Howard Stern Sued for Broadcasting Woman's Conversation With IRS

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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Comcast Beats Spanish-Language Broadcaster's Discrimination Complaint

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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.

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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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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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

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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Aereo Beats Broadcasters in Big Appellate Ruling

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Broadcasters predicted that a victory for Barry Diller's Aereo would irreparably harm the TV industry, but the Ninth Circuit refuses to shut it down. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

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Princess Cruises Faces Lawsuit Over Barry Manilow Concert Broadcasts

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The cruiseliner has been accused of copyright infringement, among other complaints. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

What Washington Has in Store for Broadcasters in 2015 – Part 1, What’s Up at the FCC

Broadcast Law Blog

Each year, at about this time, we pull out the crystal ball and make predictions of the issues affecting broadcasters that will likely bubble up to the top of the FCC’s agenda in the coming year. But here is our try at listing at least some of the issues that broadcasters should expect from Washington in the coming year. In addition, watch these pages for our calendar of regulatory deadlines for broadcasters in the next few days. General Broadcast Issues.

Appeals Court Rules TV Streamers Don't Get Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

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The 9th Circuit has reversed a federal judge who concluded otherwise. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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TV Broadcasters Warn of Huge Industry Shakeup If Barry Diller's Aereo Isn't Stopped

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Eriq Gardner After filing a copyright lawsuit against Aereo in March, broadcasters on Wednesday detailed why a preliminary injunction is warranted.

U.S. Government Supporting TV Broadcasters in Aereo Fight at Supreme Court

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The executive and legislative branches rally behind the TV broadcasters in their big copyright dispute. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN Escape Antitrust Lawsuit Over NFL Broadcast Deals

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The outcome of a now consolidated complaint against the NFL and DirecTV will nonetheless be impactful to TV networks. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

TV Broadcasters Beat Class Action Lawsuit Over College Athletics

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A Tennessee judge rules that participants in sporting events don't have publicity rights under state law. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Twitch Sues Over Bot Services Artificially Inflating Broadcasters' Popularity

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The gamer-watching platform says it needs to protect a "fair playing field" read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

ABC, Endemol Settle 'Wipeout' Copyright Lawsuit With Japanese Broadcaster

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Matthew Belloni Tokyo Broadcasting System had argued that the ABC obstacle course competition ripped off several Japanese game shows. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television ABC Wipeout

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Video Game Streamer Twitch Sues Over Bots Artificially Inflating Broadcasters' Popularity

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The gamer-watching platform says it needs to protect a "fair playing field." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

In Lawsuit, Fox News Demands No Sharing of Clips Until 72 Hours After Broadcast

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The cable news channel also wants the many prominent members of TVEyes' service to sign click-wrap agreements. And much, much more. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Looking at the Last Night’s Election Results and the Future of Washington Policy For Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

Given the results of last night, those speculations are sure to ramp up as everyone tries to guess what will happen with broadcast policy in a Trump administration. At this point, we can only speculate as to what that election will mean for broadcast policy – particularly at the FCC. One would certainly expect a lessening of the regulatory burden on broadcasters – as lessening burdensome regulations on businesses was a clear plank of the Trump agenda.

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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.

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The NFL Contends Its Teams Are Incapable of Producing Game Broadcasts

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The football league and DirecTV file court papers aimed at defeating a lawsuit over Sunday Ticket. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

TV Broadcasters Launch Aereokiller Lawsuit in Washington, D.C.

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Is the battle over the digital distribution of broadcast TV eventually headed to the U.S. Supreme Court? read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

TV Broadcasters Fire Back at Aereo's Supreme Court Claims

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"Make no mistake about it," broadcasters tell the high court. Aereo is not a hardware supplier. It offers a subscription service." read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

'Goodfellas' Actor Loses $250M Lawsuit Against Fox Over 'Simpsons' Mob Character

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The Business Home Movies Television Business THR Online Fox Broadcasting Corporation The SimpsonsA California judge dismissed Frank Sivero's claims in a hearing Thursday. read more. THR, Esq.

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FCC Will Examine Potential Changes to Broadcast Indecency Regulation

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The government agency wants to hear about how it should police isolated curse words and nudity on public broadcast airwaves. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television FCC Business

Bruce Ramer Re-Elected Public Broadcasting Chair

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edit@hollywoodreporter.com (Matthew Belloni) The veteran talent lawyer joins Patricia Cahill, who was elected vice-chair. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business Bruce Ramer

Golden Globes Broadcast Trial Gets Underway in Los Angeles

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Tina Daunt The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. alleges Dick Clark Productions improperly negotiated a $150-million contract with NBC to air the Golden Globes through 2018. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business Dick Clark Productions Golden Globes Golden Globes 2012

Protecting Broadcast Investors’ Social Security Numbers for the Biennial Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcasters (and, Potentially, Noncommercial Ones Too)

Broadcast Law Blog

If all goes as scheduled, at the beginning of December, commercial broadcasters will file Biennial Ownership Reports on FCC Form 323. As we wrote when the obligation to file the current version of these reports was first adopted , the FCC’s intent was to be able to track the interests of broadcast investors across all of their attributable ownership interests in various broadcast companies to assess broadcast diversity.

Writer Sues Fox Claiming 'Touch' Was Stolen From Book, Asks For Broadcast Halt

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Eriq Gardner Author of a mystical book says that show creator may have been given a copy through mutual acquaintance. Exec producer and star Kiefer Sutherland also sued read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business Kiefer Sutherland Touch

'Goodfellas’ Actor Loses $250-Million Lawsuit Against Fox Over ‘Simpsons’ Mob Character

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The Business Home Movies Television Business THR Online Fox Broadcasting Corporation The SimpsonsA California judge dismissed Frank Sivero's claims in a hearing Thursday. read more. THR, Esq.

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'Bones' Stars File New Lawsuit for 'Tens of Millions of Dollars' in Fox Profits (Exclusive)

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The Business Television Business THR Online 21st Century Fox Fox Broadcasting Corporation BonesEmily Deschanel and David Boreanaz join executive producer Kathy Reichs in following a similar lawsuit filed Wednesday from Barry Josephson, producer on the long-running procedural. read more.

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What Broadcasters Can Learn from the Rolling Stone Defamation Case

Broadcast Law Blog

While this decision may well be appealed, it nevertheless is a finding of which broadcasters and other media companies need to take note, as it demonstrates that a sloppy review of the facts of a news report can lead to liability – even when reporting on public figures and important issues of wide public concern. Political Broadcasting Programming Regulations defamation liability of broadcast station for truth of ads malice in defamation ny times v sullivan

Sports Broadcasting Revolution Potentially Gets Closer With Class Certification in Big Lawsuit

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A judge will let baseball and hockey fans take on the professional leagues plus Comcast and DirecTV in an effort to overhaul territorial restrictions on telecasts. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Supreme Court Declines to Review Broadcast Indecency, Media Cross-Ownership

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Broadcasters win Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" dispute but won't get a further review from the high court on media-ownership restrictions.

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.

CBS, Fox: Our NFL Broadcast Deals Are Exempt from Antitrust Review

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The networks are being sued for their role in an alleged conspiracy driving up the cost of out-of-market game telecasts. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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FCC Chairman Reminds TV Broadcasters of the Importance of their Online Political File Obligations as its Staff Investigates Complaints about Deficiencies

Broadcast Law Blog

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the complaints filed against 11 big-market TV stations about deficiencies in the political broadcasting paperwork in their online public file. This week, the FCC’s Office of Political Broadcasting in its Media Bureau sent letters to all of the stations involved, asking that the stations respond to the complaints and provide details about the factual assertions that were made, by May 27.

TV Broadcasters Lose Round One in Legal War With Barry Diller's Aereo

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Matthew Belloni A judge dismisses an unfair competition claim over the online video service, leaving a copyright infringement claim still to be determined. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television Barry Diller

Broadcasters Win Legal Victory in Europe in Effort to Control Streaming

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The European Union's Court of Justice sides with ITV Broadcasting and others in ruling against TVCatchup, a service that allows consumers to watch over-the-air TV on their computers and digital devices.

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