John Stephens

John Stephens

Sedgwick LLP

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Performance Rights, Digital Music Services and The Turtles

Intro - In 2013, Flo & Eddie of the 1960s rock band The Turtles filed separate lawsuits in California, Florida and New York, aiming to use state laws to obtain royalties from digital music service providers like...more

5/6/2015 - Infringement Music Music Industry Pandora Public Performance Rights Royalties SiriusXM

Net Neutrality: More Winners Than Losers

On March 12, 2015, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the full text of the Net Neutrality rules it approved last month. Net Neutrality essentially means an open Internet where all traffic is equal, anyone...more

3/17/2015 - AT&T Broadband Cable Television Providers FCC Internet Service Providers Net Neutrality No-Blocking Rules Telecommunications Title II Verizon

New York Attorney General Proposes Stiffer Data Security and Breach Notification Laws

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed legislation that would make the state’s data security law the strongest in the country and require “unprecedented safeguards” for personal data....more

1/21/2015 - Breach Notification Rule Personally Identifiable Information Popular Proposed Legislation Security and Privacy Controls

Be Kind, Rewind: Ninth Circuit Uses Betamax-Era Precedent to Approve Dish Network’s Ad-Skipping Technology

It began initially with TIVO, and has since expanded to major cable and satellite providers such as DirecTV and Dish Network (Dish). Television viewers are now able to digitally record multiple programs with the press of a...more

9/6/2013 - Advertising Cable Television Providers Television Broadcast Stations Television Commercials Television Service Providers

America Invents Act Makes Significant Changes to U.S. Patent Law

March 16, 2013, marked the beginning of “first-inventor-to-file,” the backbone of the new U.S. patent system under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The AIA is the most comprehensive review of American patent law...more

5/7/2013 - America Invents Act First-to-Invent Non-Disclosure Agreement Patent Reform Patents Prior User Trade Secrets

2012 Media Year in Review Media Law Bulletin - January 2013

Now that 2013 has arrived, we look forward to a new year of media cases. However, in order to orient ourselves for 2013, it is important to stop and take a look back at some of the relevant entertainment and media cases of...more

1/23/2013 - Breach of Contract Copyright DMCA FCC First Amendment Internet MTV Public Domain Television Broadcast Stations Viacom YouTube

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