September 8, 2010
First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition Underway
From the ABA Forum on Communications Law:
Announcement of the 2010/2011 First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition.
Teams from any ABA accredited law school are encouraged to apply to participate in the competition. Students must be members of the National Black Law Students Association; the National Latino/a Law Student Association; the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; the National Native American Law Students Association; or a minority law student organization at their school.
Each team must submit a completed application, consisting of a registration form, and for each team member: a resume; a short writing sample; and a response to a short essay question on a media-related topic. The Competition Committee will select eight (8) teams to submit an appeal brief of up to 30 pages; the top four (4) teams from that group, as determined by their brief scores, will compete in oral arguments during the Forum's 16th Annual Conference in Rancho Mirage, California, which will be held from February 3-5, 2011.
The four teams selected to compete in oral arguments will be awarded a four-night trip to the Westin Hills Mission Resort in Rancho Mirage, California. In addition to participating in the semi-final and final rounds of the Competition on February 3, 2011, the four teams will have the opportunity to attend the Forum's conference events, including CLE workshops; networking lunches and dinners; and plenary sessions on topics of interest to the media bar.
More information is available here at the competition's website.
Snooki's In Court--ReallyNicole "Snooki" Polizzi, of the reality show "Jersey Shore," will appear in court to enter a not-guilty plea to disorderly conduct and other charges relating to an incident in Seaside Heights in July. More here from the AP, here from CNN.
Iraqi Journalist KilledThe AP reports the second murder in two days of an Iraqi journalist in Iraq. Riyad Assariyeh, who worked at Iraqiya TV, was killed in western Baghdad.
Paws For the CauseSmithy, a two year Labrador, is attracting some bad publicity for his Twitter account. It's really not his fault, though. He works for the West Midlands Police, and they set up his account in an attempt to publicize the work of Smithy and his human colleagues, who do crime scene investigation. It seems that Smithy's tweets have drawn the ire of something called the Taxpayers' Alliance, which thinks giving a police dog his own Twitter account (and keeping it updated for him--after all, paws on the keyboard can be awkward) is a waste of taxpayer funds. Maybe so. Still, I don't know--remember McGruff, the Crime Dog? Not a real live dog, but still--pretty interesting for little crime stoppers. Perhaps real live dogs could be an inspiration too.
The Ownership of Digitally Created Works
Increasingly the digital content used in everyday life has little or no human intervention in its creation. Typically, when such content is delivered to consumers it comes with attached claims of copyright. However, depending on the jurisdiction, approaches to ownership of computer-generated works vary from legislated to uncertain. In this paper we look at the various approaches taken by the common law, and the legislative approach take in the United Kingdom.
Download the paper from SSRN at the link.
Ninth Circuit: Downloads "Licensed" Under Eminem's Contract; Entitled To Fifty Percent Royalties
The Ninth Circuit has decided that rapper Eminem's iTune downloads, according to his contract with Universal Music Group (UMG), fall under the definition of "license" and has determined that the artist and his company are entitled to 50 percent royalties for the downloads. Says the court,
[T]he agreements unambiguously provide that "notwithstanding" the Records Sold provision, Aftermath owed F.B.T. a 50% royalty under the Masters Licensed provision for licensing the Eminem masters to third parties for any use. It was undisputed that Aftermath permitted third parties to use the Eminem masters to produce and sell permanent downloads and mastertones. Neither the 2004 amendment nor any of the parole evidence provisionally reviewed by the district court supported Aftermath’s interpretation that the Records Sold provision applied.
More here from the Los Angeles Times