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|Senate 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;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014Senators 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...
|What the House of Lords Report on Social Media Offences Means for Your Website|
Alex Henderson, Samuel Oustayiannis, Ingrid Silver; Dentons Canada LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014In 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...
|CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises|
Gail A. Karish, Harriet A. Steiner; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014The 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...
|TCPA 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;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014What 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...
|Employers Are Not Going to "Like" This NLRB Decision on Social Media|
Mark J. Neuberger; Foley & Lardner LLP;
September 4, 2014, previously published on September 2, 2014The 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.
|For 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;
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014Insurance 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...
|Cameras 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;
August 13, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014Probably 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.
|Federal Communications Commission Requests Comments on Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Recommendations|
Richard J. Johnson, Bruce A. Olcott, Mauricio F. Paez, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 2014The 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.
|Ofcom Consults on Important Changes to Its TV Advertising Rules|
Dentons Canada LLP;
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...
|Duck, Duck, Goose? No, Says the Court - Aereo Remains Yet Another Duck|
Dentons Canada LLP;
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014Many 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.