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#HackTelecomMexico Telmex on TV: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

For over 20 years, Telmex has been restricted from the TV services. During last 6 years, this debate grew in importance, but the dilemma remains intact: Should Telmex be allowed to enter TV market? If so, under which...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

Who’s Number One? Shoot for Engagement Over All Else – Lessons from Local Television News

It’s February — and that means it’s time for local television stations across the nation to get out their measuring sticks. Here in Minneapolis, and on this day, that notion carries a double meaning. For one, the local...more

Mexican telecom watchdog revises TV networks tender program

Last January 30, 2014, Mexican telecom watchdog, IFT, revised the tender program for 2 national digital-TV networks. The new program revised 8 locations based on comments from interested parties....more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to...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

California Employment Law Notes - January 2014

TV Station's Failure To Hire Weather News Anchor Was Protected By Free Speech Rights - Hunter v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc., 221 Cal. App. 4th 1510 (2013) - Kyle Hunter sued CBS Broadcasting for age and gender...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 9, 2014

Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens Limited Partnership, USCA Fourth Circuit, December 17, 2013 - Fourth Circuit affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants NFL and Baltimore Ravens, finding that use of team’s...more

Why Ending FCC Blackout Rules May Be Broadcast TV's Demise [Video]

Jan. 10 (Bloomberg Law) -- The NFL hasn't had a blackout of a playoff game since 2002, though last week was a close one. If a game isn't sold out 72 hours before kickoff, the Federal Communication Commission's rules...more

Coming Next: Mexico to tender 2 D-TV broadcasting networks

Last December 20, 2013, the IFT, Telecom regulator, published the tender program for two TV broadcasting networks with the location of the TV stations and frequencies to be granted under license. The call is expected by...more

Italian DTT Broadcasting – Another chapter to the LCN saga!

The Italian Council of State (Consiglio di Stato) finally published the long awaited decision on the “Telenorba Case”. As you recall from our previous posts, Telenorba appealed against the second LCN plan before the...more

Broadcast Station End of Year Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; Class A...

By Jan. 10, 2014, 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 October, November...more

FCC Clarifies Rule Governing Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations

On November 14, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted a Declaratory Ruling (“Ruling”) clarifying its policies and procedures for reviewing applications or proposed transactions in the broadcasting...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

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 24, 2013

Lewis v. Activision Blizzard, USDC, N.D. Cal, October 17, 2013 - District court grants summary judgment against former employee “game master” of defendant videogame company, finding that sound recordings of employee...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

Business Litigation Report -- September 2013

In This Issue: ..Private Antitrust Litigation in the UK ..First Decision by PTO Under America Invents Act Invalidates Business Method Patent ..September 2013: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 10, 2013

United States v. Liu, USCA, Ninth Circuit, October 1, 2013 - Ninth Circuit panel vacates defendant’s convictions for criminal copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels, holding that district court...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- September 27, 2013

Capitol Records, LLC v. Vimeo, LLC, USDC, S.D.N.Y., September 18, 2013 - District court grants in part and denies in part video-sharing website’s summary judgment motion for safe harbor protection under the DMCA for...more

Be Kind, Rewind: Ninth Circuit Uses Betamax-Era Precedent to Approve Dish Network’s Ad-Skipping Technology

It began initially with TIVO, and has since expanded to major cable and satellite providers such as DirecTV and Dish Network (Dish). Television viewers are now able to digitally record multiple programs with the press of a...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- August 16, 2013

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. v. Kirby, USCA Second Circuit, August 8, 2013 - Second Circuit affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs, comic book publishers, and against defendants, heirs of renowned comic...more

TC's inside IP - Summer 2013: Technology Continues to Test the Boundaries of Copyright Law

Technological advances are stressing the seams of existing copyright law, forcing yet another industry to grapple with the prospect of disruption. At the nexus of this tension is AEREO, Inc. (“Aereo”), a streaming service...more

TC's inside IP - Summer 2013: Dish Network’s Ad-Skipping Hopper DVR Leaps Over Fox’s Injunction Request

The 9th Circuit agrees: Fox cannot stop the Hopper…for now. At stake is the future of how we watch TV: whether DVRs can automatically remove commercials from network shows. Dish Network says yes; Fox says no. While standard...more

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