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Cable companies fined $2 million for using Emergency Alert System tone in movie trailer

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Mar
2014

A surprise attack on the White House by North Korean terrorists could well justify commandeering American airwaves using the Emergency Alert System, but that doesnt mean the FCC looks kindly on people using its distinctive tones for a movie trailer about such an attack. The FCC has issued a $1.9 million fine against Viacom, NBC Universal, and ESPN for their promotions of 2013 action movie Olympus has Fallen. According to a filing, it started receiving complaints in March of 2013, when Viacom-owned Comedy Central aired a trailer containing the two-tone emergency signal.

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