2020

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 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.

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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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NYPD Arrests Journalist For Filming Officers During Arrest

Media Law Prof Blog

NYPD officers arrested Amr Alfiky, a reporter with ABC and Reuters, after he filmed them taking another person into custody. The NYPD claimed he failed to identify himself as a journalist, but video demonstrates that Mr. Alfkiky did identify himself

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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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Fastcase Acquires Technology and Staff of Innovative Legal Research Platform Judicata

Media Law

In a move that could dramatically reshape the legal research market going forward, legal research and publishing company Fastcase has acquired the technology and employees of the California legal research platform Judicata , promising to take its unique technology to all 50 states.

James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass

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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.

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!

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).

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).

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 ? ?

Call For Applications: Visiting Professor, LSU Law Center, 2020-2021 Academic Year

Media Law Prof Blog

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire a visiting professor for the 2020-21 academic year or for Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 in the following areas: federal courts, constitutional law, civil procedure, and evidence. Applicants should

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.

Arizona Is First State To Eliminate Ban On Nonlawyer Ownership Of Law Firms

Media Law

The two-page order last week from the Arizona Supreme Court reads as pedestrian as any routine court order, but its impact is sure to be game changing for the practice of law and access to justice. The court’s order, issued Aug.

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EU Releases “A European Strategy for Data”

New Media and Technology Law

As 2019 came to a close, we looked ahead into 2020 and noted that data would continue to be a huge issue for the digital economy. We have not been disappointed.

Speaking at Podcast Movement, Evolutions!

Gordon P. Firemark

Next week, I'll be speaking at the Podcast Movement – Evolutions conference in Los Angeles. My talk is about content acquisition and compensation structures for podcasters. I'll be covering how to pay for and get paid for content as a podcaster.

REGISTER NOW! Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp live and in-person in conjunction with Podfest Expo.

Gordon P. Firemark

On March 6th, I'll be holding my Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp live , and in person. The workshop, previously conducted online, will coincide with the Podfest Multimedia Expo in Orlando, Florida, where I'll also be speaking. Register Now!

Has AB5 affected you yet?

Gordon P. Firemark

Earlier today, I had a call from the HR director at one of the colleges where I teach one night a week. She called to tell me that I can no longer be classified as an independent contractor, and that under California's new law, AB5, I must be treated as an employee. No big deal for me.

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.

Why Is TikTok Getting Banned? China’s National Intelligence Law

Music Technology Policy

There’s an easy answer to why TikTok has been banned in so many places and may well yet get banned in the US: China’s “ National Intelligence Law. ” China’s National Intelligence Law was enacted on June 27, 2017 and came into effect in July 2017.

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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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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

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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Fastcase Names Its 10th Annual ‘Fastcase 50’ Honorees

Media Law

Every year since 2011, the legal publisher Fastcase has presented its Fastcase 50 award, which honors 50 individuals who are judged to be the year’s “smartest, most courageous, innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.”

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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.

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.

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.

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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Live from Dallas

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/118.

Here Comes the New Dark Age: Blanket Licenses for Everything Based on MMA

Music Technology Policy

Cory Doctorow has a post on the EFF’s Deep Thoughts…sorry…Deep Links blog that proposes “A Plan to Pay Artists.” ” MTP readers probably need no further information to know what’s coming next without even reading Mr. Doctorow’s post.

A Billion Dollars

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/117.

Post and Rothman on The First Amendment and the Right(s) of Publicity @profrothman

Media Law Prof Blog

Robert Post, Yale Law School, and Jennifer E. Rothman, Loyola (Los Angeles) Law School, are publishing The First Amendment and the Right(s) of Publicity in volume 130 of the Yale Law Journal (2020). Here is the abstract. The right of

The Royal Scam: Content ID and Google’s Massive Profits From Piracy and Crime

Music Technology Policy

Google and YouTube have managed to create a scam that has gone largely undetected and largely unpunished for a decade–illicit activity that is both seen through the sale of advertising and unseen through data scraping in the background. It is rare for Google to get caught like they were with the massive multi-agency sting operation and grand jury investigation by the then-U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island that led to the $500,000,000 punishment and non prosecution agreement in 2011.