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The Copyright Royalty Board has released its unanimous Final Determination in the 2014-2017 Cable Royalty Allocation Proceeding. L&L’s clients (producers of religious programs distributed to commercial stations) were awarded their largest share ever in these royalty proceedings that date back to 1978, averaging nearly 6% of the almost $1 Billion compulsory royalties collected from cab [ ... ]

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We’ve all heard about cookies and clicked through the banners and online pop-ups addressing the use of cookies, but their actual purpose and the rules that govern their use are not commonly understood either by website owners or their visitors. With the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), the General Data Prot [ ... ]

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It is easy to become lost in the quagmire of privacy obligations for your website. In the absence of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States, individual states are enacting their own privacy laws. For a while it was only California, but now many other states either have enacted laws or have pending legislation. And if your website collects any personal information f [ ... ]

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On April 6 and April 8, 2024, respectively, the Maryland legislature passed the Maryland Online Data Privacy Act of 2024 (“MODPA”) and the Maryland Kids Code. The bills are awaiting Governor Wes Moore’s signature before becoming law. MODPA would mandate restrictions on how companies may collect and use consumers’ personal data in the state and is expected to have far-reach [ ... ]

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The makers of Dudesy, the AI-assisted podcast that allegedly used a version of the late comedian George Carlin for its special titled “George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead,” have agreed to take down the fake George Carlin comedy special on all websites and refrain from using Carlin’s image, voice and likeness without permission. The entry of a consent judgment and permanent [ ... ]

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On March 13, 2024, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban TikTok if the app’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, does not divest its U.S. assets within six months. The bill received bipartisan support and now goes to the Senate for further consideration. Lawmakers have raised concerns that under Chinese law, the ruling Chinese Communist Party has the power to [ ... ]

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