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A federal judge has sided with the Association of American Publishers (AAP), finding in June that a recently enacted Maryland library e-book law conflicts with federal copyright laws. Association of American Publishers Inc. v. Frosh, 21-3133 (D. Md. 2022). The AAP, the national trade association for the publishing industry, filed a lawsuit against Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh in his official capacity following the passing of legislation, Md. Code Ann., Educ. §§23-701 and 23-702, requiring publishers to offer to license copyrighted electronic literary products, like e-books and audiobooks, to Maryland public libraries and to ensure the terms of such licenses to be fair.
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By Stan Soocher
A question of law arose for a District Judge when a songwriter sued YouTube, claiming she never approved licensing her works to YouTube — whether the administration agreement’s notice-and-consent clause was a condition precedent to the administrator’s ability to license the songwriter's songs.
By Todd Kesterson and Alyssa R. Wan
With a growing number of donor groups forming Name Image and Likeness collectives as not-for-profit entities, there are questions about whether or not these collectives truly qualify as charitable organizations for tax purposes.
By Jason Grant
A New York State appellate court knocked out major claims from prominent rapper Lil Wayne’s $20 million lawsuit against Ronald Sweeney, his former attorney and representative of 13 years, including causes of action for fraudulent inducement, legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.
By Chris O’Malley
Girding itself for scrutiny by Congress and regulators over anti-competitive concerns, Live Nation Entertainment has retained prominent antitrust attorney-turned-lobbyist Seth Bloom.