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What’s Up in Washington For Broadcasters in 2014? — Part 2, Issues beyond the FCC Including Ad Taxes, Music Royalties, Privacy Reforms, and More

Posted in Advertising Issues, Broadcast Performance Royalty, Cable Carriage, General FCC, Intellectual Property, Internet Radio, Internet Video, Music Rights, On Line Media, Privacy
We recently wrote about FCC issues that will be facing broadcasters in this new year.  While broadcasters will no doubt be busy keeping track of what the FCC is up to, they also need to have their eyes on other government agencies, as there are numerous issues that may come from Congress and the other … Continue Reading

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball – What Washington Has In Store For Broadcasters in 2013

Posted in Broadcast Performance Royalty, Cable Carriage, EEO Compliance/Diversity, FM Radio, FM Translators and LPFM, General FCC, Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report, Indecency, Internet Radio, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Multiple Ownership Rules, Music Rights, On Line Media, Political Broadcasting, Privacy, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
Every year, about this time, I dust off the crystal ball to offer a look at the year ahead to see what Washington has in store for broadcasters. This year, like many in the recent past, Washington will consider important issues for both radio and TV, as well as issues affecting the growing on-line presence of … Continue Reading

FTC Consent Decree Reinforces Need for Websites Aimed at Kids to Comply with COPPA

Posted in Children's Programming and Advertising, Privacy
If your station engages in children’s programming and maintains a website or web page directed to children under the age of 13, this case may be of interest to you.  The operator of a website called Skid-e-Kids, a self-described “Facebook and MySpace for kids,” has learned that it is not enough merely to have a … Continue Reading

FTC Proposes New Rules for Websites Directed to Children

Posted in Children's Programming and Advertising, On Line Media, Privacy
If your station programs to children under the age of 13 or maintains a website or online presence directed to children under age 13, you should be aware of new rules proposed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that will affect both the types of information you are allowed to collect from children and the manner … Continue Reading

A Summary of Privacy Issues for Broadcasters and Other Media Companies – A Presentation to the Texas Association of Broadcasters

Posted in Privacy
Legal issues regarding privacy have long been an issue for broadcasters and other media companies.  Traditionally, privacy concerns for media companies have arisen in the context of news gathering, advertising or other on-air content that either was gathered in a way that intruded on someone’s privacy, or which used private facts or personal images, without consent, for commercial purposes.   As … Continue Reading

Pandora Gets Subpoena About Mobile App – Privacy, the Next Big Issue for Digital Media Companies

Posted in On Line Media, Privacy
As broadcasters pursue their digital future, new legal issues arise to greet their entry into the on-line world and to add to the challenges posed by the new media. Over the last few years, we’ve have written extensively about music rights and their impact on webcasters, broadcasters, and other digital media companies. We’ve talked about patent … Continue Reading

Website Privacy Policies – Make Sure You Do What You Say You Are Going to Do

Posted in Internet Radio, Internet Video, Privacy, Website Issues
As more and more broadcasters create and use websites (and, to some extent, are required to post more information on those sites by the FCC, see our post here), they should be cautious about the legal liabilities that arise from these sites.  For instance, as websites are used to gather personal information for listener’s clubs, news … Continue Reading