Experts Weigh Disney-Fox Antitrust Concerns

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

That the Department of Justice is formally contesting AT&T's proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner could signal an uphill battle for Disney and Fox. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies THR Online

WME dragged into Live Nation antitrust case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Does the William Morris Endeavor talent agency hold the key to proving that Live Nation is guilty of an antitrust conspiracy? Tags: Antitrust Contracts & Riders Dealmaking Litigation Music Representation One company thinks so. My Ampitheater Inc., is asking a California judge to compel WME.

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Horton on Daily Newspapers and Antitrust: As Relevant and Crucial To Our Democracy as Ever

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas Jeffrey Horton, University of South Dakota School of Law, has published Daily Newspapers and Antitrust: As Relevant and Crucial to Our Democracy as Ever in Media Markets and Competition Law: Multinational Perspectives 153 (Antonio Bavasso, David S.

Apple Loses Appeal Over Court-Appointed Antitrust Monitor

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Michael Bromwich raised hackles at Apple after being tasked to watch for antitrust abuse. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

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Redbox can pursue antitrust claims against Universal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner A federal judge in Delaware has allowed Redbox to pursue antitrust claims against Universal Studios Home Entertainment for limiting the ways that distributors can give the studio's DVDs to Redbox for low-cost rentals. Tags: Antitrust Decisions Roundup Litigation

Cable TV Subscribers Win Landmark Antitrust Verdict

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A jury decides to punish Cox Communications for tying premium cable services with the rental of expensive boxes. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Fox court papers outline defense against Redbox antitrust lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner Twentieth Century Fox wants a Delaware District Court to dismiss an antitrust complaint filed last year by cut-rate DVD rental outlet Redbox. Tags: Antitrust Copyright Litigation Last August, Redbox sued Fox for refusing to allow wholesalers to provide the studio's DVDs.

Netflix Antitrust Lawsuit Tossed By Judge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Class action plaintiffs won't be able to pursue allegations that Netflix violated antitrust laws by making an agreement with Walmart. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business Netflix

@FooYunChee: White House “Irritated” as EU antitrust regulators open third front against Google — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

via @FooYunChee: White House “Irritated” as EU antitrust regulators open third front against Google — Artist Rights Watch. Google Antitrust Investigation Google Whole of Government Capture New EU Antitrust Violations by GoogleWhat a shock: The EU’s pursuit of Google, along with probes into other U.S.

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Massive EU Antitrust Fine Levied Against Intel

Digital Media Law

Other tech companies facing EU antitrust scrutiny include Google, Cisco, Microsoft and IBM, with the latter two having actually been charged. The size of the fine underscores the dominant role European regulators have adopted in antitrust, an area of law that somewhat faded from the U.S. That quiescence will change under Obama, according to commentators and the new head of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. The European Commission has fined Intel 1.06

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In Latest Litigation Gambit, ROSS Files Antitrust Claim Against Thomson Reuters, Alleging Research Monopoly

Media Law

ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees Under Review – How Performing Rights Organizations, Antitrust Policy and Statutory Licenses Could Create a Controversy

Broadcast Law Blog

In the last few weeks, the press has been buzzing with speculation that the Department of Justice is moving toward suggesting changes in the antitrust consent decrees that govern the operations of ASCAP and BMI. Those same concerns have been identified by antitrust settlements with SESAC (see our articles here and here ), and are currently being sought with GMR (see my article here on the disputes between GMR and the RMLC, with links to other articles on the subject).

Uncle Sugar is Back, Baby, Because That’s Where the Money Is

Music Technology Policy

The American Prospect is doing outstanding work on Joe Biden’s picks to run the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, particularly Renata Hesse. In News from the Goolag, the well-known Cypriot and former Googler Eric “Uncle Sugar” Schmidt is back in town. .

AEG Faces Antitrust Lawsuit over Territorial Restrictions for Coachella Artists

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

According to the complaint, artists are contractually prohibited from performing at other West Coast festivals for months after the April event. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The legal action follows one that Landmark itself brought last year against Regal. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Studios vs. Real Networks adds antitrust twist

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Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres Demands Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Facing litigation over art films, Landmark says the market is competitive with distributors and exhibitors making rational decisions. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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@GTP_Updates: White House Kept Close Tabs on FTC Google Antitrust Probe — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Newly-uncovered emails show the White House was closely tracking the outcome of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust probe of Google, with an official contacting Google’s lobbyist shortly before the agency’s decision to settle the case. via @GTP_Updates: White House Kept Close Tabs on FTC Google Antitrust Probe — Artist Rights Watch. White House Internet Advisor R. David Edelman.

MTP Podcast:Fix Google’s Antitrust Problem by Fixing Its Supervoting Stock

Music Technology Policy

All stockholders are equal but some stockholders are more equal than others. HOW A CAREER CON MAN LED A FEDERAL STING THAT COST GOOGLE $500 MILLION. Issues that House Judiciary Should Investigate Against Google–End Supervoting Shares for Publicly Traded Companies. Google Nonprosecution Agreement with Criminal Division DOJ. Eric Schmidt Takes the 5th Under Questioning from Senator Cornyn. Eric Schmidts Written Answers to Sen Cornyn’s Request for the Record.

@scleland: Why Amazon Buying WholeFoods Will Attract Serious Antitrust Scrutiny — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

T]his transaction review is the first genuine opportunity and powerful legal process for those alleging anti-competitive harm by Amazon to have antitrust authorities’ full ear in a confidential process where warranted. via @scleland: Why Amazon Buying WholeFoods Will Attract Serious Antitrust Scrutiny — Artist Rights Watch

TV Networks Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over NFL Rights Deals

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plaintiffs say that CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN are harming competition in the pro-football marketplace. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online CBS DirecTV ESPN NBC NFL Sports

Viacom, Cablevision Settle Antitrust Lawsuit Over Channel Bundling

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Cablevision alleged that the owner of MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central tied these "must-have networks" with lesser ones. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

NFL's $12 Billion Deal With DirecTV Faces Major Antitrust Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A class action proposes to represent bars and restaurants who pay for broadcasts of out-of-market football games. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

DirecTV's "NFL Sunday Ticket" Is Subject of Antitrust Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The class action follows similar cases over MLB and NHL telecast restrictions. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

DirecTV's 'NFL Sunday Ticket' Spurs Wave of Antitrust Litigation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The TV market would be quite different if it were not for live professional football, the lawsuit theorizes. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

@scleland: What EU-Google Advertising Antitrust Charges Mean for the Obama Federal Trade Commission — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Scott Cleland tells us why the EU’s expected new search-advertising case — which focuses on how Google has long contractually required websites to use Google’s search advertising if they use Google search — could be the hardest EU-Google antitrust case for the FTC to ignore. via @scleland: What EU-Google Advertising Antitrust Charges Mean for the Obama Federal Trade Commission — Artist Rights Watch. Google Antitrust Investigation

Judge Rejects Antitrust Lawsuit Over Studio Antipoaching Pacts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Sony, Disney and DreamWorks Animation are able to dismiss a class action lawsuit from visual effects workers who alleged being denied better work opportunities via a conspiracy. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

Music Technology Policy

Hesse was appointed to oversee the sections of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and was recently appointed to oversee the entire Antitrust Division. However, it is worth noting that the ASCAP/BMI consent decree review started before Hesse took over as head of the Antitrust Division from Bill Baer. Section Chief, Antitrust Division. She was also a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s antitrust group.

New York Court Dismisses Antitrust Defense to Breach of Distribution Contract

New Media and Technology Law

A recent decision by a New York Commercial Division judge provides a useful reminder of the fairly limited allowance of antitrust defenses to contract claims. Justice Oing granted Time Warner Cable’s (“TWC”) motion to dismiss the defendant’s affirmative defenses under federal antitrust laws. Commercial Litigation Contracts Television antitrust breach of contract bundle cable TV channel distribution Donnelly Act

United States v. Google: Public Access To First Status Conference

Music Technology Policy

Google 2020 Antitrust Case Google Antitrust Investigation US v. The first hearing is scheduled for Friday 10/30/20 at 10 am ET. You can dial in to listen only (you will be muted) on the court’s public access line at (877) 848-7030, access code 321-8747. News from the Goolag US v. Google Hearings

Ozzy Osbourne Brings Antitrust Lawsuit Against AEG for Tying London and L.A. Venues

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

He's looking to enjoin AEG from pushing musicians into a so-called "Staples Center Commitment." read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

DOJ Seeking to End Movie Studio and Theater Antitrust Decrees amidst Streaming Competition – A New Opportunity in Theatrical Distribution?

New Media and Technology Law

On November 18, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim announced that the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice would ask a federal court to terminate the “Paramount Consent Decrees” (the “Decrees”), which have prohibited movie studios from engaging in certain distribution practices with movie theaters since the 1940s. By way of background, the Decrees emerged out of the landmark 1948 Supreme Court antitrust case, United States v.

Justice Department Settles Antitrust Lawsuit Against AT&T, DirecTV

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A consent judgment with restrictions on the sharing of information is being proposed that will undergo review in a 60-day comment period. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Irving Azoff Song Licensing Outfit Gains Edge in Antitrust Battle With Radio Stations

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A magistrate judge potentially deals a blow to some 10,000 radio stations fighting licensing demands over songs by Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and Bruno Mars, among other superstars. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Viacom Can't Escape Cablevision's Antitrust Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The judge, though, won''t yet void a carriage deal between the two companies. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Cablevision Television Viacom Business

#howgoogleworks: Why did the Federal Trade Commission ignore staff recommendations to prosecute Google for antitrust violations?

Music Technology Policy

After heaping loads of sanctimony from Google and its shills against the scrappy populist Hood, all based on stolen documents presented to a federal judge, Google has pretty successfully deflected attention away from Hood’s antitrust case against the company. Since the facts at issue in the Mississippi antitrust case (and other state cases) would have substantially overlapped with factual basis for the U.S.

World Watch: The Google Antitrust Case in Europe

Music Technology Policy

The Commission’s preliminary view is that such conduct infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers. The Commission has also formally opened a separate antitrust investigation into Google’s conduct as regards the mobile operating system Android. ” “I have also launched a formal antitrust investigation of Google’s conduct concerning mobile operating systems, apps and services.

Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes Defends AT&T Merger at Antitrust Trial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"It moves us in the direction of competing with Google and Facebook," says Bewkes. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online Jeff Bewkes Time Warner

@KatHall42: Google [FINALLY] hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

Music Technology Policy

According to Kat Hall’s insightful reporting in The Register : Google has been hit with a record antitrust fine of €2.42bn (£2.1bn) from the European Union today for promoting its own shopping search service over those of smaller rivals. The regulator found that Google had abused its market dominance as a search engine “by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service,” it said.

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Electronic Arts Settling Madden Football Antitrust Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Judge is told about possible settlement in case involving deals with the NFL and NCAA a day after the video game publisher files a notable SEC statement. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business

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@fooyunchee @auchard: Google faces years of EU oversight on top of record antitrust fine — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

billion) fine EU antitrust regulators have leveled against Google, the internet giant is likely to be shackled for years by Tuesday’s precedent-setting decision defining the company as a monopoly. via @fooyunchee @auchard: Google faces years of EU oversight on top of record antitrust fine — Artist Rights Watch. Beyond a headline-grabbing 2.4 billion euro ($2.7

Hollywood Docket: Settlement in Antitrust Lawsuit Over Broadway Casting

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A legal news roundup including a coming trial against ESPN, a settlement by CBS and a new Supreme Court case about copyright lawsuit standards. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

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The Google Books Settlement and Antitrust

Media Law Prof Blog

Einer Elhauge, Harvard Law School, has published "Framing the Antitrust Issues in the Google Books Settlement," in GCP: The Antitrust Chronicle (October, 2009). Here is the abstract. Proper analysis of the Google books settlement requires framing the issues correctly in