2021

What actually IS a podcast network, anyway?

Gordon P. Firemark

This week, I've been head-down on a couple of projects for start-up podcast networks. Every network is a little bit different, but they all have a few common hallmarks. Here are some examples: Overall character of the relationship. Is the host a gun-for-hire, or an owner of the show?

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.

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Vacca and Bartow on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Copyright Jurisprudence @RyanVacca @profabartow

Media Law Prof Blog

Ryan G. Vacca, University of New Hampshire School of Law, and Ann Bartow, Franklin Pierce Center for IP at UNH Law, are published Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Copyright Jurisprudence in volume 22 of the Nevada Law Journal (2022). Here is the

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Fastcase Names Its 11th Annual Class of Fastcase 50 Innovation Honorees

LawSites

If you are wondering where the innovators are in law, look no farther than the Fastcase 50, the annual award doled out by the legal intelligence company Fastcase that honors 50 of the law’s “smartest, most courageous, innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.”.

Using Photos on Your Website – Court Decision Highlights Problems with a Creative Commons License and Other Copyright Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

We’ve written many times about the perils of posting a photo on your website without getting permission from the photo’s owner (see, for instance, our articles here and here ). Copyright protects photos, even when they are shared on the Internet.

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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.

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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Defending against knockoff-artists and copycats? The struggle is real!

Gordon P. Firemark

I'm working on something new… Recently, I've had conversations with several information product and online-course creators who've faced copycats and knockoff artists who steal their programs and content. It's a frustrating problem… and it's growing! Registering your copyrights and trademarks provides a degree of protection, but unless the owner of the material is prepared to pursue costly legal action, there's not much of a remedy available.

The Invisible 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/135.

How the spice of life saved my bacon!

Gordon P. Firemark

This past 16 months have been hard for everyone… with the pandemic-related shutdowns and restrictions, so many business have been hit hard. When it all began, I was fearful. I knew that film, television and theatre production ( my most significant law practice areas) would basically be dormant… and that meant my practice could well be stagnant (or worse) for who knows how long? They say that Variety is the spice of life! Well, I'm a believer!

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.

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.

No-Code Legal Automation Startup Josef Raises $2.5M

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Josef , an Australia-based, no-code software platform that enables legal professionals to automate common tasks, has raised $2.5 million. The funding round was led by Australian venture firm Carthona Capital , with participation from U.S. investors, including The LegalTech Fund.

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 ).

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.

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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.

Murderers, Monster, and the Game of Life

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/134.

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The (late) May Episode – Entertainment Law Update Podcast #133

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/133. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post The (late) May Episode – Entertainment Law Update Podcast #133 originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark. Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

@thetrichordist: Will the Copyright Royalty Board Leave Songwriters In the Deep Freeze?

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: This post first appeared in The Trichordist.]. In case you haven’t noticed, songwriter mechanical royalty rates are about to be set again at a faraway Congressional operation called the Copyright Royalty Board.

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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.

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

LawNext: How Law Schools Should Teach Tech, With April Dawson

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There is broad agreement that if law schools are to adequately train students for careers in law, then technology is a critical part of the curriculum. Despite this, many law schools get a failing grade when it comes to teaching tech. So how, exactly, should law schools teach tech?

Webcasting Royalties Going Up – Copyright Royalty Board Releases Rates and Terms for 2021-2025

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on Friday released the rates and terms for webcasting royalties for 2021-2025 , and the rates are going up.

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.

White Privilege ALERT: Texas Man Loses It On Protesters

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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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

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.

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.)

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.

Fidler on The New Editors: Refining First Amendment Protections for Internet Platforms @mailynfidler

Media Law Prof Blog

Mailyn Fidler, Harvard University Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, is publishing The New Editors: Refining First Amendment Protections for Internet Platforms in the Notre Dame Law School Journal on Emerging Technology (2021). Here is the abstract. Forthcoming) This

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.

Could a Supreme Court Decision Affect Disclosure Obligations on Political Advertising?

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, we wrote about two dissenting opinions in a Supreme Court decision that highlight the debate that is underway on the principles that govern defamation liability in the United States.