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|ALJ Shaw Denies Summary Determination Of Invalidity In Certain Digital Media Devices (337-TA-882)|
John F. Presper, Thomas C. Yebernetsky; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014On February 5, 2014, ALJ David P. Shaw issued Order No. 39 in Certain Digital Media Devices, Including Televisions, Blu-Ray Disc Players, Home Theater Systems, Tablets and Mobile Phones, Components Thereof and Associated Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-882).
|Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines Set Regarding FCC’s Proposed Elimination of Sports Blackout Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding, Ari Z. Moskowitz; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 24, 2014As announced last month, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to eliminate its “sports blackout rules,” which allow sports teams to demand that cable systems and DBS providers black out imported distant broadcast signals when they are presenting a live telecast of a local...
|BREAKING NEWS: FTC Announces Major Settlement with Apple|
Cynthia J. Larose, Julia M. Siripurapu; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
January 30, 2014, previously published on January 15, 2014FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez just announced (press conference) that Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) has agreed to provide consumers full refunds of at least $32.5 Million Dollars to settle the Commission’s complaint alleging that Apple billed consumers millions of dollars in charges...
|FCC to Consider Classification of VoIP Services for Pole Attachment Rates|
Dentons Canada LLP;
January 16, 2014, previously published on January 8, 2014The FCC has been called upon again to determine whether Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) services are telecommunications services. In order to resolve key issues in litigation over pole attachment rental rates, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division...
|Bills Introduced in Congress to Revise Cable and DBS Signal Carriage Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 2013A pair of influential members of the House of Representatives (Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)) have introduced end-of-session bills that would change the rules governing the carriage of broadcast signals by cable and DBS providers. While the bills differ in their approach,...
|Deadline for “Spot Checking” of Calm Act Compliance by “Large” Television Stations is December 13|
Lerman Senter PLLC;
December 10, 2013, previously published on December 4, 2013Television stations that are subject to the annual “spot-checking” obligation imposed under the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (“CALM”) Act are reminded that they must complete their first annual spot checks by December 13, 2013.
|New Rules for Activity Near AM Towers|
Ronald D. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
December 2, 2013, previously published on November 27, 2013This article summarizes proposed new FCC rules that apply to any municipality that is looking to build a new tower (such as a water tower or cell equipment tower) near an existing AM tower, to change an existing tower’s height, or to add or replace antennae or transmission lines on a tower....
|Same Protection for Works of Applied Art as For Works of Fine Art - Copyright Law|
Michael Rainer, Michael Rainer; GRP Rainer LLP;
November 26, 2013, previously published on November 25, 2013Requirements for achieving copyright protection for works of applied art must not be more specific or even higher than requirements for works of fine art.
|FCC Clarifies Intent to Review Foreign Investment in Broadcast Licenses— Effect On As Yet Unscheduled Incentive Auction Unclear|
Angela E. Giancarlo, Howard W. Waltzman; Mayer Brown LLP;
November 20, 2013, previously published on November 18, 2013On Thursday, November 14, the US Federal Communications Commission issued a declaratory ruling that is intended to ease the way for foreign investment in the US broadcast sector. The ruling comes in response to the request from the Coalition for Broadcast Investment (CBI), which asked the...
|Report of Digital TV Ancillary/Supplemental Services Due December 2, 2013|
Lerman Senter PLLC;
November 11, 2013, previously published on November 8, 2013By December 2, 2013, each commercial and non-commercial digital television broadcast station must file the annual DTV Ancillary/Supplementary Services Report, FCC Form 317, stating whether the station provided ancillary or supplementary digital services at any time between October 1, 2012 and...