Reminder: Issue Ads Require Public File Disclosures Even Outside Political Windows

Broadcast Law Blog

But in that article, we did not focus on political issue ads , which also raise their own FCC obligations, particularly with respect to the public file and sponsorship identification. Unlike candidate ads, or ads dealing with federal issues, ads from non-candidate groups dealing with state and local elections and issues generally do not require price and schedule information to be uploaded to the online political file (unless those ads also mention a federal issue ).

Using Photos on Your Website – Court Decision Highlights Problems with a Creative Commons License and Other Copyright Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

To avoid issues, many website owners look for ways to get permission to use photos, signing up for subscriptions from stock photo services or, often when trying to save money, relying on photos made available through some “creative commons” license.

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ABA Issues Ethics Guidance On Lawyers Investing In Alternative Business Structures

LawSites

With both Arizona and Utah now allowing nonlawyers to deliver legal services through alternative business structures, the American Bar Association today issued a formal ethics opinion that addresses the question of whether lawyers outside those states may passively invest in an ABS.

October Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewals, Broadcast Ownership Filings, Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, Rulemaking Comment Dates and More

Broadcast Law Blog

It is again time for full-power and Class A broadcasters to upload quarterly issues/programs lists to their station’s public file. federal issue ads ). As we enter the last quarter of the year, the broadcasters’ October calendar is full of important regulatory dates and deadlines.

ABA Issues Cautionary Ethics Guidance On Virtual Law Practices

Media Law

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility today issued a formal ethics opinion providing guidance on virtual law practices.

Litera Issues Statement on Withdrawal from Attending ILTACON

LawSites

After I reported earlier today that Litera had withdrawn its employees from attending ILTACON next week, the company issued the following statement.

Missing Music On Streamed TV Programs Highlights Rights Issues for Podcasters and Video Producers

Broadcast Law Blog

That series took forever to get to digital outlets, and still does not appear to be on any subscription streaming service, reportedly because of music rights issues. The same issues apply to any video production using music. Advertising Issues Intellectual Property Internet Video Music Rights On Line Media Podcasting music in podcasts music video rights musical composition musical work sound recording sync right using music in commercials

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New ‘Legal Tune Up’ App Helps People Check Public Records for Legal Issues and Resolve Them

Media Law

It enables them to access public data to identify legal issuesissues they might not even be aware of — and then resolve those issues on their own.

July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, The End of Analog TV, EAS Test Registration Requirement, Radio and TV Rulemakings, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

You need to first list the significant issues facing the station’s community in the second quarter. Then, for each issue identified, you should list several programs that addressed the issue in some serious way.

Congressional Letter to FCC on CALM Act Violations Puts Focus on FCC Enforcement Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

As we highlighted yesterday in our weekly summary of regulatory issues for broadcasters, last week saw a letter from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to the FCC asking for the FCC to review the enforcement of the rules established by the CALM Act , which prohibits loud commercials on TV stations. We have obviously seen some more attention being paid to enforcement issues in recent months. Maybe it is just a perception, but enforcement issues seem to be a priority for the FCC.

FCC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: One-Ring Scam Calls

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the matter of one-ring scam calls. One-ring scams are annoying and pernicious, waking up many Americans with confusing calls in the middle of the night and tricking them out of

Court Decision Finds No California Performance Right in Pre-1972 Sound Recordings – Why It Was Still an Issue

Broadcast Law Blog

A court decision last week helps to resolve that issue, though intervening events have lessened its impact, so the decision has gone relatively unnoticed despite the extensive prior coverage previously devoted to this subject.

State Bar Issues Ethics Guidance on Working from Home During COVID-19 Pandemic

Media Law

As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many attorneys and their staffs to work from home for the first time, the Pennsylvania Bar Association has issued an ethics opinion intended to provide guidance now and into the future on working from home and other remote locations.

Voter Suppression Must Be the Central Issue

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Voter Suppression Must Be the Central Issue June 9, 2021 Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald, via Getty Images “The right to vote is everything in a democracy. Without influence over power, you are completely vulnerable to that power. There is no way to access prosperity or ensure personal protection when you live in a society in which people who share your interests are inhibited in their political participation.

New LinkSquares Features Include Help Honing In On GDPR, HIPAA and Other Key Issues

Media Law

They are based on LinkSquares more than 50 Smart Values, which are key pieces of data that LinkSquares’ AI extracts from every contract, but they incorporate 73 new Strategic Values tailored to specific business issues.

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?

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.

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.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 31, 2021 to August 6, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Two Class A TV stations face fines of $15,000 and $20,000 for failing to timely upload a significant number of quarterly issues/programs lists to their public file. Issues/programs lists are the only FCC-required documents that demonstrate a station’s public service to its community.

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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.

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.

Fifty Ways To Litigate Star Trek Issues @dkluft

Media Law Prof Blog

Fifty ways to litigate Star Trek issues! This post, originally published at the Trademark & Copyright Law Blog.by David Kluft, is a little dated, but it's entertaining. Maybe he'd be willing to update? There's a Star Trek: Discovery plagiarism lawsuit

Reddit Ireland Limiting Online Hours To Address Hate Speech Issue

Media Law Prof Blog

Reddit Ireland is going offline in the early morning (Irish time) in order to try to prevent postings from the United States that encourage hate speech. These postings appear during daytime in the U.S. More here from the BBC News

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).

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 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.

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. Consider this: If you had bought $1,000 worth of Bitcoins in 2010, it would be worth $2.4 million dollars today. But as Bitcoin gains wider mainstream use, it is surrounded by a host of legal questions.

Spotify’s Got Another Artist Relations Issue: Joe Rogan

Music Technology Policy

Remember when Spotify bought Joe Rogan’s podcast and signed him to deliver futures? Big money, big press release. Big chuckles in some quarters, why? Welcome to the world of artist relations, Mr. Ek. Here’s a suggestion. When you sign an artist who you know is controversial going in, expect…you know…controversy. Is that really so hard to figure out? And understand that whatever that artist does, their brand is potentially going to be wrapped around your brand.

LawNext Episode 69: Using Tech to Manage COVID-19 Legal Issues in Australia

Media Law

In Australia, as elsewhere, COVID-19 is creating a surge in the demand for legal help, especially among low-income individuals, as people face job losses, evictions, bankruptcy, domestic violence, and end-of-life issues.

USPS Issues Stamp In Honor of Gwen Ifill

Media Law Prof Blog

Via Judy Woodruff and Kevin Madden, the United States Postal Service announces that it is issuing a new Forever Stamp honoring the late journalist Gwen Ifill. More here from the USPS website

ABA Votes to Urge Legal Profession to Address Emerging Legal and Ethical Issues of AI

Media Law

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, its policy-making body, voted this week to approve a resolution urging courts and lawyers to address the emerging ethical and legal issues related to the usage of artificial intelligence in the practice of law. The report also describes issues of bias and transparency in the use of AI. ” But the report also suggests that a purpose behind the resolution is simply to raise awareness of issues around the use of AI.

Comments Due August 2, 2021 on Media Ownership Issues Including Local Radio Ownership Limits

Broadcast Law Blog

The 2018 proceeding was stalled while issues about the FCC’s prior review of the broadcast ownership rules – issues that challenged the weight and analysis that the FCC gave to the effect of changes to ownership rules on ownership diversity – were litigated through the courts. If you have something to say on the issues, file your comments on the Quadrennial Review by the now-established August 2 deadline. .

Jake Tapper issues warning to GOP about Capitol riot

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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

Political Broadcasting Issues to Consider Now for the 2020 Election Campaign

Broadcast Law Blog

We have written about some of the issues that broadcasters should already be considering in our Political Broadcasting Guide (which we plan to update shortly). Obviously, one of the primary issues is lowest unit rates – as those rates become effective 45 days before the primaries (or before any caucus which is open to members of the general public). There are issues to consider about free time for candidates.

Confronting Issues of Race and Gender: Two Law Firm Executives’ Stories

Media Law

I sat in last week on a powerful panel discussion, “Talking Successfully About Race, Politics & Gender at Work,” in which two law firm executives shared how they and their staffs talk about difficult issues of race and gender.

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 […].

Copyright Alliance CEO Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Google v. Oracle

Music Technology Policy

In a statement issued today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s April 5 decision in the Google v. Oracle case , in which the Court ruled 6–2 that Google’s copying of Oracle’s Java code was permissible under the fair use doctrine, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid stated the following: . Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of Google in the decade long Google v.

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, […].

Fastcase and AILA Publish Inaugural Issue of Immigration Law Journal

Media Law

Today, AILA and Fastcase released the inaugural issue of the AILA Law Journal. It includes seven articles on current issues in immigration law, including pieces on the renunciation of U.S. AILA members can also purchase a subscription to the print version of the journal for $49 a year, which includes up to three copies of each issue. Those who are not AILA members can purchase individual issues in print or digital formats for $60 through the Fastcase Bookstore.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters:  September 25, 2021 to October 1, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC issued a Public Notice reminding broadcasters that a two-month biennial ownership report window opened Friday, October 1 and will stay open through Wednesday, December 1.

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