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It’s Criminal, I Tell Ya!

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/113. Yamashita v. Scholastic Inc., 17-1957 (2d Cir.

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Justice Department Sues Edward Snowden Over His Failure To Submit Manuscript of New Book for Pre-Publication Review

Media Law Prof Blog

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Edward Snowden, claiming that the publication violates the non-disclosure agreement he signed as an employee of a company that contracted with the NSA and was also an employee with the CIA. Under these

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YouTube’s Animal Abuse Videos

Music Technology Policy

If you’ve been following Rep. Ted Deutch’s “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture” bill co-sponsored with Rep. Vern Buchanan, it may come as a surprise that there is actually such a thing as “animal crush” videos.

Mills and Harclerode on Privacy, Mass Intrusion and the Modern Data Breach @UFLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Jon L. Mills and Kelsey Harclerode, both of the University of Florida College of Law, have published Privacy, Mass Intrusion and the Modern Data Breach at 69 Fla. 771 (2018). Here is the abstract. Massive data breaches have

Fourth Cohort of Startups Named for LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator

Media Law

Nine startups — ranging from a case management platform for pro se litigants to an application designed to automate the estate-settlement process — have been selected to participate in the fourth year of the LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator program.

Bombshell Whistleblower Report: A 'Promise' By Trump? - The Day That Was.

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In Blockbuster Ruling, Ninth Circuit Affirms hiQ Injunction — CFAA Claim Likely Not Available for Scraping Publicly Available Website Data

New Media and Technology Law

In a ruling that is being hailed as a victory for web scrapers and the open nature of publicly available website data, the Ninth Circuit today issued its long-awaited opinion in hiQ Labs, Inc. LinkedIn Corp. , 17-16783 (9 th Cir. Sept. 9, 2019). The crucial question before the court was whether once hiQ Labs, Inc. (“HiQ”) HiQ”) received LinkedIn Corp.’s

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Ninth Circuit: Montana Statute Prohibiting Political Robocalls Violates First Amendment

Media Law Prof Blog

In Victory Processing v. Fox, the 9th Circuit has ruled that a Montana statute prohibiting political robocalls runs afoul of the First Amendment, holding while the government may regulate the time, place, and manner of such calls, it may not

Fastcase Acquires NextChapter, the Cloud-Based Bankruptcy Platform

Media Law

It is quite literally the next chapter for the cloud-based bankruptcy platform NextChapter , as legal research company Fastcase today announces that it has acquired the Columbus, Ohio, company.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi On Indicting A Sitting President : NPR

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Pelosi is playing a nasty game with the American people. She is not as ignorant as she pretends to be. She is trying to placate the public knowing full well the law she is proposing is unconstitutional. "In

Voss on Obstacles to Transatlantic Harmonization of Data Privacy Law in Context @wgvoss

Media Law Prof Blog

Gregory Voss, Toulouse Business School, is publishing Obstacles to Transatlantic Harmonization of Data Privacy Law in Context in volume 2019 of the Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. Here is the abstract. Globalization seems to call for the harmonization

Lunney on A Natural Right To Copy

Media Law Prof Blog

Glynn S. Lunney, Jr., Texas A&M University School of Law, has published A Natural Right to Copy. Here is the abstract. In this symposium, we gather to celebrate the work of Wendy Gordon. In this essay, I revisit her article

Pandora’s Answer in Wixen v. Pandora (Lyricfind): Can you ever find what you don’t look for?

Music Technology Policy

Remember Wixen Music Publishing sued Pandora over Lyricfind’s purported license for song lyrics. The case is being heard in Los Angeles before District Judge Stephen V. Wilson. (If that name rings a bell, he was the trial judge in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. Grokster.).

The Coming Crisis: #SayNoToZoe on CASE Act Threats

Music Technology Policy

The new copyright small claims court legislation (The CASE Act) passed the House Judiciary Committee, but not without thuggery from Rep. Zoe Lofgren and the Internet Association.

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FCC Establishes First Two Innovation Zones

Media Law Prof Blog

From an FCC press release: FCC ESTABLISHES FIRST TWO INNOVATION ZONES New York City & Salt Lake City Projects Empower Advanced Wireless Technology and 5G-Ready Network Experimentation -- WASHINGTON, September 16, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today announced the creation of

@jameshanley5: ‘It’s a better way’: Deezer unveils User Centric Payment System ambitions #irespectmusic

Music Technology Policy

[Deezer is getting out ahead of the growing backlash against streaming service royalties with a blog post on the company’s site entitled “Deezer wants artists to be paid fairly.”

Sandeen and Mylly on Trade Secrets and the Right to Information @SharonSandeen @UniTurku

Media Law Prof Blog

Sharon K. Sandeen, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Hanken School of Economics, and Ulla-Maija Mylly, University of Turku, Faculty of Law, are publishing Trade Secrets and the Right to Information: A Comparative Analysis of EU and US Approaches to Freedom

Someone Sends the EFF a Takedown Notice Regarding Its Own Graphic

Media Law Prof Blog

The EFF responds to an amusing copyright takedown request. Patiently

Major #Legaltech News As Clio Gets $250M Investment; Adds Avvo Founder Mark Britton to Board

Media Law

Cloud law practice management company Clio is today announcing a $250 million Series D funding — one of the largest investments ever for a legal technology company and the largest ever for a Canadian company.

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Amid Budget Cuts and Tech Changes, ABA Journal Head Resigns

Media Law

After three years as editor and publisher of the ABA Journal and 18 years as a member of the editorial staff, Molly McDonough is leaving the magazine after the next issue is put to bed on Oct.

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LawNext Special Report: Clio CEO Jack Newton on His Company’s $250 Million Investment

Media Law

Yesterday, the cloud practice management company Clio announced $250 million funding round — one of the largest ever for a legal technology company. Shortly after making the announcement during an event in Clio’s Burnaby, B.C.,

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All Gave Some But Some Gave All

Music Technology Policy

Everyone remembers where they were on 9/11. FDNY Firefighter Gary Box was in the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with his brothers from Squad 1 in Park Slope. They were stuck in traffic. They got off their truck and started humping it to the WTC. He was never found.

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Alexander on the Legacy of Schenck and Abrams in Free Speech Jurisprudence

Media Law Prof Blog

Larry Alexander, University of San Diego School of Law, is publishing Inciting, Requesting, Provoking, or Persuading Others to Commit Crimes: The Legacy of Schenck and Abrams in Free Speech Jurisprudence in the SMU Law Review. Here is the abstract.

Kahn on Mask Bans as Expressions of Memory Politics in the United States

Media Law Prof Blog

Robert Kahn, University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota), has published Mask Bans As Expressions of Memory Politics in the United States. Here is the abstract. Mask laws have a lengthy history in the United States, one primarily, but

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Patrick File, How Journalists Make the Meaning of the 1st Amendment @JHistoryJournal @PatrickCFile

Media Law Prof Blog

From the site Journalism History, an essay by Patrick File, University of Nevada, Reno, How Journalists Make the Meaning of the First Amendment

Townley and Lubin on The International Law of Rabble-Rousing @AsafLubin @Yale @yaleisp

Media Law Prof Blog

Hendrick Townley, Yale University, and Asaf Lubin, Yale University, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, are publishing The International Law of Rabble-Rousing in volume 45 of the Yale Journal of International law Online. Here is the abstract. Within the

Perel and Elkin-Koren on Separation of Functions for AI: Restraining Speech Regulation By Online Platforms

Media Law Prof Blog

Maayan Perel (Filmar), Netanya Academic College and Niya Elkin-Koren, University of Haifa Faculty of Law, have published Separation of Functions for AI: Restraining Speech Regulation By Online Platforms. Here is the abstract. The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment

Google and YouTube Agree To Pay $170M To FTC, New York, For Collecting Children's Data, Selling Ads

Media Law Prof Blog

Google and Youtube is paying $170 million in penalties, $136M to the Federal Trade Commission and $34M to the state of New York, to settle accusations against the companies that YouTube knowingly collected information about children who visited the platform

Suffolk Legal Writing Students Will Get Free Licenses to WordRake Editing Software

Media Law

Students in the first-year legal writing program at Suffolk University Law School this year will get free licenses to WordRake , a legal editing and proofreading add-in for Microsoft Word and Outlook designed for lawyers and other legal professionals.

Rut Roh: @LibraryCongress Hoster Cloudflare Discloses “Incorrect” Submissions to Treasury Dept. Office of Foreign Assets Control For Blacklist Payments by Narcotraficante

Music Technology Policy

Cloudflare’s drip drip drip: If we’re caught dealing with criminals it could have a material adverse effect on our business. As reported by Mengqi Sun in the Wall Street Journal, 8Chan and Library of Congress hosting provider Cloudflare amends IPO documents on September 10 to disclose to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control violations of U.S.

LawNext Episode 53: Longtime Orrick Chair Ralph Baxter on Innovating Law Practice

Media Law

Ralph Baxter spent nearly a quarter century as chairman and CEO of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, leading its growth from a regional San Francisco law firm specializing in municipal finance to one of the world’s largest firms with offices worldwide and a diverse array of practices.

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A 37th State Adopts the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence

Media Law

Michigan today become the 37th state to adopt the ethical duty of technology competence for lawyers. The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order adopting a variation of Model Rule 1.1, Comment 8, of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

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At $1.1 Billion, 2019 Is A Record Year for Legal Tech Investments — And It’s Only September

Media Law

For the first time last year, annual investment in legal technology companies reached $1 billion. This year, legal tech investments have already surpassed that, totaling at least $1.1 billion to date — a record for annual investment in legal technology, and with three months still to go before year end. I surveyed investments in legal technology this year and found a total of $1,095,215,968 invested to date.

RIP Alli Gerkman, Who Dedicated Herself to Improving the Legal System

Media Law

When Toni Morrison died last month, Alli Gerkman posted this Morrison quote on her Facebook page: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2020: The Schedule for Entering

Media Law

This year’s ABA TECHSHOW will again feature the Startup Alley — the fourth year of what has become a signature TECHSHOW event.

Another Day, Another $50M Invested in A Legal Tech Company

Media Law

The digital ink is barely dry on my post yesterday recapping a record year in legal tech investments , and today there is news of another — in fact a further investment in a company already on my list for an investment earlier this year.

Failure To Impeach Has Consequences!

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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