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Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer!

Gordon P. Firemark

I am thrilled to have been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Entertainment law.

Trump Issues Threats Amid Bolton Impeachment Bombshell: A Closer Look

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Call For Applications: Visiting Professor, LSU Law Center, 2020-2021 Academic Year

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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire a visiting professor for the 2020-21 academic year or for Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 in the following areas: federal courts, constitutional law, civil procedure, and evidence. Applicants should

So Much For the Public Interest: Sonos CEO @Patrick_Spence Reveals the Harsh Retaliation of Google and Amazon

Music Technology Policy

If you’ve ever been to the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco’s toney Nob Hill, you can’t miss the hotel’s famous restaurant called The Big Four. The eponymous paean to 19th Century monopolists, “The Big Four” are railroad men: C.

Jason Tashea, Former ABA Journal Tech Writer, Joins A2J Tech Startup

Media Law

Jason Tashea , the lawyer and former technology reporter for the ABA Journal , has joined an early-stage technology startup devoted to empowering pro se litigants in small claims cases.

A Billion Dollars

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/117.

Garon on Dysregulating the Media: The Unintentional Deregulation of American Media @NSULawCollege @GaronJon

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Jon Garon, Shepard Broad College of Law, has published Dysregulating the Media: The Unintentional Deregulation of American Media. Here is the abstract. Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and Apple have been joined by Disney+, Twitch, Facebook and others to supplant the broadcast

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Announcing the Winners of the LexBlog Excellence Awards for Outstanding Writing

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In my role as publisher and editor-in-chief of LexBlog , it is my great honor today to announce the winners of the inaugural LexBlog Excellence Awards, a first-of-its-kind contest designed to honor excellence in the writing of legal blog posts.

Parnas' attorney: There are more Trump recordings

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Final CFIUS Regulations Impact Foreign Non-Control Investment Transactions Involving Critical Technologies/Infrastructure or Sensitive Data

New Media and Technology Law

In 2018, Congress passed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act ( FIRRMA ) to modernize the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ( CFIUS ). CFIUS is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and is empowered to review certain transactions involving foreign investment in the U.S. that may affect national security. On January 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) released final regulations that implement FIRRMA.

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Ninth Circuit: Press Has Qualified Right of Access To Newly Filed Civil Complaints That Attaches When Complaints Are Filed

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The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the press has a "qualified right of timely access to newly filed civil nonconfidential complaints that attaches when the complaint is filed. However this right does not entitle the press to immediate access to

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Guest Post: Mr. Muzzey Goes to China: How One Composer is Using Detection Services to Get Paid on Unlicensed Music Uses

Music Technology Policy

By Kerry Muzzey. [We’re We’re honored to have Kerry Muzzey back again to tell his story of how one composer is working with music detection services and his US PRO to catch thousands of unlicensed uses in China and elsewhere. Really incredible tale well told. This post was created from a Twitter threat that Kerry posted, follow him @kerrymuzzey]. This is a post for my composer brethren and my copyright friends.

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With Backing from U.S. Venture Firm, UK-based Juro Looks to U.S. Market

Media Law

As was reported here yesterday , the London-based contract-management company Juro announced a $5 million Series A investment round led by the U.S. investment banking firm Union Square Ventures. What does the investment mean for the company’s expansion in the U.S. market?

'Toxic Mess': Clash At Impeachment Trial Over What Trump Knew | The Beat.

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Members of Congress Request FTC Investigation of Financial Data Company’s Collection and Privacy Practices

New Media and Technology Law

Last week, Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo sent a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph J. Simons urging the agency to investigate whether analytics firm Envestnet, Inc. which operates Yodlee) was violating the FTC Act. According to the letter, Yodlee is the largest consumer financial data aggregator in the United States.

From the Fourth Estate: Translations Now Available of the Journalism Code of Practice

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Fourth Estate: Translations available of the Journalism Code of Practice Arabic [link] Chinese [link] French [link] German [link] Hindi [link] Spanish [link

The Trumpet that Shall Never Call Retreat

Music Technology Policy

Not as famous as some of his other speeches but one of the great ones. He gave the speech on March 25, 1965 after leading a march of 25,000 from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.

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AI Transcription Company Verbit Closes $31M Series B Round

Media Law

Verbit , the Tel Aviv-based, AI-powered transcription platform, today said it has closed a $31 million Series B funding round led by Stripes, a leading New York-based growth equity firm.

House managers accuse Trump of covering up conduct

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Repeal of CDA Section 230?

New Media and Technology Law

In an interview with the editorial board of the New York Times , published today, former Vice President Joe Biden advocated for repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). As readers of this blog may know, the CDA offers service providers protections that underpin the hosting of much of the user-generated content (both good and bad) on the web and social media.

Tushnet on Content Moderation in an Age of Extremes @rtushnet

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Rebecca Tushnet, Harvard Law School, is publishing Content Moderation in an Age of Extremes in Case Western Reserve Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet (volume 10, 2019). Here is the abstract. Where everything, including bad behavior, can be found

The Dopamine Delivery Device: The Android/Fair Use Connection

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If you’ve ever seen The Insider starring Russell Crowe, you know the story of Dr. Jeffrey Wygant, the whistleblower’s whistleblower. Dr. Wygant worked for one of the Big Tobacco companies (Brown and Williamson) to help them perfect nicotine addiction. He eventually couldn’t take it anymore and went public with his inside knowledge.

Reports Say Atrium Letting Go Most Of Its Legal Staff; Had Vowed to ‘Revolutionize Legal Services’

Media Law

With its much-ballyhooed launch in 2017 and its backing by Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Twitch founder Justin Kan , Atrium said it would “revolutionize legal services” through its dual-entity model of a law firm and a separate-but-connected entity to provide back-end services and technology. But now there are signs the revolution is at least partially raising a white flag.

In Impeachment Case, Schiff Accuses Trump of Trying ‘to Cheat’ in Election - The New York Times

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" "WASHINGTON — The House Democratic impeachment managers began formal arguments in the Senate trial on Wednesday, presenting a meticulous and scathing case for convicting President Trump and removing him from office on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Representative Adam B.

In Outlining Its 2020 Examination Priorities, SEC Expresses Interest in Alternative Data and Cybersecurity Risks

New Media and Technology Law

On January 7, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its 2020 examination priorities. In doing so, OCIE identified certain areas of technology-related concern, and in particular, on the issue of alternative data and cybersecurity. For a more detailed review of OCIE’s exam priorities, see the Client Alert posted on our firm’s website].

Iowa Legislature Refuses To Grant Blogger Press Credentials

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The Iowa Legislature has refused press credentials to Laura Belin, who criticizes its policies on her blog, Bleeding Heartland. The AP notes that both Houses of the Legislature, which is controlled by the Republicans, justified the refusal by saying either

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MTP Podcast: The CASE Act and Senator Ron Wyden’s Google Connection

Music Technology Policy

Shownotes for the Podcast: Even More Bad Faith From Ron Wyden on Copyright Small Claims Legislation musictechpolicy.com/2020/01/16/even…ms-legislation/. CASE Act Materials (Flow Chart, Explanation of Holds) artistrightswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/202…pdf. Senator Ben Sasse’s Data Center Influences–What’s Up With Senator Ben Sasse’s Vicious Little Amendment on Pre-72? musictechpolicy.com/2018/06/28/what…ment-on-pre-72/.

Review: Clio CEO Jack Newton Provides A Manual On Becoming A Client-Centered Law Firm

Media Law

We live in an age in which how we buy a good or service matters as much as what we buy. The success of companies such as Amazon, Starbucks, Uber and Netflix has less to do with what they sell than with how they sell it.

Republicans Block Subpoenas for New Evidence as Impeachment Trial Begins

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Republicans Block Subpoenas for New Evidence as Impeachment Trial Begins By Nicholas Fandos Updated Jan. 22, 2020, 6:28 a.m. ET Republicans made last-minute changes to their proposed rules to placate moderates, but they held together to turn back Democratic efforts to subpoena documents.

White House Releases Proposed Guidance for the Regulation of AI

New Media and Technology Law

On January 7, 2019, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a draft of a memorandum setting forth guidance to assist federal agencies in developing regulatory and non-regulatory approaches regarding artificial intelligence (AI). This draft guidance will be available for public comment for sixty days, after which it will be finalized and issued to federal agencies.

Samples on Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media @JohnSamplesCato

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John Samples, Cato Institute, has published Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media as Cato Institute Policy Analysis, No. Here is the abstract. President Trump recently complained that Google searches are biased against Republicans and

Pedrioli on Whether Incitement Is Easier To Punish on the Internet Than It Is On Television

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Carlo Pedrioli, Liverpool Hope University, has published Is Incitement on the Internet Easier to Punish than Incitement on Television? A Case Study of the Koran-Burning of Florida Pastor Terry Jones at Free Speech, Privacy and Media: Comparative Perspectives 49 (Russell

Cronin on Damsels in Distress: Copyright Woes of Perry and Polly @gwlaw

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Charles Cronin, George Washington University Law School, has published Damsels in Distress: Copyright Woes of Perry and Polly. Here is the abstract. On July 29, 2019 a jury in Los Angeles awarded Marcus Gray damages of nearly three million dollars

Mueller on Challenging the Social Media Moral Panic: Preserving Free Expression Under Hypertransparency @miltonmueller

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Milton Mueller, Georgia Institute of Technology, is publishing Challenging the Social Media Moral Panic: Preserving Free Expression Under Hypertransparency in Cato Institute Policy Analysis (no. 876) (2019). Here is the abstract. Cato Institute Policy Analysis, No. 876, 2019 Social media

Skorup and Huddleston on The Erosion of Publisher Liability in American Law, Section 230, and the Future of Online Curation @bskorup @jrhuddles @Mercatus

Media Law Prof Blog

Brent Skorup, George Mason University Mercatus Center, and Jennifer Huddleston, Mercatus Center, are publishing The Erosion of Publisher Liability in American Law, Section 230, and the Future of Online Curation in the Oklahoma Law Review. Here is the abstract.

Moon on Whether Freedom of Expression Has a Future @richard_moon

Media Law Prof Blog

Richard Moon, University of Windsor Faculty of Law, has published Does Freedom of Expression Have a Future? Here is the abstract. A commitment to free speech means protecting speech for reasons that are independent of the truth or merit of

NPR Accepting Applications For New Transparency in Government Legal Fellow Position @NPR

Media Law Prof Blog

NPR is accepting applications for its new Transparency in Government Legal Fellow. Under the guidance of NPR staff lawyers, the fellow will work with journalists at NPR to obtain access to public records that shed light on the operations of