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On January 19, 2016, a California Court of Appeal issued an unpublished decision in Hunter v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. The case was brought by Kyle Hunter, who filed an employment discrimination complaint, claiming that two...more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

FCC Provides Application Details for TV Stations Participating in Reverse Incentive Auction

In previous advisories dated Aug. 6, 2015 and Aug. 13, 2015, we provided an overview of the FCC’s incentive auction due to begin next year. The FCC has now released a lengthy Public Notice describing the application...more

Ofcom launches review of TV production sector

On 8 October 2015, following a request from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (The Secretary of State), Ofcom announced it was conducting a formal review of the TV production sector in the UK. The review...more

Stacy Allen Speaks: Newsroom Victories During the 2015 Texas Legislative Session

Sometimes, killing a bad bill can be as important as enacting a good one. So it was for newsrooms during the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature. My partner Paul Watler and I were privileged to assist the Texas Association...more

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

By October 10, 2015, 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 July, August and...more

FCC Updates Contest Rule to Provide Flexibility to Meet Disclosure Requirements

Radio and television stations, as well as their audiences, have reason to celebrate. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced significant updates to its regulations regarding the disclosure of material...more

Don’t show satellite TV unless you’re paying for it!

The football season is well under way, new fall television lineups are beginning, and presidential debates are attracting viewers in record numbers. Admit it, you love watching TV. And, if you have a commercial office or...more

SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract Update: Active International

Download the JPC Update for details....more

SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract Update: Additional Stations Covered under Section 34.B.3 Program Commercials-Compensation for Use

SAG-AFTRA has added additional stations covered under Section 34.B.3. These stations include LAFF, Grit, Escape and Cozi TV....more

2015 FCC Regulatory Fees Due By September 24, 2015

The FCC has announced a deadline of September 24 for receipt of its Fiscal Year 2015 annual regulatory fees. Fees are owed on all authorizations held as of October 1, 2014. Payment may be made by credit card, debit card,...more

Copyright Fair Use: 1 Win, 1 Maybe and Two Losses for TVEyes

On August 25, 2015, the Southern District of New York held that the archiving function of a media monitoring service was protected by fair use and that the e-mailing feature could qualify for fair use if certain protective...more

FCC Public Notice Provides Details for Incentive Auction

As noted in our recent advisory on this subject, the FCC adopted procedures for next year’s scheduled incentive auction at its open meeting on Aug. 6. The FCC has now released the details in a 156-page Public Notice,...more

Alert: US Spectrum Auction Presents Investment Opportunity

On March 29, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") will begin its Television Broadcast Incentive Auction. Television broadcasters will first bid in a "reverse" auction to return their spectrum to the government...more

FCC Adopts Incentive Auction Procedures

At its open meeting today, the FCC adopted its much-anticipated Incentive Auction Procedures Public Notice, providing details about the auction officially scheduled to begin March 29, 2016. Although the actual Public Notice...more

FCA Dismisses Appeal of Revocation of Charity Status

In Public Television Association of Quebec v. M.N.R. (2015 FCA 170), the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by the Public Television Association of Quebec (“PTAQ”) of the CRA’s decision to revoke PTAQ’s registered...more

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