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Louisiana Court Holds Video-on-Demand and Pay-Per-View Are Not Tangible Personal Property

Today the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal held that a cable television provider’s video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view (PPV) programming services are not tangible personal property and therefore not subject to sales...more

Plot Thickens for Screenplay Infringement Cases

INTRODUCTION - For more than three decades no type of lawsuit has been more likely to fail than those asserting that the latest hit movie or television series infringes the copyright in a screenplay or other literary...more

UK: Autumn Statement- More good news for the creative sector

On 3 December 2014, as part of his Autumn Statement, the UK Chancellor announced the introduction of a new children’s TV tax relief which is due to be introduced from April 2015....more

GLOBAL: Main takeaways from our “Global TV Production and Co-Production incentives webinar”

The TV industry is a global business set to be worth more than $400BN by 2020, with predicted year-on-year growth of 4.7%. As incentive programs are becoming increasingly important across the industry, we hosted a “TV...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 11 - November 2014

In This Issue: - Court Orders Department of Finance to Release Corporate Tax Return Records to City Comptroller - ALJ Upholds State Tax Department Policy on Personal Liability of LLC Members for Sales...more

Another Step in the Long March from Campbell v. Acuff-Rose toward Fair Use Free-for-All?

TVEyes is a media-monitoring subscription service that “records the entire content of television and radio broadcasts and creates a searchable database of that content.” This service allows subscribers to search keywords or...more

Reality TV, Voyeurism and the Thrills of Construction

My wife was watching Project Runway when I ran across an advertisement on Enr.com for ConstructionCamTv which describes itself as “[a] new 24-hour live streaming channel featuring the best views and time-lapse video from job...more

FCC Repeals Sports Blackout Rules

As expected, the FCC today voted 5-0 to repeal the sports blackout rules that require cable systems and satellite operators to black out local sporting events broadcast on distant television stations when the event is not...more

FTC Warns Advertisers to Check the Fine Print in “Operation Full Disclosure”; Shot Across the Bow Could Signal Law Enforcement...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it sent warning letters to more than 60 national advertisers regarding the inadequacy of disclosures in their television and print ads. The letters are part of an...more

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

By Oct. 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 July, August and...more

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

Mattocks v. Black Entertainment Television LLC

Mattocks v. Black Entertainment Television LLC - USDC, S.D. Florida, August 20, 2014 - District court grants defendant BET summary judgment in suit brought by creator of Facebook Fan Page that promoted BET...more

District Court Denies Summary Judgment in Broadcast Rights Class Action

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Southern District of New York denied motions for summary judgment filed by the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC in suits alleging that these...more

At the Crossroads - Brand integration deals involve copyright, trademark, and insurance considerations

At the crossroads of Hollywood Boulevard and Madison Avenue, a variety of legal and business issues must be considered and addressed in order to set the stage for a successful brand integration deal. In the historical...more

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

By July 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 April, May and June...more

Louisiana Court Holds Video-on-Demand Is Not Subject to Sales Tax

Yesterday the Louisiana 24th Judicial District Court held that a cable service provider’s video-on-demand and pay-per-view video programming are not tangible personal property subject to sales tax. Jefferson Parish had...more

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., Et Al., v. Aereo, Inc., F/K/A Bamboom Labs, Inc.

Brief Of Dish Network L.L.C. And Echostar Technologies L.L.C. As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent (April 2, 2014)

INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE - This amicus curiae brief is filed on behalf of DISH Network L.L.C. (“DISH”) and EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. (“EchoStar”). Since its founding in the early 1980s, DISH has reinvented the...more

Cities Asking Congress to Support Dwindling Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Channels

Public, educational and government (PEG) channels across the U.S. have been closing and consolidating over the last few years. This is the result of: (1) the economic downturn’s impact on municipal funding, (2) an...more

ATVOD issues new regulatory guidance

The co-regulator of video on demand (“VOD”) editorial content, the Authority for TV on Demand (ATVOD), has recently published revised guidance on the scope of the regulations concerning VOD services....more

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

By April 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 January, February...more

Enterprise Investment Scheme availability for film or television co-productions

HMRC has published a note to clarify the interaction between film or television co-productions and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). In the note, HMRC states that companies participating in a film or television...more

Antitrust Claims Against SESAC Copyright Licenses Permitted To Proceed

Performing rights organizations (PROs) are entities that issue licenses to, and collect royalties from, television stations and other parties who wish to perform or dylanbroadcast copyrighted musical compositions. There are...more

Williams v. Black Entertainment Television, Inc. - USDC E.D. New York, February 14, 2014

Pro se plaintiff Charles Williams brought an action for copyright infringement against defendants Viacom, Inc.; Black Entertainment Television LLC s/h/a BET Networks; A&E Television Networks, LLC; Apple, Inc.; Netflix, Inc.;...more

FCC Issues Closed Captioning Quality Standards for Television Programs

At its February 2014 Open Meeting today, the FCC approved new regulations governing the quality of closed captions that must appear in television programming. As noted in our earlier advisory, the long-awaited rules stem from...more

How did Director Cordray fare on Jeopardy!?

CFPB Director Richard Cordray did not come close to matching his success in 1987 when he returned last night to Jeopardy! Mr. Cordray participated in the show’s “Battle of the Decades,” which brought back former champions to...more

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