These questions are at the heart of two class action complaints filed this year in federal court in New York. The attorney pursuing both is Mark Rifkin of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz in New York City. He made headlines in 2015 when he won a lawsuit that ended Warner/Chappell Music’s claim on the copyright for “Happy Birthday to You.” Now, he’s taking on a publisher that administers two of America’s most famous folk songs. … [Read more...] about Lawsuits aim to put iconic folk songs back in the public domain
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His opinion seemed bolstered by the fact that the Golden Girls have not received much credit or notice, despite the heaps of attention, from both Internet users and news media companies on the video. The group was never cited in the meme, though source material is rarely credited in the typically slapdash genre, leaving only the most inquisitive watchers and others in the know to figure it out. And some of the media coverage seemed to imply that the Golden Girls had actually been dancing to Fleetwood Mac. … [Read more...] about How a black college dance troupe landed a decades-old Fleetwood Mac song on the Billboard charts
And in Syria, Trump officials’ efforts to start a dialogue with the regime of President Bashar Assad over the fate of missing journalist Austin Tice appear to have fallen apart because of poor coordination. Weeks after then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo broached the subject with the Syrian government, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley surrendered what could have been a key bargaining chip: She walked back the United States’ anti-Assad position, handing Damascus a boon that Washington might have used as leverage. … [Read more...] about 3 Americans Jailed In N. Korea Are Home. But Trump May Have Made Others’ Situation Worse.
Besides representing New York’s 14th Congressional District, Crowley was also the chair of the Queens County Democratic Party, one of the last true big-city political machines in the country, this one dedicated to helping lawyers get rich in obscure ways. The machine, along with its allies in New York, had made voting difficult in the state. Fewer than 30,000 votes had been counted as of midnight Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. By a 15-percentage-point margin, those voters had chosen Ocasio-Cortez. … [Read more...] about Tuesday Was The Best Primary Night For Progressives This Year
What’s new this year are better-organized efforts to force native issues into the campaign spotlight. A Native American advocacy group called Four Directions is inviting the candidates to a forum in Sioux City, Iowa, in August. “It’s to call on the candidates not just to present their policy statement but to engage in a town hall centered around Indian Country issues, where they can’t just say, ‘Hey, we’re for the Native Americans. Trust us,’ ” says Bret Healy, a consultant with Four Directions. The organization also is pursuing grass-roots efforts to get out the vote in seven swing states where there are enough native voters to decide a close election: Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina. “You’re seeing an awakening,” says Tom Rodgers, a political strategist and member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana. “You’re seeing a new generation of tribal leaders. They’re … [Read more...] about What do Native Americans want from a president?