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Bills to bring parity to digital music royalty rates introduced in Congress

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 28 2012

Internet radio firms such as Pandora applauded the introduction of parallel bills in the House and Senate last Friday that would qualify web radio services for the same digital music royalty rates paid by cable and satellite providers

Certain rights of TV and radio stations in draft amendment to Copyright Law

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • China
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  • June 1 2012

In March, 2012, the National Copyright Administration of China published a draft amendment to the Copyright Law of China (the “Draft Amendment”) and circulated it for public consultation

Broadcast networks, DISH Network trade lawsuits over ad-skipping DVR

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • June 1 2012

DISH Network’s introduction of a new digital video recorder (DVR) that allows users automatically to skip prime time TV commercials has sparked opposing lawsuits

Second Circuit clarifies the scope of safe harbor protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 5 2012

On April 5, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision clarifying the contours of the “safe harbor” provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that limits the liability of online service providers for copyright infringement that occurs “by reason of the storage at the direction of a user of material that resides on a system or network controlled or operated by or for the service provider.”

Broadcasters file suit against Aereo online video service

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • March 9 2012

The four major television networks joined with various other media groups in filing two separate lawsuits late last week that seek to block a new service that would stream broadcast television signals to customers with web-enabled devices in the New York City area

Online firms warn that legitimate websites could be targeted under antipiracy bill

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 18 2011

On the eve of a House Judiciary Committee hearing conducted on Wednesday, representatives of Google, eBay, Twitter and other online technology firms warned lawmakers in a letter that pending online piracy legislation that would block payments to foreign websites that traffic in pirated films and other content would “expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities.”

Copyright Office recommends phase out of distant broadcast network license

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • September 2 2011

A report issued on Monday by the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) under the auspices of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA) advises Congress to phase out the statutory license that governs the retransmission of distant broadcast network signals by multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) that include direct broadcast satellite and cable operators

EU Advocate General says ISPs cannot be forced to block illegal downloads

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • Belgium, European Union
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  • April 22 2011

In a development with implications for the European Commission (EC) investigation into net neutrality, European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General (AG) Pedro Cruz Villalon concluded in an advisory opinion that a Belgian court order that forces Internet service providers (ISPs) to filter or block web content in the interest of preventing unauthorized downloads of copyrighted material violates the fundamental rights of Internet users

Online video distributor ordered to stop rebroadcasting network TV signals

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • February 25 2011

To the plaudits of the major television broadcast networks, a New York district court judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction against the streaming of live broadcast television signals by online video distributor Ivi, Inc

NAB proposes pay-to-play arrangement for radio broadcasters

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • August 27 2010

There were signs of a potential breakthrough in long-running negotiations between radio broadcasters and the recording industry over performance royalties, as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) released a proposed compromise framework thatfor the first time everwould require radio broadcasters to pay recording artists for the airing of their songs