Deliverance: Legal Issues Still Surrounding Prince’s Music

By | Pay or Play | April 22, 2017
This week provided yet another reminder to entertainment law practitioners that there is still plenty of work to do even after your clients pass away.  On Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 the U.S. District Court in Minnesota issued a temporary restraining order blocking the digital release of a six-song EP entitled “Deliverance” by Prince, who passed away one year ago this week. View Full Post
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FCC Vows Its Never Gonna Give Up On Bridging Digital Divide: Opens Rulemakings to Promote Access to Broadband Infrastructure

At the end of March, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai branded April “Infrastructure Month.” He paired this declaration with the announcement of a comprehensive agenda aimed at tackling a host of infrastructure-related challenges seen as critical to the deployment of high-speed broadband Internet access and bridging the digital divide. View Full Post
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The FCC Announces Two Rules of Interest to NCE Stations

fcc building-1On April 20, 2017, the FCC announced two new developments for NCE stations. First, the FCC stated that it will no longer require the officers and board members of NCE stations to obtain FCC registration numbers (“FRNs”), a process which requires individuals to disclose personal information such as social security numbers. View Full Post
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Auction House Accused of Scraping Competitor’s Web Listings

Screen scraping is a problem that has vexed website owners since the early days of e-commerce – how to make valuable content available to users and customers, but prevent competitors from accessing such content for commercial purposes.  Even in the advent of social media, mobile commerce, and advanced software, the issue remains relevant to today’s companies, as evidenced by the craigslist’s victory this past week against an aggregator that had formerly scraped its user postings. View Full Post
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Data Security Rules of the Road: A Guidebook to FTC Cases

By | All About Advertising Law | April 21, 2017
Data Security Rules of the Road: A Guidebook to FTC CasesAs data security risks increase in their intensity, variety, and sophistication, Venable introduces Data Security Rules of the Road: A Guidebook to FTC Cases v1.0.  The book is a valuable resource for businesses seeking to protect the security of personal information in ways that are consistent with guidance offered by the FTC. View Full Post
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FCC Appoints Regional Coordinators for TV Post-Auction Repacking Process

By | Broadcast Law Blog | April 21, 2017
With the FCC last week announcing the results of the reverse auction portion of the incentive auction and setting the timetable for the repacking of the TV spectrum, the next question on everyone’s mind will be how successful the television industry will be in adhering to the schedule established by the FCC for clearing the TV spectrum above Channel 37. View Full Post
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FCC Changes in Rules On Computation of Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations Now Effective

By | Broadcast Law Blog | April 21, 2017
Last year, the FCC made some modifications in its assessment of foreign ownership of companies with broadcast interests, relaxing some of their compliance rules to take account of the realities of the current public stock trading marketplace – realities that, using the FCC’s old policies, made determinations of the level of foreign ownership in any company difficult. View Full Post
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Fourth Circuit Tells District Court Not to Abstain in False Ad Holy War

At the heart of this unique Lanham Act case is a dispute between the Episcopal Church (the “Church”) and one of its “disaffiliated” districts, the Diocese of South Carolina (“Diocese”).  In 2012, led by its Bishop Mark Lawrence, the Diocese withdrew from the Church, but the Church did not recognize the withdrawal, and appointed Bishop Charles vonRosenberg to replace Bishop Lawrence as the head of the Diocese.  View Full Post
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China’s Data Localization Measures Open for Comment

shutterstock_293627249-300x300On 11 April 2017 the Cyberspace Administration of China published a circular calling for comments on its draft Security Assessment for Personal Information and Important Data Transmitted Outside of the People’s Republic of China Measures (the Draft Export Review Measures). Public comments are open through 11 May 2017. View Full Post
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Pai Directs USAC to Improve E-Rate Productivity Center

Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Chairman Ajit Pai sent a letter this week to Chris Henderson, CEO of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) expressing concern about flaws in USAC’s administration of the E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC), the online application and account portal. View Full Post
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