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Draft regulation on online transmissions and retransmissions – EP ready to negotiate with Council and Commission

by Hogan Lovells on

Drama at the European Parliament: whoever thought the dispute within the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) around the adoption of a new regulation dealing with online transmissions by broadcasters and retransmissions...more

FCC Adopts Next Gen TV: Maybe Not A Good Thing

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In another controversial move, the FCC has approved by a 3-2 vote the adoption of the ATSC 3.0 standard for broadcast TV, known as Next Gen TV. This IP-based standard will permit over-the-air broadcasters to offer Ultra High...more

CJEU rules on Cloud Recorder: Transmission constitutes a communication to the public that requires the right holders consent

by Hogan Lovells on

On 29 November 2017, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) handed down a decision on a video recording service that stores TV programmes online in a cloud (C-265/16 – VCAST). ...more

FCC Adopts ATSC 3.0

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

At its November agenda meeting, the FCC voted 3-2 to adopt a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that allows TV broadcasters to use the next generation broadcast television transmission standard (“ATSC...more

DSM Watch: JURI votes on the Draft Regulation on Online Transmissions and Retransmissions and proposes major reduction in scope

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs’ (JURI) took its long awaited and frequently postponed vote on the draft Regulation COM(2016) 594 relating to online transmissions and retransmissions by...more

FCC Continues Push for Media Modernization – Eliminates Media Ownership Rules

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On November 16, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 in favor of eliminating several long-standing media ownership rules. The move by the FCC represents a major change in policy, and another step in the FCC’s ongoing media...more

FCC Finds the Case for Broadcast Ownership Deregulation Compelling

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

After much public debate, the FCC voted 3-2 today to reconsider and reverse the prior decision of the Wheeler FCC to leave the broadcast ownership rules largely unchanged in the 2010/2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review. As...more

Most TV Stations Can Stop Drafting Their DTV Ancillary Services Report

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC today released an Order waiving, at least for this year, the requirement that full power, Class A and low power television stations file what has traditionally been known as a Form 317 report by December 1. More...more

DSM Watch: Leaked Compromise Proposal by JURI on the Draft Regulation on Online Transmissions and Retransmissions by Broadcasters

by Hogan Lovells on

Not long ago, we reported on the Committee on Legal Affairs’ (JURI) decision to temporarily postpone its final vote on the new Copyright Directive (COM(2016) 593). We also pointed to some other copyright-related initiatives...more

FCC Briefing: Two Things To Watch

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Here in the Hollywood bubble, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own tales of heartbreak, victory and scandal and forget that events outside of LA can also impact the entertainment business. One of these is that the FCC is...more

FCC Eliminates the Main Studio Rule and Begins Proceeding to Eliminate Additional Broadcast Regulations

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 24, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 in favor of eliminating the 80-year old requirement that TV and radio broadcasters maintain a main studio and locate employees in or near their community of license. The decision...more

Breaking News: FCC Releases Details of Its Proposed ATSC 3.0 Approval

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

This evening the FCC released the Agenda for its November 16 Public Meeting, and as anticipated, the two Media items on it are the Reconsideration of the FCC’s Broadcast Ownership Rules and the FCC’s proposed approval of ATSC...more

The Main Studio Rule Is Dead; Long Live the Main Studio

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

In a move that would have once been stunning, but which now was so expected as to be anticlimactic, the FCC today voted to eliminate the Main Studio Rule. In doing so, it also eliminated various associated requirements such...more

After Nearly 5 Years, FCC Lifting Freeze on Mods for Unrepacked Full-Power and Class A TV Stations

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC announced late today that the freeze that has been in place since April 2013 which prevents full-power and Class A TV stations from filing applications to expand their coverage areas will be lifted temporarily, likely...more

EU & Competition Law Update – October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

When is a private company considered a public body and subject to the EU procurement rules? A recent European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) case has thrown up a novel legal issue which will be of interest to all public...more

Canada Looks to Boost Can-Con Presence in the Digital World Through Funding, Legislative Reform

On September 28, 2017, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, delivered a long-awaited speech on the future of Canadian cultural and creative industries. Together with a policy framework document...more

TV Stations’ First Ever Quarterly Transition Progress Report Due October 10

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

As we noted back in April (has it really been that long ago?) when the FCC first announced the TV spectrum repack deadlines, TV stations being repacked now have yet another quarterly filing obligation. Television stations...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ September 2017

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. The FCC entered into a Consent...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

By October 10, 2017, 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

Today’s the Day: Nationwide EAS Test and Form 2 Deadline Arrive

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Earlier this week, the FCC and FEMA released a final reminder that this year’s nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will occur today, September 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM Eastern Time. The test will be transmitted in both...more

FCC Announces Modification Window for Repacked and Band-Changing Stations

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC announced yesterday that repacked and band-changing television and Class A television stations will have the opportunity to file applications to specify a new channel or expand their proposed facilities between...more

Board Blows the Whistle on Independent Contractor Status for NBA Video Production Crew

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the NBA season opener just over a month away, at least one team could be getting an unexpected influx of free agents. In Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017), the Board...more

Changes to Australia's Media Ownership Regime Pave Way for Mergers and Acquisitions

by Jones Day on

The Australian government has secured the long-awaited support it needed from independent Senate cross-benchers to make sweeping changes to Australia's media ownership laws. ...more

LinkedIn Over Her Head: When Broadcasting a Change in Employment Counts as Solicitation

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent blog post discussed an Illinois state court decision evaluating an employer’s claim against a former employee for breach of a non-solicitation agreement, when the employee had added former co-workers on LinkedIn...more

FCC Pushes Back New Unified Ownership Report Filing Deadline for Commercial and NCE Broadcast Stations

The FCC announced on Friday afternoon that it would push back the December 1, 2017 deadline for commercial and noncommercial broadcast stations to file their biennial ownership reports. Rather than opening the filing window...more

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