Communications, Media & Entertainment

Wednesday 22 November 2017: a day of regulatory breaches to forget for Everton On 21 November 2017, Sports Shorts reported that the FA had issued its first charge of “Successful Deception of a Match Referee”, the recipient being Everton’s Oumar Niasse. The FA statement read: “It is alleged [Niasse] committed an act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded in the fifth minute of the game.” Niasse denied the charge against him.  View Full Post
Three members of Hogan Lovells transfer pricing team recently joined a host of tech companies and other advisors at the TP Minds West Coast conference in San Francisco. In a series of presentations, panels and workshops spread over three days, participants discussed recent developments in transfer pricing, what tax authorities are doing in the area, and how new technology is posing new challenges and opportunities. View Full Post
FCC Authorizes Voluntary Transition to ATSC 3.0 On November 20, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission released a Report & Order (Order) authorizing television broadcasters to use the Next Gen TV standard (a/k/a ATSC 3.0) on a voluntary, market-driven basis. The Order also includes a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) that seeks further comment on three specific issues related to the ATSC 3.0 rules adopted in the companion Order. View Full Post
This week, the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs’ (JURI) took its long awaited and frequently postponed vote on the draft Regulation COM(2016) 594 relating to online transmissions and retransmissions by broadcasters (press release). With fifteen to eight votes (and one abstention), JURI –the lead EP committee on this proposal – adopted the paper which is likely to become the European Parliament’s position in the trilogue with the Council and Commission. View Full Post
Lyft, Inc. was hit with a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) this month. The plaintiffs allege that Lyft is liable for text messages sent by Jobcase, Inc., Lyft’s marketing agency. Notably, the plaintiffs believe that Jobcase sent text messages to prospective drivers on behalf of Lyft, including “Maria, START NOW: Drive with Lyft, up to $1500/wk. View Full Post
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a 3-2 vote, approved an order allowing “television broadcasters to use the ‘Next Generation’ broadcast television (Next Gen TV) transmission standard, also called ‘ATSC 3.0.’”  Described in the Order “as the world’s first Internet Protocol (IP)-based broadcast transmission platform,” the Next Gen TV standard is expected to allow broadcasters to provide more targeted advertisements to individual viewers.  View Full Post
On November 21, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement announcing that he had circulated his draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order to his fellow commissioners. The draft Order will largely undo the 2015 Open Internet Order and limit FCC jurisdiction over broadband Internet access services, although it appears that the order will retain a transparency requirement for broadband providers.  View Full Post
November 2017 FCC Meeting Recap:  FCC Aims to Speed Wireless Deployment by Eliminating Historic Preservation Review When Replacing Utility Poles Highlighting the need for rapid infrastructure deployment to meet growing consumer data demands and support future 5G services, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) unanimously adopted a Report and Order at its November 16, 2017, meeting to eliminate historic preservation review of replacement utility poles under certain conditions. View Full Post