• Entertainment Law & Finance

    Making Sense of YouTube’s Monetization Policies

    Gwendolyn Seale

    This article delves into YouTube’s policies for channel monetization, explores the different streams of revenue an artist or creator may be entitled to receive for their works, and offer suggestions to indie creators and more established creators, so they can meet these new thresholds.

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    Risks in Online Collection of Children’s Data

    Jeffrey Higel, Michael Bahar and Mike Nelson

    As convenient, useful and cool mobile technology and interconnected devices are, they come with risks that remain largely unseen or, worse, ignored. Some pose security risks and privacy risk, like those present in voice-activated devices — especially for children. For manufacturers, they also pose regulatory litigation and insurance risks, especially when children end up using their “smart” products.

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    Bit Parts

    Stan Soocher

    Complaints to Amazon by TV Show Host and His Attorney Didn’t Constitute DMCA Notices
    No Actual Malice by Defendants in Libel Suit over Composite Character in Film

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    How Will the Music Modernization Act’s Mechanical Licensing Collective Work?

    Chris Castle

    This article focuses on managing change for clients affected by the MMA’s government-mandated mechanical licensing collective. In my view, far from putting songwriters on a trajectory away from the government regulation that has oppressed them for generations, the collective imposes an entirely new bureaucracy with potentially significant costs that are not readily apparent.

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    Author and Licensee Content Rights in Agreements for TV Productions

    Neil J. Rosini and Michael I. Rudell

    These times are heady for creators of books and stories that may be suitable for television production. In addition to the traditional broadcast networks, a legion of pay and basic cable exhibitors and, more recently, direct-to-consumer streaming outlets are voraciously licensing product from those creators. Much press is given to the compensation aspects of the creators’ agreements with exhibitors, but attention also should be paid to the extent and duration of the exhibitor’s exclusivity in the property in which rights are being acquired,

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    Abandonment Defense Stays in Copyright Suit on Filesharing

    Zach Needles

    Malibu Media LLC is by now well-known as a frequent filer of copyright infringement lawsuits nationwide against Web users alleged to have illegally downloaded and shared the company’s adult films. But a federal judge in Pennsylvania recently said it should be up to a jury to decide whether the company is entitled to stake a claim to those copyrights in the first place.

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    IP Provisions in ‘New NAFTA’ Agreement

    Lawrence E. Ashery

    With Canada's agreement, the stage was set for the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to end and the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) to take its place.Among the provisions of note for the entertainment industry, copyright will receive a boost from the USMCA.

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    DMCA Filmmakers Exemption Expanded

    Scott Graham

    Digital Millennium Copyright Act exemptions aren’t just for documentary filmmakers anymore. The U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress has broadened a DMCA exemption to now allow more filmmakers to circumvent anti-copying technology and rip short video clips for purposes of commentary and criticism.

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    Bit Parts

    Stan Soocher

    Phil Everly’s Family Time-Barred From Claiming Co-Ownership of “Cathy’s Clown” Song Copyright With Brother Don
    Newsworthiness and Public Interest Exceptions in Indiana’s Right-of-Publicity Statute Apply to Fantasy Sports

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