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2014 Year In Review
As 2014 comes to a close, TAB wishes its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. This issue reflects on some of the most-read broadcast industry stories reported in the TABulletin this year. Our regular publication will resume on Wednesday, January 7.

No 1
1. Pre-1972 songs target of new federal digital royalty push
-TAB secured protection for broadcasters in 2013

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
From June 4: 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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No. 2
FCC readies its spectrum auction sales pitch
-Seeks comments on repacking reimbursement form

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
From Oct. 8: In a bid to recruit television broadcasters to participate in the "voluntary" incentive spectrum auction planned for 2015, the FCC recently released a long-awaited information package for broadcasters estimating potential compensation values and providing guidance on how auction proceeds would be taxed. The package promises that because of the "daisy chain" nature of interference, stations in mid-size and smaller markets can expect "substantial value" for their spectrum usage rights. Separately, the commission notes that actual prices broadcasters will receive will only be determined in the auction itself.
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No. 3
Music royalties taking center stage in Washington, DC

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
From May 7: While a majority of the U.S. House now is on record opposing efforts by the record labels to force a Performance Tax on radio stations, the push to extract more money from local broadcasters for music royalties continues unabated. This week, songwriters are hitting Capitol Hill to push for legislation that would increase the royalties that must be paid to them through ASCAP and BMI.
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No. 4
Judge orders more than $250,000 fee award for KTRK-TV Houston in Anti-SLAPP case
-Law stems from TAB legislative effort

From Oct. 22: A Harris County judge awarded KTRK-TV Houston more than $250,000 in attorneys' fees after the station won an anti-SLAPP appeal against the plaintiff in the case, Theaola Robinson, founder of Benji's Special Education Academy, a Houston-area charter school. Attorneys Laura Prather and Catherine Robb of TAB Associate Member law firm Haynes and Boone represented KTRK-TV in the case.
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No. 5
Stations reminded emergency information should be accessible

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
From Oct. 1: In August, the FCC issued a public notice reminding television broadcasters and Pay-TV companies that emergency information must be made accessible to the hearing and visually impaired. There are no exemptions to this responsibility set forth in Section 79.2 of the commission's rules, and stations should note that each licensee is responsible for compliance no matter what technology is used to deliver its programming to viewers.
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