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Pre-1972 songs target of new federal digital royalty push
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Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
A bipartisan pair of Congressmen recently introduced legislation that for the first time would extend federal copyright protections to songs recorded before 1972. If successful, the measure would drastically increase streaming costs for all music platforms that perform such recordings. Reps. George Holding, R-N.C., and John Conyers, D-MI, are advancing the effort with the strong endorsement of SoundExchange, which collects and distributes royalties for online music performance.
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Abbott, Davis reach agreement on first debate in Dallas
WFAA-TV
Texas gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis have agreed to their first debate, which will be televised statewide on Sept. 30.
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UT must hand over documents in Kearney case
San Antonio Express-News
The University of Texas must provide former women's track and field coach Bev Kearney with records, including the disciplinary files of other employees alleged to have had consensual relationships with students or subordinates, a state district judge ruled recently.
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Abbott: State of Texas can keep secret name of execution drug supplier
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Texas can keep secret the name of its supplier for its execution drugs, the state attorney general determined after law enforcement argued that suppliers face serious danger. In the decision, Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office cited a "threat assessment" signed by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw that says pharmacies selling execution drugs face "a substantial threat of physical harm."
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City of Denton ends whistleblower lawsuit
Denton Record-Chronicle
Denton has settled a three-year-old whistleblower lawsuit from a former Denton Municipal Electric employee, according to documents obtained by the Denton Record-Chronicle. Documents signed earlier this year showed the city agreed to pay Terry Jones $80,000 to settle the case. The city issued checks in March, including $5,000 to Jones for back pay and $60,000 in damages. Another $15,000 was issued to his attorney for court costs and legal fees.
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El Paso open records case goes before court of appeals
The El Paso Times
The limits of Texas Public Information Act — and how El Paso city government has tested them — were the subject of arguments in an appellate court. Attorneys argued about what duties governmental entities have to turn over communications about government business that officials create using personal accounts and devices.
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Texas whistleblower: VA tried to silence and intimidate me
Austin American-Statesman
The Department of Veterans Affairs employee who exposed what he said were fraudulent scheduling practices in Austin, San Antonio and Waco earlier in May, said recently that San Antonio VA officials attempted to pin blame on low-level scheduling clerks, tried to stop him from speaking publicly and conspired to cover up his allegations by falsely telling the media he had recanted. The claims of Brian Turner quickly led to calls for investigations and were a key part of a wave of allegations that ultimately led to the resignation of VA secretary Eric Shinseki.
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Have you looked at TAB's Convention schedule lately?
Well — go online and take a look! We've added a ton of new presenters and topics.

Newly added to the sales/management schedule:
  • 21st Century Media Success, Holland Cook, Holland Cooke Media
  • Prospecting that Pays, Kelly Wirges, ProMax Training
  • Conversations with Clients, Pat Bryson, Bryson Broadcasting International
  • Breakout News Brands: The Secrets of Hyper-Local Promotion, Graeme Newell, 602 Communications
… and MUCH MORE!!

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Getting past the gatekeeper
Katey McGuckin-Woolam P1 Trainer
Katey McGuckin-Woolam P1 Trainer writes: "Recently, I had a conversation with a veteran seller who hit a wall. While prospecting, she faced the dreaded gatekeeper and couldn't find a way to bypass them. I suggested she start fresh and first go back to our course titled 'Cold Calling' and review the five essential tips that Bryan Marriott discusses when calling upon new prospects. It's a great course and handles gatekeepers. Here are a few notes from the course."
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TVU Networks
TVU Networks, a TAB Associate Member, provides broadcasters around the globe with cutting-edge IP video solutions including the award-winning TVUPack and TVU Grid. TVUPack is an ultra-portable cellular ENG solution that enables broadcasters to deliver live interviews and events in HD over 3G/4G/LTE wireless networks, giving organizations OB van functionality in a backpack or camera-mount.
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Middle Atlantic Products Inc.
Middle Atlantic Products, a TAB Associate Member, manufactures exceptional support and protection products for the commercial AV, security, data/structured cabling, residential entertainment, broadcast, recording studio and music performance markets. Our end-to-end solutions maximize the operation and lifespan of many critical systems.
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State court allows 'Pink Slime' disparagement lawsuit to proceed
TIME
The South Dakota Supreme Court is allowing a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit to proceed against television network ABC over its coverage of a meat product that critics derided as "pink slime." The decision allows the plaintiffs to potentially depose news anchor Diane Sawyer, two of the networks correspondents and other defendants.
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Sponsorship identification complaint leads to $185,000 consent decree
CommLawCenter (third item down)
The FCC issued an order adopting a Consent Decree terminating its investigation of an Illinois licensee's alleged violations of sponsorship identification laws. Under the terms of the Consent Decree, the licensee agreed to make a $185,000 voluntary contribution to the United States Treasury and, if a pending sale of the station is not consummated, to adopt a compliance plan to avoid future violations of the sponsorship identification rules. If the sale does occur, the buyer has agreed to implement such a compliance plan.
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White space database update: Google v.2 now in Beta
CommLawBlog
There's been some movement on the white space database administrator front — but it's hard to call it progress. Readers will recall that Google got its database system approved nearly a year ago. But now comes word from the Office of Engineering and Technology that Google has come up with a "new registration system," which is a "major modification" to the Google system previously approved. That means that the new version will have to be run through the same hoops as the original.
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Pre-1972 songs target of new federal digital royalty push
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
A bipartisan pair of Congressmen last week introduced legislation that for the first time would extend federal copyright protections to songs recorded before 1972.

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Effective date set for new JSA limits
CommLawBlog
What with the Federal Register publication of the new retransmission consent restrictions, you had to know that the new limits on TV joint sales agreements couldn't be far behind.

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Net Neutrality 2014: The regulators strike back
CommLawBlog
The FCC's May monthly meeting was not ordinary. Protesters camped outside the Commission's headquarters and shouted slogans in its meeting room.

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Kevin Gage leaves NAB
Radio World
Kevin Gage has quietly left NAB, Radio World has learned. The former executive vice president and chief technology officer of the broadcast trade association came to the organization three years ago. Gage decided to leave NAB after his three-year contract was up. His last day was May 21.
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Bill Young, known for KILT leadership, voice of KTRK and many commercials, passes away
MikeMcGuff.com
The news started to spread across Houston and beyond that legendary broadcaster Bill Young died May 31. According to his bio, Young served as director of programming for KILT AM/FM-Houston from 1966 to 1981. Under Young's 15-year leadership, KILT dominated Houston ratings and achieved national acclaim, including recognition as "Radio Station of the Year" and "Program Director of the Year."
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Teter stepping down; Lauber named new news director at KWTX-TV
Rick Gevers & Associates
Mikel Lauber moves within Gray TV and has been named news director for this CBS affiliate. Laubner had been the news director for sister Gray CBS affiliate WSAW-TV in Wausaw, Wisconsin, since 2011. At KWTX-TV, he replaces longtime news director Virgil Teter who's moving to a new role as special projects director. Teter has been at the station for almost 25 years, much of it as vice president news director, part of a 54-year career in news.
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