Communication Law Section

This section is a resource for lawyers interested in legal issues faced by users, providers and regulators of print, telecommunications and broadcast and web-based services, facilities and equipment.

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November TBJ: Wellness, Probate and Music Copyrights

"We are human beings in a difficult job," TBA President Sarah Y. Sheppeard writes in her November Tennessee Bar Journal column. She recounts a time early in her career when an older colleague took his own life — and she now urges lawyers to seek help through the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program or elsewhere. Also in this issue, Scott Pilkinton writes in the cover article about how to avoid probate potholes. We also look at the Music Modernization Act, with Monique Brown, a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, writing about how the law has addressed and incorporated new technology and industry trends into antiquated copyright laws. Read these articles and more in this month's issue of the Journal.

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Family of Man Killed by Knoxville Police Officer File Suit Alleging Suppression of Evidence

Attorneys for the family of a man killed by a Knoxville police officer have filed a lawsuit in Knox County Chancery Court alleging that city officials are withholding records regarding the incident, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Channara Tom “Philly” Pheap was shot in the back by Knoxville Police Officer Dylan Williams after an altercation in response to a hit-and-run call. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, Joshua Hedrick and Lance Baker, say they are being stonewalled in their quest for public records such as the final autopsy report, 911 recordings and police cruiser video. The suit named the city of Knoxville, Knox County and the Knox County Emergency Communications District as defendants.

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