Breaking Bad: Is Final Episode a Trade Secret?
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
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
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
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
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
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
A man applies to be a weather anchor. The station instead hires “younger attractive females.” The man then sues the station, alleging discrimination....more
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
By Oct. 10, 2013, 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
The next phase of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements implementing the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) is set to kick in for closed-captioning video programming delivered via...more
Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The lengths that TV show producers will go to in order to protect the secrecy of final episodes are legendary.
Take "Breaking Bad," halfway through this final season, the actors started...more
It happened. MVS announced that, as from September 16, 2013, it would start broadcasting the free-to-air TV (FTA TV) channels to Dish subscribers. Televisa and TV Azteca shows have some of the biggest ratings among TV (and...more
It appears that a Circuit split is developing on the issue of whether Internet services that transmit network television programs are engaged in a transmission to the public in violation of the networks’ copyrights. The...more
Although not quite as lucrative as its pre-season US tour, Everton FC’s recent successful appearance before media regulator Ofcom helps it to retain a few more pounds which might be available for the transfer kitty.
Marvel Worldwide, Inc. v. Kirby, USCA Second Circuit, August 8, 2013 -
Second Circuit affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs, comic book publishers, and against defendants, heirs of renowned comic...more
The UK Government has published The Cultural Test (Television Programmes) Regulations 2013 (the “Regulations“) which will come into force on 13 August 2013....more
In April, we wrote about the ongoing dispute between Aereo, the upstart technology company that utilizes warehouses full of tiny antennas to capture over-the-air television and then retransmit it over the Internet to its...more
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