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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.

UNC Center For Media Law and Policy Prize Competition Now Open

Media Law Prof Blog

Competition now open: The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy awards annual prizes to students who write the best published scholarly articles on media law and policy related topics. The James R. Cleary Prize competition is open to all

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Goldenziel and Cheema on How U.S. Law Hampers the Fight Against Information Warfare @JillGoldenziel

Media Law Prof Blog

Jill I. Goldenziel, Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College; University of Pennsylvania; Harvard University, and Manal Cheema University of Virginia - School of Law, Alumnus or Degree Candidate Author, have published The New Fighting Words?: How U.S. Law Hampers the

‘Case Status,’ App that Automates Client Communications, Receives Venture Funding

Media Law

Case Status , a company whose product aims to improve the client experience by automating lawyer-client communications and case updates, has received venture capital funding from the Alabama Futures Fund. The amount of funding was not disclosed.

Jazz as a model fora modern conceptof Democracy

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FTC Obtains Record $5.7 Million Fine for Children’s Privacy Protection Act Violation

Broadcast Law Blog

When is your website or app covered by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and the FTC’s COPPA Rule ? Although there are gray areas under COPPA, one clear way to fall under this law is to know that you’re collecting information from children under the age of 13 online. That’s part of what landed Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, in trouble with the FTC – including a record-setting COPPA fine of $5.7 million.

Guest Post by @Volker_Rieck: CLOUDFLARE: THE BAD, THE WORSE AND THE UGLY?

Music Technology Policy

You may have never heard of Cloudflare and you may be wondering what the company has to do with music, technology or policy.

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New ‘LawZam Consults’ Allows Lawyers to Sell Text or Video Legal Consultations

Media Law

A new service launching today, LawZam Consults , allows lawyers to provide 15-60 minute text and video client consultations for a fee via a mobile-friendly online platform.

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Public Shaming: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Comment Dates Set on Proposed Rule Changes for Reviewing New Noncommercial and LPFM Applications

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote here , the FCC recently adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to consider changes to its rules dealing with applications for new noncommercial educational stations and LPFM stations. The FCC plans to publish that Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register tomorrow , making comments due May 19, 2019 , with replies due on June 18 assuming publication takes place as planned.

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Guest Post by Iain Baker of @jesusjonesband: An update on the PledgeMusic Debacle

Music Technology Policy

[We’re pleased to provide a platform for Iain Baker of Jesus Jones to update MTP readers on the slow motion train wreck called Pledge Music. This has turned into a real financial crisis for artists and their vendors as well as the fans.]. We are still no nearer a resolution, it would seem. And it feels like they’re running down the clock. Artists are told to dial back any criticism of Pledge, in order to make it easier to sell the company.

Smokeball Goes Hollywood with Clever New Advertising Campaign

Media Law

And the Oscar for best performance in a legal technology commercial goes to … Calista Flockhart.

Puzzling number of men tied to Ferguson protests have died

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) AP) — Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose.

FCC Issues Reminder on Upcoming License Renewal Cycle: Begins with Radio in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia in June and Pre-Filing Public Notices on April 1

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC on Friday issued a Public Notice reminding radio stations that the license renewal cycle begins in June, when all stations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia are due to electronically file their license renewal applications , along with the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Report on Form 396 (the 396 being required of all full-power stations, even those with fewer than 5 full-time employees).

Le Tatou’s Excellent Explainer on YouTube’s Role in Article 13 Lobbying–from @TatouProd

Music Technology Policy

“What no one tells you about Article 13” As we’ve read in recent reporting from Europe, Google’s Susan Wojcicki has been twisting arms among their “YouTubers” to put out videos not only opposing Article 13, but also using the Google party line.

Trimble on Copyright and Geoblocking @unlvlaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Marketa Trimble, UNLV School of Law, is publishing Copyright and Geoblocking: The Consequences of Eliminating Geoblocking in volume 25 of Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law (2019). Here is the abstract. Geoblocking has become a common companion of

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Another Side to the #gagtheswag Campaign

Media Law

You may have heard about #gagtheswag, the campaign to limit or prohibit all that cheap swag given away at legal conferences. The idea is to encourage vendors and conference organizers to either ban conference swag or provide only swag that is 100 percent recyclable. Frank Ready reported on the campaign Friday at Legaltech News and Richard Tromans posted about it at Artificial Lawyer. The Time Blawg takes a dissenting view.

#SayNoToJoe The Case Against Joe Biden: How the Former VP Fueled Mass Incarceration.

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Transfer of FCC EEO Branch from Media Bureau to Enforcement Bureau Now Effective

Broadcast Law Blog

In July, we wrote about the FCC’s plan to transfer the responsibility for EEO enforcement f rom the Media Bureau, where it has resided, to the Enforcement Bureau which the FCC suggested would have more resources and experience to aggressively enforce the FCC’s EEO rules and policies. That transfer was effective on Friday (see the FCC public notice here ).

A Cautionary Tale for Congress: Big Tech Uses Fake Grassroots Interference Lobbying In Europe

Music Technology Policy

There’s a sound policymaking reason why the European Parliament should ignore the bombardment of email and social media messaging it has recently endured for copyright reform.

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Kadri and Klonick on Facebook v. Sullivan: Building Constitutional Law For Online Speech @thomaskadri @Klonick

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas Kadri, Yale Law School, and Kate Klonick, St. John's University School of Law and Yale University Information Society Project, have published Facebook v. Sullivan: Building Constitutional Law for Online Speech. Here is the abstract. In the United States, there

LawNext Episode 30: ABA TECHSHOW’s Startup Pitch Competition

Media Law

Last week, ABA TECHSHOW presented the third annual Startup Pitch Competition , which I was thrilled to moderate and help organize. Fifteen legal technology startups presented three-minute pitches before a live audience of TECHSHOW attendees, who then voted for their favorite. In this special edition of LawNext, we partner with the Legal Talk Network to present a recording of the live event.

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People in Denmark Are Much Happier Than People in the United States. Her.

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PIRATE Act Passes House of Representatives Imposing Fines of $100,000 a Day on Unlicensed Radio Operators – Now on to the Senate

Broadcast Law Blog

The PIRATE Act , imposing Federal penalties on pirate radio station operators, was passed last week by the US House of Representatives and referred to the US Senate for consideration. We wrote about versions of this bill introduced in prior Congressional sessions here and here. This bill, among other things, would impose penalties of up to $100,000 a day for violations of the Act, up to a total maximum fine of $2 million.

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.

EPIC Obtains FBI Media Guidelines for NSLs

Media Law Prof Blog

Back in 2017, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a FOIA request to obtain the FBI's rules for using National Security Letters (NSLs) when it interacts with the press. The FBI has now released those rules. More here from

Rocket Matter Update Brings Business Intelligence Module, Configurable Dashboards, and More

Media Law

Updates released today to the cloud-based practice management platform Rocket Matter add two notable features not previously available in the platform: a business intelligence module and customizable dashboards.

Robocalls: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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March Madness: Nothing but Net for Trademark Infringement Claims

Broadcast Law Blog

Alternate Title: March Madness Trademarks: It’s March Spring and You Do Not Want to Make the NCAA Mad Angry at You. As we have previously reported, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is very serious about taking action against anyone who may try to trade off the goodwill in its March Madness marks — even if the NCAA’s actual marks are not used.

@rachelrwithers: Amazon Owes Wikipedia Big-Time — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Amazon gave $1 million to Wikipedia–and gets way more out of the deal than the charity. via @rachelrwithers: Amazon Owes Wikipedia Big-Time — Artist Rights Watch

Jorge Ramos on Nicolas Maduro

Media Law Prof Blog

Jorge Ramos on Nicolas Maduro, here, from the New York Times. Mr. Maduro detained Mr. Ramos and his crew for several hours Monday evening because he did not like their coverage of him, but eventually released them, after seizing their

Legal Tech in the Heartland, Episode 4: Kim Benjamin, Kansas City, MO

Media Law

How do solo and small-firm lawyers use technology in their practices? Hoping to provide some small insight into this, I recorded a series of 18 interviews with lawyers, asking them about the technologies and products they use in their work.

Will The Pursuit Of The Money Lead You Down The Road To Happiness?

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FCC Adopts New Rules on Satellite TV Stations, Removing Order from March Meeting Agenda

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this week, the FCC released an order adopting new rules governing the sale of TV stations serving as “satellites” of other stations in their markets – either rebroadcasting the primary station or otherwise operating in conjunction with that parent station, usually serving rural areas where an independent full-service station cannot economically operate.

What’s Good for the Goose: Europe for Creators Asks for Equal Time on YouTube for Their Pro-Article 13 Messages — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

In case you had any doubts, YouTube’s antics in pushing its messaging on copyright reform in Europe should dispel the idea that it is a neutral platform. When safe harbors for companies like YouTube were created in the US and in Europe 20 years ago, it was with the idea of providing a little latitude to reasonable people acting reasonably on the condition of being a neutral platform–for not creating an app for Room 101 where 2+2=5.

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Lidsky on "Whither the Fourth Estate?" @lidskylidsky

Media Law Prof Blog

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Missouri School of Law, has published Symposium: Truth, Trust and the First Amendment in the Digital Age, Foreword: Whither the Fourth Estate? at 83 Missouri Law Review 907 (2018). Here is the abstract.

Casemaker Offers Its Members Access to Vincent, AI Tool from vLex

Media Law

The legal research platform Casemaker is announcing today an expansion of its partnership with the global legal research company vLex by which its members will get access to Vincent , vLex’s artificial intelligence legal research assistant. Subscribers who receive access to Casemaker through bar association affinity plans are entitled to a one-week free trial of Vincent and then 50 percent off first-year pricing.