Archive for October, 2010

Verizon to Pay More Than $25M for Hitting Consumers With ‘Mystery Fees’

FCC, Transparency, Wireless October 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau hit Verizon Wireless with a record $25 million payment to the government for mystery fees the company charged its customers during the last several years.

FCC Requests Donations for New Tech Toy Lab

Broadband Updates, FCC October 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Managing Director is seeking donations for the agency’s new FCC Technology Experience Center, although was quick to note that any donations from device manufacturers are voluntary and “does not imply any expected benefit to the donor.”

Content Makers Seek Protection but Waver When It Comes to Network Neutrality

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality October 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2010 – Many content makers have called upon the Federal Communications Commission to protect their ability to distribute content via the internet, yet these same content makers are reluctant to play by the same rules. Recent decisions by content makers to block some Google TV and an ESPN service show the murkiness of the debates surrounding network neutrality.

China to Begin New Crackdown on Digital Piracy and Counterfeit Goods

Asia, Intellectual Property, International October 28th, 2010

Mainland Chinese authorities will begin a new round of crackdowns on digital piracy and against the traffickers of counterfeit goods at the end of October, according to a recent report in the Xinhua News Agency, China’s official newswire.

The new campaign was announced early last week at a state council meeting presided over by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

New Details Emerge About French “Three Strikes” Online Antipiracy Regime

Copyright, International October 27th, 2010

French authorities have started to send out warning letters to individuals suspected of copyright infringement online, and a whole cottage industry of lawyers and technologists has mushroomed up to both give tips on evading the law enforcers and to aid recipients of the notices, according to a Wednesday report in the Wall Street Journal.

Russian Internet Companies Call for Online Liability Regime Clarity

Copyright October 26th, 2010

Five of Russia’s largest internet companies have called for an update of its copyright laws, according to the wire news service Agence France Press.

“We believe that when the procedures are being observed (to prevent copyright violations) internet services cannot be held responsible for content uploaded by users,” said the five companies in a recent statement published on their websites. “In Europe, the United States and other countries the legal question about restricting the responsibility of the Internet media in these situations was decided more than 10 years ago.”

Report: Google Launches Music Service in India to Stave Off Piracy

Copyright October 26th, 2010

Google has partnered with three digital music providers to launch a new online music service to increase broadband usage and stave off internet piracy, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.

Official Chinese Newspaper Disparages Apple’s iPAD For Lack of Pirated Content

Copyright October 26th, 2010

China’s official newspaper recently criticized Apple’s iPAD because users must pay for music and movies, according to a recent report in The Christian Science Monitor.

Viacom Hires Theodore Olsen To Appeal YouTube Decision

Copyright October 26th, 2010

Viacom has hired former Solicitor General Theodore Olson to appeal an unfavorable outcome in a billion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit that came down this June, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Report: French Music Labels Reporting 25,000 Infringements to Copyright Authority Daily

Copyright, Intellectual Property, International October 25th, 2010

Copyright holders in the French music industry are reporting a staggering 25,000 “music-related” infringements to the country’s top enforcement authority on a daily basis, according to a a music industry trade group director quoted in the trade magazine Billboard.

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