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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

$10.5 Million Damages to Rebroadcast “Family Guy”

In a recent default judgment granted to Twentieth Century Fox, a Canadian Federal Court recently issued an injunction and a damage award in Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. v. Hernandez et al (T-1618-13) for copyright...more

Cinar v Robinson – The Supreme Court Talks Entertainment Law

Claude Robinson’s long legal march is over. On December 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its unanimous decision in Cinar Corporation v. Robinson (2013 SCC 73)....more

Ofcom, ASA and BCAP: The Review of Rules to Protect Children from Alcohol Advertising on TV

On 17 December 2013, Ofcom published an exchange of letters between its Chief Executive, Ed Richards, Chief Executive of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Guy Parker, and Chairman of the Broadcast Committee of...more

Free Speech and Ron Burgundy: Lessons from Hunter v. CBS

A man applies to be a weather anchor. The station instead hires “younger attractive females.” The man then sues the station, alleging discrimination....more

Broadcast Station End of Year Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; Class A...

By Jan. 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 October, November...more

Big data tools needed for implementing the Mexican Telecom Reform

Ibope chooses a group of homes at random to represent the population to obtain data on TV viewers to later report to broadcasters. As reported by Mexican business journal “El Economista“, TV Azteca, second largest...more

Online streaming of free-to-air TV channels: Why the approach taken by the European Court of Justice and UK High Court in the...

While in the UK the law in relation to the live streaming of free-to-view television channels has been resolved, following the reference to the CJEU and the High Court decision in the TVCatchUp (TVC) litigation, in favour of...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- November 21, 2013

The Authors Guild Inc. v. Google Inc., USDC, S.D. New York, November 14, 2013 - District court grants Google’s summary judgment motion, holding that Google’s scanning and indexing of copyrighted books for its Google...more

Breaking Bad News for Breaking Bad Fans

When I was eight I had a perfect plan to create a multi-million dollar business: a company that sold pet turtle kits that came with miniature nunchucks, swords, and ninja costumes. Back then though it was more difficult to...more

Ofcom upholds Playboy TV and Demand Adult appeal that its services do not fall within ATVOD’s jurisdiction

Ofcom upheld an appeal from Playboy TV UK and Benelux Limited (collectively the "Appellant") following a decision by the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) that Playboy TV and Demand Adult (collectively the "Online...more

TV Catchup allowed to continue reduced service – but questions remain

The High Court has ordered streaming service TV Catchup (TVC) to drop over 20 channels aired by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and pay eighty per cent of the broadcasters’ costs of the action, following a decision of the Court...more

TV company liable for host’s defamatory comments

The Italian Supreme Court held that a TV company was liable for the defamatory comments from the host of one of their TV programs because they did not exercise the requested monitoring activity on him....more

Where Everybody Knows Your Name(s)

Who would you expect to find sitting at the end of the bar in this recently re-named Minneapolis sports bar, formerly known as Halek’s Bar? What if you were to queue a very familiar tune to these lyrics, would that...more

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