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Attorney General Sessions Memo Frees Federal Prosecutors to Pursue Marijuana Cases - What Does It Mean for Broadcast Advertisements?
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • January 5 2018

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memo (here) advising Federal prosecutors to use their discretion in pursuing marijuana


Court of Appeals Upholds BMI Decision Allowing Fractional Music Licensing - What Are the Issues?
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • December 20 2017

Yesterday, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in a "Summary Order" that the Court said does "not have precedential effect," upheld an


Copyright Royalty Board News - Sirius XM Rates Going Up, Some Cable Radio Rates Going Down, and Webcasting Rate Appeal to Be Argued in February
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • December 15 2017

The Copyright Royalty Board issued a notice yesterday, here, that summarized its decision on the sound recording performance royalties for 2018-2022


What is a Cable System - The Copyright Office Wants to Know
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • December 14 2017

Early this month, the Copyright Office released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking dealing with two separate but related issues. First, it asks for


Request Filed for Rehearing of Court Decision on Multilingual EAS Alerts
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • December 7 2017

As we wrote here, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently reached a 2-1 decision upholding the FCC's


Magistrate Rules RMLC Suit Against GMR Should Not Be Litigated in Pennsylvania - What Does that Mean for Radio Companies?
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • December 1 2017

Yesterday brought news that a Federal Magistrate issued a ruling (a 42 page order discussing fine points of law) deciding that the antitrust lawsuit


Florida Supreme Court Rejects Public Performance Right in Pre-1972 Sound Recordings - What’s Next?
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • October 27 2017

In a decision this week, the Florida Supreme Court rejected claims by Flo & Eddie (of the 1960s band the Turtles) that there was a common law public


“Where seldom is heard a discouraging word?” Supreme Court Allows the Federal Registration of Disparaging Trademarks
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • June 22 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated the statutory bar against the federal registration of disparaging trademarks, on the ground that it violates


Court Rejects Stay on FCC’s Reinstatement of UHF Discount - Does it Mean TV Ownership Consolidation is in the Clear?
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • June 16 2017

Yesterday, in a very short one page decision, the US Court of Appeals rejected the requests filed by public interest groups to stay the effect of the


Court Issues an Administrative Stay on Effective Date of Reinstatement of UHF Discount While It Considers Arguments as to Whether to Put the Discount on Hold
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • USA
  • June 2 2017

When the FCC last month reinstated the UHF discount (see our article here), it opened the door to ownership consolidation in the television industry