On liberty and independence

u.S. Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence

On this Independence Day weekend, I’m reflecting on the brave men who, in 1776, stood up to authority of the King of England and declared their (our) independence, beginning to craft a new nation founded on principles of liberty and justice for all.

Last week, our highest court ruled on a case that helped further define these principles. And a great deal of discourse and opinion has followed, with people from all parts of the social, political and religious spectra freely expressing their views. Without fear of governmental retribution for doing so.

It’s been a while since I’ve felt real pride at being an American; at what this nation stands for. This week, that pride has been restored a bit.

On tha fateful day 239 years ago, these words were published for the world to see. They were painstakingly crafted by Thomas Jefferson , John Adams, Ben Franklin and 53 others to show what we as a nation would come to stand for. Great men, made great by the circumstances of their time.

The declaration reads, in part,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …

Full text of the Declaration of Independence is available here, and well worth the few minutes it takes to read.

Here’s wishing you a terrific 4th of July.

 

 

Entertainment Law Update Podcast 64

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The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.

Show notes are located at http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/64

Here’s what we talked about…

Gordon Firemark presenting podcast law workshop

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I’m speaking at Podcast Movement 2015!

The conference is being held in Fort Worth, Texas July 30th through August 1st, and it’s a must-attend for podasting pros and beginners alike!

My workshop is entited:

“The Law and the Profits: Legal and Business Survival Tips for Podasters”

Let’s face it… as Podcasting grows in popularity and market penetration, there’s bound to be a growth in legal transactions and of course, disputes surrounding podcasts. So, in my session, I’ll share the fundamental legal principles that apply to content owners, creators and consumers, so you can learn how to stay out of trouble, keep your show legal, and pave the way toward profitable monetization strategies.

Register Now and save $100

Registration is now open, and right now, through Father’s Day, they’re offering $100 off the regular price. All you have to do is use the promo code “fathersday”.

Just visit: http://podcastmovement.com/register and use the promo code.

I hope to see you there.


Can’t make it?  Get my e-book all about the legal aspects of creating new media.Podcast Law Book

 

 

 

Old Rules / New Media – guidelines help bloggers and podcasters stay legal.

Do you have a blog, YouTube channel or podcast in which you endorse or recommend products or services? What about just talking about them? Contents1 Did you know the FTC regulates this stuff?2 No Deceptive Advertising3 Disclosure Required4 Fortunately, the FTC provides help5 Get my e-book Did you know the FTC regulates this stuff? If… Continue Reading

Entertainment Law Update Podcast #63 – Princetagrams, Google takin’ it to the banc, and more.

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/63 Here’s what we talked about… Cariou v. Prince (follow up) “Innocence of Muslims” Ruling New Florida Law “Blurred Lines” Judge Asked… Continue Reading

Entertainment Law Update Podcast: Episode 62 – SpaceX Photos, Robin Williams’ Right of Publicity, Un-neighborly art, and more

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/62 Here’s what we talked about… IMDB beats Actress suing over listing her age (followup) Followup: Lawsuit Over the ‘Happy Birthday’ Song… Continue Reading

Entertainment Law Update Podcast: Episode 61 – Blurred Lines and Directors doing time

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at http://www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/61 Here’s what we talked about… Interested in getting  better clients, more referrals & making moremoney in your law practice? Click here to access… Continue Reading

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