Europe’s New Digital Single Market – Threat or Opportunity for the U.S.?

shutterstock_372312025-300x300Join us on 19 June, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST, for a lively discussion with experts regarding the current regulatory developments in Europe and the United States. Andrea Glorioso, Counselor for the Digital Economy at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, will provide an overview of what U.S. View Full Post
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Wikitribune and Broken News

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales completes crowd-funding this week for his latest venture: Wikitribune, a news platform that, while not affiliated with Wikipedia, applies Wikipedia’s collaborative model to journalism. Wales intends to hire ten full-time journalists to work alongside the wiki community to author, fact-check and verify articles. View Full Post
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Is the NCAA Out of Bounds On Academics?

By | Sports Law Matters | May 23, 2017
An ongoing controversy regarding fraud and academic dishonesty among student-athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) has brought to the forefront an important question:  Who is responsible for ensuring student-athletes are receiving an academically appropriate education? The UNC scandal involves the revelation that a “shadow curriculum” was developed in the early 1990s during a period of complaints that student-athletes’ workloads were too strenuous given the heavy demands of competing in Division I athletics.  View Full Post
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Popcorn Makers Fight Over Use of “Skinny”

Last month, snack food company Snyder’s-Lance filed a declaratory judgment action in North Carolina against Amplify Snack Brands and its SkinnyPop popcorn. Hours later, Amplify brought suit against Snyders-Lance in Texas, alleging trademark infringement over Snyders’ “Metcalf’s Skinny” popcorn and other snacks sold under the “Metcalf’s Skinny” brand name.  View Full Post
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DC Court of Appeals Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule for Hobbyist

In a ruling issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the FAA’s Registration Rule for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) that are operated for recreational purposes, otherwise known as “model aircraft.” If the ruling stands, hobbyist and recreational drone enthusiasts will no longer be required to register their drones with the FAA.  View Full Post
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FCC Public Notice Asks What Media Regulations to Eliminate

On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Public Notice initiating a review of its rules applicable to television and radio broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television providers. The stated purpose of the review is “to eliminate or modify regulations that are outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome.” In addition to seeking comment on what rules should be modified or repealed generally, the FCC also asked if there are specific rules from which small businesses should receive regulatory relief. View Full Post
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FCC Proposes Elimination of Broadcast Main Studio Rule

On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which it proposed to eliminate the main studio rule for all services (including the associated minimum staffing requirements). Comments will be due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, with reply comments due 15 days later. View Full Post
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The British and Irish Lions and the Trouble with Team Selection

By | Sports Shorts | May 22, 2017
The British and Irish Lions Tour 2017 is nearly upon us, kicking off on the first weekend of June this year. Three Rugby Players As with other traditions associated with the Lions, such as the youngest player in the squad having to look after the Lions’ mascot for the duration of the Tour, selection of the Lions squad seems to cause controversy no matter what the outcome is and it is almost certainly impossible to please everyone. View Full Post
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Another Wake Up Call for Transparency

On May 18, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) released a critical study under a joint initiative led by Ad/Fin in cooperation with the ANA, the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA), and Ebiquity.  The study investigated the transparency and economics of programmatic media; particularly what percentage of an advertiser’s programmatic media spend actually went to “working” media (compared to supply chain data and transaction fees taken by the media agency, trading desk, demand-side-platform and supply-side platform).  View Full Post
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