Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, February 15, 2013

FCC Issues Third Broadband Report

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Librarian, Targeted By Defamation Suit, Receives Support From Around the World

Dale Askey, the McMaster University librarian facing a defamation suit from Edwin Mellen Press, is gaining support from librarians, faculty unions, and academics around the world. Those wanting to show their sympathy for Mr. Askey can sign an online petition at; as of 3:50 p.m. CST on 2/14/2013 it had nearly 2000 signatures. More here about support for Mr. Askey from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

February 14, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Ronald Dworkin Dies

Ronald Dworkin, the noted legal philosopher and professor of law at New York University School of Law, has died of leukemia. The New York Times's Adam Liptak offers an obituary here.

February 14, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

FCC Meeting Agenda, February 20, 2013

Below is the meeting agenda for the FCC's February 20th meeting.


Commission Meeting Agenda

A Public Notice of the Federal Communications Commission

Federal Communications Commission News Media Information (202) 418-0500 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20554

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The summaries listed in this notice are intended for the use of the public attending open Commission meetings. Information not summarized may also be considered at such meetings. Consequently these summaries should not be interpreted to limit the Commission's authority to consider any relevant information.

February 13, 2013 FCC TO HOLD OPEN COMMISSION MEETING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013 The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. The meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.

ITEM NO. BUREAU SUBJECT 1 WIRELESS TELE- COMMUNICATIONS TITLE: Amendment of Parts 1, 2, 22, 24, 27, 90 and 95 of the Commission’s Rules to Improve Wireless Coverage Through the Use of Signal Boosters SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Report and Order to significantly enhance wireless coverage for consumers, while protecting wireless networks from interference, by adopting new technical and operational requirements for signal boosters.

2 OFFICE OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY TITLE: Revision of Part 15 of the Commission’s Rules to Permit Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) Devices in the 5 GHz Band SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to substantially increase the amount of unlicensed spectrum available to accelerate the growth and expansion of new Wi-Fi technology offering consumers faster speeds and less network congestion at Wi-Fi hot spots.

The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Sign language interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be provided on site. 2Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. In your request, include a description of the accommodation you will need and a way we can contact you if we need more information. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to: or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202- 418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty). Additional information concerning this meeting may be obtained from Meribeth McCarrick, Office of Media Relations, (202) 418-0500; TTY 1-888-835-5322. Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC Live web page at For a fee this meeting can be viewed live over George Mason University's Capitol Connection. The Capitol Connection also will carry the meeting live via the Internet. To purchase these services call (703) 993-3100 or go to Copies of materials adopted at this meeting can be purchased from the FCC's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. (202) 488-5300; Fax (202) 488-5563; TTY (202) 488- 5562. These copies are available in paper format and alternative media, including large print/type; digital disk; and audio and video tape. Best Copy and Printing, Inc. may be reached by e-mail at


February 14, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

The Duchess of Cambridge, Pregnancy Pics, and the UK Media

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade discusses whether UK media would publish pictures of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge on the island of Mustique, and if they did so, whether they would win an invasion of privacy lawsuit filed by the Royal family or avoid censure by the Press Complaints Commission. He notes that prior cases (one involving Prince Harry, one involving Elle MacPherson) have gone both ways.

February 14, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ASA Bans Sexually Suggestive Chanel Ad

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has upheld objections to a Chanel ad featuring actress Keira Knightly, noting that it was scheduled during a time when children could easily have been watching. The ad "involved sexually suggestive content" which was "unsuitable for young children." 

A TV ad, for the perfume Coco Mademoiselle, included scenes that showed the actress Keira Knightley being photographed on a bed. The photographer was shown unzipping her clothes before she undressed herself, showing her shoulders and part of her back. The actress was then shown dressed only in a bed sheet crawling towards the photographer before lying back on the bed. The photographer appeared about to kiss her when she put a finger to his lips and said "lock the door".

Said the ASA:

[T]he undressing in the ad took place in the context of a photo shoot but nevertheless [the ASA] considered those scenes involved sexually suggestive content. We noted that the photographer was directly involved in unzipping the actress's garments and that there was a suggestion that she was naked aside from a bed sheet. We also noted that there was clear sexual tension between the pair and that they appeared about to kiss on the bed. We noted that Ice Age 2 was of particular appeal to children. We considered the ad was suitable for older children, but that the sexually suggestive material was unsuitable for young children. We therefore concluded that the ad was inappropriately scheduled and an ex-kids restriction should have been applied to prevent the ad from being broadcast in or around children's programming.

Read the entire ruling here.

February 13, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Australian Magazine Publishes Pix of Duchess of Cambridge On Holiday

Despite objections from the Royal family, Australian magazine Women's Day says it will publish photos of the Duchess of Cambridge which show her in a bikini with a noticeable "baby bump." The magazine says in its defense that the pictures were taken while the Duchess was on holiday, in public, and were snapped by another person also on vacation, not by professional photographers. More here from The Guardian.

February 13, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Egyptian Court Bans YouTube For One Month

According to the AP, an Egyptian court has ordered a month-long ban on Google because YouTube provides access to the trailer for the anti-Islamic film "Innocence of Muslims." Google owns YouTube. Google says it has not been notified of the court's ruling.

February 10, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)