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Manatt Digital Media - May 2016

In this newsletter, we hear from Jacob Carlson on the latest M&A happenings in the world of Media and Entertainment, with particular attention to hot-button issues such as VR/AR, live streaming, and eSports. Viewed...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

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

TVEyes on the Prize: Clarifying the Law of Copyright Fair Use

TVEyes is a media monitoring service, claiming, “to organize the world’s TV and radio broadcasts and make them universally searchable by the spoken word.” Founded in 1999, the service uses innovative “audio mining”...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

Interesting court decisions in 2015 in the fields of IP, IT and mass communications: Dentons' takeaway - The consideration in 2015...

Among the many interesting court decisions adopted in 2015 in the areas of intellectual property rights, information technologies and mass media regulation, we have selected the top ten we view as the most notable. Presented...more

Arbitration Award Overturned Because Panel Not Impartial

On November 4, 2015, the New York Supreme Court vacated an arbitration award concerning the right to televise baseball games on the ground that the arbitration panel was not impartial. The arbitration involved the Baltimore...more

Update: FCC Divides Closed Captioning Compliance Responsibility, Imposes New Obligations Directly on Programmers

UPDATE: The FCC released its Second Report and Order on February 19, 2016. The advisory below has been updated to reflect the details of the order. At its Open Meeting on February 18, 2016, the Federal Communications...more

FCC Divides Closed Captioning Compliance Responsibility, Imposes New Obligations Directly on Programmers

Yesterday, at its February Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission revisited its closed captioning rules to answer open questions regarding which entities in the video programming production and distribution...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

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

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