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Sport, Media, and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2014

Spanish Supreme Court orders Le Monde to pay damages to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona - The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered French daily newspaper Le Monde to pay damages of €300,000 to Real Madrid and €15,000 to FC...more

Antennas, Broadcasting, and Copyright: The Supreme Court’s Review of ABC v. Aereo

US law provides copyright owners with a bundle of rights to protect their original works, including the exclusive right to publicly perform the copyrighted work. The question of what constitutes a public performance has...more

Ofcom Confirms Terms for New Channel 4 Licence

Ofcom has announced that Channel 4's public service broadcasting licence will be renewed for a 10-year period following the expiry of the current licence at the end of 2014....more

(Yet another) LCN consultation!

Another chapter to the LCN saga in Italy. As you recall from our previous posts and videos, the LCN, the logical channel numbering for Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting, remains a very controversial topic in Italy. This...more

FCC Announces Retransmission Consent Reform

Confronted with rapidly increasing retransmission consent costs, the cable and DBS industries have actively sought legislative and regulatory reform for several years without success. The FCC today took two significant steps...more

FCC Restricts Same Market TV Joint Sales Agreements; Begins Quadrennial Review of Broadcast Ownership and Attribution Rules

At its Open Meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to issue a Report & Order as well as a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM) in its required “Quadrennial Review” of its broadcast...more

Australian Businesses Supplying Electronic, Telecoms And Broadcasting Services To EU Customers Need To Be Aware Of Changes To EU...

EU VAT CHANGES FOR E-COMMERCE SERVICES - Australian e-commerce businesses that supply services to European customers need to be aware of important "value added tax" ("VAT") changes that will apply across the European...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2014

Italy: Opportunities for DTT frequencies in the Italian market - The Italian Ministry for Economic Development has started a competitive bid for three national DTT frequencies. Australia: Senate scrutinises state of...more

Regulatory Reminder: Annual CVAA Compliance Certifications due April 1

Following up on an important FCC Law Blog item from 2013, entities subject to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”) should be aware that the April 1, 2014 deadline to electronically file...more

FCC Issues Closed Captioning Quality Standards for Television Programs

At its February 2014 Open Meeting today, the FCC approved new regulations governing the quality of closed captions that must appear in television programming. As noted in our earlier advisory, the long-awaited rules stem from...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 31, 2014: Fox Broadcasting...

Ninth Circuit issues amended opinion affirming denial of plaintiff broadcasting companies’ motion for preliminary injunction against Dish Network over Dish Network’s network television recording product, finding that...more

Fla. Court Lifts Ban on Reporting Accidentally Released Criminal Confession

A Florida trial court vacated two prior restraint orders against the media from publishing unredacted information in a police report. On August 23, 2013, James Patrick Tadros was arrested and charged with attempted...more

US Supreme Court Will Hear Broadcasters’ Case

Aereo, a New York-based startup technology company financed by Barry Diller, utilizes warehouses full of tiny antennas to capture over-the-air television and then retransmit it over the Internet to its subscribers’ digital...more

Annual Minimum Webcasting Royalty Fees Due Jan. 31, 2014

Broadcasters and others who stream music on the Internet must pay their minimum annual webcasting copyright royalty fees to SoundExchange by Jan. 31, 2014. These webcasting fees are in addition to public performance...more

"Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: Key UK Issues"

Six months have elapsed since the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its 15-point action plan to address Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). During this time, OECD has been working...more

France – Clarification on the regulatory regime applicable to broadcasters using radio-frequencies in case of change of direct or...

On 15 November 2013, French Law n°2013-1028 on the independence of the public audiovisual sector has amended Article 42-3 of Law n°86-1067 of 30 September 1986 on freedom of communications in order to confirm and give legal...more

Italy Media – New AGCOM Consultation on Transfer of Broadcasters / Media Services Operators

The Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) launched a public consultation on the new draft regulation on the authorization process for transferring the ownership of broadcasters, including network operators or companies (or...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

House Commerce Committee Members Introduce Video Policy Bills - Last Thursday, December 12, two members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced video reform legislation that would eliminate or reform a...more

Big data tools needed for implementing the Mexican Telecom Reform

Ibope chooses a group of homes at random to represent the population to obtain data on TV viewers to later report to broadcasters. As reported by Mexican business journal “El Economista“, TV Azteca, second largest...more

Cross Border VAT - The New One Stop Shop And Changes To The Place Of Supply Of Electronic, Telecoms And Broadcasting Services From...

THE CURRENT DISTORTION The place of supply rules govern where a particular supply takes place, and therefore determine where businesses are obliged to register, collect and remit Value Added Tax (VAT) due on their...more

Is this the beginning of the end for TVCatchUp and section 73 CDPA?

Following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (“CJEU”) judgment on 7 March 2013, in which it confirmed that TVCatchUp’s streaming service, which live streams all of the channels broadcast by ITV, Channel 4 and...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - September 2013

BETTING AND GAMING - Italy: Yes, live poker is a skill game - The Italian Supreme Court held that live poker Texas hold’em tournaments are a skill game and therefore their performance does not trigger an illegal...more

Broadcasters strive to halt Aereo: the next episode

In April, we wrote about the ongoing dispute between Aereo, the upstart technology company that utilizes warehouses full of tiny antennas to capture over-the-air television and then retransmit it over the Internet to its...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- July 25, 2013

American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., USCA, Second Circuit, July 16, 2013 - Second Circuit denies petitions for en banc rehearing of ruling that Aereo’s streaming service does not infringe plaintiffs’...more

What Publishers and Broadcasters Need to Know About Washington’s New Correction Law

On July 28, 2013, Washington’s version of the Uniform Correction or Clarification of Defamation Act will take effect. Designed to give incentives to publishers and prospective libel plaintiffs to settle their disputes before...more

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