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Down Stream from Aereo: FilmOn Pulled by Different Legal Currents

Last year in American Broad. Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., the Supreme Court dealt a significant victory to the broadcast industry when it concluded that Aereo’s online streaming services infringed the broadcasters’ copyrighted...more

"FCC Regulatory Initiatives May Spur Foreign Investment in Broadcast and Telecom Entities"

Recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) and Obama administration initiatives may help to spur foreign investment in U.S. entities holding broadcast, telecommunications and other licenses issued by the...more

FCC May Ease the Way for Foreign Investment in Telecommunications Industry

The FCC seeks public input on how it can change the rules that limit direct and indirect foreign ownership in media and telecommunications companies to reduce barriers to foreign sources of capital without compromising...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - October 2015

The "Dancing Baby" Case—Ninth Circuit Rules That "Fair Use" Must First Be Considered Before Sending Takedown Notices Under the DMCA - Why it matters: On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Lenz v. Universal...more

Alert: FCC Sets Dates for 2015 Broadcast Incentive Auction

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") has established the initial deadlines for its 2016 broadcast incentive auction—an auction that could involve the sale of up to 120 MHz of attractive low-band spectrum and draw...more

What you need to know about Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 1) - General Overview

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition...more

Ofcom launches review of TV production sector

On 8 October 2015, following a request from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (The Secretary of State), Ofcom announced it was conducting a formal review of the TV production sector in the UK. The review...more

O’Reilly Paints Team Telecom As an “Inextricable Black Hole” for Applicants, but Will His Call for Reform Fare Better?

On October 1, Chairman Wheeler announced that he has circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking among his fellow Commissioners that would seek comment on simplifying the FCC’s foreign ownership approval process for broadcast...more

Broadcast Station Reminder — Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits;...

By October 10, 2015, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and...more

FCC Brings “Contest Rule” into 21st Century with Update

The FCC “Contest Rule,” requires broadcast licensees to disclose on air the material terms of contests that they broadcast. In September, 2015, the FCC updated that rule to permit broadcast licensees to comply with their...more

FCC Updates Contest Rule to Provide Flexibility to Meet Disclosure Requirements

Radio and television stations, as well as their audiences, have reason to celebrate. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced significant updates to its regulations regarding the disclosure of material...more

Wait, What Did They Just Say? FCC Provides More Flexibility to Broadcasters for Disclosure Requirements in its Contest Rule

On September 17, 2015, the FCC released a Report and Order with a long-awaited update to the Contest Rule that gives broadcasters substantially more flexibility as to the medium they choose to announce rules for contests (a...more

PGA takes timid steps to join the growing social media world

During a 2010 review of the sport of golf, Jalen Rose — a former 13-year NBA star turned ESPN sports analyst — urged the PGA to “move forward and embrace social media to the max,” noting that’s Facebook page only had...more

FCC Adopts On-Line Contest Rules

The FCC has updated its contest rules to enable broadcasters to post material terms on-line rather than requiring disclosure through over-the-air announcements. Licensees still retain the option to disclose material...more

FCC modernizes broadcast contest rules to support online disclosure

As we anticipated in our most recent posting, the Federal Communication Commission this morning made a substantial change to its Contest Rules. In a press release today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...more

SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract Update: Active International

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SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract Update: Additional Stations Covered under Section 34.B.3 Program Commercials-Compensation for Use

SAG-AFTRA has added additional stations covered under Section 34.B.3. These stations include LAFF, Grit, Escape and Cozi TV....more

WCRR: EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive Open for Debate

The European Commission launched July 6 a public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2010/13/EU ("AVMSD"), entitled "A media framework for the 21st century," paving the way towards a single European...more

FCC Regulatory Fees Order for FY 2015 Released; September 24 Payment Deadline Set

On September 2, 2015, the FCC released its Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2015 Report and Order (“2015 Regulatory Fees Order”) and set a fee payment deadline of no later than 11:59 PM Eastern...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Singapore (Updated)


2015 FCC Regulatory Fees Due By September 24, 2015

The FCC has announced a deadline of September 24 for receipt of its Fiscal Year 2015 annual regulatory fees. Fees are owed on all authorizations held as of October 1, 2014. Payment may be made by credit card, debit card,...more

FCC may be close to allowing broadcasters to disclose contest terms online

The Federal meeting on September 17, 2015, lists as one of the two subjects to be discussed: “Modernizing contest rules. The Commission will consider a report and order to provide broadcasters greater flexibilities in their...more

EU consults on the Satellite and Cable Directive

As part of the European Commission's ambitious plan for a Digital Single Market, it proposes to create "a modern, more European copyright law". One of its initiatives is reform of the regulations on the copyright clearing...more

FCC Public Notice Provides Details for Incentive Auction

As noted in our recent advisory on this subject, the FCC adopted procedures for next year’s scheduled incentive auction at its open meeting on Aug. 6. The FCC has now released the details in a 156-page Public Notice,...more

Alert: US Spectrum Auction Presents Investment Opportunity

On March 29, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") will begin its Television Broadcast Incentive Auction. Television broadcasters will first bid in a "reverse" auction to return their spectrum to the government...more

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