Snow Angels, Spikes, and the Worm: Putting the Fun Back in Football

By | Sports Shorts | May 24, 2017
Touchdown CelebrationThe NFL has announced that it is “putting the fun back in football” by relaxing the rules governing touchdown celebrations, to allow players “more room to have fun after they make big plays”.  The letter to fans from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised (with the help of some illustrative GIFs) the return of snow angels, group demonstrations, use of the ball as a prop, and other “spontaneous displays of emotion”. View Full Post
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The Supreme Court, Reversing the Federal Circuit, Holds That “Residence” in the Patent Venue Statute Refers to Only a Domestic Corporation’s State of Incorporation

By | IP Intelligence | May 24, 2017
Patent147631712In a brief, well-reasoned opinion, a unanimous eight-member Supreme Court held that 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) is a stand-alone provision governing venue in patent infringement suits, unaffected by the broad definition of “residence” in the general venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1391.Rather, a domestic corporation “resides” in only its state of incorporation. View Full Post
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Digital Media Are Now Caught by French Regulation and in Particular by Stringent Transparency Requirements

By virtue of the French “Sapin” law of January 29, 1993, France has become one of the most transparency-regulated media market in the world and remains so today. With the new Decree No 2017-159 of February 9, 2017, the protection of advertisers is further strengthened by extending the transparency requirements of the Sapin law to digital media as well. View Full Post
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Irish Butter Shortage Spreads Trademark Battle in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin federal judge issued a temporary restraining order last month against a Wisconsin creamery for their use of the “Irishgold” Irish butter trademark and associated packaging. Irish dairy distributor Ornua Foods North America Inc. filed suit for willful trademark infringement against Old World Creamery LLC and Eurogold USA LLC, asserting that Old World’s butter brand was created to intentionally ride on the coattails of, and is confusingly similar to, Ornua’s KerryGold butter.  View Full Post
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The Commission Extends Transition Progress Reporting Requirement to Non-Reimbursable Stations

By | CommLawBlog | May 24, 2017
Last week, the Commission adopted transition progress reporting requirements for broadcast television stations that will be changing channels during the post-incentive auction transition, but that are ineligible for reimbursement from the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund. The Commission had already decided back in January that TV stations eligible for reimbursement from the Fund would be required to report their progress by detailing the status of their construction and how they have spent reimbursement funds. View Full Post
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FCC Proposes Regulatory Fees to Be Paid Later This Year – Questions About Allocation of Radio Fees, TV Satellite Stations, and Small Entity Exceptions

By | Broadcast Law Blog | May 24, 2017
Each year, the FCC is required by Congress to collect regulatory fees to cover the costs of its operations. All entities regulated by the FCC contribute to the amount necessary to cover the FCC’s costs – fees being allocated by the proportion of the total number of FCC employees needed to regulate a particular service. View Full Post
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That Won’t Fly: The D.C. Circuit Strikes Down the FAA’s Registration Regime for Recreational Drones

By | CommLaw Monitor | May 24, 2017
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) struck down an FAA regulation that required the owners of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) to register with the agency (the “Registration Rule”). In 2012, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act (“FMRA”), which prohibited the FAA from creating “any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft.”  Under the FMRA, a model aircraft is a UAS that is: capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere; flown within visual line of sight of the UAS operator; and flown for hobby or recreational purposes. View Full Post
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