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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

Keeping it real: litigation insights from ‘Making a Murderer’

It’s mid-January, and I’m sitting in my office writing this post while snow falls outside. (Yes, we get snow in South Carolina and, yes, it terrifies us.) The snow, however, reminds me of the frozen northern Wisconsin...more

Arbitration Award Overturned Under The FAA Because The Panel Was Not Impartial

The New York Supreme Court vacated the award entered in an arbitration of television rights between Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (“MASN”), the Baltimore Orioles, the Commissioner of Baseball (“MLB”) and the Washington...more

Ofcom publishes new media plurality measurement framework advice

What is media plurality? Media plurality is defined by Ofcom as: ..Ensuring that there is diversity in the viewpoints that are available and consumed across and within media enterprises ..Preventing any one media...more

Alert: Videos On A Newspaper Website Could Fall Under The Audiovisual Media Services Directive – Europe's Top Court

The Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU') judgment last month in New Media Online GmbH v Bundeskommunikationssenat, Case C-347/14, has potentially significant implications for any news organisations hosting...more

When public perception and the law differ: man fired for heckling TV reporter at soccer game is rehired after arbitration process

Just because members of the public call for the firing of an employee for yelling sexual taunts at a TV reporter at a sports match, does not mean that the firing is legally justified, a recent case illustrates....more

Periscope, Meerkat, HBO and the Live-Stream Dilemma

With live-streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat becoming increasingly popular, the introduction of a “live” element in the social media game is creating unique business and legal concerns. While most of the videos streamed on...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

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - July 2015 (Global)

FILM AND TV - HUB FOCUS: Recent TV trends in Germany - Our global Media, Sport & Entertainment HUB provides insights into various legal and commercial issues impacting on this space. As part of our HUB FOCUS series, we...more

Public Service Broadcasting in the UK: Ofcom’s third review

Ofcom published its third review of public service television broadcasting on Wednesday, 2 July. Ofcom is required to review the performance of public service broadcasters periodically. Its last review was published in 2009....more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - May 2015 (Global)

COPYRIGHT - Belgium: Even a world famous painter needs to respect copyright - It has been held that the well-known Belgian painter Luc Tuymans breached professional photographer Katrijn Van Giel's copyright through his...more

Let’s Talk TV – CRTC Roadmap to “Maximize Viewer Choice”

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued its fourth ”Let’s Talk TV” policy decision on the regulation of the Canadian television system.  Today’s decision is  A World of Choice – A...more

Extra-Hollywood Productions, Scene 1: A Review of Current State Film & TV Incentives in the Southeast

Over the past two decades, the competition among the states to offer increasingly lucrative film incentives to lure productions to film within their borders has often been characterized as a race to the bottom. This...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2015 (Global)

BROADCASTING - Italy: Back to the future - connected TVs need "connected regulations" - The Italian Communications Authority recently adopted resolutions concerning changes in the broadcasting landscape....more

Two websites, both alike in category…

Patrick Mitchell and Alasdair Muller consider two recent Ofcom decisions, both on appeal from the Authority for Television on Demand (“ATVOD”). The decisions provided clearer guidance on the criteria to be considered when...more

Truth or Consequences: Sanctions Fly in Telenovela Copyright Infringement Case

The case of Latele Television v. Telemundo Communications Group might have been a simple factual dispute over copyright ownership, but instead it has devolved into a series of accusations — including allegations of willful...more

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

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

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