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BroadbandBreakfast.com Announces Winter 2011 Breakfast Topics

WASHINGTON, January 7, 2011 – The Washington-based internet and intellectual property policy news and events service, BroadbandBreakfast.com, http://broadbandbreakfast.com, announces its Winter 2011 series of events (January through February) for the Intellectual Property and Broadband Breakfast Clubs. All breakfast club events are held at Clyde's of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, in the Piedmont Room. Events begin at 8 a.m., with both American and continental breakfast served, and end at 10 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to join in onthe breakfast discussions. Keep Reading

Support Dims for FCC Chairman’s Open Internet Proposal

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. Keep Reading

New Date for ‘China & Intellectual Property with the Chinese Embassy IP Attache’

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com is postponing its December breakfast , “China & Intellectual Property with the Chinese Embassy IP Attache.” An unforeseen change in the schedule of Fuli Chen, the Chinese Embassy Intellectual Property Attache, has caused the postponement, owing to the visit of Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan to Washington next week. The event, which was to be on December 14th, 2010, has been rescheduled for February 8th, 2011. Registration for the February 8 event is available at http://ipbreakfastfebruary2011.eventbrite.com/ Keep Reading

Is ‘Three Strikes’ the Right Tool? Top French, British and Americans Discuss at Nov. 9 Breakfast

WASHINGTON, November 4, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com invites the public to its FREE November event in its Intellectual Property Breakfast Club series, “Approaches by Internet Service Providers Around the World to Copyright Infringement.” Our November 2010 panel continues the discussion about file-sharing and other forms of copyright infringement, but broadens it to the global stage, with a particular focus on the approaches of broadband providers outside the United States. What tactics have been deployed by ISPs in France and elsewhere? Will America follow suit? Keep Reading

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

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. Keep Reading

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Today Likely to Focus on Bill Seizing Infringing Web Domains

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2010 - The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Tuesday, focusing on "Finding Solutions to the Problems of Copyright Infringement," may well focus on S. 3804, the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA), introduced late last month by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Keep Reading

Uncertainty Over Net Neutrality Makes it the ‘Black Hole’ of Telecom Policy

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Wednesday released the video, for free, of the first Broadband Breakfast Club event of the monthly event foum's third season, on the issue of net neutrality and broadband regulation. The panelists at the event, "Title I, Title II: How Should Broadband Be Classified?" included a medley of almost all conceivable views about broadband regulation. Keep Reading

Copyright

Justice Dept Could Shutter Infringing Web Sites With Court Orders Against Domain Name Registrars

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2010 -- A bipartisan group of 10 US senators on Monday introduced legislation that would enable the US Justice Department to render inaccessible Web sites judged to be dedicated to intellectual property infringement. The legislation would enable Justice to seek a preliminary injunction against domain name registrars, which would have to suspend access to the domains hosting infringing material, or that are trafficking in infringing material. The legislation would require the US attorney general to notify the federal intellectual property enforcement co-coordinator of the injunctions, and the coordinator would in turn be required to post the names of the suspended sites on a public web site. Keep Reading

Hands On or Hands Off? Future of Broadband Regulation at Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2010 - The Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, September 21, will feature a discussion about the future of broadband, and how it is regulated. Among the panelists who will face off at the event, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Clyde's of Gallery Place, are officials from Public Knowledge, the Phoenix Center, Georgetown University and the Computer and Communications Industry Association. Keep Reading

BroadbandBreakfast.com Launches Free Monthly Intellectual Property Breakfast Club for 2010-2011

WASHINGTON, September 8, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property news service BroadbandBreakfast.com is offering free tickets to the first event in its Fall Intellectual Property Breakfast Club series, “Will the Obama Administration's IP Czar Crush Internet Piracy?” The event, on Tuesday, September 14, will feature top officials from the Entertainment Software Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Public Knowledge and the Future of Music Coalition. Register for Free. Keep Reading

Google and Verizon Announce Joint Net Neutrality Policies

WASHINGTON, August 9, 2010- Google and Verizon have announced a joint statement of principles on network neutrality and hosted a conference call Monday to outline their effort to the press. Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg announced that this new policy calls for an open and transparent wireline internet with special conditions given to the “burgeoning wireless market.” Keep Reading

Public Interest Groups Bemoan Reported Google, Verizon Secret Network Neutrality Pact

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2010 - It has been reported that Google and Verizon are working on a secret pact about network neutrality. The New York Times says this pact will give Google products preferential treatment on the Verizon network. However both firms are claiming this is untrue. Public interest organizations however bemoan the entire concept of a secret pact. Keep Reading

Recovery Act

Baucus to Cut $600 Million from Broadband Stimulus to Fund Tax Credits

WASHINGTON July 8, 2010- Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) is proposing a cut of $300 million from the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program and $300 million from Broadband Initiatives Program in order to fund new tax credits and extend unemployment benefits. Representative Dave Obey (D- Wis) has also proposed cutting the same amounts but wants to use the funds to offset the cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Keep Reading

FCC Issues Notice of Inquiry Regarding Broadband Regulation and Industry Offers a Mixed Response

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2010 –Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission met to consider putting out a Notice of Inquiry on how they should regulate broadband. After the recent Comcast decision the FCC’s ability to regulate broadband was put into question. After looking at the various issues FCC’s counsel came to the conclusion that there were 2 possible methods of regulating either as an information service under Title I or as a Telecommunications service under Title II. The chairmen however did not feel that Title I gave the commission enough authority; while Title II put too much regulation on ISPs; to solve this he created his Third Way proposal. Keep Reading

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Featured Clash of Views Between Broadcasters and Cable Companies

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Friday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event on May 18, 2010: "New Transmission Consent Battles and Licensing Video Content." The event included key industry officials from the cable, broadcast and public interest communities, and was moderated by Sarah Lai Stirland, Assistant Managing Editor, BroadbandBreakfast.com. Keep Reading

Experts Debate Lack of Transparency in Federal Spectrum Policy

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Experts gathered last week to discuss problems surrounding transparency in federal spectrum policy and the challenges in addressing the issue. A recurring point of contention was the question of how to raise governmental consciousness of the price of spectrum, so as to prevent overuse by the government at the expense of the private sector. Keep Reading

Tuesday’s Free Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Retrans Consent a ‘Must Attend’ Event

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Friday announced the addition of two new panelists – Toni Cook Bush of Skadden Arps and Matt Polka of the American Cable Association – to its FREE June 8th Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event. The panel, to be held at Clyde’s of Gallery Place at 707 7th Street NW, in Washington, is certain to be the “must attend” event on this increasingly hot topic of “New Retransmission Consent Battles and Licensing Video Content.” Register now! Keep Reading

FCC

Telecom Companies Are Using Fight Interrupting Oscar Ceremony Broadcast To Manipulate Public and FCC, Argue Broadcasters

SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. telecom companies are using a high profile programming dispute this March to manipulate public opinion to skew the rules regarding retransmission consent fees against the broadcasting industry, its lawyers argued in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission earlier this week. “It is the petitioners themselves who are creating an artificial ‘problem’ and then asking the government to solve it,” according to the National Association of Broadcasters, and the associations for ABC, CBS, FBC and NBC affiliates. Keep Reading

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Launches With Discussion of Google Book Search

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Monday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the inaugural Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event on May 11, 2010: "The Google Book Search Settlement and E-Book Licensing." The event included key industry officials and was moderated by Sarah Lai Stirland, Assistant Managing Editor, BroadbandBreakfast.com. Keep Reading

Copyright

Clinton-Era Digital Copyright Law Needs Overhaul, Argues Rights Group

SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2010 -- A 12-year-record of abuses and misuses of a law designed to prevent digital piracy shows definitively that it isn’t working as intended, said a digital rights group in a new report released Thursday. “In the years since the DMCA’s passage, section 1201’s harmful effects on copyright’s core goal to “promot[e] Progress” have become unfortunately clear,” write Pan C. Lee, Daniel S. Park, Allen W. Wang and Jennifer M. Urban, a group of legal researchers at Berkeley Law School. “It is in need of an update to restore the balance.” Keep Reading

Report: Google To Launch eBook Service This Summer

Google plans on launching its open eBook service Google Editions by June or July, according to a Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal. Google's manager for strategic partner development Chris Palma disclosed the company's plans during a Tuesday morning panel discussion sponsored by the Book Industry Study Group in New York City. The panel discussion focused on cloud computing and the business of publishing. Keep Reading

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