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Startup’s New Messaging App for Lawyers Offers Security and Storage

Media Law

A Chicago-area startup founded by a lawyer who was concerned about his inability to securely message with colleagues and clients today launched a secure messaging app for iOS and Android that is designed to meet the security needs of legal professionals.

Penney and Citron on When Law Frees Us To Speak @oiioxford @daniellecitron

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Jon Penney, University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, and Danielle Keats Citron, University of Maryland School of Law, are publishing When Law Frees Us to Speak in the Fordham Law Review. Here is the abstract. A central aim of online

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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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@Europarl_EN Explains Article 13 and Google’s Fake “Lobbying”

Music Technology Policy

This week the European Parliament issued a scathing rejection of Google and Facebook’s massive lobbying campaign against Members of the European Parliament over what’s often called “Article 13”, or the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Article 13 is the first meaningful attempt to reverse the European safe harbor income transfer and close the value gap. . Yet Article 13 is a crucial step toward restoring creator rights both in and outside Europe.

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

New Media and Technology Law

Rudy Guiliani says, 'I have never said there was no collusion' between Trump campaign and Russia - The Washington Post. HaHa, Here We go. LOL

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Rudy Guiliani says, 'I have never said there was no collusion' between Trump campaign and Russia - The Washington Post

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Predictions: Spotify To Incubate the No Records Label Group

Music Technology Policy

Streaming services like Spotify are faced with a squeeze–how can they be more like Facebook? That means how can they get really get into that Web 2.0 game by getting more people to work for them for free while retaining 100% of the revenue for selling their work product? Or better yet, get people to pay them real money in return for promo bucks? (Or Or in the Lefsetz world, Bitbob.).

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Hudson on Anti-Profanity Laws and the First Amendment

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David L. Hudson, Jr., has published Anti-Profanity Laws and the First Amendment at 42 T. Marshall L. 203 (2017). Here is the abstract. The essay first examines several current state laws that prohibit profanity under certain circumstances. It then

FCC to Examine the Process for Awarding Construction Permits for New NCE and LPFM Stations – And Some of the Rules that Apply Once a New Noncommercial CP is Awarded

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote on Friday , the government shutdown affects many aspects of FCC operations – and could affect the ability of the FCC to hold its regular monthly meeting, now scheduled for January 30. With the FCC likely shut down for most of this week, just before closing, the FCC released its agenda for the January 30 meeting (which would normally have been released this week – 3 weeks before the meeting).

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What are the five main claims about Donald Trump and his team from the alleged Russian dossier?

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

It is time for us to revisit the allegations made in the Russian Dossier. The claims made seem even more credible than they did initially and they were believable then. "At

MTP Podcast: Spotify’s Direct Public Offering

Music Technology Policy

Chris Castle explains Spotify’s direct public offering (compared to a traditional IPO) and commentary on how the stock is performing (NOT investment advice). Spotify Case Study: Structuring and Executing a Direct Listing . MusicTech Solutions: Why Will Spotify’s Price Tank?

LawNext Episode 25: Using AI to Enhance Virtual Receptionists, with Smith.ai

Media Law

?. What do you get if you combine a virtual receptionist service with artificial intelligence? Spoiler alert: The answer is not robots answering the phone. Rather, the folks at Smith.ai say the combination results in a superior receptionist service for both live calls and website chat. By incorporating AI, they say, their service continually gets smarter as it comes to know your practice and your clients. On this episode of LawNext, I speak with Smith.ai’s

Craig on The End of Innocence: Open Justice, Free Speech[,] and Privacy in the Modern Constitution @RobertCraig3

Media Law Prof Blog

Robert Craig, London School of Economics & Political Science, has published The End of Innocence: Open Justice, Free Speech and Privacy in the Modern Constitution – Khuja (Formerly PNM) V Times Newspapers Limited at 82 Modern Law Review 129 (2019

Government Shutdown Delays Start of Webcasting Royalty Proceeding

Broadcast Law Blog

In our summary of January regulatory issues for broadcasters , we suggested that the Copyright Royalty Board this month might start WEB V , the next proceeding to determine the rates that Internet radio stations and other webcasters pay to SoundExchange for the noninteractive public performance of sound recordings. The current royalties (see our initial article on the decision setting current royalties here , and one that provided more details here ) expire at the end of 2020.

Border Wall: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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ALI’s Restatement of Copyright Scandal

Music Technology Policy

Shownotes for Restatement Scandal: ALI Restatement of Copyright Progress Status (note no chapters have been approved). American Law Institute, Restatement of Copyright project. Restatement of Copyright Participants. Samuelson Letter to ALI Requesting Restatement of Copyright.

Thomson Reuters, Long A Mainstay At ABA TECHSHOW, Withdraws As Exhibitor

Media Law

For as long as I can remember in attending the American Bar Association’s annual TECHSHOW conference, one constant has persisted: the prominent presence in the exhibit hall of Thomson Reuters or its predecessor West Publishing Company. This year, that will change. When TECHSHOW opens Feb. 27 in Chicago, Thomson Reuters will not be among the exhibitors. Thomson Reuters confirmed this week that it will not exhibit at TECHSHOW this year. Last year, it spent $137,000 to exhibit at TECHSHOW.

Carroll on Platforms and the Fall of the Fourth Estate @GeorgetownLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Erin Carroll, Georgetown University Law Center, has published Platforms and the Fall of the Fourth Estate: Looking Beyond the First Amendment to Protect Watchdog Journalism. Here is the abstract. Journalists see the First Amendment as an amulet, and with good

Copyright Royalty Board Final Decision on Rates for Business Establishment Services

Broadcast Law Blog

In one of those year-end decisions that got lost in the holiday rush, in late November, the Copyright Royalty Board issued its final ruling on the rates to be paid to SoundExchange by “business establishment services” for the ephemeral copies of sound recordings when these music services transmit programming to their customers. We wrote about the CRB’s proposal to adopt these rules in May of last year, and our comments on the decision remain relevant to explaining this order.

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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I.

Postdicting the Future: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 4: Fixing Unmatched Songwriter Royalties

Music Technology Policy

[In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. The series foreshadowed policies that were addressed in the Music Modernization Act five years later. This is a repost of Part 4 of that series. After the MMA, how did I do?]. The US is alone in the world in maintaining a compulsory license for songs.

Announcing the Winners of the 2019 ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition

Media Law

Drum roll please. We’ve been counting readers’ votes to select the 15 legal technology startups that will get to participate in the third-annual Startup Alley at the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW conference, which is Feb. 27 to March 2, 2019, in Chicago. Voting ended Friday night and now we are pleased to announce the winners.

Adler on Art's First Amendment Status @nyulaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Amy Adler, New York University School of Law, has published Art's First Amendment Status: A Cultural History of The Masses in volume 50 of the Arizona State Law Journal (2018). Here is the abstract. This Article explores a little-known chapter

FCC Releases Draft Order to Abolish FCC Form 397 Mid-Term EEO Report

Broadcast Law Blog

Along with the draft NPRM we wrote about yesterday to consider changes to the FCC’s rules for granting new construction permits for noncommercial stations and LPFMs, the FCC last week issued another draft order to be considered at its January 30 meeting, assuming that the partial government shutdown has been resolved and the FCC has returned to normal operations.

Opinion | I’m a Dreamer and a Rhodes Scholar. Where Do I Belong? - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"A person shouldn’t have to be a “genius” or “economically productive” to have access to equal opportunity." By Jin Park "In November, I became the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiary to win the Rhodes scholarship. The news was bittersweet.

The Mother’s Milk of Algorithms: Google Expands Its Data Center Lobbying Footprint in Minnesota–Home to Senator Amy Klobuchar

Music Technology Policy

Data profiling requires a lot of computing power. Really a whole bunch. When you’re talking that much electricity, you’re talking government. When you’re talking government, you’re talking lobbying. And in this case, looking at the political landscape from the data center point of view might explain a whole lot of oddball results.

Legal Tech in the Heartland, Episode 2: John Walker, Walker Law PC, Houston, Texas

Media Law

In October 2018, I recorded a series of 18 interviews with solo and small firm lawyers about how they use technology in their practices. For an introduction to the series, see this post.

Whittington on Academic Freedom and the Scope of Protections for Extramural Speech @kewhittington

Media Law Prof Blog

Keith E. Whittington, Princeton University Department of Political Science, is publishing Academic Freedom and the Scope of Protections for Extramural Speech in Academe. Here is the abstract. Advocates for faculty have long argued that "extramural speech" - off-campus speech by

January Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – The Shutdown Does Not Put Everything on Hold

Broadcast Law Blog

We typically publish our article about upcoming regulatory dates before the beginning of each month, but this month, the looming FCC shutdown and determining its effect on filing deadlines pushed back our schedule.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rips Trump For Systematic Attack On Immigrants.

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Postdicting the Future: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime from The Hill

Music Technology Policy

[This is a July 30, 2013 summary from The Hill of my series that first appeared in the Huffington Post on July 26, 2013–let’s see how I did after the Music Modernization Act.]. Create an Audit Right for Songwriters for Compulsory Licenses : One of the oldest compulsory licenses in the Copyright Act is the “mechanical license”, the statutory mandate forcing songwriters to license songs that dates from 1909.

LawNext Episode 24: Making Legal Research Better, with Judicata Founder Itai Gurari

Media Law

With Judicata , Itai Gurari believes he has built a better legal research platform. A lawyer and computer scientist, his approach to designing a legal research engine was to first “map the legal genome” — that is, map the law with extreme accuracy and granularity.

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Linford on Truth in Music Advertising Post Tam @LinfordInfo

Media Law Prof Blog

Jake Linford, Florida State University College of Law, is publishing 'Tell the Truth': Truth in Music Advertising Post Tam in the Oxford Handbook of Music Law and Policy (forthcoming). Here is the abstract. There are two morals in David Bowie’s

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FCC Shuts Down Because of Government Funding Impasse – What Does It Mean for Broadcasters?

Broadcast Law Blog

Do you have a deal to buy a new station or a planned technical modification that needs FCC approval? Well, it looks like those plans may have to wait as the budget controversy in Washington has shut down the FCC. But what does the shut-down really mean for broadcasters? The FCC clarified some of the questions broadcasters have in a Public Notice released Wednesday.

Botched Redactions Expose New Details Of Mueller's Paul Manafort Case |.

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Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 3: Create an Audit Right for Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. After the MMA, how did I do? via Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 3: Create an Audit Right for Songwriters — Artist Rights Watch. Post-Dicting Uncategorized Music Modernization Act

New Year Kicks Off With Huge $200M Investment In Legal Tech Company

Media Law

Just a few weeks ago, in my 2018 year-end round-up of the most important legal technology developments , I noted that it had been a banner year for investments in legal technology companies, with the total hitting $1 billion. Now, 2019 is off to a roaring start, with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit , a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation.