'Buck Rogers' Ownership Dispute at Center of New Trial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Descendants of the author battle descendants of the publisher. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Hollywood's Use of "Stolen" Computer Technology Tests Ownership Theories

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In a bid to dismiss a lawsuit, Disney, Fox, and Paramount distinguish between human and technological output. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

FCC to Shake Up Media Ownership Rules

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The media agency is widely expected to eliminate many local market regulations at a meeting next month. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

The Beatles Triumph in Ownership Fight Over Footage from Famous Concert

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A judge rejected the contention that master tapes belonged to the promoter who brought the band to the United States. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

Lee Daniels Settles 'Butler,' 'Empire' Ownership Dispute With Damon Dash

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A lawsuit is dismissed with Dash''s attorney trumpeting a "creative" deal that will allow the two to work together again. read more. THR, Esq. Music Movies Television Music THR Online

Jay Z Beats Sound Engineer's Claim of Co-Ownership to Hit Songs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rules that Chauncey Mahan should have taken a hint from copyright registration records, album notes and a lack of royalties — and sued sooner. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

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'Walking Dead' Creator Hit With Second Lawsuit Claiming Co-Ownership

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Robert Kirkman has been served with more litigation by a childhood friend who is trying to grab co-control over the lucrative zombie franchise. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead

Washington OKs Fee Sharing and Joint Ownership Between Lawyers and LLLTs

Media Law

To my knowledge, this makes Washington the first state to allow fee sharing and joint ownership of a law practice between a […]. The post Washington OKs Fee Sharing and Joint Ownership Between Lawyers and LLLTs appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. The Supreme Court of Washington has approved revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct governing lawyers in that state that allow lawyers and limited license legal technicians to form partnerships and share fees.

William Friedkin Sues Paramount, Universal Over 'Sorcerer' Ownership

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Eriq Gardner The director of the 1977 thriller demands answers as to who owns his film. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business

December Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Reports, Ownership and Ancillary Revenue Reports, Ownership Review and Incentive Auction Updates

Broadcast Law Blog

A year from now, on December 1, 2017, all broadcast stations are expected to be required to file Biennial Ownership Reports, including noncommercial stations which now have those reports due on the anniversary date of the filing of their license renewal applications. December 1 also is the filing deadline for reconsideration petitions on the FCC’s Quadrennial Review of the multiple ownership rules.

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Supreme Court Declines to Review Broadcast Indecency, Media Cross-Ownership

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Broadcasters win Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" dispute but won't get a further review from the high court on media-ownership restrictions.

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Appeals Court Tosses Controversial Media Cross-Ownership Allowance

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Eriq Gardner Third Circuit tells FCC to consider how to encourage minority ownership in the media read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

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Protecting Broadcast Investors’ Social Security Numbers for the Biennial Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcasters (and, Potentially, Noncommercial Ones Too)

Broadcast Law Blog

If all goes as scheduled, at the beginning of December, commercial broadcasters will file Biennial Ownership Reports on FCC Form 323. As we wrote when the obligation to file the current version of these reports was first adopted , the FCC’s intent was to be able to track the interests of broadcast investors across all of their attributable ownership interests in various broadcast companies to assess broadcast diversity.

'Monkey Selfie' Heads to Appeals Court Amid Legal Circus Between PETA and Primate Expert

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Non-human copyright ownership issues are swamped by a jungle of legal oddities. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Culture Politics Tech THR Online Politics

Looking at the Last Night’s Election Results and the Future of Washington Policy For Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

These two Republicans dissented on many issues of importance to broadcasters – including the recently concluded Quadrennial Review of the Ownership Rules. The fight over the Ownership Rules , for instance, might be subject to reconsideration, asking the new Commission to reverse the decision that was handed down in August. EEO Compliance/Diversity General FCC Multiple Ownership Rules FCC Chairman FCC reform quadrennial review of FCC ownership rules Trump FCC

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What Washington Has in Store for Broadcasters in 2015 – Part 1, What’s Up at the FCC

Broadcast Law Blog

These include: Multiple Ownership Rules Review: In April, the FCC finally addressed its long outstanding Quadrennial Review of the broadcast multiple ownership rules – essentially by punting most of them into the next Quadrennial Review , which probably won’t be resolved until 2016. The FCC also has on its plate the question of the UHF discount in assessing compliance with national ownership caps for TV, which is discussed in more detail in the Television section, below. .

The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act: The Domesday Book Meets A Unicorn — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

Sensenbrenner introduced a bill entitled “ The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act “, a piece of work that is Dickensian in its cruelty, bringing a whole new meaning to either “ newspeak ” or “draconian,” take your pick.

Appeals Court Rules Producer, Not Director, Gets Film Copyright

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The 2nd Circuit examines contributions and ownership in creative works. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

'Star Trek' Lawsuit: The Debate Over Klingon Language Heats Up

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A federal judge gets an earful of Klingon proverbs from a language society intent on making sure that Paramount Pictures can't claim ownership. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Culture Tech Business THR Online

Stay Tuned: Big Broadcast Ownership Rule Changes to be Unveiled Later Today

Broadcast Law Blog

According to the testimony given yesterday by FCC Chairman Pai at an oversight hearing before the House of Representatives Communications and Technology Subcommittee, the FCC is likely to release today a draft of its order on reconsideration of last year’s FCC decision on its Quadrennial Review of its broadcast ownership rules (the rules restricting the number of media outlets that one company can own in any geographic market). Eliminating the radio/television cross-ownership rule.

'Friday the 13th' Author Disputes Producer's Ownership Theories

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Victor Miller is attempting to terminate a copyright grant on the 1980 horror film. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

If mandatory gun ownership, why not mandatory insurance? | MinnPost

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If mandatory gun ownership, why not mandatory insurance? MinnPost

Hank Azaria Sues Craig Bierko to Keep Ownership of Baseball Announcer Character (Video)

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The two actors once traded voice messages with each other, sharing versions of a baseball announcer with a penchant for obscure cultural references. read more. Movies The Simpsons THR, Esq. Hank Azaria Tech Craig Bierko

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The Beatles Move to Dismiss Copyright Suit Over Footage of Famous Concert

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The heirs of concert promoter Sid Bernstein assert ownership over master tapes from The Beatles' 1965 performance at Shea Stadium. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online

Supreme Court Asked to Save Abbott and Costello "Who's on First?" Copyright

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Heirs to the comedic duo present a "critically important" question about a "new rule" robbing contributors to old movies of ownership rights. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Sony's Equity Stake in Spotify Survives Scrutiny in 'American Idol' Lawsuit

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19 Recordings was arguing that Sony was taking ownership in the streaming giant in lieu of demanding fair-market royalty rates. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online

Abbott and Costello Heirs Lose Appeal Over Broadway Play's Use of "Who's on First" Routine

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Hand of God' producers beat lawsuit — not because of fair use, but because the heirs haven't demonstrated ownership of a valid copyright. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Pride of Ownership

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Today's (possible) lunch topic at @filmindependent #FINDForum : you OWN the results of your career/work; both good and bad. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) October 25, 2014. Sure, fate and luck play a hand, but come on, you know better. FINDForum. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) October 25, 2014. I write this not to add another layer of blame for work gone wrong. Though by all means take all the credit if your work is going well.

Pride of Discovery vs. Pride of Ownership

The Digital Lowdown

It's the "pride of ownership". In other words, there is no longer any need for a "pride of ownership." The entire music industry has been struggling for the past fifteen years to figure out how recapture the pride of ownership. I am not sure why I felt inclined to rediscover one of my favorite bands, Styx. Of course "Come Sail Away" is a perennial favorite of classic rock stations. But I can't recall the last time that I intentionally listened to one of their albums.

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Radio Ownership Subcaps on the Table for FCC Review

Broadcast Law Blog

We’ve written (see, e.g. our articles here , here and here ) about the pending petitions asking the FCC to reconsider decisions reached last year to end the UHF discount, to leave the TV local ownership rules in place and to make attributable new TV Joint Sales Agreements, and to not adopt any change in the FCC radio ownership rules in “embedded markets.”

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 Extends Comment Dates on Petitions for Reconsideration of the Media Ownership Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC today announced that it is extending , by one week, the time in which to file comments on the Petitions for Reconsideration of the FCC’s decision on media ownership rules. Multiple Ownership Rules embedded markets fcc media ownership rules joint sales agreement JSA newspaper broadcast cross ownership

November FCC Meeting to be an Important One for Broadcasters – FCC Releases Draft Orders on ATSC 3.0 and Ownership Rule Revisions

Broadcast Law Blog

Yesterday, we previewed the FCC’s likely decision to significantly change its ownership rules for television owners – proposing to take actions including allowing TV duopolies in markets with fewer than 8 independent TV voices after the combination, allowing some combination of the Top 4 TV stations in certain markets, repealing the radio-TV cross-ownership rules, and repealing the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership prohibitions.

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. Now, the FCC seeks comments on two cases, one where an Australian husband and wife team seek to acquire 100% ownership of companies owning 29 radio and TV stations in Alaska, Arkansas and Texas.

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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).

Preparing for the FCC’s Soon to be Released Decision on Changes to its Multiple Ownership Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

While the trade press has been full of reports that the FCC has voted on an order addressing the issues raised in its Quadrennial Review of its multiple ownership rules , and that the decision largely left those rules unchanged (including the broad ban on the cross-ownership of daily newspapers and broadcast stations ), no final decision on the review has yet been released. Taking steps to encourage minority ownership is also on the table in this proceeding.

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 Seeks Comment on Another Request for Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations Above 25%

Broadcast Law Blog

Recently, we wrote about two cases seeking declaratory rulings from the FCC that non-US ownership of companies owning broadcast stations should be permitted even though that ownership would exceed the 25% standard that had been, until that last few years, the limit on such ownership. Instead, the company is a public company, and thinks that, from time to time, its foreign ownership might exceed 25%. It seeks permission for foreign ownership to go as high as 49.99%.

FCC Extends Comment Deadline in Multiple Ownership Proceeding and Issues Updated Statistics on Minority Ownership of Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC has extended the time for filing comments in its ownership proceeding. While comments on the new Quadrennial Review of the ownership rules had been set to be filed by July 7 (see our article here ), the Commission has now extended the deadline until August 6 at the request of the Coalition for Smaller Market Television Stations, which wanted more time to develop additional comments, particularly on the issue of shared services agreements.

FCC Extends Filing Deadline for Biennial Ownership Reports Until March 2, 2018, But Will Require Reporting of Station Ownership as of October 1, 2017 Even By Those Who Sold Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC on Friday announced that they were extending the deadline for filing Biennial Ownership Reports by broadcasters from December 1 to March 2, 2018 to be sure that the new version of the form in the FCC’s LMS database will be up and ready to be used. The FCC will open the window for filing these ownership reports on December 1 (which was to be the deadline). AM Radio Assignments and Transfers FM Radio General FCC Noncommercial Broadcasting Television biennial ownership report