FilmOn X Loses in Latest Bid to Be a Cable System

aeroNinth Circuit is the latest to say that Internet-based services are not cable systems. Remember Aereo? Sure you do, if you were a regular CommLawBlog reader pretty much anytime between 2012 and 2015. Aereo was the upstart looking to revolutionize the way cord-cutters watched TV: its dime-sized antennas were designed to receive and capture local broadcast signals for viewing (either virtually “live” or delayed, à la a DVR) through the Internet. View Full Post
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Bridging the Gap – the Highs and Lows of the Salary Landscape in Women’s Sport

By | Sports Shorts | March 24, 2017
SportswomanIn recent weeks, salaries in women’s sports have been featuring frequently in the headlines. In the US, female ice hockey players are locked in heated negotiations with USA Hockey (the IOC-recognised governing body of organised amateur ice hockey in the USA) over wages, with the players threatening to boycott the upcoming wold championship if an acceptable agreement cannot be reached.  View Full Post
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FCC Adopts New Rules for Post-Incentive Auction Channel Sharing – Including Opportunities for LPTV and TV Translators to Increase Over-the-Air Coverage

By | Broadcast Law Blog | March 24, 2017
At its meeting yesterday, the FCC adopted new rules for post-auction channel sharing by broadcast television stations (see the public notice here). Channel sharing was a concept adopted by the FCC in connection with the broadcast incentive auction, to allow two or more stations to share a single 6 MHz TV channel, while retaining separate licenses. View Full Post
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Marketing a High-Powered Winery

By | Madison Ave Insights | March 23, 2017
Winemaking is a timeless craft—or so you might think. If you do, one visit to a Jackson Family Wines facility powered by Tesla batteries and you’ll soon realize that wineries are certainly keeping up with the times. One of the country’s largest family-owned wineries, Jackson Family Wines has been innovating in all kinds of ways as it carries on the family’s winemaking legacy (including production of the popular Kendall-Jackson brand). View Full Post
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Oregon Attorney General Announces $545,000 Settlement with Retailer

By | Ad Law Access | March 23, 2017
The Oregon AG recently announced a $545,000 settlement with the Vitamin Shoppe over allegations that the store violated Oregon state law by selling dietary supplements containing ingredients that FDA has deemed unsafe or unlawful. The new settlement agreement places significant burdens on the Vitamin Shoppe to monitor developments on ingredient status.  View Full Post
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New Mexico Set to Become 48th State to Enact Data Breach and Safeguards Law

seal Last week, the New Mexico Legislature passed The Data Breach Notification Act (“Act”). Once the Act is signed by Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico will join 47 other U.S. states (along with D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) who have enacted a data breach notification law, leaving South Dakota and Alabama as the two hold-out states without a breach notification law. View Full Post
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The Browns Employ Creative Use of NFL Salary Cap Structure for Future Success

In a league well known for the copycat tendencies among its franchises, the Cleveland Browns may have set a new National Football League (NFL) standard for evaluating and completing trades. After flirting with a 0-16 season in 2016, the Browns entered the offseason with a record $100+ million in cap space. View Full Post
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Court of Appeals Rules That Over-the-Top Video Service is Not a Cable System Entitled to Statutory License to Retransmit TV Station Programming

By | Broadcast Law Blog | March 22, 2017
In a decision released this week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a District Court decision (about which we wrote here) that had found that a video service provided by Aereokiller was a “cable system” as defined by Section 111 of the Copyright Act. View Full Post
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