Washington Legal Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand

Broadcast Law Blog

Where do all the Washington DC legal issues facing TV broadcasters stand? While we try on this Blog to write about many of those issues, 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. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and the latest version, published today, is available on their website, here.

Video Looking at the Basics of the Online Public Inspection File and Quarterly Issues Programs Lists

Broadcast Law Blog

Looking for a brief explanation of the online public inspection file and Quarterly Issues Programs List , and how they will be viewed in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle – including the potential fines for violations of the rules? The Indiana Broadcasters has just released this video of me discussing those issues available here. So if you have questions about these issues, check out these resources, and contact your own legal advisor for more information.

Looking at “Legal” Marijuana and CBD Advertising – A Presentation on the Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

With all these issues outstanding, I was recently asked to talk about the advertising issues surrounding these products before a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. These ads are particularly of concern during the license renewal cycle that begins next month, as objections from anti-marijuana activists could put this issue directly before the FCC.

Washington Legal Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand

Broadcast Law Blog

Where do all the Washington DC legal issues facing TV broadcasters stand? While we try on this Blog to write about many of those issues, 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. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and the latest version, published today, is available on their website, here.

More Podcast Legal Issues – Remembering Sponsorship Identification

Broadcast Law Blog

In recent weeks, we’ve written about a number of legal issues that need to be considered in connection with podcasting – getting releases from guests , making sure that ownership of the podcast is clear , and considering music royalties. Another issue that I discussed in my presentation on legal issues for broadcasters entering the podcast industry at Podcast Movement in late July was one of sponsorship identification.

A Presentation on Legal Issues for Podcasters – Who Owns What?

Broadcast Law Blog

My presentation, Legal Issues In Podcasting – What Broadcasters Need to Know , was part of the Broadcasters Meet Podcasters Track. In the presentation, I discussed copyright issues, including some of the music rights issues discussed in my articles here and here , making clear that broadcaster’s current music licenses from ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and even SoundExchange don’t provide them the rights to use music in podcasts. I also touched on privacy and security issues.

Where Was the Board? Some Thoughts on Potential Legal Issues in Pledge Music “Administration” Bankruptcy–Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

That status issue likely would have to be ruled on by a court, so getting the issue in front of a judge quickly will likely be of critical importance. [This post first appeared on Artist Rights Watch ].

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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).

Regulatory Issues from the NAB Convention: License Renewals, ATSC 3.0, Translator Interference, Ownership Rules, and Children’s TV

Broadcast Law Blog

Questions about regulations from Washington don’t disappear just because you are spending time in Las Vegas, and this week’s NAB Convention brought discussion of many such issues. We’ll write about the discussion of antitrust issues that occurred during several sessions at the Convention in another post. But, today, we will report on news about more imminent actions on other issues pending before the FCC. See our articles here and here on these 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.

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

February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Reports, Webcasting Proceeding, FCC Meeting and Other Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

So Quarterly Issues Programs lists should be added to the online public file by January 30, and Children’s Television Reports should be submitted by that date if they have not already been filed with the FCC. That NPRM was adopted in December ( here ), and addresses issues including the potential relaxation of the local radio ownership rules. With the reopening of the Federal government (at least for the moment), regulatory deadlines should begin to flow in a more normal course.

New climate change report issues stark warning

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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.

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

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

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?

More Podcast Legal Issues – Remembering Sponsorship Identification

Broadcast Law Blog

In recent weeks, we’ve written about a number of legal issues that need to be considered in connection with podcasting – getting releases from guests , making sure that ownership of the podcast is clear , and considering music royalties. Another issue that I discussed in my presentation on legal issues for broadcasters entering the podcast industry at Podcast Movement in late July was one of sponsorship identification.

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.

Legal Issues in Digital and Social Media – Identifying the Landmines for Broadcasters and Other Media Companies – A Video Webinar

Broadcast Law Blog

Almost every week, we write about some legal issue that arises in digital and social media – many times talking about the traditional media company that did something that they shouldn’t have done in the online world, and ended up with some legal issues as a result.

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 Sends More Warnings to Radio Stations that Are Not Compliant with Online Inspection Public File Obligations – Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists are the Biggest Target

Broadcast Law Blog

This follows a set of notices sent in early December, where the FCC first warned specific stations that there were issues with their online public inspection files (see our article here ). The new email notices seem to be sent to two classes of stations – those that have done nothing to their online public files, and those that have activated the files, but not uploaded their Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists to those files.

FCC Further Extends Deadlines for Filings Due During the Shutdown – Including Quarterly Issues Programs Lists – and Moves Up Monthly Meeting

Broadcast Law Blog

There is also a new deadline for updates to the online public file , including the Quarterly Issues Programs lists that were due in station’s public inspection filed by January 10, which will now be due by February 11. The agenda for that February meeting is here – addressing all the issues that had been teed up for the January meeting.

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.

The merging of Book, Lyrics and Music in theatrical collaborations: A complex and frequently mishandled issue.

Gordon P. Firemark

An important, and frequently mishandled point in theatrical collaboration agreements is the clause declaring when, precisely, “ merger &# of the collaborators’ respective contributions to the play or musical occurs.

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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Common Software Licensing Language at Issue in IP Dispute

New Media and Technology Law

Licensors of software typically utilize software license agreements providing for their ownership of the licensed software and related IP, as well as restrictions barring licensees from reverse engineering the code at issue. 7, 2018), tackled some of these issues. . Ultimately issues of fact precluded many of the grants of summary judgment that both parties sought, but the case offers interesting insights with respect to software licensing practices on at least those two issues.

Leveson Commission Issues Report

Media Law Prof Blog

The Leveson Inquiry has concluded with the issuance of its report, An Inquiry Into the Culture, Practices, and Ethics of the Press: A Report. It's four volumes, and it begins with a bang. Mr. Justice Leveson calls for new legislation

April Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Radio License Renewal, Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Reports, Repacking and EEO Dates, and Comments on the Quadrennial Review

Broadcast Law Blog

As we also noted last month, April also brings a requirement that, by the 10 th of the month, stations add to their online public file Quarterly Issues Programs Lists for the prior quarter, setting out the most important issues facing their communities in the prior quarter, and the programming that they aired to address those issues.

Looking at Music Royalty Issues for Radio and TV Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

In our discussion, there was a general summary of the licenses needed for the use of music by broadcasters, a summary of the status of some of the current royalty negotiations, and questions about other issues in music licensing. As this discussion raised a number of issues that I have covered in articles posted on this blog, I thought that it might be worth highlighting some of that past coverage so that those interested in any topic can read a bit more on these subjects.

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!

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

SAG's David White to Speak on Digital Issues

Digital Media Law

The Feb. 17 talk is hosted by Town Hall Los Angeles. Details: Hollywood Reporter. Note: tix are $49-$65. _. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

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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

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.

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.

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

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

New Issue of Journal of Media Law Now Available

Media Law Prof Blog

The new issue (volume 6, issue 1) of the Journal of Media Law is out. Here is the table of contents. CONTENTS COMMENT AND ANALYSIS Observations on the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications Report on Plurality Alison Harcourt

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.

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.

Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule for MLC Applications Including Oversight of MLC Board by Librarian of Congress

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Office issued an interim rule for comment that lays out an intricate and well thought out approach to the Register’s role in designating the Mechanical Licensing Collective and the Digital Licensee Coordinator under Title I of the Music Modernization Act. The U.S.

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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