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On Sept. 18, 2019, Assembly Bill Number 5 (AB5) became law in California, paving the way for dramatic changes in California’s gig economy. AB5 was designed to provide labor protections for “misclassified independent contractors,” including the application of minimum wage laws, overtime, sick leave requirements, and unemployment and worker’s compensation. Once put into practice, however, AB5’s negative impacts on industries that rely substantially on an independent contractor workforce quickly became illuminated. After over a year-and-a-half of lobbying efforts by the music industry and negotiations with lawmakers, it was recently announced that AB5 would be amended to accommodate musicians’ unique niche in the California economy.
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By Gwendolyn Seale
Part One of a Two Part Article
While the livestreaming of music performances is not an entirely new phenomenon, the COVID crisis has transformed the live performance landscape, compelling artists from around the world to reach their fanbase by producing “quarantine streams,” in which they livestream their sets on social media platforms. Unsurprisingly many questions have arisen.
By Linda A. Thompson
The DSA is intended to reset the rules around online content moderation and to reframe the responsibility of platforms for illegal content uploaded to their websites.
By Stephen M. Kramarsky
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By Stan Soocher
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