I finished my term as Cozen O’Connor’s Fellow in the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity in March of 2017. The mission of this prestige program is to unite attorneys who work in firms and in corporate counsel offices for the purposes of networking, personal and career development, and the promotion of diversity within our profession.
Firms and corporations that are members of LCLD select one fellow per year to represent them in the program, and the selection process within those organizations is often very competitive.
January’s Central District of California ruling on Fox Broadcasting’s claims against the DISH Network clarifies some of the ambiguity surrounding second screen cross-device programming distribution and copyright infringement. Since 2012, DISH has offered its “DISH Anywhere” service which provides DVR capability for ad skipping and sling functionality, which permits subscribers to access live and recorded programming from their set top box and “sling” it to their other peripheral devices (i.e. laptop, tablet, Smartphone, etc…). This scenario is typically referred to as the “Second Screen,” thereby enabling consumers to access programming whenever and wherever they want to consume it.
The 1976 Copyright Act (the “Act”) has been in effect since January 1, 1978. Since that time, the Act has provided authors (and some heirs, beneficiaries, and representatives) with the right to terminate prior grants of their copyrights under certain conditions and within specific time frames. Notably, on January 1, 2013, many artists and musicians who transferred their copyright rights following the enactment of the Act thirty-five years ago finally gained the opportunity to terminate those transfers.