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TRF Law & Policy Notes Week 326

by: Aaron Fuller

TRF Law & Policy Notes Week 326 TRF 637

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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Aaron Fuller on Tuesday April 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TRF 637 at Syracuse University taught by R. Gutterman in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 19 views. For similar materials see Telecommunications Law & Policy in Communication at Syracuse University.


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Date Created: 04/05/16
TRF 637 Comm. Law & Policy Cable TV ­ CATV Community Access Television o Anyone can sign up for a time slot and have a show about anything ­ In the 1950’s cable was in 70 communities today its in 70 million ­ Cable is hard to avoid because of the bundling of services (internet, phone, cable) ­ Telephone companies had the rights to lay cable wire ­ Public easements right to use broadcast television  ­ Must carry laws for cable (local news) ­ Opened up competition Copyright ­ Are cave paintings copyrightable? o Public space, fixed form ­ Original works of authorship are copyrightable o You cannot copyright: style, jokes, ideas, sound­alike) ­ Trademark ­ Federal issue ­ Patent ­ International copyright ­ The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works ­ international  agreement governing copyright, global community copyright the same level of protection ­ Libel tourism ­ forum shopping for libel suits, people visiting countries that do not fully  understand the laws TRF 637 Comm. Law & Policy Copyright ­ Errors and omissions insurance is needed if you have ownership over a copyright to  protect yourself ­ Betamax case o Sony v. Universal City Studios o Supreme Court case ruled the making of individual copies of television shows for  purposes of time shifting does not constitute copyright infringement o Fair use o The production of home video recording cannot be liable for infringement ­ Joint ownership of a work is split based on the number of people involved, ½, ¼  ­ Work for hire – paid or commission for work/intellectual property, the person hired does  not own the copyright the company that hired the person does ­ Three year statute of limitation for copyright ­ Defenses o Independent creation o Fair use – affirmative, you need proof your use falls under the four prongs  1. Purpose of the use  2. Nature or character of work  3. Amount and sustainability  4. Effect on market


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