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On A Side Note: Entertainment Law The Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1998

On A Side Note: Entertainment Law The Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1998

DPRASA 1995 Defined

One of the most beneficial benefits of The Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995 (DPRSRA) was DPRSRA created a public performance right for record companies and their signed artists in certain sound recordings when the content is broadcast by digital audio transmission. Previously only songwriters and publishers enjoyed this performance right. 

This new right is limited one and covers subscription and on transmissions.  Webcasting also known as web based radio stations, podcasting, and the rebroadcast over the internet was included under the limited right of the 1998 DMCA, FCC-licensed broadcast station web transmissions are also covered under the 1998 DMCA. The station’s license fees and limitations are negotiated and decided by voluntary negotiation between the parties. Arbitration, voluntary or compulsory may also be an option.

February: Black History Month: Horse Racing Heros

February: Black History Month: Horse Racing Heros
 Horse racing has been dominated by outstanding African-American jockeys into the late 1800s. On May 17th, 1875 thousands of excited sportsa fans streamed past the gates of Louisville's brand new racetrack - Churchhill Downs. It was the the inaugural Kentucky Derby. Ladies and Gentlemen dressed well fifteen horses competed and Oliver Lewis's athletic horse Aristides won.  Lewis was a black athlete, a black man. An athlete. Thirteen of the fifteen competitors of that Kentucky Derby were African-Americans. Immediately after the Civil War black jockeys were very common and were said to dominate horse racing.  Black jockeys won at least 15 of the first 28 Kentucky Derbys. Isaac Murphy, by far the most famous, most successful African-American jockey, was the first to win three Kentucky Derbys. Isaac Murphy was also the first jockey inducted into the Hall of Fame in Saratoga, N.Y.

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

Western New Yorkers will be able to turn to their smartphones for information on child care, Thruway conditions, rental properties, landlords and other topics, thanks to creativity and innovation that emerged from the 2014 AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge.

The winners of the two-month “virtual hackathon” were announced Dec. 4 by AT&T, along with community partners including the University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs Technology Incubator, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo and Hack Upstate.

The contest challenged local developers, entrepreneurs, designers and technologists to leverage open data to build smartphone apps that serve community needs. The competition aimed to connect and engage citizens with government and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.  

Thanksgiving Celebrations Must Include a Safe Ride Home

Thanksgiving Celebrations Must Include a Safe Ride Home

 

In recent years, Thanksgiving Eve has become known as the biggest party night of the year. While everyone enjoys a good party with family and friends to usher in the holiday season, the planning isn’t complete until arrangements have been made to guarantee a safe ride home at the end of the evening for all of your guests.

Beta and Video Game Testing 101; Don't get Taken

Beta and Video Game Testing 101; Don't get Taken

Nationwide - With the explosion in sales of video gan\ming consols and the interest in authoring software, there is a trend of individuals attempting to sell information online on how to become a beta testor or softare evaluator. Some sites may be legitamate. Other sites charge a monthly admission fee of twenty dollars or more for the same information that can be found easliy online. In addition these sites may offer more then what the initial visit was bargoning for. In one case this blogger viewed software that can be used to view video stations without paying for subscription services. Webmasters have the right to communicate whatever they wish. This is a free country and the First Ammendment is still en force, but individuals whom are purchsing a monthly subscription with tyhe intent to find work, should not have their interntions tarnished by being bombarded with solicitations for or being supplied with such software.