Supreme Court Leaves Right To Record Police In Jeopardy

Dish Responds, Calls Tegna Lawsuit ‘Meritless’

Dish Network responded to Tegna’s cross-complaint — and its response to Dish’s earlier legal action — as “meritless and riddled with mischaracterizations and falsehoods.” Satellite-TV provider Dish and Tegna are locked in a retransmission consent battle that has left millions of Dish subscribers without access to the programming on Tegna’s stations since Oct. 6.

Arrest Made In Connection With Vandalism Of WJHG Satellite Dishes

BRAND CONNECTIONS

FCC Proposes To License Multicast TV Streams

In a victory for broadcasters, the FCC has tentatively concluded that NextGen TV broadcasters — ones broadcasting in the ATSC 3.0 standard — should be granted a sub-license of sorts to allow them to contract with another “host” station or stations to carry their simulcast multicast streams, whether that is in ATSC 3.0 or the current 1.0 format.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why Suits Against Netflix Could Shake Streaming

The mega-streamer is facing more defamation complaints than any major news outlet, stemming from projects like Making a Murderer and When They See Us — but is it a distributor, a publisher or something else entirely?

Tegna Files Cross-Complaint Against Dish

It charges the satellite provider with bad-faith conduct in retrans negotiations and responds to what it calls Dish’s “false claims.”

Facebook Faces New Antitrust Lawsuit

The suit, filed by the now defunct photo start-up Phhhoto, accused the social network of stalling on a deal and then putting it out of business.

U.S. To Cover Costs For Journalists Under Legal Pressure Overseas

TVN’S FRONT OFFICE

Digital Ad Taxation: Great In Theory, But Disastrous In Practice

A concept that on paper seems like a good idea — levying additional taxes on media companies that sell digital advertising to keep the power and influence of Big Tech in check — is quickly turning out to be a disastrous experiment. While many believe the digital behemoths aren’t paying enough taxes, remedies proposed at the state level demonstrate digital advertising taxes can be unfair to smaller media companies, particularly struggling local news outlets.

Justice Dept. Conducting Cyber Crackdown

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco says that the public should expect to see more arrests and law enforcement action as the Justice Department deals with the threat of ransomware.

Smartmatic Sues Newsmax And One America News Network, Claiming Defamation

Smartmatic, an election technology company that faced baseless accusations of rigging the 2020 election, earlier filed a similar lawsuit against Fox News.

Judge Rules NFL Must Face Lawsuit Over Super Bowl Stream Failures

The complaint estimates there are somewhere between 300,000-700,000 individuals in about 181 countries who missed out on watching crucial moments of the 2020 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

Comcast Awaiting FCC Action On Nexstar Complaint

It’s been four months since Comcast filed its FCC petition asking the agency to look at whether Nexstar is in violation of the 39% broadcast audience cap, and so far, it’s been crickets.

Carole Baskin Sues Netflix For Using Footage Of Her In ‘Tiger King 2’

House To Mark Up Communications Bills

The House Energy & Commerce Committee plans to mark up two communications and technology bills this week that deal with broadband and spectrum coordination.

Dems’ Dreams Could Get Crushed Yet Again — This Time, At The FCC

Republican opposition to FCC nominee Gigi Sohn could let Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema decide whether President Joe Biden secures a Democratic majority at the agency.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Tests Positive For COVID-19

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that she has tested positive for Covid-19. She issued a statement on Sunday in which she said that she last saw President Joe Biden on Tuesday, “when we sat outside more than six-feet apart, and wore masks.”

Congress Bans FCC Licenses To Suspect Tech Firms

In a move that is a big blow to some big tech companies, Congress has voted to ban new equipment licenses for Chinese telecoms Huawei, ZTE and any other technology company the government concludes poses a national security threat, closing what one of the bill’s sponsors called a “dangerous loophole.”

Locast To Fork Over $32M To Settle Broadcaster-Led Copyright Suit

In the wake of a court order that permanently shut down Locast, the erstwhile provider of free streams of local broadcast TV feeds is now on the hook to pay $32 million in statutory damages after agreeing to settle a copyright lawsuit brought by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBCUniversal.

Tech Billionaires In Crosshairs Of New Tax Proposals

America’s richest tech executives and their companies are in the crosshairs of a new effort by Democrats to pay for the party’s ambitious social spending plans. While the new billionaires tax and corporate tax minimum proposals are not specifically targeted toward tech, the industry would be among the hardest hit.

YouTube, Snap And TikTok Execs Take Their Turns Answering To Washington

Biden Picks His Broadband Vanguard At FCC And Commerce Department

D.C. Weighs In On Biden FCC Picks

A city that has been looking, previously in vain, for a permanent Federal Communications Commission chair and third commissioner to bring the agency to a full complement, weighed in Tuesday following President Joe Biden‘s renomination of acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel — taking the “acting” from in front of her name — and tapping veteran progressive policy shaper Gigi Sohn to the third seat.

Biden Nominates Rosenworcel To Lead FCC

The White House, in a bid to avert a Republican majority over the regulator, also tapped former FCC official Gigi Sohn as a commissioner.

Wiley’s Anna Gomez Named Chair Emeritus Of FCC’s Communications Equity & Diversity Council

FTC Reminds Advertisers That Deceptive Endorsements In Ads Can Lead To Penalties

The Federal Trade Commission has warned the advertising industry that penalties could be coming for the use of deceptive endorsements. The FTC not only released a notice, but it also sent a letter to hundreds of businesses — advertisers, advertising agencies, and a few media companies — reminding them of the FTC’s concerns about deceptive endorsements in advertising. The letter reminds businesses that violations can lead to fines of up to $43,792 per violation and other penalties.

White House To Name Rosenworcel As FCC’s First Female Leader

Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chairwoman of the powerful regulator, campaigned vigorously for a permanent appointment. If she is confirmed by the Senate, Rosenworcel would lead an agency whose responsibilities include ensuring that millions of Americans have internet access.

Inside The Big Facebook Leak

Facebook Documents Offer Treasure Trove For Washington’s Antitrust War

Documents collected by whistleblower Frances Haugen could give the company “a lot to regret” in its fights to prove it’s not a monopoly.

D.C. On The Lookout For FCC Nominations

D.C. insiders are on the lookout for FCC nominations after Sen. Maria Cantwell (above) reportedly said last week that she was expecting them to come from the White House.