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Tethered Drone Operator’s Part 107 Waiver Granted by FAA

A Columbus, Ohio based company, CivitasNow, has just become the second company ever (CNN was the first) to be granted a Part 107 waiver to fly drones over people by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ...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

U.S. Attorney General Announces Plans to Pursue Leak Investigations

by Jackson Walker on

Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a potential sea change in the Department of Justice’s treatment of the news media. Sessions proclaimed that the Justice Department will pursue leak...more

Courting confusion: mixed messages over the role of the ECJ post-Brexit could derail a transitional deal

by DLA Piper on

There was a major flaw in the way many media outlets reported last week on the Government's policy on the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) after Brexit, contained in its position paper Enforcement and...more

Department of Justice Announces Review of Media Subpoena Policies

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

DOJ may revise policies on using investigatory tools to procure information about the media, with significant legal and business implications. Key Points: ..The review marks DOJ’s second significant evaluation of media...more

0.44% of NFL Brains

by Wilson Elser on

When The New York Times reports that 110 out of 111 NFL brains (99.09%) have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), everyone pays attention. Mothers worry about their kids. Some worry about their jobs. Senate subcommittees...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Overview: Consumer consolidation drives top end deals

by White & Case LLP on

Following a host of mega-deals, and with the US$13.5 billion megadeal between technology giant Amazon and high-end grocery chain Whole Foods recently grabbing headlines, the consumer sector delivered its highest half-year...more

United Airlines: Principle Over People & Profits…Was It Worth It?

by Nancy Myrland on

You have to think twice. No, you have to think more than twice. You have to think before, during and after a crisis to make sure your response is calm, measured, sympathetic, accurate, and correct. Unless you’ve been...more

SEC Files Enforcement Actions Against Multiple Defendants In "Trolling-Type" Scheme To Generate False Publicity For Certain...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (”SEC”) announced fourteen enforcement actions, charging 28 businesses and individuals in connection with alleged schemes to pay writers to generate “bullish” articles...more

PR in the Age of Alternative Facts

by Knapp Marketing on

Pitching stories for our legal clients in the days following January 20th, one fact is abundantly clear: like everything else since the inauguration of the new US president, public relations has changed dramatically. The...more

Presidents and the Press

by Jackson Walker on

Here’s a quiz for you. Match the President to the quote: “He uses tweets to go directly to the public while bypassing journalists.” “[The President] directed [name] to make speeches attacking newspapers and the...more

Executive and Judiciary Showdown over the Whistleblower Protection Act

by NAVEX Global on

The new administration’s recent decree that certain federal agencies refrain from communications with the media sets up a showdown between the executive and judicial branches of government. ...more

Every Citizen Has a Stake in Success of The Boston Globe's New CEO

by PretiFlaherty on

From age 23 to 33, I was a full-time newshound, working as a reporter, then as an editor at the Evening News & Mercury daily newspaper group in Malden, Medford and Melrose. Before that, during my college years, I worked as a...more

Russia: Possible Foreign Ownership Restrictions on Online Video Services

by Morgan Lewis on

Russia is considering new restrictions on foreign ownership and control of online video services, similar to the rules recently imposed on “mass media” such as television, radio, and publications....more

What to Expect From the Trump FCC

by Perkins Coie on

In the days since the recent election, many tech, media and telecom industry observers remain unsure of what to expect from the Federal Communications Commission under the Trump administration. Fortunately, there are some...more

No Winners in Rolling Stone Verdict

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A verdict was announced November 4, in Nicole P. Eramo v. Rolling Stone, LLC, et al., Civil Action No. 3:15-CV-00023, striking a legal and financial blow for the publication and its journalist, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. A...more

Extra, Extra, Read All About it, Newsgathering Drones Increasingly Hitting the Skies

Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started allowing commercial drone operations, media organizations have moved quickly to get their own newsgathering drones in the skies. Recently, Sinclair Broadcast Group...more

The First Amendment: Without a Friend in the 2016 Election Cycle?

by Jackson Walker on

With Election Day less than two weeks away, it’s an interesting time for the First Amendment. Unlike the Second Amendment where party lines appear strong, the 2016 presidential candidates’ stance on First Amendment issues and...more

Is Chinese Investment in the U.S. Film and Entertainment Industry the Next Area of CFIUS Scrutiny?

U.S. lawmakers recently submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raising concerns about increased Chinese investments in the U.S. film and entertainment industry and questioning whether the Committee...more

FCC Media Bureau Clarifies Broadcasters’ Negotiation Remedies

Negotiations between television channels/networks and pay TV operators are a breed apart.  The stakes are high and the consequence of failure – a “dark” screen – is all too public. But the critical factor that sets...more

Digitally Delivered Products Now Subject to Sales Tax in Pennsylvania - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 3

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The implementation of sales tax on the thousands of services that are delivered digitally can prove vexing. Have you downloaded a book recently or sent an e-card? Is your billing address in Pennsylvania? If so, as of August...more

Rooting Out Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest do not thrive in sunlight. Just ask anyone in the advertising industry. Whatever follows in the wake of the recent eye-opening study of transparency in the media business, one thing is already...more

Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - August 2016

by DLA Piper on

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics have been dominating the headlines worldwide for a number of reasons, ranging from broadcasting options, including virtual reality, through to doping accusations. Some of these issues are as yet...more

The implications of Brexit on the entertainment and media industry

by Reed Smith on

While the United Kingdom will not leave the European Union overnight, it is important to consider what the result of the Brexit referendum means to the entertainment and media industry. What are the challenges? How do we...more

The Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

by Goodwin on

Blockchain - While many people in the U.S. are still skeptical that bitcoin will become a mainstream currency, both private and public sectors are gaining interest in the idea that the underlying blockchain technology...more

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