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Broadcast Stations Must Obtain Copyright and Trademark Rights for NFL and Super Bowl Broadcasts and Promotions

The NFL carefully protects its copyrights and trademarks. If your radio or television station plans to conduct promotions or contests related to the Super Bowl or to any of the conference championship games, you should obtain all necessary licenses to avoid infringing on the NFL’s rights. Read More

FY 2020 FCC Regulatory Fees Due September 25, 2020

Payment of FCC regulatory fees for FY 2020 (which cover the period October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020) is due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, September 25, 2020. Read More

White House Clarifies and Expands Executive Branch Review of Foreign Participation in FCC Regulated Telecom Services

The President has issued an Executive Order making changes to the process by which Executive Branch national security, law enforcement, trade and other agencies review FCC applications filed by telecommunications service providers. Read More

Securing Copyright and Trademark Rights for Broadcasts and Promotions Related to NFL Championship Games and Super Bowl LIV (54)

The NFL carefully protects its copyrights and trademarks for the Conference Championship playoff games and the Super Bowl. If your station plans to conduct promotions or contests related to these games, you should obtain all necessary licenses to avoid infringing on the NFL’s rights. Read More

Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the 2018 World Cup

One of the world’s premier sporting events, the 2018 World Cup, begins on June 14, 2018. Read More

Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the 2018 NCAA Basketball Championships

The NCAA national men’s basketball tournament will begin on March 13, 2018, and end with the men’s final on April 2, 2018, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The women’s tournament will begin on March 16, 2018, and end with the women’s final on April 1, 2018, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. It is frequently the case that your station may plan to conduct promotions tied to these extremely popular tournaments. Although these promotional events can be quite successful, especially if local teams advance, they can lead to exp… Read More

Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the 2018 NCAA Basketball Championships

The NCAA national men’s basketball tournament will begin on March 13, 2018, and end with the men’s final on April 2, 2018, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The women’s tournament will begin on March 16, 2018, and end with the women’s final on April 1, 2018, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. It is frequently the case that your station may plan to conduct promotions tied to these extremely popular tournaments. Although these promotional events can be quite successful, especially if local teams advance, they can lead to exp… Read More

Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea begin on Friday, February 9, 2018. Because the Olympic organizing committees have in the past been quite vigilant in protecting the trademarks and copyrights associated with the Olympics, broadcast stations should be extremely careful not to use any materials that could infringe on these property rights, as outlined in the following general guidelines. These concerns also apply to the use of trademarks and symbols relating to the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, which begin on Friday, March… Read More

Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the NFL Championship Games and Super Bowl 52

Following the National Football League (“NFL”) Conference Championship games, Super Bowl LII (or 52) will be held on February 4, 2018, at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The NFL diligently protects its copyright and trademark rights associated with the Conference Championship playoff games and the Super Bowl. Indeed, the NFL has had a long history of aggressively guarding its trademarks, and has not hesitated to prosecute those it believes are improperly using its trademarks. If your station plans to conduct promotions or c… Read More

Electronically Filed DMCA Registrations Due by December 31, 2017

The U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) issued new rules last year requiring online service providers, including website and app operators, that previously filed a paper registration for a designated agent under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to refile using the USCO’s new electronic registration system. The registration designates who should receive notifications of alleged copyright infringement claims. The paper registrations will become invalid as of the end of this year. Service providers that do not electronically refile or meet t… Read More