How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality
FCC, Net Neutrality
September 12th, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – In what would have seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago, growing support for public utility regulation is emerging. Tech companies, politicians, internet service providers, and component makers have started to outline their views regarding their policy approach to the issue of net neutrality. In order to understand the […]
Senate Committee Passes PROTECT IP Act But Wyden Issues Quick Halt
Congress, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Senate
May 27th, 2011
WASHINGTON May 27, 2011 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PROTECT IP Act on Thursday, but Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) put a hold on the bill preventing it from going to the full Senate.
Analysis: Apple Widens Tablet Market Gap With iPad 2, But Will Wireless Benefit?
Broadband Data, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
March 17th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2011 – Apple’s initial iPad 2 sales and projections for 2011 say while that Apple probably will not face much competition in tablet sales, the competition for wireless data plans for the device are heating up.
Apple sold over 15 million of the original iPad, and brisk resales of used iPads on eBay, Gazelle, and other resale sites indicate that the original model is still quite popular. Analyst Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets sees upgrades from the original iPad comprising only a fifth of iPad 2 over the next 12 months. That means that the remaining 80 percent of iPad 2 purchasers will likely be new to the tablet platform. Abramsky projects Jobs and Company will sell 28 million of its new model touchscreen tablet by the end of the calendar year.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Domain Name Blocking Bill Aimed At Curbing Online Piracy
November 18th, 2010
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2010 – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would provide the U.S. Justice Department with enhanced powers to quickly block the domain names and third party enablers of web sites that it deems are dedicated to the piracy of intellectual property.
More Than 1,300 Firms Urge Lawmakers to Extend R&D Tax Credit
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Intellectual Property
November 17th, 2010
WASHINGTON, November 17, 2010 – Approximately 1,300 organizations sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to enact legislation extending research and development tax provisions which the group says are vital to maintaining and creating U.S. jobs.
FCC Chief Touts Broadband Benefits to Ebay’s Top Sellers
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
September 17th, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 17, 2010 – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told a group of top sellers on eBay this week that they, more than anyone, know about the importance of broadband to the success of the nation’s economy, jobs and future of small business.
Court Ruling Recasts Notion of Ownership of Books, Movies, Music, Software in Digital Age
September 10th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, September 10, 2010 — A federal appeals court ruling on Friday could eventually end the huge secondary market that has bloomed online in used books, software, and other forms of media both physical and digital when it said a software company can use its licenses to control the re-sale of their products.
The panel of three judges for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously decided that Autodesk’s software license trumped the “first sale” doctrine encapsulated in federal law. This appears to give companies more leeway to license more of their products rather than simply selling them and giving up control.
Herdict Project Receives $1.5 Million in Funding
September 9th, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 9, 2010 – The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University has received a $1.5 million grant for its Herdict project. The grant was given by Omidyar Network, an investment firm targeting philanthropic projects established in 2004 by eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar.
ACTA: International Trade Negotiators Drop ISP Liability, Anti-Circumvention Provisions Still In
Copyright, Intellectual Property, International
September 7th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, September 7, 2010 – International trade negotiators have dropped a controversial secondary liability provision regarding online copyright infringement, but still appear to be haggling over the anti-circumvention provisions, a leaked copy of an August version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement shows.
Silicon Valley Fears Big Liabilities In Small Print of Proposed Trade Agreement
July 1st, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2010 –The office of the United States Trade Representative said Thursday that its negotiators had “made progress in building consensus,” over specific provisions in a controversial global intellectual property agreement — but it’s unlikely that whatever consensus they reached will be welcomed by all back at home.