FCC Implements Supreme Court Order Reinstating 2017 Ownership Rule Changes, and Asks for Updating of Record of 2018 Quadrennial Review

Broadcast Law Blog

The Newspaper Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule is Finally Dead – And More Ownership Rule Changes – Including for Radio – Are to be Considered. Until such a historical review could be conducted, all FCC ownership proceedings were put on hold.

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

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC’s Public Notice soliciting updated information in its Quadrennial Review of its broadcast ownership rules, a review begun in 2018, was published in the Federal Register today , setting the deadline for initial comments as Monday, August 2, 2021 , with reply comments due Monday, August 30, 2021. As we wrote here when the Quadrennial Review began, the principal focus of this review is on radio ownership.

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Auction for New AM and FM Channels Ends with Almost a Third of the Channels Unsold – Does the Result Say Something About the FCC’s Local Ownership Rules?

Broadcast Law Blog

This lack of interest may also say something about the FCC’s local radio ownership rules. The radio industry has significantly changed since the 1996 Telecommunications Act which set the current radio ownership limits. AM Radio Broadcast Auctions FM Radio Multiple Ownership Rules

August Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: National EAS Test, License Renewals, EEO Reporting, Political Broadcasting Rules Proposals, Media Ownership Comments, Annual Regulatory Fees, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

Parties interested in submitting comments in the FCC’s 2018 Quadrennial Review media ownership proceeding have an extra month to write and file their comments.

Retain Ownership of TV Show – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

and those production companies typically acquire ownership of the show’s concept, Pilot Script, etc., Who is also a “show runner” can also negotiate to retain a (partial) ownership interest in the show, the format, etc., and thus retain ownership. The post Retain Ownership of TV Show – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link].

Pride of Ownership

DealFatigue

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.

Countdown to Comments on Next Quadrennial Review of Media Ownership Begins – Part I, Local Radio Ownership

Broadcast Law Blog

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the next Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s ownership rules was adopted in December and was published today in the Federal Register , starting the 60 day period for public comments. On the TV side, the FCC is again looking at local TV ownership (specifically combinations of Top 4 stations in a market and shared services agreements ) and also at the dual network rule restricting common ownership of two of the Top 4 TV networks.

Arizona Is First State To Eliminate Ban On Nonlawyer Ownership Of Law Firms

Media Law

In providing a sandbox for non-traditional legal services providers, the Utah pilot includes entities with non-lawyer investment or ownership. But it does not eliminate the ban on nonlawyer ownership outside the context of the sandbox.

FCC to Shake Up Media Ownership Rules

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Dahl on Intellectual Property: Ownership and Protection in a University Setting @PennLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Cynthia Dahl, University of Pennsylvania Law School, is publishing Intellectual Property: Ownership and Protection in a University Setting in In Academic Entrepreneurship for Medical and Health Scientists (Nalaka Gooneratne, Rachel McGarrigle & Flaura Winston eds.,

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).

FCC Incubator Order Becomes Effective Just as Third Circuit Hears Arguments on 2017 Order Relaxing FCC Broadcast Ownership Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

If, over a 3-year period, the assistance provided by the existing broadcaster (usually either financial assistance or management training) is deemed a success, the established broadcaster can receive a credit allowing it to purchase a station in excess of the radio ownership limits allowed for broadcasters in a market of similar size to the one in which the incubation occurred.

September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Regulatory Fees, Media Ownership and Sponsorship Identification Comments, Auction Applications, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

Comment dates have been set for parties that want to weigh in on the FCC’s media ownership rules. They have until September 2 to file their comments in the 2018 Quadrennial Review proceeding, which focuses most heavily on local radio ownership regulation.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 10, 2021 to July 16, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Biennial ownership reports, which will be filed later this year, will cost $15 more to file than they did during the 2019 filing cycle.

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.

Congressional Database Obsession: The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act is Quietly Adding Cosponsors

Music Technology Policy

Sensenbrenner introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act last year, we roundly criticized the bill as an 11th Century solution to a 21st Century problem, the Domesday Book meets a unicorn. With all the talk about the controversial Music Modernization Act, one would have thought that a pre-condition of introducing the bill is that the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act would have been withdrawn.

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 Decision Illustrates Details of the Application of FCC Foreign Ownership Approval Requirements

Broadcast Law Blog

In a decision released yesterday , the FCC issued a “remedial declaratory ruling” finding the change in control of stock in a company that owned broadcast stations did not offend the public interest, and that the approval of foreign ownership in the company that controlled broadcast stations above 25% (but capped at 49%) that was issued last year could stay in effect. That is presumably so that the FCC can assess whether any ownership concerns are raised by any individual control party.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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 Decision Illustrates Details of the Application of FCC Foreign Ownership Approval Requirements

Broadcast Law Blog

In a decision released yesterday , the FCC issued a “remedial declaratory ruling” finding the change in control of stock in a company that owned broadcast stations did not offend the public interest, and that the approval of foreign ownership in the company that controlled broadcast stations above 25% (but capped at 49%) that was issued last year could stay in effect. That is presumably so that the FCC can assess whether any ownership concerns are raised by any individual control party.

'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

@KRSfow: Future of What Podcast on the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act

Music Technology Policy

The “Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act” claims to make things easier for coffee shops, bars and restaurants who want to license music to play in their establishments. podcast the future of what kill rock stars transparency in music licensing and ownership music industry music business congress bill legislation future of music coalition.

FCC Seeks Comments on Univision Request to Exceed 50% Foreign Ownership

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week released a Public Notice soliciting comments on the request of Univision, which owns US radio and TV stations, to have foreign ownership that exceeds 50%. As we wrote here , the FCC previously permitted foreign ownership of up to 49% of the company. But any such ownership first must be reviewed by the FCC and other government agencies to insure that there are not national security issues.

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.

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.”

Comments Due September 24 on Audio Competition Report – Setting the Stage for Radio Ownership Reform?

Broadcast Law Blog

The state of the audio industry will no doubt be a crucial consideration in the next Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s ownership rules , expected to start late this year or early next. The initial document to be released in the Quadrennial Review will be a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking putting forth the FCC’s initial take on whether any of its ownership rules are no longer in the public interest and therefore need to be modified or eliminated.

Arizona Task Force Calls for Wide-Ranging Practice Reforms, Including Eliminating Ban on Nonlawyer Ownership

Media Law

With the goal of narrowing a growing justice gap in the state, an Arizona task force has called for fundamental changes in the regulation of legal services, including eliminating the ban on nonlawyer ownership of legal practices, loosening restrictions on lawyer advertising, and expanding the ability of nonlawyers to directly deliver legal advice and assistance. Related: LawNext Episode 9: Bill Henderson on Changing the Non-Lawyer Ownership Rules.

Bruce Willis Challenging Apple Over iTunes Ownership

Media Law Prof Blog

However, his Sixth Sense tells him that Apple's rule that iTunes customers get only a license, not ownership of their Bruce Willis is apparently a DieHard iTunes fan, so much so that he has invested thousands of dollars in downloads.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: June 26, 2021 to July 2, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

Though it is mid-way through 2021, the FCC is reopening the comment period in the 2018 Quadrennial Review proceeding on media ownership. The issue in the proceeding likely to have the broadest impact is the consideration of possible changes to the local radio ownership rules.

Agenda for FCC’s December Meeting – Start of Next Quadrennial Review of the Ownership Rules and Elimination of License Posting Requirement

Broadcast Law Blog

The first will be the initiation of the next Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s ownership rules. This will begin with a notice of proposed rulemaking teeing up the areas that the FCC will be considering in this review – including radio ownership issues and likely further clarification of the FCC’s standards for waivers allowing the combination of two of the Top 4 TV stations in any market. The agenda for the FCC’s December 12 open meeting is to be released today.

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.

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.

June Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – License Renewal, EEO Reports, Reg Fee Comments, Ownership Appeal Argument and More

Broadcast Law Blog

June 11 is the date on which the Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the appeal of the FCC’s ownership decision from late 2017 in which the FCC, among other actions, abolished the newspaper-broadcast and radio-television cross-ownership rules and the rules requiring that there be 8 independent owners in a television market before a company could hold two TV licenses in that market.

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.

'Happy Birthday' Ownership Judgment Will Wait on "Smoking Gun" Evidence

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A hearing Wednesday on whether one of the world's most popular songs belongs in the public domain ended without a decision. read more. THR, Esq. Earshot THR, Esq. Music Music Culture Business THR Online Warner Music Group

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%.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

FCC Seeks More Comments on the Effect of Newspaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership on Minority Ownership of Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

It looks like the FCC''s long-delayed multiple ownership proceeding won''t be decided this summer. The FCC has asked for public comment on the report submitted by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council ("MMTC") addressing the likely impact on minority ownership of broadcast stations of allowing more media cross-ownership. So this report was commissioned by MMTC, an organization dedicated to promoting minority ownership in all media.

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.

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

Broadcast Law Blog

They announced that the renewal forms will be filed in the FCC’s LMS database , which was first used by radio broadcasters in connection with their Biennial Ownership Reports filed last year. The FCC Commissioners also discussed the current Quadrennial Review of the ownership rules – the proposed changes to the local radio ownership rules were a particular topic of conversation.

LawNext Episode 9: Bill Henderson on Changing the Non-Lawyer Ownership Rules

Media Law

Should legal ethics rules be changed to allow non-lawyer ownership of legal services providers? So controversial is the question that it was major news in July when the State Bar of California voted to appoint a task force to study and make recommendations on the issue. What spurred the bar to take this action was the Legal Market Landscape Report it commissioned from William D. Henderson , professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

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