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She Liked It. She Really, Really Liked It: Federal District Court Holds Facebook Fan Page Manager Doesn’t Own “Likes”

A federal district court broke new social media law ground in August 2014 when it held in favor of the cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET) in a suit brought by the founder of an unofficial Facebook fan page for...more

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2014

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2014 fiscal year. The due date is Sept. 23, 2014. The fees are intended to recover the Commission's cost of operations, estimated to be...more

Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Swaps/Sales Spark Thousands of Filings at the FCC; Responses Due Sept. 23

The proposed merger of the two largest cable operators in the country, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and the related system swaps and sales involving Charter Communications, have generated an enormous amount of press...more

Following loss before the Supreme Court, Aereo "astonishes" broadcasters with new legal strategy

Shortly after its highly publicized loss before the US Supreme Court, which appeared to doom its over-the-air television Internet streaming business, New York-based Aereo has asserted in federal district court that it is...more

Film Tax Incentives in Latin America

Distribution of audiovisual content is blooming at a very fast pace, and while the consumer is still demanding for more new content, producers are struggling with this new competitive era. While appetite for content is at its...more

Are Internet TV Providers Cable Companies Now?

Last month, in American Broadcasting Companies Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo’s service of streaming broadcast TV over the Internet violated copyrights in the streamed TV shows. Although this ruling...more

American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc.: Supreme Court Departs from Volitional Act Test for Copyright Infringement

On June 25, the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in the case of American Broadcasting Companies, et al. v. Aereo, Inc. f/k/a Bamboom Labs, Inc., Case No. 13-461 (June 25, 2014). The case centered on Aereo’s...more

Intellectual Property Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Rules in ABC v. Aereo

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided American Broadcasting Companies, et al. v. Aereo. The 6-3 ruling holds that Aereo’s business model of streaming live broadcast television content over the Internet to its...more

Supreme Court Decides American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc.

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc., No. 13-461, holding that Aereo violates the Copyright Act by streaming near-live copyrighted television programming to subscribers...more

Aereo - A Reboot Opportunity For Broadcasters?

Yesterday the Supreme Court issued the Aereo opinion and decided that, given its activities, Aereo is substantially similar to a cable television provider and therefore “perform[s] petitioners’ copyrighted works ‘publicly,’...more

The Aereo of its Ways: The U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Broadcasters

In a 6 to 3 decision, the United States Supreme Court, in the case of American Broadcasting Cos., Inc., et al. v Aereo, Inc., has just ruled that Aereo, an Internet service that allows customers to watch free broadcast TV...more

Supreme Court Rules Aereo’s Streaming Broadcast Service Violates the Copyright Act

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. – What You Need to Know - Today the Supreme Court ruled that streaming broadcast television signals to subscribers without paying for the programs violates the...more

Aereo’s Antenna Arrays and Streaming of Broadcast Programming to Individual Subscribers Found Infringing

In a significant victory for the broadcast industry, the Supreme Court has held in a 6-3 decision that Aereo’s TV streaming service is a public performance within the meaning of the Copyright Act. Aereo operates massive...more

Copyright Law Alert: Copyright Worries for Cloud Service Providers Following Aereo Decision

The U.S. broadcasting industry scored a significant win yesterday, when the U.S. Supreme Court determined that internet TV provider Aereo infringed the copyright of broadcasters by streaming their over-the-air broadcasts to...more

Suit Challenging Cable Bundling Survives Motion to Dismiss

Cable subscribers, tired of being forced to purchase more obscure channels like VH1 Classic and Teen Nick in order to get their nightly Daily Show fix on Comedy Central, should be encouraged by a recent antitrust decision out...more

The Big Picture: Aereo Held to Violate Public Performance Right

In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court today ruled that Aereo’s internet television service infringes broadcasters’ exclusive rights to publicly perform their works. Despite the potentially broad...more

Supreme Court Holds that Technical Differences Don’t Save Aereo From Infringement Liability

Television broadcasters and other digital content providers issued a collective sigh of relief on June 25, 2014 when the United States Supreme Court issued its much-awaited opinion in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v....more

The Supreme Court Decides Aereo, Finds That Transmitting Copyrighted Programs To Subscribers Is A Public Performance

While the decision is ostensibly limited to Aereo’s particular service, it offers some guidance on how broadcast networks, cable-alternative companies like Aereo, and other content providers can innovate within the bounds of...more

Congress's ‘Regulatory Objectives’ for Copyright Law Prevail in Supreme Court's Aereo Holding

In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. et al. v. Aereo, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held today by a margin of 6 to 3 that an unlicensed online broadcast television retransmission service infringed copyrights owned by...more

Competitive Providers One Step Closer to Support for Rural Broadband Deployment Following Latest FCC CAF Phase II Order

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its long-awaited order establishing a framework for competitors to obtain broadband subsidies (support) through Phase II of the Connect...more

North Carolina Court Orders Electric Cooperative Pole Owner to Apply FCC Cable Formula

On May 22, 2014, the General Court of Justice of Rutherford County, North Carolina issued an important Order and Opinion interpreting a state statute governing the maximum lawful pole attachment rates that North Carolina...more

North Carolina Court Issues First Decision Controlling Coop Pole Attachment Rates

This is a story of persistence and perseverance, if not patience. The cable industry finally obtained some control over skyrocketing pole attachment rates charged by cooperative utilities in North Carolina when the...more

Public Comment Period Open on FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposed Rules

A few weeks ago, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler set off a firestorm when he announced the FCC would consider adopting rules that would allow cable and telephone companies to charge Internet content providers (such as Amazon,...more

Underdog or Underhanded: The Real Issues Behind Aereo

How do you prove someone is breaking the law, if the technology they are using to do so didn’t even exist when the law was written?...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument in Aereo Case re Bringing Broadcast TV to the Internet

A central theme of several Justices’ comments and questions was how a decision finding Aereo’s business to involve public performance could affect Dropbox or other cloud storage providers where consumers store performance...more

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