Biber on Broadcasting the Oscar Pistorius Trial

Media Law Prof Blog

Katherine Biber, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law, is publishing Dignity in the Digital Age: Broadcasting the Oscar Pistorius Trial in Crime, Media, Culture 2018.

FCC Shuts Down Because of Government Funding Impasse – What Does It Mean for Broadcasters?

Broadcast Law Blog

But what does the shut-down really mean for broadcasters? The FCC clarified some of the questions broadcasters have in a Public Notice released Wednesday. Unlike in past shutdowns (see, for instance, our article here), the FCC website will remain up and generally will be operating, and the CDBS and LMS databases used for most broadcast applications will continue to function (though without any sort of tech support if an applicant has problems).

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Will Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Gut Television Broadcasting As We Know It?

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What Trump's nominee said last year during a hearing could send shivers down the spines of broadcasters and other copyright holders. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Politics Business THR Online

A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting (Wiley, 2018) @joshshepperd

Media Law Prof Blog

New(ish): From August 2018: A Companion To the History of American Broadcasting (Aniko Bodroghkozy, ed., Wiley, 2018

Sinclair Broadcast Group Sued for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

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Three former employees claim a Sinclair affiliate discriminates against women and ignored complaints about harassment. read more. THR, Esq. Business Home THR Online

Broadcasters Settle Copyright Dispute With FilmOn

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The development occurs after CBS, Fox, and NBC score a March victory at one appellate circuit with other decisions loomings. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Sports Broadcaster Warner Wolf Sues Don Imus for Age Discrimination

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 80-year-old says he was terminated upon pretextual reasons. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Howard Stern Sued for Broadcasting Woman's Conversation With IRS

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An IRS agent called into the radio show and was put on hold. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Business THR Online

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Fox Urges End to Broadcast Indecency Limits

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The broadcaster says that if the FCC continues to police broadcast airwaves, the agency should restrain itself to monitoring the equivalent of "shock treatment." Television Fox Broadcasting Corporation FCC Business The Parents Television Council erupts in outrage. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

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Updated Political Broadcasting Guide – Questions and Answers about Broadcasters’ Obligations During this Election Season

Broadcast Law Blog

To help broadcasters sort out the confusing rules about political advertising , we have updated our Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters (note that the URL for the updated version has not changed from prior versions, so your bookmarks should continue to work). The revised guide is much the same as the one that we published two years ago, formatted as Questions and Answers to cover many of the issues that come up for broadcasters in a political season.

Sinclair Broadcasting Looks to Shed Responsibility for Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Three comedy writers say they endured a hostile workplace, but whose workplace was it? read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Comcast Beats Spanish-Language Broadcaster's Discrimination Complaint

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The FCC says that Liberman Broadcasting, owner of Estrella TV, isn't a “video programming vendor” and thus can't make its case. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Washington Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand at the FCC

Broadcast Law Blog

There is never a shortage of Washington issues for broadcasters to consider, and the rapid pace of change since the new administration took over in January has made it even more difficult to track where all the issues stand. While we try on this Blog to write about many of the DC issues for broadcasters, we can’t always address everything that is happening. Every few months, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters.

FilmOn Loses Against TV Broadcasters in DC

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A judge rejects the TV streamer's argument of being entitled to a compulsory license. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

TV Streamer Gets Huge Victory on Road to Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

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FilmOn wins a potential landmark ruling — one that will set up a high-stakes appellate showdown with the broadcast establishment. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Playing Music in Bars and Restaurants – Cautions When Allowing Broadcast Stations to Play in Retail Outlets

Broadcast Law Blog

This exception is based on the physical size of the business and the number of broadcast receivers that it uses. Broadcast Performance Royalty Intellectual Property Music Rights music in bars and restaurants retail outlet music licensingYesterday, I noted a news story about a bar that stopped hosting live music when it was hit with a lawsuit by BMI because it had not paid royalties for its use of music.

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CNN To Begin Broadcasting Again In Russia

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Hollywood Reporter: CNN has obtained a new license to broadcast in Russia. The network had stopped broadcasting in January because of new legislation that banned commercials on pay television.

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FCC Releases Draft Order to Eliminate Broadcasters’ Obligations to File Contracts, Relying on Online Public File to Make Documents Available

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week released its draft order proposing to eliminate the requirement that broadcasters file certain contracts relating to ownership and control with the Commission. FCC Fines General FCC Multiple Ownership Rules Programming Regulations broadcast ownership report filing of broadcasters contracts joint sales agreement online public inspection file time brokerage agreements

Legal Issues for Broadcasters – Updates on Pending Matters

Broadcast Law Blog

There are so many legal issues that facing broadcasters that it is sometimes difficult to keep up with them all. This Blog and many other activities that those at my firm engage in are meant to help our clients and other broadcasters keep up to date on all of the many regulatory challenges with which broadcasters must deal, while at the same time keeping up with their business operations. Of course, there are issues that radio broadcasters face as well.

February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

Unlike many other months, there are not many comment filing deadlines for broadcasters in the month. For a list of some of the dates for the LUC periods, and the other regulatory dates that are coming up, please review our Calendar of Important Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters, available here. Other legal issues that broadcasters should keep in mind during the month include the cautions about last-minute Super Bowl promotions , about which we wrote here.

Time Magazine Awards Journalists in Harm’s Way Person of the Year Award – What Are You Doing to Keep Your Broadcast Employee’s Safe?

Broadcast Law Blog

Most broadcasters don’t think of their on-air personnel as facing the same risks as journalists in war zones or facing imprisonment for reporting stories that certain governments don’t want reported. All broadcasters and other media companies need to consider the safety of their employees and plan for the unthinkable at their facilities. Public Interest Obligations/Localism Security safety of broadcast employees

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FCC Adopts Change in Rules Eliminating Broadcasters’ Obligations to File Certain Contracts

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday adopted an Order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters file with the Commission copies of certain contracts, agreements and other documents relating to ownership and control – instead relying on the obligations to either upload the documents to a station’s online public file, or to place a list of the documents in the public file (with information listing the parties involved, and the dates of execution and of expiration).

FCC v. Fox Broadcasting Transcript

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Fox Broadcasting. Here's a link to the transcript of oral argument in FCC v. Link courtesy of SCOTUSBlog

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FCC Media Bureau Clarifies Broadcasters’ Negotiation Remedies

New Media and Technology Law

Broadcasters may invoke “Must Carry” status or seek to negotiate terms for “retransmission” under FCC rules requiring “good faith” negotiations. On August 26, 2016, the FCC Media Bureau ruled that broadcasters are limited to the first bucket above, the Must Carry/Retransmission Consent rules. ( In re Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. Under the Media Bureau’s ruling, broadcasters may look solely to the Retransmission Consent rules to regulate their carriage negotiations.

Looking at Music Royalty Issues for Radio and TV Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, I participated in a discussion about music royalties for broadcasters at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention in Austin. These are the organizations that represent most commercial broadcasters in their negotiations with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC for public performance licenses for “musical works” or “musical compositions” – the underlying words and music to any song.

FCC Releases Draft Order to Eliminate Broadcasters’ Obligations to File Contracts, Relying on Online Public File to Make Documents Available

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week released its draft order proposing to eliminate the requirement that broadcasters file certain contracts relating to ownership and control with the Commission. FCC Fines General FCC Multiple Ownership Rules Programming Regulations broadcast ownership report filing of broadcasters contracts joint sales agreement online public inspection file time brokerage agreements

What’s Up With Music Rights for Broadcasters and Webcasters? – A Presentation on Pending Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

While this summer has perhaps not brought the big headlines in trade press about copyright issues involving broadcasters – particularly in the area of music rights – there still are many issues that are active. I addressed some of those issues in a presentation earlier this month at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention.

ESPN, Fox Resist Handing Over Sports Broadcast Deals in Lawsuit by Former College Athletes

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Eriq Gardner Bill Russell is among the sports legends involved in a class action that initially focused on the exploitation of athletes in video games and has suddenly become a huge headache for all TV networks broadcasting NCAA sports.

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FCC Approves For the First Time 100% Foreign Ownership of US Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released its first decision approving 100% foreign ownership of a group of US broadcast stations. This comes after significant relaxation of the FCC’s interpretation of the foreign ownership limits which, less than 4 years ago, had been interpreted to effectively prohibit foreign ownership of more than 25% of a company controlling broadcast licensees (see our article here about the 2013 decision to relax the restrictive policy).

May Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Incentive Auction, ATSC 3.0 and Broadcast Deregulation

Broadcast Law Blog

But, just because there are none of these regular filings due, that does not mean that the month will be a quiet one for broadcasters on the regulatory front. What exactly this means is open to some question, as all TV stations can already offer some non-broadcast services through the excess capacity provided by their digital channel. The capacity to expand their offerings of non-broadcast services is one of the benefits for TV broadcasters advanced by advocates of the new ATSC 3.0

@jannarden gets the Lars Treatment from QuickHitz Broadcaster

Music Technology Policy

Remember that Canadian broadcasters are supposed to help foster Canadian artists, and most of them do. The broadcaster ban is so incredibly short sighted, surely there’s more to it? I just wanted to thank Steve jones for removing me from the #ampradio stations nation wide. Thank god.— — jann arden (@jannarden) August 08, 2014.

HBO Fights Energy Co.'s Bid to Prevent Re-Broadcast of John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight'

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The pay network says the so-called "John Oliver Effect" is no reason to impose an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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Summaries of the Legal Issues Facing Radio and TV Broadcasters – Staying on Top of Your Regulatory Obligations

Broadcast Law Blog

Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. If you are trying to keep on top of all the other legal and regulatory issues TV broadcasters should be considering this fall, or if you are looking for the current status of specific proceedings potentially impacting TV broadcasters, check out our most recent updated summary, here. Of course, there are issues that radio broadcasters face as well.

A Broadcaster’s Calendar of Important Regulatory Dates in 2016

Broadcast Law Blog

At the beginning of each year, we publish our broadcaster’s calendar of important dates – setting out the many dates for which broadcasters should be on alert as this year progresses. The Broadcasters Calendar for 2016 is available here. AM Radio FM Radio General FCC Internet Radio Noncommercial Broadcasting Political Broadcasting Programming Regulations Television broadcaster calendar

Barry Diller-Backed TV Streaming Service Sued By Broadcasters

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Eriq Gardner Fox is one of many broadcasters looking for a permanent injunction against the well-funded company they allege is intent on stealing its transmissions for online broadcast.

British Copyright In Broadcasts

Media Law Prof Blog

Enrico Bonadio, City University London, has published The High Court Rules on 'Communication to the Public' and Infringement of Copyright in Broadcasts in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, February 23, 2011. Here is the abstract. The High

Judge Agrees Broadcasters Have First Amendment Right to Refuse Advertisements

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SiriusXM wins a lawsuit against a dating company as a result. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

FCC Political Broadcasting Rules for Write-In Candidates

Broadcast Law Blog

In these last few weeks before the many municipal elections that will be occurring in November in states across the country, I have recently received several questions about a broadcaster’s legal obligations toward write-in candidates who want to run advertising on a radio or television station. If the candidate does pass the substantial showing test, then all of the political broadcasting rules apply – just as if the candidate had qualified for a place on the ballot.

Understanding a Broadcaster’s Political Broadcasting Obligations Under FCC Rules – A Webinar Outlining the Requirements

Broadcast Law Blog

While many broadcasters’ thoughts are on holiday celebrations, the political process leading to the 2016 elections marches on. Last week, Bobby Baker, the head of the FCC’s Office of Political Programming and I conducted a webinar for broadcasters in 16 states on the legal issues that need to be considered in connection with the upcoming political season. For more information, check out our Political Broadcasting Guide , here.

Programmatic Advertising Buying and the FCC’s Political Broadcasting Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

With the national presidential conventions complete, and most of the state primaries for Congressional, state and local offices either behind us or to occur in the next few weeks, the most concentrated period for the purchase of political advertising on broadcast stations is now upon us, to peak in the late October/early November frenzy. In the last year or two, programmatic buying has become the buzzword in broadcast advertising circles for both radio and TV.

September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: EAS Test, Reg Fees, Lowest Unit Rates, Incentive Auction Stage 2

Broadcast Law Blog

While we didn’t do it early, we actually have not missed the many regulatory deadlines and important dates about which broadcasters need to take note this month. Several are of particular importance for virtually all broadcasters. As we wrote here and here , Annual Regulatory Fees for all commercial broadcasters are due by September 27. These, of course, are but the highlights of the deadlines that face broadcasters this month.

Amendments To Australian Broadcast Law May Not Have Effect Intended

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Broadcasters say that amendments to the Australian Broadcasting Services Act could result in unintended consequences. The federal government wants more Australian content on television, but what might actually happen is a shift of broadcast content to lesser-watched networks and an

A New Book About British Women in Broadcasting From Kate Murphy @CMH_BU @BBC

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Broadcasting was brand new in Britain New from Palgrave Macmillan: Kate Murphy, Behind the Wireless: A History of Early Women at the BBC (2017). Behind the Wireless tells the story of women at the BBC in the 1920s and 30s.