California’s last call extension bill gets veto from governor

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California’s last call extension bill gets veto from governorCalifornia Nightlife Bill Veto

A potentially transformative bill for California’s nightlife industry was vetoed on September 28 by Governor Jerry Brown. The “Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act” would have extended last call by two hours in nine cities across the state, offering individual areas control over curfews and closing times. Spearheaded by state Senator Scott Weiner, the bill cited the importance of California’s nightlife culture and economy and the limits that statewide regulations placed on them as the key factors.

Originally proposed in February of 2017, the act had already passed through the senate, reaching the last step on the Governors desk. It turns out final stop was the bill’s last.  “Without question, these two extra hours will result in more drinking,” Brown wrote in his veto message. “California’s laws regulating late night drinking have been on the books since 1913. I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to two without adding two more hours of mayhem.” The state’s nightlife industry has been a key contributor to its economy for decades, but the 2:00am curfew is often mentioned as a considerable downside compared to New York City’s 24-hour venues.

H/T: Sac Bee

The Music Modernization Act takes another step towards fair compensation for music curators

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The Music Modernization Act takes another step towards fair compensation for music curatorsJomar 271602 Unsplash

The Music Modernization Act (MMA) has passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee, taking music creators a step closer to appropriate licensing and royalty rules for the streaming era. It now has to pass a full Senate vote before hitting the president’s desk.

The music copyright overhaul essentially partners Apple Music, Spotify, and publishers under a single licensing agency, streamlining the license management process. Songwriters and accredited artists will be paid out for songs recorded before 1972, while new rights will be granted to music producers and mixers. Older musicians who missed the streaming boom and studio engineers look to benefit here in the form of royalty checks coming their way if passed.

One of the most important facets of the bill is an overall standardization of payment rates between distribution services and rights-holders. It’s about time music law addressed the streaming industry because the current system is still set up for physical music copies.

Although the MMA has received criticism for its lack of consideration towards medium-sized business, most in the industry are in favor, seeing this as a long-awaited, financial organization of the current music landscape. D.I.Y. musicians, and musicians who own their own rights might still have trouble policing ineffective or inefficient licensing practices. More established artists, publishers, studio producers, and labels labels will benefit, giving them more time to focus on creating music and less time worrying about licensing and royalty structures. It’s a step in the right direction on this long trek towards fair compensation for music creators.

H/T: Rolling Stone

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New law to allow Ibiza council to regulate open air music venues

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Ibiza has developed its reputation as the ultimate party destination off of its infamous open air parties and clubs. However, the White Isle’s heritage might be at risk as a new law is imminent, which would allow municipalities to “regulate, determine or prohibit, in a reasonable manner, tourist activities.” This announcement comes just a week after the tourism board sought to ban alcohol on flights in and out of the much frequented tourist destination.

This new ruling may allow the Ibiza council to restrict any and all open air music gatherings — including festivals.  In the words of Ibiza’s director of tourism Vicente Torres, “It was very clear that the tourism law needed to be modified” especially since the “previously liberal law offered the opportunity for activities that are incompatible with the day-to-day life of an island that wants a sustainable kind of tourism.”

Thankfully this law is not retroactive, and will not be applicable to running establishments, but might prove to be a hindrance for new ventures.

H/T: DJMag

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Skrillex demands second opinion from doctors in the 2014 unresolved law suit

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In February 2014, Jennifer Fraissl sued über producer Skrillex when he dove from the stage into the crowd, allegedly striking the fan and triggering a stroke from the impact. In response, Skrillex is demanding that Fraissl undergoes a second psychiatric evaluation to determine her mental health state — however, she is not relenting to the superstar’s demands.

The law suit is still going, and currently Skrillex wants the proposed independent evaluation to determine the emotional impact caused by her claimed injuries. However, in documents obtained by TMZ, Jennifer says she’s refusing to go through the exam, especially because she already has with her own doctors.The judge will decide if she has to submit to further testing.


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