Digital Single Market PolicyIn August, the Commission announced a public consultation on the review of the EU satellite and cable Directive of 1993. The Directive regulates the clearing of copyrights and related rights for satellite broadcasting as well as cable retransmissions in the internal market. The review aims at adapting the Directive to take new content distribution models such as online broadcasting services into account and, more generally, to enhance “cross-border access to broadcasters’ services in Europe”. A key issue will be the territorial scope of digital transmission rights. The current practice of content providers is to sign licensing agreements with a national scope of application, which often segments the European market.The Commission has also published a roadmap for the modernisation of VAT rules for cross-border e-commerce. In its opinion, prevailing differences between the national systems of VAT registration and declaration represent a real … [Read more...] about September 2015: Digital Single Market Policy, Energy and Climate Change, Internal Market, Financial Services – EU Policy Update
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New technology continues to generate business models that test the limits of intellectual property laws enacted before such technologies were ever contemplated. The latest example is the use of “geofencing” in an attempt to avoid certain obligations to pay certain digital performance royalties.In February 2014, VerStandig Broadcasting, the owner of several radio stations in Virginia, sent a letter to SoundExchange, the entity responsible for administering statutory licenses and collecting digital performance royalties for sound recordings. The letter stated that VerStandig intended to use geofencing (explained below) to stream radio broadcasts to a limited area within 150 miles of each station’s transmitter using geofencing technology. This method, VerStandig Broadcasting said, would fall into an exemption under Section 114(d)(1)(B)(i) of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §114(d)(1)(B)(i)), that would excuse it from paying digital performance … [Read more...] about Emerging Technology and Existing Law: Can Geofencing Provide Radio Webcasters a Workaround of Digital Performance Royalties?
The FCC’s National Broadband Plan is a massive, comprehensive plan that places broadband accessibility at the cornerstone of economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life. The plan envisions greatly expanded wireless broadband capability as a necessary tool for achieving these goals and seeks to extend broadband inclusiveness to vastly expanded groups of Americans. It makes the case that a key component to expanded broadband is wireless delivery, making one of the principal challenges finding sufficient spectrum with appropriate propagation characteristics to fulfill the need. All of this presents an idyllic view of the future of broadband and the assumed benefits it can bring. The problem, of course, is that the Plan proposes to accomplish this nirvana of communications technology on the backs of, or with a significant spectrum contribution from, television broadcasters. While it proposes to repurpose spectrum allocated to several wireless … [Read more...] about A Spectrum Proposal for TV Broadband
Twenty years ago, downtown Orlando was famous for Horace Grant's goggles and Shaquille O'Neal's shoes. Today, we have Dwight Howard, and the place where Horace and Shaq once played (the Magic O’rena) has been demolished to make way for the new "Creative Village". Now, Orlando anxiously watches as laptop computers, silicon chips, and miles of high speed cable replace the goggles and the gargantuan shoes that were once in the same place.Construction began on the Magic O’rena in 1987 for the purposes of providing a large facility for concert events and also to lure an NBA franchise to Orlando. During that same year, the NBA announced that Orlando would receive the Orlando Magic franchise, which has been a source of pride to the community since the very beginning. Early stars included Shaquille O'Neal, Horace Grant, Penny Hardaway, and Bo Outlaw. As those stars retired, the Magic re-loaded with stars like Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and current franchise player, Dwight … [Read more...] about Clearing the Way for Innovation in Orlando
Law2020™ The Future Starts NowWe approach temporal landmarks — the turn of a millennium, a century or sometimes even a decade — rather as we approach a precipice like the Grand Canyon, feeling both exhilaration and dread. At the turn of the millennium, we encountered both extremes. These were the end-times, according to some; and the future was about to begin, according to others.For the law business in the coming decade, this sort of geologic comparison seems especially appropriate. Taking it perhaps a bit too far, the preceding decade was, at least until its waning 18 months, a high plain indeed. That decade marked unprecedented revenue and profit growth, the latter driven by annual price increases that for some firms reached double digits. The year 2007 was, for many in the AmLaw 200, the best year on record.We all know what happened next. The mortgage crisis hit in 2008, then the credit markets collapsed, and global equities began a months-long decline. The … [Read more...] about Law2020™ The Future Starts Now