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Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the MLB Championships

The Major League Baseball (MLB) championship games will begin with the wild card playoffs on September 30, 2014, and will culminate with the World Series, starting on October 21, 2014. Your station may wish to become involved in promotions tied to the… Read More
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Important DMCA Update re Designated Agents and Safe Harbors

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) provides protection for online service providers (including website and blog operators) from claims of copyright infringement for content posted or stored by a third party. Section 512(c) of the DMCA… Read More
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Facebook Prohibits Like-Gating For Contests and Promotions Effective November 5, 2014

Effective November 5, 2014, Facebook will prohibit the use of social plugins or any other means by which an individual must “like” a company’s Facebook page (referred to as “like-gating”) to obtain rewards, discounts or coupons, enter a conte… Read More
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Broadcasters' Copyright Royalty Claims for 2013 are Due by July 31, 2014

Pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, a cable or satellite system carrying secondary transmissions of broadcast stations must pay “compulsory license” royalties to the Register of Copyrights. These royalties are held in a pool to compensate e… Read More
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Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the 2014 World Cup

The 2014 World Cup begins in Brazil on June 12, 2014. At least one game will be played every day for the first two weeks and the final game will be held in Rio De Janeiro on July 13. The FédérationInternationale de Football Association (“FIFA”) d… Read More
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Broadcasts and Promotions Related to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia begin on Friday, February 7, 2014. Because the Olympic organizing committees have in the past been quite vigilant in protecting the trademarks and copyrights associated with the Olympics, broadcast station… Read More
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Annual Minimum SoundExchange Payments for Music Streaming Are Due January 31, 2014

Commercial and noncommercial entities streaming sound recordings over the Internet under statutory licensing are reminded that the annual minimum webcasting fee for 2014 is due to be paid to SoundExchange no later than January 31, 2014. The annual mini… Read More
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Broadcasts / Promotions Related to Super Bowl XLVIII

Super Bowl XLVIII will be held on February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium outside of New York City. The National Football League diligently protects its copyright and trademark rights associated with the Super Bowl. If your station plans to conduct Super B… Read More
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