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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

The Biggest Fear in Hollywood: Video on Demand

Usually, horror movies scare the audience, but the latest installment of Paranormal Activity gave theater houses something to fear: a new distribution model. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the sixth installment...more

Chicago Mayor’s Tax-Heavy Budget Passes: Lease and Amusement Tax Implications

Last week the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2016 revenue ordinance as part of his tax-laden budget proposal. The revenue ordinance included noteworthy changes to the personal property lease transaction...more

Video Privacy Protection Act Narrowed – App’s Transmission of Roku ID Not Disclosure of Personal Information

A New York district court opinion is the latest addition to our watch of ongoing VPPA-related disputes, a notable decision on the issue of what exactly is a disclosure of “personally identifiable information” (PII) under the...more

Facebook’s “Copyright” Post - The Sound and the Fury

Users of Facebook no doubt have seen at least some of their friends post the “copyright” update. In brief, the post states “I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details,” including photos,...more

Important Circuit Court Ruling Limits Scope of VPPA Liability

The Eleventh Circuit issued a notable ruling this week limiting a mobile app’s liability under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), 18 U.S.C. § 2710, a law enacted in 1988 to preserve “consumer” personal privacy with...more

Tax Policy Update

As in the 9 percent "amusement tax" that the city of Chicago recently extended to online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, triggering a series of lawsuits alleging that the newly expanded tax was illegally...more

Is Hulu Really Going “Ad-Free?”

Last week, Hulu announced that, à la Amazon and Netflix—it would be offering ad-free video streaming services to its customers. The cost to subscribers would be an additional $4 per month. Complaints about Hulu’s mandatory...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 Regulation of Internet Video: Implications for Local Government and Community Media

As the Federal Cable Communications Commission gets ready to adopt a new rule on how to modernize the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor to include companies that provide video via the public Internet,...more

Alabama Remains Sweet Home for Streaming Content

Recently, a coalition of legislators and advocacy groups prevented the Alabama Department Revenue from imposing sales tax on streaming content. The Department proposed to amend Administrative Code Rule 810-6-5-.09 to include...more

Netflix Defeats Video Privacy Class Action

In Mollett, et al. v. Netflix, Inc., No. 12-17045 (9th Cir. July 31, 2015), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action filed against Netflix, Inc. for alleged violations of...more

Beme, or BeHBO / BeShowtime / BePayPerView?

It has been a tumultuous year for copyright owners. The old cliche is “if you love something, set it free,” but it seems plenty of third parties are happy to take on that task when it comes to copyrighted content....more

Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FilmOn X, LLC - USDC, C.D. California, July 16, 2015

District court holds that Internet television streaming service is eligible for compulsory licenses under § 111 of Copyright Act because it meets requirements of definition of “cable company” and Copyright Act does not...more

Manatt Digital Media - July 2015

In this edition, we reflect upon the key digital media events of the first half of 2015 and present the major deals, developments and trends across video, music, gaming and virtual reality....more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #3

Harlem Globetrotters Get an Assist From CARU - In a rare loss, the Harlem Globetrotters agreed, at the direction of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU), that their age-screening practices for the company's...more

Influential Business Group Requests Legislative Rejection of Proposed Rental Tax Regulation; Legislative Council Hearing Set for...

As previously reported, the Alabama Department of Revenue proposed a regulation imposing a rental tax on digital transmissions, broadly defined as “on demand movies, television programs, streaming video, streaming audio, and...more

Goods and Services Tax in Australia to Apply to Offshore Digital Supplies (and More)

Draft Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation has been released which seeks to level the playing field by ensuring that digital products and services provided to Australian consumers are subject to GST, whether provided by...more

The evolving story of cameras in court

For a few days in June and July 2015 — like June and July most years — national attention will focus on the Supreme Court, and its most awaited decisions. This year it is same-sex marriage, and the fate of Obamacare, but...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - June 2015

ADVERTISING - UK: Tweaks to rules on sales promotions and competitions - The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has introduced changes to the provisions of its advertising code which deal with the running of...more

Ultramercial v. WildTangent -- Petition for Writ of Certiorari

The Ultramercial story is not over. In the latest step of a controversial case involving 35 U.S.C. § 101 that has been ongoing since 2009, patentee Ultramercial has petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. The...more

Applying the Video Privacy Protection Act to Online Streaming

Passed in 1988, the VPPA prohibits a “video tape service provider” from “knowingly” disclosing a consumer’s “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) to third parties without his or her consent. The VPPA defines a “video...more

TV Catchup and Section 73 – (Nearly) The End of the Road?

The Court of Appeal in England has recently made a second reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the case brought by UK free-to-air broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 against the Internet...more

Rolling With the Punches: The Fight Over Livestreaming

Boxing fans eagerly awaited the May 2, 2015, championship match between boxers Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. But the fight also drew the interest of those following online video apps Meerkat and Periscope....more

Court Applies Video Privacy Protection Act to the Internet Streaming Era; Declares Hulu the Victor

After nearly four years of litigation, Hulu has prevailed against claims that it unlawfully disclosed its users’ video viewing selections and personal identification information to Facebook and other online networks. In In Re...more

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