted the freeze on applications for new TV allotments and for changes in existing stations, as the repacking of the TV band following the incentive auction has finally ended.

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Atlanta officer involved in shooting death of Rayshard Brooks is reinstated

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Atlanta officer involved in shooting death of Rayshard Brooks is reinstated Mike Jordan Officer Garrett Rolfe is seen with Rayshard Brooks on a screen grab taken from body-camera video provided by the Atlanta police department. Photograph: AP Wed 5 May 2021 14.00

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SBA Announces It Will Open Save Our Stages Grant Applications On April 8

Music Technology Policy

The Small Business Administration has announced that it will open the Small Venue Operators Grant applications on April 8. Venues can sign up for notification from SBA when the application opens.

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Black Box Invasion: The Implications of The MLC’s $424 Million Black Box

Music Technology Policy

The Circular Awards Ceremony has begun anew and the corporate media wants someone to adore, dang it! Cue “It’s a Pleasure Being Sad.” ” The MLC received $424 million of “inception to date black box” as required by the statute enacted October 18, 2019.

Where is the Save Our Stages Money to #SaveOurStages? Texas Music Office Leads the Charge

Music Technology Policy

We all breathed a bit easier when we heard that the $15 billion Save Our Stages legislation authored by Austin Rep. Roger Williams and Texas Senator John Cornyn had passed the Congress and was signed into law last December as part of the $2.3-trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

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Must Read: Your Morning Coffee Podcast

Music Technology Policy

Every now and then we run into a great resource for artists, managers, labels toiling in the vineyard of the music business as currently constituted. The new Your Morning Coffee podcast is one of those, featuring Jay Gilbert and Mike Etchart and it’s highly recommended for your valuable time.

Corbin on Government Speech and First Amendment Capture @CarolineMCorbin @VirginiaLawRev

Media Law Prof Blog

Caroline Mala Corbin, University of Miami School of Law, is publishing Government Speech and First Amendment Capture in the Virginia Law Review Online (2021). Here is the abstract. Alarm regarding government speech is not new. In earlier decades, scholars worried

Horder on Online Free Speech and the Suppression of False Political Claims

Media Law Prof Blog

Jeremy Horder, London School of Economics, Department of Law, is publishing Online Free Speech and the Suppression of False Political Claims in the 2021 volume of the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law. Here is the abstract. This article

The Charlatan’s Bookends: The Inventor and WeWork

Music Technology Policy

There was a time, not so long ago, when there was a place called the Santa Clara Valley in Northern California. It was a handful of middle class towns below South San Francisco and Daly City (immortalized in the classic rich hippie sneer as “little boxes on the hillside’).

VC Tim Draper Invests $1M In Blockchain-Based Dispute Resolution Platform

LawSites

Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper , known for early investments in companies such as Twitter, Skype and DocuSign, has invested $1 million in seed capital in Jur , a blockchain-based dispute resolution platform founded in Switzerland.

California Becomes 39th State To Adopt Duty Of Technology Competence

Media Law

California, home to roughly 13% of all U.S. lawyers, has become the 39th state to adopt the ethical duty of technology competence.