Broadcasters, Dish Take Retrans Fight To Capitol Hill

Law360, New York (September 10, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT) -- Two of the big players in the television industry duked it out before a congressional subcommittee Tuesday, turning a hearing on the possible renewal of satellite television legislation into a broader debate over the thorny issue of retransmission consent.

Strictly speaking, the House Judiciary Committee's intellectual property subcommittee was meeting to discuss the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010, which is set to expire at the end of 2014. Among other things, the law gives satellite providers a compulsory copyright license for importing “distant”...
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