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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.

Smith on Copyright in Culinary Presentations @Cathay Smith

Media Law Prof Blog

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, has published Copyright in Culinary Presentations in Non-Conventional Copyright: Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?128-149 128-149 (Enrico Bonadio & Nicola Lucchi eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018). Here is the abstract. This chapter

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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.

Casetext’s New ‘SmartCite’ Citator Is Its Clever Answer to Shepard’s and KeyCite

Media Law

Knowing whether a case is good law is elemental to legal research. To do this, lawyers have long relied on citator services such as Shepard’s from LexisNexis and KeyCite from Westlaw.

Why Politics Should Be Kept Out of Miscarriages - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"By Aaron E. Carroll May 14, 2019 Georgia’s much-discussed new law on abortion is one of the most restrictive in the nation. Abortion will be banned as early as six weeks into pregnancy — before many women even know they are pregnant.

Looking at “Legal” Marijuana and CBD Advertising – A Presentation on the Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

Perhaps some of the most controversial areas in broadcast advertising are those surrounding the advertising of cannabis products. While many states claim to have legalized marijuana, either for medical or recreational purposes, the Federal government still considers its possession a felony , and has specific laws that criminalize the use of radio frequencies, the Internet, and publications to promote its use.

20 Questions for New Artists Part 4: Band Administrator, Split Sheets and Co-Writer Agreements

Music Technology Policy

For the next few weeks, we’re going to post sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell some of which has been posted various places. This doesn’t constitute legal advice, or any intent to form the attorney-client relationship. Chris, Amy and others will also be publishing occasional excerpts from the “Artist Glossary of Industry Terms” as a companion guide. Band Administrator.

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Illinois Bar Launches Site to Aggregate and Highlight Members’ Blogs

Media Law

The Illinois State Bar Association today formally launched Illinois Lawyer Now , a first-of-its-kind bar portal that aggregates content from members’ legal blogs together with original ISBA content.

Justin Amash becomes first Republican congressman to call for Trump's impeachment - CNNPolitics

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Justin Amash becomes first Republican congressman to call for Trump's impeachment - CNNPolitics

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What Do New Drug Ad Price Disclosures Mean for TV?

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted a new rule mandating, at some point later this year after Paperwork Reduction Act approval, that prescription drug advertising on TV contain certain price information. Specifically, HHS will require TV ads for prescription drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid to include the list price for a month’s supply or for the usual course of therapy, if that price is $35 or more.

Where Was the Board? Some Thoughts on Potential Legal Issues in Pledge Music “Administration” Bankruptcy–Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

[This post first appeared on Artist Rights Watch ]. We’ve had a lot of questions about what is going on with the Pledge Music crowdfunding platform which appears to be either on its way or already in a bankruptcy filing according to reports.

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Guest Post: Not All Legal Analytics Tools Are Created Equal

Media Law

[Editor’s note: Recently, i had a conversation with Josh Becker , chairman of Lex Machina and head of legal analytics at LexisNexis , about the fast-growing area of litigation analytics. Becker made the case that not all analytics products on the market are created equal.

The little-noticed surge across the U.S.-Mexico border: It’s Americans heading south

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The little-noticed surge across the U.S.-Mexico Mexico border: It’s Americans heading south

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Video Looking at the Basics of the Online Public Inspection File and Quarterly Issues Programs Lists

Broadcast Law Blog

Looking for a brief explanation of the online public inspection file and Quarterly Issues Programs List , and how they will be viewed in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle – including the potential fines for violations of the rules? The Indiana Broadcasters has just released this video of me discussing those issues available here.

20 Questions for New Artists Part 1: Bank Accounts/Tax Returns/Accountants

Music Technology Policy

For the next few weeks, we’re going to post updated sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell which has been posted various places. This doesn’t constitute legal advice, or any intent to form the attorney-client relationship. (If If you miss an installment, try searching this blog for “20 Questions for New Artists” ).

Myanmar Frees Two Reuters Journalists Sentenced Under Official Secrets Act

Media Law Prof Blog

The government of Myanmar has released two reporters who had been convicted under the Official Secrets Act. The journalists, who work for Reuters, had been investigating a 2017 massacre of Rohingya villagers, part of what the U.N. calls a genocide

Onit Aims to Conquer the Corporate Market with Acquisition of SimpleLegal

Media Law

‘They Were Conned’: How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"The phone call that ruined Mohammed Hoque’s life came in April 2014 as he began another long day driving a New York City taxi, a job he had held since emigrating from Bangladesh nine years earlier.

FCC Adopts New Rules on FM Translator Interference – With Some Changes

Broadcast Law Blog

At its open meeting yesterday, the FCC largely adopted the draft order on changes to its processes for resolving complaints about interference from FM translators to existing FM stations. Its final Report and Order adopting the new rules was released after the meeting yesterday.

The Future of What Podcast: Article 13’s Potential Impact on the Music Industry

Music Technology Policy

Portia Sabin discusses the European Copyright Directive and the process that got the legislation passed in the European Parliament with Helen Smith of Impala, Crispin Hunt of Ivor Academy and Chris Castle. Article 13 Future of What chris castle Crispin Hunt European Copyright Directive Helen Smith

The UK's White Paper on Online Harms

Media Law Prof Blog

Via the Index on Censorship: the Online Harms White Paper, published by the UK Government's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Secretary of State for the Home Department. Here is a link to the Executive

NetDocuments Rolls Out SetBuilder, for Creating Document Sets for Deals, Litigation and More

Media Law

Last November, the document management company NetDocuments announced that it had acquired Closing Room , a deal-management application developed by the Am Law 200 financial services law firm Chapman and Cutler.

Opinion | When Will Eric Garner Get Justice?

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

FCC Seeks Comments on Univision Request to Exceed 50% Foreign Ownership

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week released a Public Notice soliciting comments on the request of Univision, which owns US radio and TV stations, to have foreign ownership that exceeds 50%. As we wrote here , the FCC previously permitted foreign ownership of up to 49% of the company. With a restructuring of its investors, the company is now seeking permission for foreign investors to own up to 70% of the company.

Austin Panel on The Pledge Music Crowdfunding Debacle

Music Technology Policy

You may have read Iain Baker of Jesus Jones story of the band’s encounter with Pledge that we posted here and hear. You’ve probably heard the news that PledgeMusic is bankrupt as reported in Hypebot : UK based corporate advisory FRP will be nominated to administer a court directed sale of all assets, which would be used to pay artists, merchant bank Sword, Rowe & Company and other creditors.

Seibert-Fohr on the Independence of Judges and Their Freedom of Expression

Media Law Prof Blog

Ania Seibert-Fohr, University of Heidelberg, has published The Independence of Judges and their Freedom of Expression: An Ambivalent Relationship. Here is the abstract. Judges posting tweets on Twitter, writing columns in newspapers and pronouncing their views in public lectures

LawNext Episode 39: An Exclusive Look at LegalZoom’s New Project to Develop Better Contracts for Small Businesses

Media Law

This week on LawNext, we get to reveal a project that could change the face of contracting for small businesses worldwide. The global online legal services company LegalZoom — through its research affiliate Pulse Global Services Ltd.

Ocasio-Cortez blows roof off building with EPIC speech

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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FCC to Hold Public Forum on ENT Captioning of Live TV Programming Tomorrow, May 10

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC tomorrow will hold a public forum on Electronic Newsroom Technique (ENT) of captioning live TV programming tomorrow from 1 PM to 4:45 PM Eastern Time (see the agenda here ). The forum will be available for viewing online (go to the FCC webpage here for information about connecting).

20 Questions for New Artists Sidebar: The Importance of Metadata

Music Technology Policy

[For the next few weeks, we’re going to post updated sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” that Amy Mitchell and I wrote a few years ago which has been posted various places. This doesn’t constitute legal advice, or any intent to form the attorney-client relationship. (If

Magliocca on A Special Relationship: Winston Churchill and the American Constitution @IUMcKinney

Media Law Prof Blog

Gerard N. Magliocca, Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, has published A Special Relationship: Winston Churchill and the American Constitution. Here is the abstract. This Article is the first detailed treatment of Winston Churchill's views on the United States Constitution.In.

Tali to Close Down; Pioneered Voice-Enabled Time Tracking for Lawyers

Media Law

Tali , a product that allows lawyers to track their time through voice commands using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, is shutting down, effective June 30. The company notified customers by email of the news this morning. Customers will have until the end of June to download any data that have stored with Tali. Monthly subscribers can continue to use the product through the end of June at no cost. Annual subscribers will be issued refunds.

Jonathan Metzl: Dying of Whiteness | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Litman on Imaginary Bottles @UMichLaw @DukeLawTechRev

Media Law Prof Blog

Jessica Litman, University of Michigan Law School, is publishing Imaginary Bottles in the Duke Law & Technology Review (2019). Here is the abstract. This essay, written for a symposium commemorating John Perry Barlow, who died on February 7, 2018, revisits

BBC Fires Host Who Tweeted "Royal Baby" Image

Media Law Prof Blog

The BBC has fired radio host Danny Baker for tweeting an image of a couple (presumably meant to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) with a chimpanzee in a bowler, along with the caption, "Royal baby leaves hospital."

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Kozak on Canadian Radio Policy and the Moose Jaw Radio Association, 1922-1947 @NadineKozak @AndreaEidinger

Media Law Prof Blog

Nadine Kozak, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, has published Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Canadian Radio Policy and the Moose Jaw Radio Association, 1922-1947, 25 Media History 163 (2016). Here is the abstract. Early Canadian radio broadcasting policy privileged

Lipton on Whether Literary Agents Are Really Fiduciaries

Media Law Prof Blog

Jacqueline D. Lipton, University of Pittsburgh Law School, is publishing Are Literary Agents (Really) Fiduciaries? in volume 86 of the Tennessee Law Review (2019). Here is the abstract. 2018 was a big year for “bad agents” in the publishing world

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