Articles posted in the ‘Copyright’ Category

Broadband Roundup: Dish Network Lobbying, John Thune Criticizes E-Rate, 10 Gigabits Over Copper

Broadband Roundup, Copyright, FCC, Fiber July 10th, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014 – Satellite TV provider Dish Network is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to block Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable, according to National Journal. Charlie Ergen, chairman of Dish, told FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that “serious competitive concerns” would arise from the deal and that Comcast would effectively control “choke points” […]

Broadband Roundup: With Aereo off the Air for Now, Alternatives Seek Advantage, and Legislators Advocate for Municipal Broadband

Broadband Roundup, Copyright, Wireless June 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 -Following the Supreme Court’s blow last week against Aereo, the video streaming service has shut down indefinitely as it drags back into the lower courts. Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia wrote a letter to consumers explaining the decision. “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court […]

‘On the Internet, No One Knows You’re a Child’: The Short Life of Aaron Swartz, at Sundance

Broadband's Impact, Copyright, Net Neutrality, People, The Innovation Economy, Transparency January 23rd, 2014

PARK CITY, Utah, January 23, 2014 – On the internet, no one knows you’re a child.

That, at least, was the message I took from watching the film about the life of Aaron Swartz. The film, “The Internet’s Own Boy,” premiered this week here at the Sundance Film Festival, during which it received a sustained standing ovation.

The documentary is a biography of, and tribute to, the all-too-short life of Swartz, who died a year ago this month, at age 26.

Swartz had been under intense pressure from the federal prosecutors in Massachusetts. Criminal charges filed against him, if proven, could have imprisoned him for 35 years. Those charges stemmed from Swartz’s having downloaded millions of articles from JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, onto a computer at the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While it is unclear what Swartz intended to do with the articles, it seems implausible that he would have republished them in an act of copyright infringement.

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Cell Phone Unlocking Picks Up Steam With Administration Urging Permanent Action by FCC

Broadband's Impact, Copyright, FCC, NTIA September 17th, 2013

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2013 – The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday urged the Federal Communications Commission take action to permit consumers to “unlock” their cellular phones. The Obama administration is urging the agency to allow consumers to purchase and make use of any wireless provider’s service with any cellular device, provided that the consumer is […]

Rep. Lofgren: ‘Do Nothing on Copyright Law’ at Intellectual Property Breakfast Event

Broadband TV, Copyright, Intellectual Property, National Broadband Plan September 15th, 2011

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2011 — Broadband Breakfast.com hosted its last monthly Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Tuesday with a keynote address from Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif, followed by a discussion panel entitled “Video Streaming on Digital Devices: Will Broadband Clash with Copyright?”

Congresswoman Lofgren began her keynote address with the premise that content owners need to start looking at the digital world as an ally rather than a threat. “Are you going to worry about controlling content or getting paid for content,” she asked. Lofgren pointed to examples of legitimate digital platforms like Hulu and Spotify, and noted Amazon sales of $3.1 billion, to illustrate that it is possible to make money in the digital space.

Not surprisingly, the congresswoman from Silicon Valley had her reservations about proposed intellectual property enforcement legislation that would have adverse affects on the technology sector. “If we do nothing on copyright law, we would be doing everything just about right.”

New America Foundation and Creative Commons Hold Copyright Talk

Copyright, Intellectual Property June 30th, 2011

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 – The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative along with Creative Commons co-sponsored an event Wednesday evening to discuss the challenges of copyright laws in a digital age.

Catherine Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons, delivered the keynote speech in which she presented the mission of Creative Commons, its growth beyond early adopters into the mainstream and the organization’s new book, The Power of Open. Creative Commons is a non-profit company that provides authors, creators and innovators with a set of tools within the boundaries of copyright law to allow for their work to be easily distributed, edited, remixed and built upon.

China a Concern as Senate Judiciary Reviews IP Law Enforcement Efforts

Asia, Congress, Copyright, Intellectual Property, International, Senate June 23rd, 2011

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2011 – Federal law enforcement agencies testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday regarding the current state of federal intellectual property rights enforcement and the challenges to enforcing IP laws due to a complex relationship with China.

Witnesses from federal law enforcement agencies reported that the increasing complexity of prosecuting IP crimes due to their international and transnational nature has made cooperation and collaboration with foreign law enforcement agencies a high priority.

June IP Breakfast Club Debates Performance Right

Broadband TV, Copyright, Intellectual Property, International June 16th, 2011

WASHINGTON June 16, 2011- Broadband Breakfast gathered leading experts Tuesday to discuss a performance right for broadcasting at the June installment of the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club.

Under current copyright regulations, when a song is played on terrestrial radio the writer of the song gets paid fee called a broadcast royalty. The singers and musicians that perform the song, however, get no such payment. Performance royalties are paid to singers from web-based radio stations along with cable companies that offer music channels.

Broadband IP Breakfast: A Performance Right for Broadcasting: Will Radio Begin to Pay?

BroadbandBreakfast.com to Hold Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Music Performance Rights for Radio Broadcasting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Copyright, Intellectual Property June 13th, 2011

WASHINGTON, Monday, June 13th, 2011 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com will hold its June 2011 Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event, “A Performance Right for Broadcasting: Will Radio Begin to Pay?” on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 from 8 am – 10 am at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th […]

Pallante Appointed Permanent Head of Copyright Office

Copyright, Intellectual Property, People June 1st, 2011

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 – Librarian of Congress James Billington made permanent the appointment of Maria Pallante to the top post at the U.S. Copyright Office, where she has served as Acting Register of Copyrights since the beginning of the year.

Pallante’s appointment secures her spot as the successor of Marybeth Peters, who retired from the Copyright Office at the end of 2010 after 16 years of service.

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