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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SAG-AFTRA Engages Jonathan Handel as Outside Special Counsel

Digital Media Law

Leaves The Hollywood Reporter; will continue to practice entertainment/tech law; writes at jhandel.news LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2020) – SAG-AFTRA has engaged entertainment/technology attorney and journalist Jonathan Handel as an outside Special Counsel to the union, effective Sept.

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Who Watches the Watchers?

The Legal Satyricon

by Jay Marshall Wolman On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during an arrest of Floyd for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase a pack of cigarettes. A 17-year old filmed the arrest and murder, which was then shared and resulted in protests against system racism […].

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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.

Goldman on How Section 230 Enhances the First Amendment @ericgoldman

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law, has published How Section 230 Enhances the First Amendment in the American Constitutional Society Issue Brief (2020). Here is the abstract. This Issue Brief explores how Section 230 interacts with the First

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.

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Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer!

Gordon P. Firemark

I am thrilled to have been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Entertainment law. I am grateful to my colleagues, clients, friends and family for making it possible to serve at the high level that's made this recognition possible! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer! originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark. Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

For the 5th year running, Gordon Firemark named among “Best Lawyers”

Gordon P. Firemark

Gordon Firemark has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I've always loved helping creatives and entertainers people bridge the gap to build successful businesses. I find this work so very rewarding.”

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A new look at the old standard: “Force Majeure” clauses

Gordon P. Firemark

With Covid-19/Coronavirus causing cancellation of events and transactions around the globe, people are naturally looking at whether they must still perform their contractual obligations and whether they are entitled to refunds of deposits and advance payments they've made. Most contracts do include a so-called “force majeure” clause as part of what's usually considered the boilerplate. Contract language that's fairly universal and non-negotiatiable.

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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“I don’t need another email whining about COVID”: Austin Landlords Lead the Way into the New Venue-Free Future

Music Technology Policy

When former real estate lawyer and current Austin Mayor Steve Adler cancelled SXSW in February there was one upside. Given his deep experience as a real estate lawyer he would appreciate the vast economic complexities of the sudden contraction of the cash flow to the Live Music Capitol of the World.

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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This is the Only Question for the Next Head of the Copyright Office

Music Technology Policy

At some point in the coming days, there will be an announcement for the new head of the U.S. Copyright Office. I fully expect that everyone will have their litmus test for whether the new person (called the “Register” for historical reasons that have probably outlived their usefulness).

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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.

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

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.

Eclipsed by Evolving Law, Policy and Technology, Seminal Mobile Location Data Case Settled

New Media and Technology Law

This past week, the operator of the popular Weather Channel (“TWC”) mobile phone app entered into a Stipulation of Settlement with the Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer (“City Attorney”), closing the books on one of the first litigations to focus on the collection of locational data through mobile phones. People v.

Can (and should) producers use COVID-19 waivers from cast and crew to limit their liability?

Gordon P. Firemark

The scenario. An actor client today told me that she’s been asked to sign a document before coming to work on a new project. The waiver expresses all kinds of new protocols for minimizing disease transmission on and around the set, but then it goes on to include a waiver, stating that she understands that there’s still a risk, and is assuming that risk by taking the job, so she promises not to sue or make claims if she gets the disease. she checked in with SAG/AFTRA.

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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. .

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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Asserted Truths

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/125. AMC TO TAKE OVER SHUTTERED THEATERS FALL OUT FROM CONSENT DECREES CONTINUES IN APPELLATE RULINGCentury Theater Owner’s Negotiation Tactics Approved.

Then, Now, Going Forward

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/124. OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND LEGAL OBITUARY PARAMOUNT CONSENT DECREES ENDED WAITE V UMG RECORDINGS (USDC, E.D. New York) MANGO V.

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Generic.coms, Lady A 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/123. GENERIC.COM TRADEMARKS GRANTED LADY ANTEBELLUM VS. LADY A.

Data, Oil and Eight Mile Style vs. Spotify

Music Technology Policy

When you look at the ask on damages in the lawsuits against services like Spotify, it’s typical to see certain types of damages listed. One I have never seen is what we’ve long discussed on MTP: non-display uses of recordings, lyrics and artist names.

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.

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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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.

Protecting against Cybersecurity Threats when Working from Home

New Media and Technology Law

With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many organizations are requiring or permitting employees to work remotely. This post is intended to remind employers and employees that in the haste to implement widespread work-from-home strategies, data security concerns cannot be forgotten. Employers and employees alike should remain vigilant of increased cybersecurity threats, some of which specifically target remote access strategies.

You Can’t Copyright the Law

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/121. SUPREME COURT: GEORGIA v PUBLIC RESOURCE, Inc.

REGISTER NOW for the May 2nd Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp

Gordon P. Firemark

On May 2nd I will be holding my Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp. The workshop, will be conducted online, so you can attend and participate from the comfort of your home, office or studio. Register Now! This half-day, intensive hands-on workshop is for podcasters who are serious about podcasting as a business (or as part of another business).

Free Online Training for Digital Entrepreneurs

Gordon P. Firemark

Join me for “Keep your digital business legal, protected & growing in challenging times without incurring staggering legal fees” on March 23rd, at 11am (Pacific). In this training, I'll share a step-by-step process for launching, protecting, growing and profiting with your online business.

Resources to help during Covid-19 Crisis

Gordon P. Firemark

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash. (no, no, I don't have a secret resource for T.P.). But here are a few useful links.: ? The Freelancer’s Guide to The CARES Act: New Funds and Benefits (from my friend and client Abbey Woodcock) ? What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus ? ? Where entertainment industry workers can go for help (LA Times) ? Financial Help for Hollywood workers (Variety.com) ? California EDD (Unemployment Insurance claims, etc.) ?

Achieve More, Better, Faster

Gordon P. Firemark

As you know, I love to help creatives and business folk in all fields… film, tv, theatre, podcasting, online/digital business, or whatever, to forge their paths forward to bigger, better, accomplishments, as quickly as you can imagine. I do this through: One-on-one coaching ( sign up for a discovery call to learn how this works ? link] ) Group Coaching ( click here for more details ). And also through my More, Better, Faster podcast.

Blackbeard’s Revenge!

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/119. BREAKING: STATES CANNOT BE SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT- YES NORTH CAROLINA, YOU CAN BE A PIRATE.

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The TikTok Blame Game Starts

Music Technology Policy

The walls appear to be closing in on TikTok (or as it’s becoming known, TikSoft). This is probably particularly galling to the founder of Bytedance (TikTok’s parent company). Zhang Yiming worked at Microsoft but left in 2008.

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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.