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Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Before the Satellite Industry Association Annual Dinner

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Let me suggest that the future of your companies is in your hands and in the hands of the brilliant people that work with and for you. The new Commission would like – and expects – the private sector to spend more time bringing products and services to market, serving its customers, and less time sitting on the edge of your seats awaiting word from on high, in this case the Commission.

FCC Ready for Cable, Satellite, Radio to Pony Up Files

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission has signaled a final vote Jan 28 on its proposal to require radio, cable and satellite to post public inspection files, including political files, online.

FCC Sides With T-Mobile in Sirius Dispute

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission sided with T-Mobile in a dispute raised by satellite-radio operator Sirius XM over interference issues in its radios.

The Age of Satellites

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

On Oct 4 in 1957, humans sent their first satellite into space. Sputnik 1, named after the Russian word for “satellite,” was launched by the Soviet Union.

Sirius, T-Mobile Spat Over Airwave Interference

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sirius XM customers in a few big cities have been complaining about losing their satellite radio signal and the company says it has found the culprit: interfering T-Mobile cellphone towers. T-Mobile US says it isn’t doing anything wrong. Instead, it blames Sirius XM’s radios for the problem. Now Sirius XM has escalated the dispute to the Federal Communications Commission, asking the agency to intervene.

Sirius XM Settles Royalty Dispute Over Old Recordings

Location:
SIRIUS XM Radio, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sirius XM, the satellite radio service, will pay $210 million to the major record labels to settle a lawsuit over royalties for old recordings, the company announced.

Fox News To Launch Breaking News SiriusXM Radio Channel

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Fox News is launching a new radio channel that will bring breaking news and other reports to SiriusXM subscribers.

Expansion of Online Public File Obligations To Cable and Satellite TV Operators and Broadcast and Satellite Radio Licensees

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Federal Communications Commission proposes to expand to cable operators, satellite TV providers, broadcast radio licensees, and satellite radio licensees the requirement that public inspection files be posted to the FCC’s online database.

Sirius XM Has Setback in Lawsuit

Location:
US District Court -- Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl St., New York, NY, 10007-1312, United States
Recommendation:
1

A federal judge in New York has ruled against Sirius XM over an obscure copyright issue that has galvanized the music industry: royalties for recordings made before 1972.

In big setback for digital radio, court says SiriusXM must pay Turtles for pre-1972 recordings

Location:
Los Angeles County Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

In a ruling that could put major new costs on digital radio services, a judge ruled that the music industry can claim additional copyright in pre-1972 recordings under state law.

Digital music services like Pandora would pay more under proposed “Oldies” law

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Pandora and Sirius XM already pay far more in copyright royalties than AM/FM stations, but that’s not stopping the music industry from demanding that Congress force the digital radio services to pay even more.

Liberty Media Drops Proposal to Fully Acquire Sirius XM

Location:
Liberty Media, 12300 Liberty Blvd, Englewood, CO, 80112, United States
Recommendation:
2

Liberty Media dropped its proposal to acquire the rest of satellite-radio provider Sirius XM that the media-investment company doesn't already own.

Liberty Media Unveils Plans for Sirius

Location:
Liberty Media, 12300 Liberty Blvd, Englewood, CO, 80112, United States
Recommendation:
2

Liberty Media unveiled a proposal to make satellite-radio provider Sirius XM a wholly owned subsidiary, a move that would give the media-investment company access to a new source of capital as it pursues a big cable merger.

SiriusXM Will Have to Defend Multiple Lawsuits over Pre-1972 Music

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

A lawsuit with the potential to shake up commonly held assumptions about the broadcasting of older music will be staying in California. In response to the first California lawsuit led by members of The Turtles, Sirius argued that the plaintiffs were playing "lawsuit lottery" and sought to have the case transferred to New York and perhaps consolidated.

Record Labels Sue Sirius XM Over the Use of Older Music

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Feb. 15, 1972 is when federal copyright protection began to apply to recordings. But a recent string of lawsuits argue that licensing issues tied to that date may be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to singers and record labels. If the suits are successful, they could also bring a headache of liability to satellite and Internet radio services.

Sirius Is Sued Over Music Royalties for Pre-1972 Recordings

Location:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The entity that collects performance royalties from digital music services—and distributes them to performers and record labels—sued satellite-radio giant Sirius XM for allegedly refusing to pay for recordings made prior to 1972.

The Satellite Question: Why SiriusXM Should Pay Higher Performance Royalties to Artists

Location:
US Copyright Office, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC, 20559, United States
Recommendation:
2

On Feb. 14, the Copyright Royalty Board issued a “final determination” setting SiriusXM’s statutory sound recording performance royalty rate for 2013 at 9% of “gross revenue.” This rate is too low by several percentage points, depriving artists and labels of tens of millions of dollars of royalty payments that will instead flow into SiriusXM’s coffers.

Liberty Gains Majority Control of Sirius

Location:
SIRIUS XM Radio, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020, United States
Recommendation:
2

Liberty Media Corp, the holding company that announced plans last year to take over Sirius XM Radio, gained majority control of the satellite-radio provider with its latest purchase of 50 million shares.

Liberty Close to Taking Control of Sirius

Location:
SIRIUS XM Radio, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020, United States
Recommendation:
2

Liberty Media waged a long and public battle to take control of Sirius XM Radio for most of last year. The final takeover, though, looks likely to take place with much less fanfare.

FCC Approves Liberty Media Taking Control of SiriusXM Radio

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission granted Liberty Media its approval to finish its takeover of SiriusXM.

Royalties for Satellite Radio Set to Rise Steadily Through 2017

Location:
Copyright Royalty Board, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20540, United States
Recommendation:
3

Recorded music royalties are set to rise in coming years for Sirius XM Radio, the only satellite radio service in the United States, as a result of a judgment by a panel of federal judges.

SiriusXM CEO Mel Karmazin to Step Down

Location:
SIRIUS XM Radio, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020, United States
Recommendation:
2

Mel Karmazin, the CEO of SiriusXM Radio, is stepping down from the company.

FCC Removes Regulatory Barriers To Free Up 30 MHZ Of Broadband Spectrum

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Federal Communications Commission adopted revised rules to enable Wireless Communications Service (WCS) licensees’ to use a total of 30 megahertz of underutilized spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band for wireless broadband services, while protecting the adjacent Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) operator Sirius XM Radio against harmful interference.

FCC Seeks Comment on Sirius, Liberty

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission called for public comment on Liberty Media’s application for approval to take control of Sirius XM Radio, a sign the agency is moving forward to evaluate the application.

Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin expects to leave after Liberty takeover

Location:
SIRIUS XM Radio, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020, United States
Recommendation:
2

Liberty Media is increasing its holdings of Sirius XM stock, bringing it closer to owning a controlling stake in the satellite broadcaster, despite vocal opposition from CEO Mel Karmazin.

Sirius Investors Lose Bid To Halt Liberty Media Takeover

Location:
DE, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sirius XM Radio shareholders lost a bid to stop Liberty Media officials from seeking to acquire a controlling stake in the satellite-radio provider after a judge denied their request to block further purchases of Sirius shares.

Liberty Media files with FCC to take control of Sirius XM—again

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Liberty Media has filed a new application with the Federal Communications Commission saying it plans to take full control of Sirius XM and its board by increasing its stake in the satellite operator above 50 percent.

Liberty Media Raises Stake in Sirius XM to 48%

Location:
SIRIUS XM Radio, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020, United States
Recommendation:
2

John Malone's Liberty Media has inched closer to taking control of Sirius XM Radio, raising its stake in the satellite-radio operator to about 48%.

Digital Music Broadcast Royalties: The Case for a Level Playing Field

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

This new paper examines how the current patchwork of rates reflects a two-tiered system in American copyright law that partitions non-interactive digital audio services into two categories, each with its own standard for statutory performance royalty rate determinations.

Clear Channel/Big Machine Deal Is Step In Right Direction, But Not Far Enough

Location:
Clear Channel Communications, 200 E. Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX, 78209, United States
Recommendation:
2

For decades, broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption that allows them to not pay performers and labels when they terrestrially broadcast music. This hardly makes sense, especially compared to digital services like Pandora or Sirius XM, which pay not only songwriters and composers, but also performers and sound copyright owners. This is why the recent deal struck between broadcasting behemoth Clear Channel and Big Machine Records to pay out for "terrestrial" spins seems so significant.

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