Aereo: Changing the Future of Television
Co-sponsored by New York Law School’s Institute for Information Law and Policy, and Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute; the Federal Communications Bar Association – New York Chapter; the New York State Bar Association, EASL Section, Television and Radio Committee; and Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
6:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, Auditorium
Why pay for public broadcast television when you can stream it online for free? Meet Aereo and FilmOn (formerly Aereokiller). For a fraction of the cost of your cable bill, you too can catch American Idol, Scandal, and your favorite Sunday football games from your very own rented antenna that captures and transmits the desired broadcast to your Internet-equipped device. Unlike Hulu or iTunes, Aereo and FilmOn don’t pay a penny in licensing fees to the major broadcasters for these transmissions. In response, the broadcasters have sued both companies, alleging infringement of the exclusive right to publicly perform the broadcasts. In the Second Circuit, an April decision allows Aereo to remain in business. But, in the Ninth and D.C. Circuits, federal judges enforced injunctions against FilmOn. What is in the future for Aereo and FilmOn? And what do the Circuits’ opinions mean for the future of television?
- Are Aereo and FilmOn innovative or illegal?
- What do the Second and Ninth Circuits’ interpretations of “public performance” mean for the future of broadcast-to-internet TV?
- How will the Aereo/FilmOn model impact other online TV streaming services?
Jonathan Band, policybandwidth
Howard Homonoff, Homonoff Media Group, LLC
Mary Ann Zimmer, Esq., Law Office of Mary Ann Zimmer
Moderated by Barry Werbin, Partner and Chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Group, Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Followed by Q&A with Alkiviades “Alki” David, CEO, FilmOn.tv Networks
Refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Naomi Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 7, 2013.
The Laws of Magic
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
12:30 p.m. -1:45 p.m.
40 Worth St, SW930, 9th Floor
Law works around truth; magic works around deception. What ties the two together? In 2012, Gerard Bakardy showcased his illusion titled, “The Rose and Her Shadow” in a YouTube video and offered to reveal his secrets to viewers for $3,050. Magicians Penn and Teller, the creators behind “Shadows”, accused Bakardy of copyright infringement and filed lawsuit. How can this ongoing case be argued? Possible outcomes? Penn and Teller’s case could provide new protection for magicians against copycats. Bakardy argues that, like other magicians, he is using the basics of these tricks that shouldn’t be subject to copyright. How should magic be viewed through a legal perspective? What areas of law protect magicians and their secrets? Topics to discuss include:
- How does copyright protection work for magicians?
- How can magicians copyright their tricks and what are its limitations?
- What are some case laws for magic?
- The issue of pantomimes and unfair competition for magicians?
To RSVP, please e-mail Naomi Allen, email@example.com, by Monday, October 21, 2013.