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HTMLSenate Commerce Committee Releases Revised Draft of Legislation Extending STELA and Making Other Changes to the Communications Act
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Thune (R-SD), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, have released a revised version of S. 2799, the “Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act” (STAVRA). The full committee is scheduled to...

 

HTMLWhat the House of Lords Report on Social Media Offences Means for Your Website
Alex Henderson, Samuel Oustayiannis, Ingrid Silver; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014
In July 2014, the House of Lords Communications Committee (the Committee) published a report to inform and stimulate discussion on how the law should respond to offences committed using social media (the Report). The Report is particularly relevant to companies who operate websites with...

 

HTMLCPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises
Gail A. Karish, Harriet A. Steiner; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014
The California Public Utilities Commission has concluded its rulemaking proceeding and adopted streamlined rules that holders of state video franchises (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and others) must follow to obtain renewal of their franchises under the Digital Infrastructure...

 

HTMLTCPA Hot Issues: Is the Scope of Consent Unlimited?
Keith J. Barnett, Thomas M. Byrne, Ellen M. Dunn, Juan C. Garcia, Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014
What constitutes valid consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? A hot issue in TCPA litigation is the scope of consent necessary to place automated calls to consumers where the consumer has provided a cell phone number to a company in connection with a specific transaction or...

 

HTMLEmployers Are Not Going to "Like" This NLRB Decision on Social Media
Mark J. Neuberger; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 4, 2014, previously published on September 2, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has issued yet another decision which should cause all employers, even those without unions, to think very carefully before disciplining any employee for their actions on social media.

 

HTMLFor Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry
Thomas M. Byrne, Thomas W. Curvin, Ellen M. Dunn, Juan C. Garcia, Cheryl L. Haas; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014
Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated telephone dialing system—or that has independent or...

 

HTMLCameras Coming to a Courtroom Near You: What Are the Rules and What Impact Might They Have
J. Matthew Thompson; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
August 13, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014
Probably everyone saw portions of the O.J. Simpson and George Zimmerman trials, because each was a high profile case broadcasted on live television. Now, cameras are coming to Illinois courtrooms.

 

HTMLFederal Communications Commission Requests Comments on Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Recommendations
Richard J. Johnson, Bruce A. Olcott, Mauricio F. Paez, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 2014
The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") is seeking industry and public comment on whether it should take further steps to ensure that the U.S. communications industry is sufficiently prepared for cybersecurity threats.

 

HTMLOfcom Consults on Important Changes to Its TV Advertising Rules
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014
On 18 July, Ofcom published a consultation document proposing important changes to the TV advertising rules, including in particular as to the way in which programme length is measured for the purposes of determining the amount of permitted advertising. These changes are particularly relevant to...

 

HTMLDuck, Duck, Goose? No, Says the Court - Aereo Remains Yet Another Duck
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014
Many jurisdictions around the globe face complex questions resulting from the use of new technologies for internet redistribution of over-the-air linear broadcast signals in a manner that could threaten traditional television.

 


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