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California Introduces Legislation to Limit Record Label Contracts to 7 Years

The California State Capitol in Sacramento, where lawmakers are considering a bill that would limit record label contracts to seven years. Photo Credit: Coolcaesar A California lawmaker has introduced legislation (AB 1385) that would expand the state’s seven-year limit on entertainment-industry agreements to record label contracts. California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez – who spearheaded the controversial […]

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Artists Could Immediately Deduct $150,000 In Recording Expenses Under Reintroduced HITS Act

The HITS Act, which would allow artists to deduct up to $150,000 in recording costs at once, has been reintroduced in Congress. Photo Credit: John Hult Lawmakers have officially reintroduced the Help Independent Tracks Succeed Act (HITS Act), which, if passed and signed into law, would enable artists to automatically deduct up to $150,000 in […]

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California’s Net Neutrality Law Is Now Moving Forward Following Federal Court Ruling

An aerial shot of Sacramento, California. Photo Credit: Mark Miller Almost three years after being signed into law by former Governor Jerry Brown, the California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act law is moving forward. Judge John Mendez paved the way for the implementation of the three-year-old law by denying a request from internet […]

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Second Stimulus Check Payment Could Require Proof of a COVID Vaccination, Democrat Says

Democratic Party leader John Delanay (photo: Gage Skidmore CC by SA 2.0) Americans may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in order to receive a second stimulus check payment of $1,500, according to a newly-revealed Democratic proposal. The proposal to require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination was unveiled earlier today (December 3rd) by longtime […]

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GOP Senator Recommends Ditching the DMCA With ‘Some Type of a Notice-and-Staydown System’

Photo Credit: Markus Winkler Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has recommended that Congress replace the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) with “some type of a notice-and-staydown system.” North Carolina’s junior senator, who recently clinched reelection in what was the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history, expressed his reform-minded position on the DMCA in an open […]

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Trump’s FCC Officially Repeals Obama-Era Net Neutrality Laws

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has officially voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality laws. The Federal Communications Commission’s four commissioners voted along party lines during today’s Open Meeting, while Chairman Ajit Pai, who assumed office in 2017, cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of formally repealing the net neutrality laws. This decision arrives about 13 […]

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Second Stimulus Check Might Be Limited to Americans Making Under $40,000

Photo Credit: Alexander Mils Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently suggested that the rumored second stimulus check may be made available only to Americans earning less than $40,000 per year. The 78-year-old lawmaker touched on the subject of a second stimulus check in an interview with reporters, saying: “I think the people who have […]

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Stimulus Checks Saved Millions of Americans from Poverty, Study Finds

Photo Credit: Chronis Yan A recently published study from Columbia University found that the $1,200 stimulus checks distributed as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act helped millions of Americans avoid falling into poverty. Conducted and released by Columbia’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy, the overarching analysis aimed to identify and describe the precise […]