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Broadband Roundup: FTC Against Public Utility Broadband Regulation, Holder Slaps Tech Industry, and FCC Video News

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WASHINGTON, October 2, 2014 ­- Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen warned that reclassifying broadband under public utility regulation including in Title II of the Communications Act would put ISPs beyond the legal reach of the FTC, the Washington Post reported. The item was previously reported in Broadband Breakfast. Currently, the FTC is not able to…

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Former RIAA Lawyer Verrilli Confirmed as Solicitor General

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WASHINGTON June 8, 2011 – The Senate Committee on the Judiciary confirmed Donald Verrilli, Jr. as Solicitor General on Monday.

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Time Warner Cable and Viacom Take iPad Dispute To Court

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Time Warner Cable’s dispute with Viacom over the question of whether the cable company is allowed to stream certain television channels onto its customers’ iPads within the confines of their own homes spilled into court Thursday when both sides asked the court to enforce their interpretations of their business contracts.

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Movie and Newspaper Associations, Software Makers Support Viacom’s Appeal of Billion Dollar YouTube Court Decision

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A Clinton administration architect of a digital age copyright law, a former solicitor general for the United States, and an army of content industry associations on Friday sided with Viacom in its appeal of a June court decision that said that YouTube wasn’t liable for infringing the media company’s copyrights.

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Viacom: YouTube Doesn’t Qualify For the DMCA’s Safe Harbor

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Google’s YouTube isn’t eligible for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor provisions because its founders deliberately built the business on pirated content, according to media behemoth Viacom’s lawyers in an appeal of a June district court ruling against its favor. The appeal cites internal e-mail correspondence at YouTube that said that if copyrighted content…

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Viacom Hires Theodore Olsen To Appeal YouTube Decision

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Viacom has hired former Solicitor General Theodore Olson to appeal an unfavorable outcome in a billion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit that came down this June, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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

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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.

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Silicon Valley Fears Big Liabilities In Small Print of Proposed Trade Agreement

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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.

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YouTube Prevails Against Viacom in Billion Dollar Lawsuit

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2010 — YouTube scored a major victory in a bitterly-fought, billion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit Wednesday brought by media giant Viacom when a federal district court judge in Manhattan said that a 1998 law shields YouTube from liability.

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Don’t Turn YouTube Into The Boob-Tube, Plead Its Users

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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.

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