Archive for December, 2010

FCC Issues Open Internet Rules

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality December 22nd, 2010

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2010 – In an uncommon split vote on Tuesday, the FCC handed down an order requiring network providers to abide by certain rules intended to maintain network neutrality.

Support Dims for FCC Chairman’s Open Internet Proposal

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality December 21st, 2010

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Dec. 1 announced that there would be a set of open internet rules that his agency would vote on during its open meeting on Dec. 21. While many stakeholders in the debate initially were happy to learn that the chairman would finally bring the issue to a vote, support dimmed after learning what he planned to include in the rules.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Names Intellectual Property Team

Copyright December 21st, 2010

The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Monday formally named the members of its new intellectual property litigation team, bringing on board Yahoo’s senior legal director for copyright and an entertainment attorney from the law firm of Loeb & Loeb in Chicago.

Sen. Hutchison Seeks to Block Open Internet Regulation

FCC, Net Neutrality December 20th, 2010

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2010 -Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison has introduced an amendment to block the Federal Communications Commission from implementing any open internet regulations. The amendment would be added to the appropriations bill (H.R. 3082), which provides funding for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Interim Register of Copyrights Named As Marybeth Peters Retires

Copyright December 20th, 2010

On Friday, the Library of Congress announced that it has put Senior Adviser Maria Pallante in charge as the current Register Marybeth Peters retires at the end of the year.

Copyright Alliance Picks Time Warner Lawyer To Head Up Its Lobbying Efforts

Copyright December 20th, 2010

The Copyright Alliance on Monday named Sandra Aistars as its executive director. Aistars succeeds the group’s Founder Patrick Ross, a well-respected Washington, D.C. technology journalist who left earlier this year to return to writing.

Motion Picture Association Fills Litigation Counsel Spot

Copyright December 20th, 2010

The Motion Picture Association of America on Monday announced that it has hired Karen Thorland as vice president and senior content protection counsel.

In U.S. Crackdown on “Pirate” Sites, It’s Sometimes Difficult To Determine Who’s a Pirate

Copyright December 20th, 2010

Late into the night at the end of November, a text message woke up Waleed A. Gad El Kareem, an open-source web developer in Alexandria, Egypt. The 31-year-old developer had set up an alert to tell him whenever his site Torrent-Finder.com was inaccessible online.

“I waited for it to come back, and it didn’t so I called [domain name provider] GoDaddy,” he recalled in an interview. “They had no idea about it.”

China Agrees To Update Intellectual Property Rules, Asks U.S. To Relax Export Controls

Copyright, Intellectual Property, International December 16th, 2010

Government officials from both the United States and China on Wednesday said that they had made progress on several key issues that had been on the table during their trade negotiations in the past couple of days in Washington, D.C.

Harvard Crimson Gives A Positive Review Of The Movie Industry’s Approach To Illegal Downloading

Copyright December 15th, 2010

Harvard’s student newspaper on Monday endorsed the way that the movie industry has approached the phenomenon of illegal downloading at university campuses, calling it “a sensible compromise.”

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