On Friday, FCC Chairman Genachowski to Announce Departure; Accomplishments Include National Broadband Plan, USF, Wireless Auctions and Wireless Competition
Broadband's Impact, Congress, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality, Universal Service, Wireless
March 22nd, 2013
By Drew Clark and Doug Barclay WASHINGTON, March 22, 2013 – President Barack Obama’s law school classmate and friend Julius Genachowski plans to announce his departure from the Federal Communications Commission in a briefing at the agency on Friday morning. Among the key accomplishments during Genachowski’s tenure at the agency include: The issuance of a […]
Senate Judiciary Committee Addresses COICA Criticisms
Copyright, Intellectual Property
February 17th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 17, 2011 – The Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing Wednesday to address potential criticisms of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Acts (COICA), which would target websites dedicated to stealing American intellectual property.
U.S. Movie Studios Launch Lawsuit Against Online Media Locker Service
Copyright, Intellectual Property
February 8th, 2011
LOS ANGELES, February 8, 2011 — Five of the major motion picture studios in the United States on Tuesday launched the next phase of their industry’s ongoing campaign against online piracy by filing what will be a closely-watched copyright infringement lawsuit against Hotfile.com, a so-called cyberlocker service that allows its users to share and store large media files on its servers.
Will Copyright Law Save New York Area Baseball Fans?
Copyright, Intellectual Property, Media, Media ownership, National Broadband Plan
October 19th, 2010
As the landmark dispute over retransmission consent fees between Fox and Cablevision threatens to drag on through Tuesday, New York area baseball fans who are also Cablevision subscribers are scrambling to make alternative plans to view or hear the game.
One ostensibly legal option they have is to view the Tuesday game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies on a new internet television service that retransmits broadcasters’ signals over the internet.
Don’t Turn YouTube Into The Boob-Tube, Plead Its Users
June 1st, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, June 1, 2010 – A group of individuals who have successfully used YouTube to gain prominence in their fields on Friday jumped into the legal fight between media giants Viacom and Google to persuade a federal district court judge that YouTube is a legitimate tool rather than a tool used primarily to pirate popular forms of televised and filmed entertainment.
FCC Chief Discusses Agency Role in Merger Review Process
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Transparency
March 11th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski explained his agency’s role in the merger review process on Thursday before senators, with an emphasis on the pending union of NBC Universal and Comcast.
NBC-Universal President Compares Copyright Filtering to Anti-Virus Protections
Copyright, National Broadband Plan
February 18th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 18, 2010 – NBC-Universal Vice President Richard Cotton on Wednesday called upon internet service providers to be permitted to filter content over their pipes for copyright violations, and compared copyright filtering to filtering for computer viruses.
Cotton’s statement was part of a briefing outlining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top 2010 intellectual property priorities.
Will Comcast’s XFINITY produce an Affinity with Customers?
February 10th, 2010
With some 1900 company name changes last year, one would think these re-branding efforts would pay dividends in market share, customer perception, and employee focus in forging a new direction, both in the short and long term. Does XFINIITY make relevant and pertinent business sense for all stakeholders involved, [...]
To Comcast-NBCU CEO’s: Consistency in Message to Regulators a Must
Expert Opinion, Transparency
February 6th, 2010
Recent hearings before the House on the proposed merger between Comcast and NBCU drew both accolades and skepticism for regulators on Feb 4, 2010. The skepticism seemed to come from what was perceived as inconsistencies in previous statements by CEO’s Roberts and Zucker from what was being purported in the public meeting.
Comcast’s impending Regulatory Hurdle: Simple Motives behind a Dream – NBC-Universal
Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, Transparency
January 24th, 2010
Since announcement of the Comcast/NBC-Universal merger consummated the deal creating subsequent analysis and conjecture about how the new venture will be structured, with its impact on programming distribution and fears of dominance, and anti-trust issues within the marketplace; Comcast is set to go before regulators to convince a skeptical crowd how this union [...]