2021

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.

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.

Lidsky on Post, The Social Foundations of Defamation (1986) @lidskylidsky

Media Law Prof Blog

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Missouri School of Law, has published Post, Robert C., The Social Foundations of Defamation Law: Reputation and the Constitution, 74 Calif. 691 (1986) at 25 Comm. and Pol'y 491 (2020). Here is

Announcing the 15 Winners of the 2021 ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition

Media Law

The results are in. Readers have been voting to select the 15 legal technology startups that will get to participate in the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2021 , which will be held virtually March 8-12, 2021.

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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.

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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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.)

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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.

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.

How Songwriters Get Screwed by Cheese and Pies

Music Technology Policy

For some reason, there’s a focus at the moment on songwriter royalties and in particular for streaming royalty rates. Notice that I said “rates” not “share” or the one I find particularly irritating, “share of the pie.” Let us be clear—there is no “pie” there are only “rates”. Or should be. Let’s investigate why. To frame this idea (speaking for the U.S.

CMU, the Black Box, Enron and the MMA

Music Technology Policy

One thing you can say about Big Tech apologists Complete Music Update is they are consistent. Yes, the Pravda of music tech can always be counted on to come up with the lamest excuses for the excesses of the 1% of the 1%.

Uncle Sugar is Back, Baby, Because That’s Where the Money Is

Music Technology Policy

In News from the Goolag, the well-known Cypriot and former Googler Eric “Uncle Sugar” Schmidt is back in town. .

Journal of Free Speech Law, New Faculty-Edited, Peer-Reviewed Journal, Seeks Submissions

Media Law Prof Blog

An announcement of a new, peer-reviewed journal: Journal of Free Speech Law We are delighted to announce the founding of the Journal of Free Speech Law, a new faculty-edited law journal. The journal will publish in print as well as

Time to Vote: Pick the Startup Alley Finalists for ABA TECHSHOW 2021

Media Law

We need your vote! You can help pick the legal technology startups that will be selected for the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2021. Fifteen companies will be selected to face off in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW.

Voter Suppression in Georgia 2021, The Fight Against White Supremacy Con.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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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.

When Do I Get Paid by The MLC?

Music Technology Policy

Songwriters are beginning to realize that the government is forcing them to use The MLC, Inc. financed by the streaming services) as their mechanical licensing collective for collecting and paying their mechanical royalties. So now they are asking questions about when and how that payment is to be made, among other things. The over arching issue you must realize is that The MLC, Inc. will not pay you if you are not matched AND registered with them.

Spotify’s COVID Rocket Fuel

Music Technology Policy

In 2020, we believe the pandemic had little impact on our subscriber growth and may have actually contributed positively to pulling forward new signups. Ya think?

Making Sense of the New Blanket Mechanical License and the Mechanical Licensing Collective

Music Technology Policy

This post first appeared on MusicTech Solutions. This is a recording of a webinar about the Mechanical Licensing Collective that I did with Abby North and Gwen Seale, sponsored by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Austin Texas Musicians and Austin Music Foundation.

LawNext: AltaClaro’s Abdi Shayesteh on Developing ‘Rocket Fuel for Legal Skills Training’

Media Law

Legal technology company AltaClaro describes itself as “rocket fuel for legal skills training. It uses a unique experiential framework based on education science, with mock transactions and live feedback, all done online.

Backed By $200M Investment, AI-Driven E-Discovery Companies Reveal and Brainspace Merge

Media Law

In a deal they say makes them the leading AI-powered e-discovery platform, the companies Reveal and Brainspace have merged under the Reveal name, backed by an investment of more than $200 million by investment firm K1 Investment Management , which is taking a majority stake in the company.

PinHawk Legal and Professional Newsletters Acquired By Law Business Media

Media Law

PinHawk LLC , the company that publishes an assortment of free and paid electronic newsletters for the legal and professional services markets, has been acquired by Law Business Media, publisher of Corporate Counsel Business Journal , In-House Ops and In-House Legal Tech.

Longtime Competitors Fastcase and Casemaker Merge, Reshaping the Legal Research Landscape

Media Law

In news akin to a wedding announcement jointly issued by the Hatfields and the McCoys, two longtime competitors in the legal research market, Casemaker and Fastcase , have merged, creating a single company under the Fastcase brand that has an estimated subscriber base of more than three quarters of all lawyers in the United States.

LAWCLERK Launches Subscription-Based Virtual Law Firm Associates

Media Law

LAWCLERK , an online marketplace where solos and small firms can hire freelance lawyers, is expanding today into a new kind of offering — subscription-based virtual associates.

RIP Cloris Leachman

Music Technology Policy

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Out on the edge of darkness, there rides the peace train

Music Technology Policy

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Legaltech Week 2021.02.05 – Legalweek Post-Mortem, Plus the Panelists’ Top Stories

Media Law

This week saw the first virtual version of Legalweek, typically one of the largest legal tech and legal industry conferences. How well did the physical conference translate to the virtual world? Our panelists share their thoughts. Listen to audio above or scroll down for video.).

Coghlan On Whether Freedom of Speech Laws Are Fit for Purpose in the Age of Cancel Culture @LCLCBA

Media Law Prof Blog

Niall Coghlan, European University Institute; Lincoln's Inn, has published Are Our Laws on Freedom of Speech Fit for Purpose in the Age of 'Cancel Culture'?, the winner of the Jonathan Brock QC Memorial Prize Essay 2020. Here is the abstract

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Bloomberg Law Offers Free Research to Legal Services and Pro Bono Lawyers

Media Law

Bloomberg Law is helping lawyers provide legal services to the poor by offering free access to its legal research service to legal services and pro bono attorneys. Last week, Bloomberg Law said that it is providing free access to all grantees of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

LawNext: Coca-Cola GC Bradley Gayton On His Dramatic Demand for Diversity

Media Law

Barely six months into his new position as senior vice president and general counsel for The Coca-Cola Company, Bradley M.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Seeks Senior Staff Attorney @rcfp

Media Law Prof Blog

From the RCFP: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is currently seeking a Senior Staff Attorney to lead the organization's nationwide amicus practice. This full-time position, based in RCFP's Washington, D.C. office, provides a unique opportunity for an

Miller on Defending Free Speech @JMfreespeech

Media Law Prof Blog

Judith P. Miller, University of Chicago Law School, has published Defending Speech Crimes on the University of Chicago Legal Forum, 2020. Here is the abstract. The First Amendment is supposed to provide important protections against criminal prosecutions for speech crimes

Hudson on The Fighting Words Doctrine: Alive and Well in the Lower Courts @DavidLHudsonJr1

Media Law Prof Blog

David L. Hudson, Jr., Belmont University College of Law, is publishing Essay: The Fighting Words Doctrine: Alive and Well in the Lower Courts in volume 19 of the University of New Hampshire Law Review (2020). Here is the abstract.

Fagan on Two-Sided Social Media and Bad Faith Political Speech @EDHEC_BSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

Frank Fagan, EDHEC Business School, is publishing Two-Sided Social Media and Bad Faith Political Speech in volume 29 of Research in Law and Economics (2021). Here is the abstract. The First Amendment affords protection to political speech on the basis

Conklin on The Big Problem With the Small Penis Rule: Why It Does Not Limit Defamation Liability @AngeloState

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Conklin, Angelo State University, has published The Big Problem with the Small Penis Rule: Why It Does Not Limit Defamation Liability. Here is the abstract. The small penis rule is an informal strategy for limiting defamation liability for authors

Bowman on Universities' Speech and the First Amendment @Prof_KBowman @NebLRev

Media Law Prof Blog

Kristine L. Bowman, Michigan State University, is publishing Universities' Speech and the First Amendment in the Nebraska Law Review (2021). Here is the abstract. Increasingly, scholars and students alike suggest that university leaders should engage in speech to oppose racism

My Interview with SCOTUSblog Cofounder Amy Howe

Media Law

Since its founding in 2002, SCOTUSblog has developed into the preeminent source for Supreme Court news, commentary and research. In 2012, when the Supreme Court handed down its opinion on Obamacare, the blog had more than 900,000 concurrent readers.