NEWS ANALYSIS BY DAVID OXENFORD

Split Decision On FilmOn Copyright License

The U.S. District Court in Washington has decided that FilmOn could not rely on the compulsory license of Section 111 of the 1976 Copyright Act to retransmit the signals of over-the-air television stations to consumers over the Internet. That puts it at odds with an earlier opinion from a federal court in California that ruled that FilmOn was entitled to the license. “[T]his dispute could be resolved in any number of ways, short of a return trip to the Supreme Court. But it is an issue that will no doubt be revisited in some forum or another in the not too distant future.”

STATION ADVISORY

Digital, Social Media Issues For Broadcasters

David Oxenford: Social media and other digital platforms are playing a more and more important part of the business of traditional media companies. TV broadcasters need to exercise care in using Internet content on their digital properties, and should know why fair use is not always a defense.

FCC WATCH

What’s Happening In Washington

Here’s a quick briefing on the FCC proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O’Connor. The topics: CALM Act … Class A TV … Closed Captioning … EEO Rules … Emergency Alert System … License Renewals … LPTV Stations and TV Translators … Must Carry and Retransmission Consent … Online Public Inspection File … Ownership Limits and SSAs … Political Advertising … Public Interest Disclosure … Regulatory Fees … Spectrum Reallocation … Sponsorship Identification … Tower and Antenna Issues … Video Descriptions … White Spaces.

FCC WATCH

What’s Happening In Washington

OxenfordO'ConnorHere’s a quick briefing on the FCC proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O’Connor. The topics: CALM Act … Class A TV … Closed Captioning … EEO Rules … Emergency Alert System … License Renewals … LPTV Stations and TV Translators … Must Carry and Retransmission Consent … Online Public Inspection File … Ownership Limits and SSAs … Political Advertising … Public Interest Disclosure … Regulatory Fees … Spectrum Reallocation … Sponsorship Identification … Tower and Antenna Issues … Video Descriptions … White Spaces.

FCC WATCH

What’s Happening In Washington

OxenfordO'ConnorHere’s a quick briefing on the FCC proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O’Connor. The topics: CALM Act … Class A TV … Closed Captioning … EEO Rules … Emergency Alert System … License Renewals … LPTV Stations and TV Translators … Must Carry and Retransmission Consent … Online Public Inspection File … Ownership Limits and SSAs … Political Advertising … Public Interest Disclosure … Regulatory Fees … Spectrum Reallocation … Sponsorship Identification … Tower and Antenna Issues … Video Descriptions … White Spaces.

FROM THE BROADCAST LAW BLOG

FCC Watch: 18 Topics In 244 Words Or Less

Get briefed on what’s happening at broadcasting’s favorite regulatory agency by top Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford (left) and Brendan Holland. The topics: CALM Act…Class A TV..Closed Captioning…EEO Rules…Emergency Alert System…License Renewals…LPTV Stations and TV Translators…Must Carry and Retransmission Consent…Online Public Inspection File…Ownership Limits and SSAs…Political Advertising…Public Interest Disclosure…Regulatory Fees…Spectrum Reallocation…Sponsorship Identification…Tower and Antenna Issues…Video Descriptions..White Spaces.