APA Notice, Public Comment & Procedural Rules: Learning from FCC Mistakes

By | Federal Regulations Advisor | September 9, 2013
APA Notice, Public Comment & Procedural Rules:  Learning from FCC Mistakes

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Time Warner Cable Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), recently vacated and remanded one portion of the FCC’s 2011 rules that govern (loosely said) “television” that sought to prevent program blackouts by extending network programming contracts beyond their expiration. 

Federal Court Blocks Enforcement of Canadian Defamation Judgment

By | InsideTechMedia | September 9, 2013

The recently enacted federal ban on libel tourism is making it more difficult for plaintiffs to sue U.S. defendants in countries that afford weaker free speech protections.  Last week, in the first federal appellate opinion to apply the new statute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that plaintiffs cannot collect damages from U.S. defendants from a Canadian court’s defamation judgment.

Media Bureau to 104 More FM Translator Singletons: Come On Down!

By | CommLawBlog | September 9, 2013
Media Bureau to 104 More FM Translator Singletons: Come On Down!

If you’ve got a singleton FM translator application still pending but you weren’t among the 1,200+ applicants who got invited to file long form Form 349 applications last July, take heart! The Media Bureau has issued another invitation, this time to 104 more translator applicants. You can see a PDF of the invite list here, or you can find a more sliceable and diceable Excel version here.  If you’re on the list, get ready to act right away.

Third Circuit Rules That TCPA Authorizes Consumers to Retract Consent to Cell Phone Calls

By | Class Defense Blog | September 9, 2013

The spate of class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) isn’t ending anytime soon. And the risks to businesses have just increased in the Third Circuit, thanks to that court’s recent ruling that the TCPA permits consumers to retract consent to receiving calls on their cell phones placed by automatic telephone dialing systems.

Look Ma! No Hands — Introducing the Street Legal “Driverless” Vehicle

By | TMT Perspectives | September 9, 2013
Look Ma! No Hands — Introducing the Street Legal “Driverless” Vehicle

During the past decade, Carnegie Mellon University and General Motors Corp. established a Collaborative Research Lab relating to autonomous driving. This joint partnership is led by CMU Professor Raj Rajkumar. In November 2007 his team’s hard work paid dividends when they won first prize at the military-sponsored DARPA Urban Grand Challenge during which their robotized 2007 Chevy Tahoe navigated a predetermined course of roadways in Victorville, California.

Can I Use the Social Media Picture for My Story?

By | eMedia Law Insider | September 9, 2013
Can I Use the Social Media Picture for My Story?

The answer is one that frustrates people the most — it depends.  In most circumstances, you run the risk of violating the copyright of the person who took the picture, so the best practice is to seek permission first (more on that in part 3).  But, let’s assume you can’t get permission — after all, you are on a deadline.  So, let’s look at three different scenarios and the “fair use doctrine.”

Wireless to Drive Telecom Mergers and Acquisitions in Developing Countries

Wireless to Drive Telecom Mergers and Acquisitions in Developing Countries

Panelists at the Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum expect immense merger and acquisition activity in developing markets around the globe, but predict little near-term M&A activity in the United States, where substantial consolidation has already occurred, or Europe, where logistical and business constraints affect consolidation opportunities.

Online TV Public Inspection File Update: A New Political Reporting Approach Proposed

By | CommLawBlog | September 8, 2013
Online TV Public Inspection File Update: A New Political Reporting Approach Proposed

A couple of months ago we reported that the FCC had asked for comments on whether or not to extend the political file component of the online public inspection file requirement to all TV stations. You will doubtless recall that, when the online public file system was first put into place in 2012, only Big Four network affiliates in the Top 50 markets were required to upload their political file materials.

Patent Trolls Spark Debate, Calls for Reform

Patent Trolls Spark Debate, Calls for Reform

The rise of patent litigation by non-practicing entities (“NPEs”), colloquially known as “patent trolls,” has resulted in a “chess game”:  companies that rely on patents must employ an interdisciplinary defensive strategy involving litigation, regulatory and legislative fronts, according to Ray Kurz, partner in Hogan Lovells’s Washington, D.C. office, who spoke at the firm’s annual Winnik forum.