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On A Side Note: Entertainment Law Video Games and Music

On A Side Note: Entertainment Law Video Games and Music

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From Wall Street to Main Street video games and technology represent a global entertainment and revenue area for publishers of music, technology, hardware and software. There is a lot to consider when we honestly appreciate the capital investment in a single software title. There is an amazing number topics that can be spawned form this topic, but specifically speaking of music there is unlimited opportunity for music publishers and performers. So, in general how does this happen?

A digital platform, non-linear in nature allows for a fluid, creative genre that music can be added into the code at any point. Some of the most successful music intensive software genres include, fantasy, war, fighting, and others surrounding the genre of sports.

This Day in Black History: February 23

This Day in Black History: February 23

 

    African American History Month: February 23 - Elston Howard, the first African American to play for the New York Yankees, was born today in 1929 in St. Louis. His career began in the American Negro League. During his 14 years in the League he served as a coach, left fielder and a catcher.

    On A Side Note: Entertainment Law: " If it Spins - Someone Wins (Gets Paid)"

    On A Side Note: Entertainment Law: " If it Spins - Someone Wins (Gets Paid)"

    General Idea

    The general rule in reference to music or digital work is “When it spins someone wins.” Is this a legal standard or a scientific or technical industry term, absolutely not - well yes, someone gets paid.

    It’s a really easy concept, songwriters, performers, promoters, record labels and AE people are all legitimate and trying to chase the dollar, entertain and chase their dreams. Every time a song spins, be it on a radio station, online, or subscription based or new media function, someone needs to pay a royalty. The equation for royalty payment is simple, and can be subject to negotiation.

    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.