SAG-AFTRA Commercials Update

Digital Media Law

Small moves by each side, but movement nonetheless, characterizes the ongoing commercials contract negotiations being held in New York between SAG and AFTRA jointly and the advertising industry, according to a source close to the talks. Tags: advertising SAG Labor Unions JPC Commercials AFTRA strike

SAG Commercials Negotiations Process Advances

Digital Media Law

The SAG-AFTRA commercials contract seems to be suffering little of the turbulence afflicting the long-expired SAG TV/theatrical contract. The SAG and AFTRA Commercials Contracts will be bargained under the terms of the Phase One Agreement that applies to the Commercials Contracts negotiations only. Tags: SAG Commercials AFTRA So far anyway. fingers crossed.

Actors Commercials Negotiations Deteriorate

Digital Media Law

Though it gets less play than the stalled SAG TV/theatrical talks , SAG and AFTRA have been jointly negotiating for several weeks with the advertising industry over the commercials contract. Among other things, the current commercials contract apparently has no minimums in new media. Yet another significant issue is a proposal by the JPC to dramatically alter the way residuals are paid for national commercials—so-called Class A residuals.

Lex Machina Expands Its Legal Analytics Into Commercial Litigation

Media Law

The legal analytics company Lex Machina today announced what it is describing as the most ambitious and largest expansion yet of its analytics into a new practice area, commercial litigation. The post Lex Machina Expands Its Legal Analytics Into Commercial Litigation appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Actors Union SAG-AFTRA and Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

Digital Media Law

SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union’s commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday.

Congress Passes CALM Act to Restrict Loud Commercials

Broadcast Law Blog

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the CALM Act, directing the Federal Communications Commission to adopt regulations controlling the volume of commercials on television broadcast stations, cable systems, satellite, and other multichannel video programming providers. ATSC A/85 standard Advertising Issues CALM Act Television limits on commercial volume loud commercials why are commercials louder than TV programs

Adler on Compelled Commercial Speech and the Consumer's "Right to Know"

Media Law Prof Blog

Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and PERC (Property and Environment Research Center), is publishing Compelled Commercial Speech and the Consumer 'Right to Know' in the Arizona Law Review (2016). Compelled commercial Jonathan H.

Harvey Keitel Loses Appeal Over Being Dropped from E*Trade Commercials

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor thought he had a $1.5 million deal. But it's held that a term sheet doesn't substitute for a formal written agreement. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Author Sues WME Over Chobani Super Bowl Commercial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Dov Seidman says WME encouraged an ad agency it has a stake in to use his mantra without asking his permission. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

A Sumamry of the FCC Rules Implementing the CALM Act to Regulate Loud TV Commercials

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week adopted its rules implementing the CALM Act to address the public perception that commercials are too loud – louder than the programming which they accompany. The rules also allow a safe harbor by which stations and MVPDs can comply with the Act in connection with “embedded commercials”, i.e. commercials that are sent to the station or system by a network or other program supplier.

Commercial Speech and Health Policy

Media Law Prof Blog

Commercial Free Speech vs. Public Health Promotion (at the FDA), in volume 21 of Health Matrix (2011). Lars Noah, University of Florida College of Law, has published Truth or Consequences?: Here is the abstract. Fundamental tensions obviously exist between constitutional

Super Bowl commercial lawsuits keep coming

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner For the third time in the last 10 days, a commercial that aired during this year's Super Bowl has prompted a lawsuit. The latest targets a spot aired by Kia Motors that allegedly rips off a classic.

Congress Passes Law To Quiet TV Commercials

Media Law Prof Blog

In early December, Congress got bi-partisan to pass the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. While its name isn't graceful, it's descriptive enough--it's aimed at those screechy commercials that lift you out of your It went into effect December 13th.

Harvey Keitel Sues E*Trade for Dropping Him From Commercials

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 'Pulp Fiction' star says the company owes him $1.5 million from a previous contract. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online Harvey Keitel

The Black Keys on Warpath Against 'Soundalikes' in TV Commercials

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

After suing Pizza Hut and Home Depot, the band is now taking on the operator of casinos. read more. Music THR, Esq. Television Business The Black Keys

The Gangsta American Prison-Commercial Complex - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The Prison-Commercial Complex - The New York Times".Unless they’ve known someone who’s been incarcerated, most people don’t know that the corrections system has an entire commerce arm of its own. Everything an inmate can buy — phone calls, commissary, copays for substandard medical care, video visitation or the new email service — is purchased through a special account created by the prison or a private company.

Google’s Blood Money: RU 486 Commercials on YouTube

Music Technology Policy

Google not only distributes commercials for RU 486, they also monetize the commercials and split the money with brands–this time with Farmers Insurance, no less. The Food and Drug Administration has very clear guidelines for drugs you should not buy over the Internet.

'Lassie' Owner Files $1 Million Lawsuit Against TV Dog Commercial (Video)

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Eriq Gardner Is this TV commercial a copy of 'Lassie' or merely reminiscent? read more. THR, Esq. Television Television

APA Accused of Raiding Clients in Lawsuit From Commercial Talent Agency

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

But L.A. Talent cannot find the contracts for some of the clients it says jumped. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Culture Business THR Online APA Representation

FCC Seeks Comments on Implementation of CALM Act Regulating Loud Commercials on Broadcast and Cable Television

Broadcast Law Blog

In December, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (“CALM”) Act was adopted by Congress and signed by the President, addressing consumer complaints about television commercials that seem louder than the program content that they accompanied. The safe harbor would require that the stations and systems install and maintain their own equipment and software necessary “in a commercially reasonable manner” to achieve compliance with ATSC A/85 RP.

GMR Offers Commercial Radio 6 Month Extension of Interim License to Play Their Songs

Broadcast Law Blog

It seems pretty clear that, unless there is a major breakthrough, GMR and the Radio Music License Committee (the organization that negotiates performance royalties for commercial radio operators) will not come to an agreement on rates before the end of September.

Health Regulation and the Commercial Speech Doctrine

Media Law Prof Blog

David Orentlicher, University of Iowa College of Law & Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, has published The Commercial Speech Doctrine in Health Regulation: The Clash between the Public Interest in a Robust First Amendment and the Public Interest in

Godzilla Is On a Litigation Rampage Over Honda Commercial

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Eriq Gardner Toho sues Honda over TV commercial featuring Godzilla cameo. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television

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Beer pong players sue over inclusion in 'World's Funniest Commercials'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner We have a hilarious complaint from two individuals who showed off their deft beer pong tricks in an ad for Carlsberg and who are now suing the brewer, TBS and the production company behind "Worlds' Funniest Commercials.".

RMLC Reaches Agreement with ASCAP on Royalties for Commercial Radio for Through 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

ASCAP and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement for the period 2017-2021, setting the performance royalties that commercial broadcasters will pay for the use of music written by composers who are represented by ASCAP. So, commercial broadcasters affiliated with RMLC now know that one royalty negotiation has been settled, and we’ll be watching to see where the other three end up.

@edchristman: Commercial Radio Group Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

via @edchristman: Commercial Radio Group Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights — Artist Rights Watch. With ASCAP and BMI still under unaltered consent decrees and SESAC agreeing to rate-setting arbitration in a 2015 settlement, the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) is going for the grand slam with an antitrust lawsuit against boutique performance rights organization Global Music Rights.

Hulk Hogan trying to bodyslam 'Hulk' cereal commercial (video)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner Hulk Hogan is suing over a commercial for Cocoa Pebbles cereal. The Hulkster says Post Foods stole his likeness to depict him suffering humiliating defeat to Bam-Bam of "Flintstones" fame. Terry Bollea (Hulk's real name) filed the.

PepsiCo Pulls Extremely Offensive Mountain Dew Commercial

Media Law Prof Blog

PepsiCo has pulled an ad for its popular drink Mountain Dew after viewers objected to it, calling it racist and misogynistic. The ad, which was created by the rapper Tyler, the Creator, features a woman who looks as if she

Advertisers Beware - Remember That "Super Bowl" is a Protected Trademark That Can't Be Used in a Commercial Without Permission

Broadcast Law Blog

Super Bowl is a trademarked term, meaning that its use, particularly for commercial purposes, is limited. T rademarked terms should not be used in commercial messages except by authorized advertisers. But don't try to commercially exploit these terms (e.g. The Olympics , March Madness and many other big events have trademarks or service marks on their names, restricting others from commercially exploiting the terms.

The Supreme Court and Review of Commercial Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

The conventional wisdom is that the Supreme Court’s First Amendment review of commercial speech restrictions has gradually become more and more stringent Micah L. Berman, Ohio State University, has published Manipulative Marketing and the First Amendment. Here is the abstract.

SESAC Royalties for Commercial Radio Slashed By More Than Half – Both SESAC and RMLC Claim Victory in Arbitration

Broadcast Law Blog

For commercial radio broadcasters, the royalties were significantly decreased, retroactive back to the beginning of 2016 year for stations that had elected to have RMLC represent them in this lawsuit. Those stations may not qualify for the much greater royalty reduction available to the majority of commercial stations that opted into RMLC representation and are covered by the arbitration result.

Comment Date Set on Rulemaking to Implement the CALM Act Regulating Loud TV Commercials

Broadcast Law Blog

Dates for comments and replies on the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the CALM Act, regulating the volume levels of commercials, have now been set. Advertising Issues CALM Act CALM Act NPRM Digital Television Television loud commercialsWe provided a detailed summary of that NPRM here.

What to do When a Local Political Candidate Appears in a Spot Advertisement for a Commercial Business

Broadcast Law Blog

So, an appearance by a candidate in a commercial for his or her local business is a “use” which needs to be included in a station’s political file (providing all the information about the sponsor, schedule and price of the ad that you would for any pure political buy). Note that the “no censorship” provision of the rule and the lowest unit rate provision probably do not apply to the commercial business spots even though they contain the voice or image of a candidate.

"Super Bowl" is a Registered Mark--Don't Use in Commercials or Promotions Without Permission

Broadcast Law Blog

You are free to use trademark protected terms like "Super Bowl" in news stories or noncommercial discussions about the event under a concept known as "nominative fair use," but use of trademarked terms in a commercial context crosses the line from acceptable to unacceptable use. Intellectual Property super bowl super bowl copyright super bowl in commercials super bowl trademark

NTIA Multistakeholder Process Finalizes General Privacy Guidelines for Commercial Facial Recognition Use

New Media and Technology Law

We’ve previously blogged about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder process to address concerns associated with the emerging commercial use of facial recognition technology. Regardless, the remaining participants continued on and last week, the stakeholders concluded the process and came to a consensus on final privacy guidelines, “ Privacy Best Practice Recommendations For Commercial Facial Recognition Use.”.

NTIA Multistakeholder Process Finalizes General Privacy Guidelines for Commercial Facial Recognition Use

New Media and Technology Law

We’ve previously blogged about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder process to address concerns associated with the emerging commercial use of facial recognition technology. Regardless, the remaining participants continued on and last week, the stakeholders concluded the process and came to a consensus on final privacy guidelines, “ Privacy Best Practice Recommendations For Commercial Facial Recognition Use.”.

Ofcom Considering Changes To Commercial Advertising Rules

Media Law Prof Blog

Ofcom, the British agency that regulates broadcasting, is looking at the rules governing commercial advertising, and may allow radio stations greater freedom to make money by promoting services linked to content on air. What's at issue, says Ofcom, are "editorial

Proposal Asks that Low Power FM Stations Be Given Primary Status, and Allowed to Operate Commercially

Broadcast Law Blog

Allowing commercial operations would also be a big change from the noncommercial operations that have thus far been allowed. Full-power broadcasters would say that the LPFM service was never intended to provide another commercial outlet, but was instead intended to allow community groups to have a voice.

Stanford Hospital Discovers Patient Financial Information Loaded On Commercial Website

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times comes news that medical information including billing codes and other financial data from Stanford Hospital turned up on a commercial website called "Student of Fortune" last year and has been there for approximately a year

Balancing Commercial Speech and Consumers' Right To Know

Media Law Prof Blog

Jessie Smith Nibley, University of Pennsylvania Law School, has published Commercial Freedom of Speech vs. Consumers' Right to Know: Milking the First Amendment for All It's Worth. Here is the abstract. The FDA's antagonism toward mandatory disclosure by food producers