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Litigation Continues as Court Rejects GMR Motion to Dismiss RMLC Lawsuit - and RMLC’s Request to Dismiss GMR Claims

USA - February 18 2020 Global Music Rights, the relatively new performing rights organization that signed a number of composers of popular songs away from ASCAP and BMI in…

FCC Issues First EEO Audit of 2020 Targeting 320 Radio and Television Stations - Reviewing the Basics of the FCC’s EEO Rules

USA - February 7 2020 The FCC yesterday released another of its regular EEO audit notices (available here), asking that approximately 240 radio stations and about 80 TV…

Quick Thoughts on a Few Political Broadcasting Legal Issues to Survive the Primary Season

USA - February 5 2020 One presidential caucus down, 49 (primaries and caucuses, plus a few more in the territories) to go in the next four months - with primaries for…

BMI Settlement of Royalty Battle with RMLC to Include Music in Podcasts? - Not So Fast….

USA - January 31 2020 BMI and the Radio Music License Committee announced a settlement of their rate court litigation over the royalties that commercial radio will pay for…

Did You Know that There is a Rule that Broadcasters Have to Tell Their Audience that a Program Is Recorded When It Seems to Be Live? - FCC Sends a $50,000 Reminder

USA - January 30 2020 Did you know that the FCC has a rule that requires that a broadcaster notify its audience that a program has been pre-recorded when the program…

Looking Ahead to the Rest of 2020 - Potential Legal and Regulatory Issues For the Remainder of the Year

USA - January 28 2020 Most years, at some point in January, we look into our crystal ball and try to see some of the legal and regulatory issues likely to face…

FCC Commissioner Asks Record Labels for Information About Payola Practices - What are the FCC Rules? How Do These Practices Compare to Online Music Providers?

USA - January 27 2020 Last week, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was in the news for sending a letter to the major record labels asking for information about their…

February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters—License Renewals, EEO Reporting, Rulemaking Comments, FM Auction Filing Deadline, Lowest Unit Rate Windows, and More

USA - January 23 2020 With the holiday season getting smaller in the rear-view mirror and many parts of the country dealing with ice, snow, and single-digit temperatures…

“Come See Us At The Superb Owl” - Don’t Try This At Home! 2020 Update on Super Bowl Advertising and Promotions

USA - January 21 2020 For several years, I have posted guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly reference the Super…

FCC Consent Decree Requires $1,130,000 Payment to Settle Issues About Monitoring Tower Lights - Are You Doing What’s Required?

USA - January 16 2020 Earlier this week, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau released an Order approving a Consent Decree with Scripps Broadcasting where Scripps agreed to pay a…