Donald Trump Claims Absolute Immunity From Lawsuit Over Foreign Money

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Trump submits a bid to defeat a claim by Maryland and D.C. that he is violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics Business THR Online Donald Trump

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).

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FCC Updates Foreign Ownership Compliance Policies for Broadcast Companies

Broadcast Law Blog

At the FCC’s open meeting last week, the Commission adopted new policies for assessing and computing foreign ownership of broadcast companies – particularly such ownership in public companies. The rules adopted last week were principally an outgrowth of the petition for declaratory ruling filed by Pandora which sought FCC approval, in connection with its acquisition of a radio station, for foreign ownership of greater than 25%.

FCC Changes in Rules on Computation of Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations Now Effective

Broadcast Law Blog

Last year, the FCC made some modifications in its assessment of foreign ownership of companies with broadcast interests, relaxing some of their compliance rules to take account of the realities of the current public stock trading marketplace – realities that, using the FCC’s old policies, made determinations of the level of foreign ownership in any company difficult.

FCC Approves Up to 49% Foreign Ownership of Univision – What Guidance is Provided to Potential Foreign Investors in US Broadcast Stations?

Broadcast Law Blog

In a decision released yesterday , the FCC issued a Declaratory Ruling permitting certain identified foreign companies and individuals to own up to 40% of the voting interests in Univision, and allowed aggregate foreign ownership of up to 49% of the equity of the company. Thus, this decision provides a good basis for determining what issues any potential foreign investor in a US broadcast station would face, particularly when investing in a public US company.

U.S. Government Working to Settle Foreign Corruption Claims Over 'Wolf of Wall Street'

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Red Granite is in discussions with the Justice Department to resolve one component of the 1MDB Malaysian corruption case. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Trump risks violating Constitution with foreign business | MSNBC

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Trump risks violating Constitution with foreign business | MSNBC

FCC Allows More Than 25% Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations – Instructions for Investors are to Be Developed

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the FCC issued a declaratory ruling concluding that its long-standing policies on foreign ownership of broadcast stations were misunderstood – “clarifying” its policy to make clear that, if alien ownership exceeds 25% of the holding company of a licensee, it may in fact be permissible. Nevertheless, last week’s decision made clear that foreign ownership levels in broadcast holding companies beyond the 25% threshold were possible, but much else was left unclear in the decision.

Foreign Ownership of US Broadcast Stations Suddenly the Rage? – FCC Seeks Comments on Two Proposals for Alien Ownership to Exceed 25%, Including One for 100% Australian Ownership

Broadcast Law Blog

In the last two days, the FCC has asked for public comment on two proposals for foreign ownership of US broadcast stations where that ownership would exceed 25% of the company – a limit that has for decades been seen as the upper end of ownership by foreign nationals. With this background, does the release of these two requests for comment signal any movement from the FCC on foreign ownership issues?

FCC to Consider Allowing Increased Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations at Its November Meeting

Broadcast Law Blog

At its November 14 meeting, the FCC is tentatively scheduled to consider the relaxation of its limits on the ownership of broadcast stations by foreign entities or citizens. In the modern financial world, where companies are often owned by many diverse investors (or funds with widely diverse ownership), these rules can be very burdensome in assuring compliance and managing the potential investment in US broadcast operations by foreign sources of capital. .

September FCC Meeting To Be a Big One for Media Companies – Set Top Boxes, Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations and Promotion of Independent Programming

Broadcast Law Blog

In addition to these two items, the FCC also says that it will resolve the proposals to make the FCC’s foreign ownership rules for broadcasting more like those applicable to non-broadcast companies , easing some of the procedural restrictions that made it difficult for non-US investors to become owners of US broadcast stations. Finally, the FCC is poised to rule on its proposal to relax the restrictions on foreign ownership of broadcast stations.

FCC Sets Comment Dates on Proposal to Relax Restrictions on Foreign Ownership in Companies Holding US Broadcast Station Licenses – What Is the FCC Proposing?

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC two years ago issued a Declaratory Ruling confirming that it would allow broadcasters to have foreign ownership (in a licensee’s parent company) of greater than 25%, overturning what was widely viewed as the Commission’s prior reluctance to approve that degree of foreign ownership of broadcast stations (see our article here for a summary of the FCC’s 2013 action). foreign propaganda on US airwaves).

DISTRIBUTION 101 – Foreign Sales Agents

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

So while foreign sales have been expanding quickly, domestic sales have grown modestly. Indeed, for many independent filmmakers, even today, 90% or more of their revenue is derived from foreign sales. Editing for censorship purposes, television broadcast and changes made for a foreign language release, such as adding subtitles and translating the title and dialogue, is permissible.

Asked & Answered: protection of work against foreign infringement

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So, in most cases, submissions to foreign production companies present no greater risk than to U.S. The problem is that it may be harder and more expensive to pursue copyright infringement in foreign courts. Q: As most writer’s work is filed with either the WGA or copyrighted through the USPTO, how does one protect their work from an overseas company asking to see your screenplay?

Plaintiffs Fire Back in SAG-AFTRA Foreign Levies Lawsuit

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They file documents alleging that SAG-AFTRA wove an “extreme web” to steal performers’ money and warn darkly that the “court has not hesitated to incarcerate union officials” who don’t perform their duties properly or who commit misconduct. read more. Ed Asner The Business THR, Esq.

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Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador - The Washington Post

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Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador - The Washington Post

SAG-AFTRA Responds to Foreign Royalties Lawsuit

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A new suit apparently charges the union with failing to properly disburse about $110 million received from foreign collection societies. read more. Ed Asner The Business THR, Esq. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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Pandora Files First Petition for Declaratory Ruling Under FCC’s Liberalized Foreign Ownership Rules for Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

In November, the FCC changed its policy regarding the foreign ownership of broadcast stations. In its decision, about which we wrote here , it agreed to entertain applications seeking “ alien ownership ” exceeding the 25% limit for foreign ownership of broadcast stations that had previously been in place. ASCAP did not assert that Pandora was, in fact, controlled by alien owners or even that there were foreign companies with substantial ownership interests in Pandora.

A Change in the FCC's Broadcast Foreign Ownership Rules In the Near Future?

Broadcast Law Blog

Two weeks ago, comments were filed in the Commission’s proceeding examining whether to adopt a more relaxed view of the foreign ownership provisions of the Communications Act (see our article about that proceeding here ). While the Communications Act limits foreign ownership in communications licensees to 20% (or 25% of a licensee holding company), the Act also allows the Commission to allow greater foreign ownership if it would not adversely affect the public interest.

Foreign Speakers After "Citizens United"

Media Law Prof Blog

Massaro, University of Arizona College of Law, has published Foreign Nationals, Electoral Spending, and the First Amendment in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (2011). Toni M. Here is the abstract. The Court in January of 2010 rocked

Shocking reports of what Trump said on calls to foreign leaders | MSNBC

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Librarian of Congress Fails to Alert Oversight Committees of Massive Abuse of Copyright Loophole by Google and Amazon to Use Songs Without Paying U.S. or Foreign Songwriters 

Music Technology Policy

Another problem with the Librarian’s position is that there is a real possibility that permitting the mass filings of millions of NOIs for foreign works may very well violate international copyright and trade treaties and could land the U.S. The Librarian of Congress?

Trump Knows the Feds Are Closing In on Him | Foreign Policy

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Trump Knows the Feds Are Closing In on Him | Foreign Policy

SAG settles foreign levies class action

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By Matthew Belloni The Screen Actors Guild has reached a tentative settlement of the class action lawsuit accusing it of withholding millions of dollars of overseas distribution revenues from members, the last of the major guilds to make a deal.

Two Hollywood Producers Can't Escape Foreign Bribery Penalty

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An appeals court won''t overturn the money that a judge ordered the organizers of the prestigious Bangkok International Film Festival to pay in restitution. read more. The Business International Movies THR, Esq. Business

EMI Sued In Foreign Royalties Dispute With Monkees Songwriter

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The music publisher won a similar case against Duke Ellington''s family last year read more. Music THR Online THR, Esq. The Monkees Business

Supreme Court Rules Against Putting Foreign Works Back in Public Domain

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Constitution's promise to promote arts and sciences gives Congress the right to enter into an international treaty allowing foreign right-holders to restore copyright authority on some works that were previously in the public domain.

And Then the Breitbart Lynch Mob Came for Me | Foreign Policy

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I wondered about one “possibility … that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders”: And Then the Breitbart Lynch Mob Came for Me | Foreign Policy

Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Protection For Foreign Works

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Supreme Court decision released this week in Golan v Holder maintained copyright protection for millions of works created by foreign authors. Before 1989, many foreign authors’ works became public domain for not fulfilling requirements in the U.S. copyright protection for works published by foreign authors primarily between 1923 and 1964. The U.S.

Oscar Watch: Nine Films Make Foreign Shortlist; Gomorra Does Not

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The Oscar foreign film short list is solid, but there's one glaring omission: the Italian entry Gomorra. Tags: Global Cinema Oscars foreign film short list Gomorra Oscars Revanche The Class Three Monkeys Waltz with Bashir

BlackBerry’s Continuing Struggle with Foreign Governments

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The news out of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia threatening to ban BlackBerry Messenger because of concerns that the countries cannot adequately monitor messages has been big news in the business and technology world over the last few weeks.

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Why Do They Hate Us? - By Mona Eltahawy | Foreign Policy

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By Mona Eltahawy | Foreign PolicyWhy Do They Hate Us? -

Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Protection For Foreign Works

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Supreme Court decision released this week in Golan v Holder maintained copyright protection for millions of works created by foreign authors. Before 1989, many foreign authors’ works became public domain for not fulfilling requirements in the U.S. copyright protection for works published by foreign authors primarily between 1923 and 1964. The U.S.

Philippines Mass Media Law and Foreign Ownership Rules

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Diane Alferez Desierto, Yale Law School, has published "Restriction and Rhetoric: A Critique of the Constitutional Prohibition Against Foreign Ownership in Philippine Mass Media," forthcoming in the Journal of Applied Economy. The total prohibition against foreign

Judge: DGA Is Reporting on Foreign Levies as Required

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The court finds that the guild is complying with a settlement agreement, dismissing plaintiff counsel’s argument that more information should be required. read more. The Business SAG WGA DGA THR, Esq. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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While Our Blog Was Getting A Makeover, Did You See Our Stories on the New FCC Chairman, Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations, AM Revitalization, Orson Welles and the Hoax Rule and More?

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Among the first issues that will be dealt with is the modification of the FCC’s limits on the foreign ownership of broadcast stations , which is scheduled for consideration by the FCC at their open meeting next Thursday. Advertising Issues AM Radio Broadband Report FM Translators and LPFM General FCC Low Power Television/Class A TV Television AM improvements AM revitalization broadcast hoax rule CALM Act foreign Mattoon waiver Tom Wheeler

SAG-AFTRA Moves to Partially Dismiss Ed Asner Foreign Levies Lawsuit

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The motions are the first movement in a suit filed in May. read more. Ed Asner The Business THR, Esq. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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Hollywood Foreign Press Suffers Setback in Publicist Lawsuit

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Alex Ben Block A judge has ruled that dual suits by former PR rep Michael Russell and the charity Stars for a Cause can go forward. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Movies HFPA Golden Globes

Patricia Arquette's New Film Caught in Legal Fight Over Foreign Piracy (Exclusive)

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It took 12 years for "Boyhood" to be filmed and released. The distribution of the Oscar-winning actress'' newest film, "Electric Slide," has now set off a timely controversy. read more. The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

The Trump Administration Is Threatening to Publicly Release the Private Data of Immigrants and Foreign Visitors | American Civil Liberties Union

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"Over the last month, the Trump administration has waged a war on the rights of immigrants and foreigners — including by issuing a policy that strips away basic privacy protections that have been provided by Democratic and Republican presidents for decades. The Trump Administration Is Threatening to Publicly Release the Private Data of Immigrants and Foreign Visitors | American Civil Liberties Union

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