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Making the Move to the New Online Public Inspection File System This Friday

Friday will see the launch of the FCC’s new online public inspection file system, called, not surprisingly, the Online Public Inspection File (“OPIF”). With stations moving to a “next gen” public inspection file, Pillsbury...more

New CRTC Policy Framework for Local and Community TV

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has published a new policy designed to ease the economic pressure squeezing local television newscasts in the same week in which a report was published...more

Broadcasters obtain injunction in bid to stem “emerging trend” of pre-loaded set-top boxes

The Federal Court of Canada recently granted three large broadcasters an order for an injunction* against retailers of pre-loaded “plug-and-play” set-top boxes.  The apps pre-loaded on the boxes allow consumers to access TV...more

New Online Public File Demonstration Set for June 13

In a Public Notice released June 2, 2016, the FCC has taken the next steps towards implementing the expanded online public inspection file, which is set to go live on June 24th. Specifically, the FCC announced that on June...more

FCC Announces Effective Date for Expanded Online Public File Requirement

In our Memorandum of January 28, 2016, we described the FCC’s expansion of the online public file requirement to cable TV, DBS, broadcast and satellite radio stations. Until now, only TV stations have been required to keep...more

ABC, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, and lessons on parting ways with key employees

What Kelly Ripa lacks in size, she makes up for in attitude. At just 5’3?, the petit daytime talk show star measures but a fraction of the size of her former co-host, Michael Strahan, himself a former New York Giants...more

Broadcast Client Advisory: June 24, 2016 Effective Date for Expanded On-Line Public Files

The FCC has announced that its expanded requirements for on-line public files will become effective June 24, 2016. Commercial radio stations in the top 50 Nielsen markets with five or more full-time employees must begin...more

All New Online Public File for TV, Radio, Cable and Satellite Coming June 24th

Television broadcasters have had to comply with an online Public Inspection File requirement since 2012. This past January, the FCC announced that it would expand the online Public File requirement to certain broadcast...more

Sentencing of Keys, Responsible for 2010 LA Times Data Breach, Should Remind Companies to Fortify Cybersecurity and Plan Response...

A federal judge in California recently sentenced a former employee of KTXL Fox40, a Tribune Company-owned television station, to two years in prison for three felony convictions relating to his assistance to the “hacktivist”...more

Convicted Felon’s Defamation Suit Triggers Multiple Anti-SLAPP Motions

In late March, David Pitts filed suit against two local television stations (Channels 4 and 7), their parent companies, and Patch Media, which runs hyperlocal websites. According to the Superior Court Complaint, Pitts was...more

British Columbia Announces Changes to Film and TV Tax Credits

On May 2, 2016 the government of British Columbia announced significant changes to the province’s film, television and digital media tax credit programs. While the changes remain to be approved by the provincial legislature,...more

British Columbia film and television tax credit announcement

British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong released a statement this morning regarding proposed changes to BC’s film, television and digital media tax credit programs. Subject to approval of the British Columbia...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ April 2016

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 includes: -...more

FCC Sets Clearing Target and Starting Date for Incentive Auction

In a long-anticipated move towards commencement of the spectrum auction, the FCC today released a Public Notice and related Appendix providing an initial clearing target of 126 Megahertz of spectrum in what is currently the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 13, Moody’s published its approach to rating obligations with variable promises, where the source of variation is related to non-standard or non-credit-related reference factors. ...more

California FEHA Forecast: Evidence of Pretext Required in Anti-SLAPP Case Against TV Stations

On January 19, 2016, a California Court of Appeal issued an unpublished decision in Hunter v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. The case was brought by Kyle Hunter, who filed an employment discrimination complaint, claiming that two...more

FCC Adopts Rulemaking Notice Proposing to Expand Video Description Requirements

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to amend its video description rules to increase the amount of required video described programming as well as the number...more

FCC’s Efforts to Expand Video Description May Spark Debate on Statutory Authority

The FCC’s video description rules require covered broadcasters and MVPDs to provide audio-narration of the key visual elements of a program during pauses in the dialogue so as to make it more accessible to individuals who are...more

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

By April 10, 2016, 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

CBS Broadcasting Inc. v. FilmOn.com, Inc. (USCA, Second Circuit, February 16, 2016 )

Second Circuit affirms district court order finding Internet-based television provider FilmOn violated consent order and permanent injunction by distributing plaintiff television networks’ copyrighted content without...more

Justice Scalia on Trademark and Copyright: Dastar, Penguin-Shaped Cocktail Shakers and “Guilt by Resemblance”

When we decided to mark the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia by recounting a few of his copyright and trademark opinions, we were somewhat surprised to discover that there really hadn’t been that many. In fact, we located...more

MLB Settles, Leaving Unanswered Questions: Do Sports Leagues’ Regional Blackout Agreements Violate Antitrust Laws?

In the wake of Major League Baseball’s settlement of antitrust claims on the eve of trial, the central question from the lawsuit remains: are sports leagues’ exclusive broadcasting territories for live games an antitrust...more

MLB Pitches Around Consumers by Settling Suit, Avoiding Further Litigation on the Scope of Its Longstanding Antitrust Exemption

We’ve previously written about litigation involving the scope of Major League Baseball’s long-standing antitrust exemption. Earlier this week, on the eve of trial, MLB settled Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of...more

CBC v. SODRAC: Supreme Court on Canadian Copyright

The CBC, like all television broadcasters, makes copies of various works - such as music and other content - in the course of preparing programs for broadcast. So-called “synchronization copies” are used to add musical works...more

Amendments to laws on TV and radio broadcasting in Kazakhstan

Laws for TV and radio broadcasting in Kazakhstan were amended twice – in October and November 2015. Amendments affect advertising on foreign TV and radio channels retransmitted in Kazakhstan, as well as operations of foreign...more

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