2021

Gordon Firemark named “Best Lawyer” for 6th year running!

Gordon P. Firemark

For the 6th year in a row, Gordon Firemark has been selected by his peers for recognition among Best Lawyers in Entertainment – Theatre.

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Songwriters and Publishers Ask the MLC: Where’s my money?

Music Technology Policy

If anyone connected to The Mechanical Licensing Collective, Inc.

After WSJ’s Explosive Exposé on Judges’ Financial Conflicts, Free Law Project Posts the Data For All to See

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In an explosive exposé last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that 131 federal judges broke the law by hearing cases where they had a financial interest.

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.

Four Virtual Legal Innovation Events Worth Attending This Month

Media Law

April brings an embarrassment of riches when it comes to virtual conferences focused on innovation in law.

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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Good morning. On Covid, the U.S. looks increasingly like two different countries.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

July 7, 2021 By David Leonhardt Good morning. On Covid, the U.S. looks increasingly like two different countries. A mobile vaccination crew in Jackson, Wyo.

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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.

Free Documentary-Legal Workshop

Gordon P. Firemark

Next Thursday, September 17th, I'll again be presenting my free legal workshop for the documentary filmmaking crowd. Legal Do's and Don'ts for Documentary Filmmakers is something you won't want to miss. Click the image above, or visit [link] and Register now.

No Public Performance Right in California for pre-’72 recordings.

Gordon P. Firemark

‘Flo and Eddie', The founders of iconic '60's band The Turtles, were dealt what's likely a final blow in their long-running lawsuit against digital broadcasters and others claiming infringement of common-law copyrights in their recordings.

The Solution to Creating Recurring Invoices

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Having a regular flow of monthly income can be helpful, especially in certain seasons where business is slow. That’s why it’s no surprise that many companies have come to appreciate the power of recurring invoices—invoices that you can repeatedly send on a regular schedule.

Less Than Zero: CRB Should Index Song Rates #irespectmusic

Music Technology Policy

The Consumer Price Index (used by the Copyright Royalty Board to increase statutory royalties paid by SoundExchange) rose again in September according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. The CPI-U (all items) index rose.4% for the month to 12 month rate of 5.4%.

Woman-Led Remote Litigation Startup Raises $1 Million Seed Round

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Lightning Law Technologies , a Seattle startup developing software for remote testimony and legal proceedings, has raised a $1 million seed, which the company will use to accelerate development of its platform.

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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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.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 31, 2021 to August 6, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

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Ilhan Omar Is Tackling Colorism. Here’s Why That Matters. - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Ilhan Omar Is Tackling Colorism. Here’s Why That Matters. "A A number of initiatives in the congresswoman’s fight against toxic skin-lightening products have passed in the House, efforts she hopes will start changing harmful beauty standards. Published Sept. 30, 2021 Updated Oct.

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?

ABA Issues Ethics Guidance On Lawyers Investing In Alternative Business Structures

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With both Arizona and Utah now allowing nonlawyers to deliver legal services through alternative business structures, the American Bar Association today issued a formal ethics opinion that addresses the question of whether lawyers outside those states may passively invest in an ABS.

ILTA Reveals Final Attendance Numbers for Its Hybrid ILTACON

LawSites

Much uncertainty surrounded attendance at this years ILTACON , the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association, and the first hybrid version of the conference, as the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19 cause some to reconsider in-person attendance.

Why I’m Pulling My Chips Out Of Attending ILTACON In Las Vegas

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It is fitting that Las Vegas is a major mecca of gambling, given that, next week, several hundred people will take a gamble on their safety to attend the physical portion of the first-ever hybrid ILTACON, the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association.

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.

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.

Thomson Reuters Launches AI-Powered Contract Analysis Tool in HighQ

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Thomson Reuters is getting into the game of AI-powered contract analysis with the launch today of HighQ Contract Analysis , a contract review tool that uses machine learning to find answers to specific legal questions.

Houston Doctor Sues Anderson Cooper, CNN, For Defamation Over Their Coverage Of Her Support For Hydroxychloroquine

Media Law Prof Blog

Stella Immanuel, a physician in the Houston TX area, is suing Anderson Cooper and CNN for defamation, alleging that Mr. Cooper's reporting about her support for the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was false, and injured her reputation. She also alleges that

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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.

This Week in Regulation For Broadcasters:  October 9, 2021 to October 15, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

White Privilege ALERT: Texas Man Loses It On Protesters

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Locast (local TV antenna-to-streaming service) suspends ops after devastating court ruling.

Gordon P. Firemark

Locast is a digital app that live streams over-the-air television stations without a cable or satellite TV subscription. The service has a few million users for its expanding offering which Locast currently covers roughly 55% of the US with operations in 36 markets. On August 31, that all changed. a New York federal court granted partial summary judgements in the high-profile copyright case against the service brought by the four major broadcast networks.

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.

New Ethics Principles Call for Proficiency in Technology, Caution in Social Media, for Canadian Judges

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Two years ago, I wrote a column calling for the duty of technology — which applies to lawyers in 39 states — to be extended to judges. While that has not happened in the United States, it has now happened in Canada.

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?

LawPay’s New ClientCredit Option Allows Clients to ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’

LawSites

Recent headlines in the financial press are replete with stories about the new boom in buy now, pay later financing for retail purchases, with many retailers, including Walmart, the nation’s largest, now offering these point-of-sale loans.

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

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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.”.

Schafer on Defending New York Times v. Sullivan @MatthewSchafer

Media Law Prof Blog

Matthew Schafter, Fordham University School of Law, is publishing In Defense: New York Times v. Sullivan in volume 82 of the Louisiana Law Review. Here is the abstract. New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark Supreme Court case that helped

Rocket Lawyer Raises $223 Million To Meet Growing Demand For Its Services

Media Law

The online legal services provider Rocket Lawyer has raised $223 million in growth capital financing to help it meet what it says has been a strong and accelerating demand for its digital legal documents and advice.