Category: Legislative Update

GMR Settlement: FAQ for Broadcasters

The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) and Global Music Rights (GMR) have released a FAQ document to assist broadcasters with the recently announced GMR conditional settlement offer.  Broadcasters are reminded that to participate, your submission to GMR is required by January 31, 2022. 1. How were rates determined, and why wasn’t a revenue-based model used?… read more

Hot Topic for 2022: Tech Regulation

By: Jonathan Cohen, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP My law firm partner, Jonathan Cohen, has been closely monitoring the developments in the regulation of social media and other big tech platforms by the current administration.  He offers these thoughts on likely areas of legislative and regulatory action in this area in the coming year – David… read more

MAB-PAC: Help Us Help You!

It’s early January and an election year. Many lawmakers will be running for another term. There will also be a large group of first timers who will run and win a coveted seat in the Michigan House or Senate. The MAB Political Action Committee (MABPAC) needs to reach these candidates for political office. We need… read more

FCC Plans to Adopt Two Minor Changes to its Political Broadcasting Rules – What is Being Changed?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC, at its January 27 monthly open meeting, will be voting on the adoption of two relatively minor changes to its political broadcasting rules.  While some press reports suggested that the changes would expand the FCC’s jurisdiction into online political advertising, in fact the draft of the FCC’s Report… read more

GMR and RMLC Announce Confidential Settlement on Music Royalties for Commercial Radio Stations – Broadcasters Must Decide Whether to Opt In by January 31

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP A conditional settlement of the long-running litigation between Global Music Rights (GMR), a relatively new performing rights organization formed to license the public performance rights to certain musical works, and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) was announced this week.  The terms of the agreement are confidential, so we can’t comment… read more

A Look at Developments in SoundExchange Webcasting Royalties (Including for Broadcast Simulcasts) From the End of 2021

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As 2021 wound down, there were significant developments on SoundExchange royalties for webcasters – including broadcasters who simulcast their on-air programming through IP channels (such as on their websites and on mobile apps).  While we covered many of these matters in our weekly Sunday updates on regulatory matters of importance to broadcasters,… read more

Auction of New Over-the-Air Full-Power TV Stations to Occur in 2022 – First New TV Stations in More than a Decade

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP An auction of construction permits for 27 new TV stations is scheduled to occur in June 2022, as we noted in one of our weekly updates on regulatory activities for broadcasters.  This auction will be the first auction of new TV channels in over a decade – and the first in over… read more

A Seat at the Live Streaming Table for Michigan Broadcasters: MHSAA Amends Rules

Michigan broadcasters have new opportunities to cover local high school sports. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) worked with the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) to amend its live streaming policy which now allows local TV and radio stations to stream regular season games on their website and social platforms as well as over… read more

Senate Confirms FCC Chair Rosenworcel

On December 7, the Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel, the first woman to hold that title, to another five-year term, narrowly avoiding a Republican majority at the agency once her current term was set to expire at the end of the year. Rosenworcel gained the support of key Republicans,… read more