The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Central Government on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Common Cause (an NGO) seeking direction to the government to allow private radio stations, including community radio, to broadcast news.A bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, heard the PIL. “How can you (the government) restrict FM radio channels from broadcasting news, as community radio channels are easily accessible”, the Apex Court has asked. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing on behalf of Common Cause, pleaded that like television channels, radio stations should be allowed to broadcast news as this medium is far more accessible to people and radio stations can be set up without much investment.The bench after hearing his arguments issued notice to the Centre. … [Read more...] about Ban on news broadcast on private FM radio questioned by Supreme Court
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“All these stations, channels are run mainly by NGO/other small organizations and private operators, several anti national radical elements within the country can misuse it for propagating their own agenda”: Home Ministry Affidavit. Private FM and community radio service operators in India, unlike their counterparts in foreign countries, will not get a chance to air news and current affairs programmes in the near future and the government’s monopoly is set to continue.In an affidavit filed on the direction by the Supreme Court in a PIL on the issue, the Centre has said it was not possible to grant them permission saying that several anti- national radical elements within the country and also abroad can misuse it for propagating their own agenda.The SC is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the NGO Common Cause in 2013, seeking a direction to the Centre to allow private radio stations and community radios to broadcast news, arguing that radio is a … [Read more...] about Can’t Allow Pvt FM Stations To Air News: Centre To SC
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 Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to provide the amended National Security Policy (NSP) to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who has sought, through a petition, the cancellation of phase-3 licence granted to Sun TV-owned Red FM India.A bench comprising Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud asked the Centre’s counsel to provide the amended National Security Policy within a week to the petitioner.The Centre questioned the maintainability of the petition, saying the court in its earlier judgments has declined to interfere and the court shouldn’t hear this petition.The government counsel also said the NSP was framed in June 2015 and the same was amended in December 2015.Petitioner Swamy argued that according to the Constitution, only the Home Ministry has the power to take a decision when it comes to national security and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry should not interfere.In his petition, Swamy alleged that the I&B … [Read more...] about Red FM Case : SC Tells Centre To Give Subramanian Swamy Amended National Security Policy
ALBANY – Under growing pressure, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, never a fan of public debates with his opponents, on Friday appeared to set the stage for a quick-hit debate that he proposed be held early Saturday morning on a radio station that airs in New York City. Not so fast said Molinaro, who for months has been urging Cuomo to debate. The Republican candidate quickly rejected what he characterized as a haphazardly devised debate with a format put together seemingly on the fly by Cuomo and his radio interviewers. And other minor party candidates, cut out of the one-on-one plan accepted by Cuomo, called any such format unfair to them. “I have no problem fighting against the forces of hate. I don’t. I don’t think it’s an especially constructive dialogue,’’ Cuomo told WCBS radio in New York this morning as interviewers sought to get him to commit to a one-on-one debate with Molinaro. But then, Cuomo said, “If you want to do it Mr. Molinaro, if … [Read more...] about Molinaro rejects Cuomo’s radio debate proposal, calling it ‘a staged fraud’