Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fox To FCC: Abandon Indecency Policy

From the Hollywood Reporter: Fox has filed comments with the FCC asking for an end to the agency's current policy of regulating indecency. Fox said in part,

"Fox urges the Commission to conclude that it is legally required, and logically bound, to cease attempting to enforce broadcast indecency limits once and for all. Time and technology have marched inexorably forward, but the Commission’s untenable effort to define indecent content through a hodgepodge of inconsistent and uneven rulings remains stuck in a bygone era. Whatever validity may once have existed for indecency regulation, the time clearly has arrived to lay rest to the anachronistic notion that broadcast stations deserve anything less than the full First Amendment protection bestowed on all speakers by the Constitution."


The agency asked for comments concerning changes to its policy in April after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Fox v. FCC. More here on reaction to the FCC request for comments from Newsmax.


June 20, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

CNN's Howard Kurtz Jumps To Fox

CNN has announced that Howard Kurtz, the host of the popular media show Reliable Sources, is departing the network for rival Fox. More here from the Hollywood Reporter, here from Politico, here from Business Wire.

June 20, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A First For Fleet Street

Amol Rajan is the first non-Caucasian to head a major UK newspaper, the Independent, and he's only 30. More here from the Guardian.

June 18, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

SCOTUS Adopts New Regulation Intended To Ban Demonstrations On Plaza

Following a lower federal court's ruling that a federal statute banning the wearing and display of signs on the Supreme Court plaza was unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has promulgated a new regulation that prohibits individuals from "engag[ing] in a demonstration within the Supreme Court building
and grounds. The term “demonstration” includes demonstrations, picketing, speechmaking, marching, holding vigils or religious services and all other like forms of conduct that involve the communication or expression of views or grievances, engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which is
reasonably likely to draw a crowd or onlookers. The term does not include casual use by visitors or tourists that is not reasonably likely to attract a crowd or onlookers." (Regulation Seven, adopted June 13, 2013).

June 18, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Paramount's Partial Win In "La Dolce Vita" Suit

After a drawn-out battle, Paramount Pictures has won a partial victory in a copyright suit against International Media over the ownership of the iconic film La Dolce Vita. Paramount had asserted ownership and copyright infringement against the other company and filed in California federal court. The judge in the court allowed summary judgment on the Paramount claim on US copyright ownership, disallowed the directinfringement claim, and granted summary judgment on the contributory copyright infringement claim. A link to the ruling here, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter and scribed. Background to the case from THR here, although not clear why THR refers to Judge Otero as a "NY judge."

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