Category: Legal File

Plan Your April Fools’ Day On-Air Pranks with the FCC in Mind

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP www.broadcastlawblog.com With April Fools’ Day only a few days away, we need to play our role as attorneys and ruin the fun by repeating our annual reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other bits prepared especially for the day. While a little… read more

It’s Madness! Be Wary of Using the NCAA’s Trademarks

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog Less than a week ago, the National Collegiate Athletic Association filed a trademark infringement action in federal court against a company that runs an online sports-themed promotions and contests under the marks “April Madness” and “Final 3.” The NCAA is seeking injunctive relief,… read more

FCC Releases First EEO Audit for 2017

Over 200 radio and almost 80 TV stations named in the audit notice, including Michigan stations. By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP www.broadcastlawblog.com In the swirl of news about the deregulatory efforts of the new FCC, one could almost forget that there are still many regulations in place that require significant amounts of paperwork retention… read more

Annual Super Bowl Advisory for Stations/Advertisers

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog Last year, we posted some guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly alludes to the Super Bowl without a license from the NFL. We are at that time of year again, so here is an updated version… read more

Background on the GMR/RMLC Issues

By: David Oxenford Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP [email protected] www.broadcastlawblog.com Commercial radio broadcasters have been seeing numerous communications over the last week about Global Music Rights (GMR) and its seemingly contentious music royalty negotiations with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC). Many stations are confused about this controversy and what it is all about. The five questions… read more

Trademark Basics, Part Five: Trademarks on the Internet

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP Once you have identified your marks and sought protection through registration for some or all of them, there are still going to be other issues that you will need to consider. Trademark owners have an obligation to police their marks and take steps to stop infringers. Otherwise, they… read more

2017 Broadcasters Calendar Available

MAB Washington Legal Counsel David Oxenford is making his 2017 Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters available as a free download for MAB members. The calendar may be downloaded here. Oxenford notes that “The dates set out on the calendar include FCC filing deadlines and dates by which the FCC requires that certain documents be… read more

Trademark Basics Part Four: Trademark Housekeeping 101 – Conducting a Trademark Audit

By: Kelly Donohue, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP Last week, we discussed the benefits of federally registering your trademarks. But having a few federal registrations under your belt doesn’t mean your task of building a valuable trademark portfolio is complete. There are several additional steps you can take to make sure you are managing your trademarks… read more