Complaints Filed Against TV Stations for Public File Violations on Political Issue Ads

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this week, the Campaign Legal Center and Issue One, two political “watchdog” organizations, filed FCC complaints against two Georgia TV stations, alleging violations of the rules that govern the documents that need to be placed into a station’s public inspection file regarding political “issue advertising” (see their press release here , with links to the complaints at the bottom of the release).

Law Practice Magazine’s Techshow Issue Is Out

Media Law

Now online is the TECHSHOW issue of Law Practice magazine, the publication of the ABA’s Law Practice Division. I was co-editor of this issue, along with Mary E. Among the articles featured in this issue: Practical Magic: Law’s Hands-on AI Revolution, by James A. The post Law Practice Magazine’s Techshow Issue Is Out appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

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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. It provides a summary of the status of legal and regulatory issues ranging from the adoption of the ATSC 3.0

Tomorrow: Twitter Chat on Ethics Issues in Client Communications

Media Law

Do you have attachment issues? Eastern, Above the Law (@atlblog) and I (@bobambrogi) are hosting a Twitter chat, sponsored by Citrix (@sharefile), called “Attachment Issues: Ethics of Client Communications for Lawyers.” The post Tomorrow: Twitter Chat on Ethics Issues in Client Communications appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Email attachments, that is. Or questions about encryption, client portals and other forms of client communications?

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. Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and is available on their website, here. Our latest update was published last week, and provides a summary of the status of legal and regulatory issues ranging from the adoption of the ATSC 3.0

Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Pokémon Go

Media Law

Unfortunately, the popular app has also raised a host of legal issues, from trespassing to muggings to accidents on foot and on the road. The post Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Pokémon Go appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Pokémon Go is the latest craze sweeping the world. The location-based augmented reality mobile game/app produced 15 million downloads in just its first week.

Morgan Spurlock Says #MeToo Confession Didn't Breach Deal for TNT Docuseries on Women's Issues

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Turner is looking for recovery of funds, but Spurlock and his company say they've identified the wrong bank account, and there was no morals clause. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

FCC Chair Pai on the False Alert Issued In Hawaii

Media Law Prof Blog

Federal Communications Chair Ajit Pai has issued a statement concerning the false alert announcing a missile attack on Hawaii. It says in part: “The FCC’s investigation into this incident is well underway. We have been in close contact with federal

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. So keep paying attention to these issues!

Legal Issues for Digital Audio Companies – A Presentation

Broadcast Law Blog

This week, I was given 15 minutes at the RAIN (Radio and Internet Newsletter) Summit in Nashville to summarize all of the legal issues that are important to digital audio companies including webcasters and podcasters. While getting everything into a presentation that short entailed some speed talking and the briefest description of many very complicated issues, I hope that I was able to at least outline issues about which companies should be cognizant.

Our Quarterly Review of the Legal and Regulatory Issues Facing TV Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and is available on their website, here. Our latest update was published today, and provides a summary of the status of legal and regulatory issues ranging from the adoption of the ATSC 3.0

ABA Issues Major Ruling on Ethics of Email and Electronic Communications

Media Law

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued a major new opinion providing guidance on the steps lawyers should take to protect client confidentiality in electronic communications. The new opinion, Formal Opinion 477 (embedded copy below), updates Formal Opinion 99-413, issued in 1999, to reflect changes in the digital landscape as […].

A 'Supernatural' Profits Fight, and the AT&T-TW Merger Issue That Few Are Discussing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Warner Bros. has been battling the creator of one of the longest-running television shows in an arbitration that addresses the fairness of media consolidation and the very mechanism to resolve disputes with those who feel shortchanged. read more. THR, Esq.

January Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Reports, Ownership and EEO Comments, Copyright Issues and More

Broadcast Law Blog

By the 10 th of the month , all broadcast stations need to have placed in their public inspection files (online for TV and for those radio stations that have already converted to the online public file, and paper for the remaining radio stations), their Quarterly Issues Programs lists , documenting the issues of importance to their communities and the programs broadcast in the last quarter addressing those issues.

Force Majeure: an issue in the SAG/AMPTP negotiations

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the issues in the impasse between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is the Force Majeure Clause. The article explains the current Force majeure clause, the issue between the parties and the consquences of its application and enforcement. Backstage magazine has A good piece by Armin Shimerman on Force Majeure.

Three Last Minute Political Issues for Consideration by Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

Here are three issues that broadcasters should be considering in these last days before the election: Weekend Access. But for the next 10 days, be prepared for the onslaught of political issues, and have your communications lawyer’s phone number on speed dial! Advertising Issues Political Broadcasting attack ads equal opportunities equal time weekend access to political candidates

Keeping Our Campaigns Honest Act Proposes that FCC Require Disclosure of Significant Donors to Entities That Sponsor Issue Ads

Broadcast Law Blog

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week proposes that the FCC be required to amend its sponsorship identification rules to require not just the name of the sponsor of an ad addressing “ a controversial issue of public importance ,” but also the names of any “ significant donors ” to the sponsor. This issue came up at Congressional hearings on FCC reform with Chairman Wheeler yesterday. So watch where the FCC goes on this issue in the coming months.

New Podcast from Michigan Bar Covers Wide Range of Practice and Wellness Issues

Media Law

A new podcast from the State Bar of Michigan, On Balance, covers a wide range of practice-management and wellness issues, all with a focus on how lawyers can effectively balance their personal and professional lives. The post New Podcast from Michigan Bar Covers Wide Range of Practice and Wellness Issues appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

The Weinstein Co.'s "Precarious" Financial State Becomes Issue in Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Fighting for money promised for the animated TV series 'David the Gnome,' the plaintiffs want the Weinsteins to put millions into an escrow account. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online Harvey Weinstein The Weinstein Company

Legal Companies Offer Free Access to Lawyers Fighting Civil Rights and Immigration Issues

Media Law

As lawyers across the country mobilize to respond to an onslaught of immigration and civil rights issues, some legal vendors are stepping up and offering those lawyers free access to their products and services. The post Legal Companies Offer Free Access to Lawyers Fighting Civil Rights and Immigration Issues appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Latest Issue of ‘Law Practice’ Focuses on Legal Technology

Media Law

Hot off the presses is the Techshow issue of Law Practice, the magazine of the ABA’s Law Practice Division. The issue is devoted to legal technology, with a particular emphasis on becoming technologically competent. I’m proud to say that I served as “team leader” for this issue, along with the stellar team of Mary Vandenack, […].

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FCC Fines Public Broadcaster $10,000 for Missing Quarterly Issues Programs Lists – No Leniency Without Showing of Financial Hardship

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released an order fining a public broadcaster $10,000 for failing to prepare and place in its public file 13 consecutive quarterly issues programs lists. FCC Fines Noncommercial Broadcasting fines for noncommercial radio quarterly issues programs lists

Global Legal Hackathon Issues Call for Legal Tech Companies to Participate

Media Law

The post Global Legal Hackathon Issues Call for Legal Tech Companies to Participate appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. The Global Legal Hackathon, which takes place Feb. 23-25 in more than 40 cities around the world, has put out a call for legal technology companies to participate.

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. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and is available on their website, here. This update was published today, and provides a summary of the status of legal and regulatory issues ranging from the adoption of the ATSC 3.0 Of course, there are issues that radio broadcasters face as well.

Stanford Law Journal Publishes Special Issue on Lawyer Activism Under Trump

Media Law

Stanford Law School’s Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties has published a special issue, A Lawyer’s Guide to Activism, Resistance, and Change Under Trump. The post Stanford Law Journal Publishes Special Issue on Lawyer Activism Under Trump appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

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

Broadcast Law Blog

There is a new FCC under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, which now has to deal with the many legal issues facing broadcasters. While we try on this Blog to keep on top of these issues, we can’t always address everything that is happening. Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and is available on their website, here.

Donald Trump, 'Access Hollywood' and 'The Apprentice': The Legal Issues Behind the Tapes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Bill Pruitt, a producer on the first few seasons of the show, tweeted Saturday about the 'Access Hollywood' tapes: "I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. justthebeginning." Reached on Saturday, Pruitt declined to elaborate. read more. THR, Esq.

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The Next Congress Has Not Yet Begun, and Already Copyright Issues are Poised for Comment – First Up, Copyright Office Reform

Broadcast Law Blog

These include looking at music issues – potentially including the broadcast performance royalty. Since then, the committee has had several hearings on music issues, as well as on other copyright topics, including issues with the Section 512 safe harbor for user-generated content. See our articles here and here for a discussion of some of those issues here. There are many other issues that will no doubt come up in any discussion of copyright reform.

Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Bitcoin

Media Law

In this […] The post Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Bitcoin appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Cyber currency Bitcoin has seen an exponential rise in value and popularity since its inception in 2010.

FCC Chair Issues Statement On Individual Who Threatened Representative Katko Regarding Vote On Net Neutrality

Media Law Prof Blog

FCC Chair Ajit Pai issued a statement on November 30, 2017 regarding criminal charges that federal prosecutors have issued against an individual who has allegedly made threats against John Katko (R-NY), who represents New York's 24th District.

Spotify’s “Fake Artist” Issue and Other Problems at Scale — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

Spotify of course has issued a denial that I find to be Nixonian in its parsing. via Spotify’s “Fake Artist” Issue and Other Problems at Scale — Music Tech Solutions. Spotify just can’t seem to catch a break in the artist community.

October Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs and Children’s Television Reports, EEO Obligations, Repacking Reports and More

Broadcast Law Blog

All full-power broadcasters, commercial and noncommercial, must complete their Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and place these reports into their public inspection files by October 10. They document the broadcaster’s assessment of the most important issues facing their communities, and the programming that they have broadcast to address those issues.

Obama Issues New Anti-Piracy Plan

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The government updates statistics on investigations and arrests and also talks about its priorities including transparency, communication and education. read more. The Business Barack Obama Movies THR, Esq. Politics Tech Business

FCC Issues NPRM On Broadband Privacy Guidelines For ISPs

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would establish privacy guidelines for ISPs offering broadband services. The new rules would ensure that consumers understand and consent to the purchase of ISP broadband services, and that ISPs providing

Latest Issue of ‘Law Practice Today’ Focuses on Legal Technology

Media Law

The latest issue is out Law Practice Today, the monthly digital magazine of the ABA’s Law Practice Division, and the focus is on legal technology. I had the privilege of serving as issue editor for this issue, so I hope you’ll take a look. The post Latest Issue of ‘Law Practice Today’ Focuses on Legal Technology appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

FCC Issues NPRM To Open Up Set-Top Box Market

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that begins the process of allowing third party entities to develop alternatives to the set-top boxes through which consumers receive subscription video programming.

Call for Articles: Techshow Issue of ‘Law Practice Today’

Media Law

I am serving as issue editor for the issue of the ABA webzine Law Practice Today that will come out in conjunction with ABA Techshow. […]. The post Call for Articles: Techshow Issue of ‘Law Practice Today’ appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Is there an article about legal technology you’ve been hankering to write? Here is your chance to get it published and seen by a wide audience of legal and technology professionals.

FCC Clarifies Public File Obligations for Identifying Issues and Sponsors for Political Ads – Admonishes Numerous TV Stations for Violations

Broadcast Law Blog

Late Friday, the FCC’s Media Bureau issued an order (at this time available in Word format only, here ) clarifying its public file rules for political ads – both ads from candidates and from third-party groups. The FCC’s clarifications require broadcasters who run candidate or issue advertising to include information about not only the candidates mentioned in an ad, but also any Federal issues that the ad addresses.

Four Fines Up to $8000 for Tower Lighting Issues – A Message on the Importance to the FCC of Safety Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

The release of these four decisions on the same day, whether coincidence or intentional, sure sends the message that the FCC is very concerned with tower lighting issues. Repeatedly, in meetings in Washington DC and in state broadcaster meetings across the country where FCC field office agents have been present, I have heard FCC employees make the point to say that health and safety issues are a top priority – and tower lighting sure qualifies as a safety issue.

Two Issues with the FBI & Apple

The Legal Satyricon

by Jay Marshall Wolman, CIPP/US By now, practically everyone who cares has heard that Magistrate Pym has ordered Apple to help the FBI crack open an iPhone related to the San Bernadino shooting. The order is pursuant to the All Writs Act, codified at 28 U.S.C. 1651. In short, it is a catch-all that lets […]. First Amendment misc compelled speech cyber security privacy

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