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FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ April 2017

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue...more

You Can’t Have One Without the Other: FCC Restores UHF Discount to National Cap

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

While the great American songwriter Sammy Cahn felt it was Love and Marriage that were inseparable (as they “go together like a horse and carriage”), the FCC today found the UHF Discount just as inseparable from its 39%...more

FCC Announces Auction Results and Sets TV Repack Deadlines

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

To use a metaphor those headed to Vegas for the NAB Show will appreciate, two of the three wheels on the Spectrum Repack slot machine had stopped spinning, and all eyes have since been anxiously watching that third and final...more

Mexico Courts Rule Telecom Agency's Interconnection Costs Model "Reasonable"

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico's Telecom and Antitrust Federal Courts have issued three resolutions declaring that the model used by the Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (COFETEL) for calculating interconnection costs for fixed and mobile...more

No Common Law “Public Performance Right” for Broadcast of Pre-1972 Recordings

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed with the New York Court of Appeals that there is no New York State common law “right of public performance” for pre-1972 recordings that is equivalent to federal copyright...more

THE LATEST: Antitrust Umps Throw Out Information Exchanges Relating To LA Dodgers Broadcast Rights

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reinforces the perils of competitor information exchanges by challenging alleged communications between DirecTV and other video programmers related to broadcast rights for Los Angeles (LA)...more

Modernisation on all fronts: Today’s Adoption of 2017 Amendments to the German Act against Restraints of Competition

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The most important changes and their practical impact - The EU antitrust damages directive (2014/104/EU) (the Damages Directive) should in fact have been transposed into national law by the end of 2016—however, the ninth...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ March 2017

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

By April 10, 2017, 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 January, February...more

FCC Sets April 10th as First Day for New, More Flexible FM Translator Rules

AM radio stations owners should mark April 10th on their calendars. That is the official effective date for new FCC rules governing FM translator location—and it gives AM stations more options than before in placing those...more

FCC Approves First 100% Foreign Owner of US Broadcast Stations

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On March 31, 2017, Frontier Media, LLC will close on its purchase of 15 radio stations (8 FM/7 AM) in Alaska, Texas and Arkansas, becoming the first 100 percent foreign owned entity to own U.S. broadcast stations. The Federal...more

Mexico Judicial Criteria Issued for Telecommunications Antitrust and Preponderance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

One of the purposes of the 2013 Amendment to the Mexican Constitution was to promote competition in telecommunications and broadcasting services. As part of the reform, the Federal Telecommunications Institute, or Instituto...more

Are You Liable If Your Station is Hacked?

Somehow, hackers manage access to your radio station audio chain and broadcast alternate programming with indecent or profane content. What will be the FCC’s reaction? Do you notify the FCC? Originally published on Radio...more

Finding of Exceptionality Leaves Unsuccessful Infringement Plaintiff Liable for Over $50 Million in Attorney Fees and Costs

Needless to say, a finding of exceptionality under 35 U.S.C. § 285 can have crippling consequences. Just ask Rembrandt Technologies, LP, which recently was slapped with an order to pay the prevailing defendants in a...more

FCC Releases Details on Channel Sharing Permitted Outside of the Incentive Auction

After consistently calling for more transparency in the FCC rulemaking process during his time as a minority Commissioner, now Chairman Ajit Pai is making good on his promise. In a significant departure from the secrecy that...more

ATSC 3.0 and the Perennial Transition

As someone who has been deeply involved in planning for the rollout of ATSC 3.0, I get a lot of questions about the next generation broadcasting standard. By far the two most common questions are “When will the transition...more

PRC Regulation on Internet-Based Live Broadcasting Businesses

On Sept. 2, 2016, the General Administration of Press Publication Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (the “GAPP”) released the Circular on Several Issues for Strengthening the Administration of...more

Pai FCC Moves Quickly to Rescind Wheeler FCC Actions

After the election, it was clear that we would be seeing a much different FCC in 2017. Such transitions typically take time, as a president’s nomination of new candidates to fill the Chairman’s or commissioners’ seats, along...more

FCC’s Media Bureau Rescinds Ruling on New Noncom Ownership Reporting Rules

Just 29 days ago, the FCC’s Media Bureau issued an unusual decision denying Petitions for Reconsideration of an order adopted by the commissioners themselves, raising questions as to who’s in charge at the FCC. The petitions...more

FCC Eliminates Two Public File Requirements: One for Broadcasters and One for Cable Operators

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai chaired his first Commission meeting yesterday with a slimmed-down Commission consisting of two Republicans (Pai and Michael O’Rielly) and one Democrat (Mignon Clyburn). The FCC will likely be back...more

Letters From the Public: Pai FCC Takes First Step on Broadcast Deregulation

It took a while to get to this point, but at the first public meeting of the Pai FCC, the Commission voted today to eliminate the requirement that stations maintain “Letters and Emails from the Public” in their public...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ January 2017

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue...more

Canadian IP law and practice in 2016: reviewing the highlights

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As the calendar turns the page from 2016 to 2017, we take the opportunity to review Canadian IP law and practice highlights from the past year....more

Breaking News: FCC Moves Forward on Eliminating the Need to Maintain a Local Public File

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Last May, Jessica Nyman and I wrote about the potential impact of an FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to eliminate the requirement that stations keep “Letters and Emails from the Public” in their Public Inspection...more

FCC Makes Airing Political Ads Much More Complicated

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

If trying to maintain the required paperwork for political advertising aired by your station gives you a headache, prepare for a migraine of biblical proportions. With the departure of Commissioner Rosenworcel leaving...more

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