2019

Actor’s Equity On Strike: What’s it all about?

Gordon P. Firemark

If you've been planning to develop your plays and musicals using professional actors in a “developmental” production environment, you may have to put your plans on hold.

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Guest Post by @poedavid: “Dance Like Nobody’s Paying?” Spotify isn’t

Music Technology Policy

[We’re thrilled to welcome David Poe to MTP!]. by David Poe. Spotify’s disastrous “dance like nobody’s paying” ad campaign has now been demolished in the national press, garnering negative coverage in Newsweek, Billboard, NME , Hypebot , and more.

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McKenna on Dilution and Free Speech in the U.S.--Reprise @markpmckenna

Media Law Prof Blog

Mark P. McKenna, Notre Dame Law School, has published Dilution and Free Speech in the U.S., Reprise. Here the abstract. This Chapter address the topic of trademark dilution — the additional protection granted to famous trademarks under United States (U.S.

For Solo and Small Firm Lawyers, Earnings Drop, Gender Gap Persists

Media Law

A survey of earnings of solo and small-firm attorneys in the United States finds that the average attorney’s compensation dropped last year, while a wide gender gap persists.

FCC Incubator Order Becomes Effective Just as Third Circuit Hears Arguments on 2017 Order Relaxing FCC Broadcast Ownership Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

The Office of Management and Budget, acting pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, has just approved the FCC’s broadcast incubator program , about which we wrote here. That approval makes the program effective. The program permits an established broadcaster to provide assistance to a new broadcaster (generally, a qualified small business) to enter the radio broadcast industry.

City Attorney of Los Angeles Sues Popular Weather App Claiming Deceptive Collection and Sharing of Geolocation Data

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20 Questions for New Artists Sidebar: The Economic Reality of Streaming

Music Technology Policy

Streaming is all the rage. But–it is cannibalizing higher margin goods, even digital goods. Because of the industry standard revenue share method of dividing up royalties, all artists essentially get a market share allocation of streaming service revenue based on the number of streams.

What, Me Worry: The Decline of MAD Magazine and David Simon’s Dire Prediction

Music Technology Policy

The cover of the first magazine issue of MAD in 1955 bore these prophetic words: This magazine is vital for you to read and inside you will find an extremely important message from the editors.

Another Bad Artist Relations Week for Spotify

Music Technology Policy

Spotify released one of their groovy ad campaigns last week. This time celebrating their freebie subscription campaign. You really do have to wonder where they find the people who come up with these things. Blake Morgan, David Lowery and David Poe all laid into Spotify with their own tweets.

Special Episode: Iancu v. Brunetti (USSC deals with FUCT trademark)

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 [link]. Here's what we talked about. Iancau v. Brunetti-SCOTU S. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post Special Episode: Iancu v. Brunetti (USSC deals with FUCT trademark) originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark.

Drug Kingpins and Cartoon Frogs.

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 [link]. Here's what we talked about. SUPREME COURT: BANKRUPTCY DOES NOT TERMINATE A LICENSE (FOLLOW-UP) THE COPYRIGHT TRIAL THAT ALMOST WAS… “PEPE THE FROG” QUICK COVERAGE OF SHAKEUP AT BLOOM, HERGOTT APPLE V.

Call For Nominations: Harry W. Stonecipher Award for Distinguished Research on Media Law and Policy

Media Law Prof Blog

Call For Nominations: Harry W. Stonecipher Award for Distinguished Research on Media Law and Policy The Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) seeks nominations for the 2018 Harry W. Stonecipher Award

Former Sales Lead At Logikcull Joins Legal AI Company Evisort to Direct Business Development

Media Law

In a post here December , I wrote that the AI-based contract management company Evisort “might just be the hottest legal tech and AI company you’ve never heard of.” But since then, the company has been making a name for itself. In February, it raised $4.5 million seed funding.

Elimination of Requirement that Broadcasters Post Their Licenses Becomes Effective

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote here , at the FCC’s December meeting, the FCC was scheduled to adopt an order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters post a physical copy of their licenses and other instruments of authorization at their control points or transmitter sites. In fact, the Commission adopted that order before the meeting, and it today published the order in the Federal Register , meaning that it is effective as of today.

Digital Currency App’s Electronic User Agreement Held Enforceable

New Media and Technology Law

In a recent blog post, we wrote about how the Second Circuit found the arbitration clause in a web service’s terms and conditions unenforceable because the user did not have reasonable notice of the terms that were communicated via a hyperlink in a post-sale email.

Torture At The Border!

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“Purchased Protest” Bombshell: Germany’s FAZ News Uncovers The Seamy Underbelly of Google’s Article 13 Lobbying

Music Technology Policy

The usual suspects got caught again. And you can’t have the usual suspects without Keyser Söze.

The Merry Month of May

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 [link]. Here's what we talked about. MORAL RIGHTS (quick) FOURTH CIRCUIT SAYS FAIR USE ISN’T TO PROTECT LAZY APPROPRIATORS ANTI-TRUST AS A DEFENSE TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?

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An Insult to the Heart: Lobbyists Organize Big Tech Rallies in Europe

Music Technology Policy

The ghost of Edward Bernays walks the streets of the ancient capitols of Europe.

Ten Years and Going Strong!

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 [link]. Here's what we talked about. EMAIL FROM PREVIOUS CONTRIBUTOR Jessica Leano: PINKERTONS DROP SUIT ARTICLE 11 AND 13 GET APPROVED IN THE EU ARIANA AND GIGI WHO OWNS A PICTURE OF THEMSELVES?

Doin’ The Copyright Registration Dance

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 [link]. Here's what we talked about. SCOTUS RULES ON WHEN TO FILE SUIT EU REVOKED MCDONALDS BIGMAC TRADEMARK: BURGER KING HAS FUN AT MCDONALDS EXPENSE NOMINATIVE FAIR USE FOR WEBCAST NAME (TIE TO FANDOM PODCASTS?) MAHONEY: FIRING A PERSON IS FREE SPEECH ‘STAR TREK'/DR.

You Furnish Alexa, and He’ll Furnish the War

Music Technology Policy

When Hearst Artist Frederic Remington, cabled from Cuba in 1897 that “there will be no war,” William Randolph Hearst cabled back: “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.” ” Time Magazine.

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Frohock on The Law as Uncopyrightable @frohock_c

Media Law Prof Blog

Christina Frohock, University of Miami School of Law, is publishing The Law as Uncopyrightable: Merging Idea and Expression Within the Eleventh Circuit’s Analysis of 'Law-Like' Writing, in volume 73 of the University of Miami Law Review (2019). Here is the

Payment Processor LawPay Gets New CEO, As Founder Steps Aside

Media Law

AffiniPay , the Austin, Texas, payment processing company that operates LawPay , which is among the most popular online payment tools for legal professionals, is announcing today that it has named a new chief executive officer.

FCC Highlights State EAS Plans – Is Your Station Doing What It is Supposed to Be Doing?

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC earlier last week posted on its Blog an article from the Chief of its Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau about state EAS plans , stressing how important these plans are to making sure that any emergency message conveyed through an EAS alert is properly transmitted to all who are supposed to receive it, so that it ultimately reaches the members of the public who should be aware of the emergency situation which triggered the alert.

Article 13: Let the Investigations Begin

Music Technology Policy

It remains to be seen how the legislative process on Article 13 will play out but it’s very clear what the European Parliament’s next step is–investigate how American multinational corporations attacked a duly elected government.

July political cartoons from the USA TODAY network

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

July political cartoons from the USA TODAY network

2019 – Off to a great start!

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 [link]. Here's what we talked about.

Goliath Never Learns: “Article 13” Passes European Parliament With Substantial Majority–now what?

Music Technology Policy

The European Copyright Directive (aka “Article 13”) has passed the European Parliament by a vote of 348 to 274, a substantial majority in favor of artist rights. Silicon Valley interests embarrassed themselves as expected.

Fair Pay, Fair Fight: Will the Circle Be Unbroken for Artist Airplay Royalties?

Music Technology Policy

The Music Modernization Act brought fairness to pre-72 artists who waited 20 years for the government to confirm what everyone knew—that non interactive digital music services like Pandora and Sirius should be paying them performance royalties like everyone else.

Victory in Europe: The Two Years War over the Copyright Directive has Begun

Music Technology Policy

[This post originally appeared in the MusicTechPolicy Monthly Newsletter.]. If you’ve heard about the new copyright law in Europe, you’ve probably heard that the new rules with either break the Internet or bring Big Tech to heel.

20 Questions for New Artists Part 5: Pre-Existing Contracts and Sound Recording Aggregators

Music Technology Policy

Pre-existing Contracts: Ask your band mates for copies of any music industry contracts the band, or any of you, have previously signed before you formed or joined the band.

Facebook and the Enemy Within: T-Bone Burnett’s Keynote at SXSW 2019 — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

As usual, Henry gives an extremely relevant and literate dissertation on the loss of humanity imposed on us by Big Brother’s youngest sibling, Mark Zuckerberg–the boy who wouldn’t grow up, but who instead created an app for Room 101. Please listen to T Bone when you have a quiet hour to yourself.

Franks on Fearless Speech @ma_franks

Media Law Prof Blog

Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law, is publishing Fearless Speech in volume 17 of the First Amendment Law Review (2019). Here is the abstract. The American conception of free speech is primarily defined as the freedom to

LawNext Episode 43: The AALL’s Femi Cadmus on the Changing Face of Law Librarians

Media Law

“We are not your grandfather’s law librarian.” As president of the American Association of Law Libraries, Femi Cadmus makes that point emphatically.

Time for All-Digital AM?  Petition for Rulemaking Asks that the FCC Allow It

Broadcast Law Blog

For decades, the FCC has been attempting to solve problems with AM reception – in the 90s looking to protect AMs from each other, and today trying to assist them in overcoming the effects of background “noise” coming from the proliferation of electronic devices in the environment which make AM reception, particularly in urban areas, very difficult.