Broadband Roundup: Comcast-Time Warner Controversy, Netflix vs. Verizon, and Sprint Merger Woes
June 10th, 2014
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 – The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable continues to stir up controversy. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, whose members include internet giants Google and Yahoo, sent a letter to Sen. Al Franken asking regulators to stop the acquisition as it would give the merged entity “increased incentive […]
Broadband Roundup: AT&T Won’t Block Internet, Google and Vodafone Working to ‘Seal Cracks’ in Net
Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless
June 9th, 2014
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 – In a blog post on Friday, AT&T gave its assurance that paid prioritization was not part of the telecommnications gianits plans. “Not a single [internet service provider] has asserted a desire or right to engage in any of these practices to create ‘fast lanes and slow lanes.’ AT&T certainly has […]
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.
Obama Follows Up State Of The Union Speech with Silicon Valley Powwow
People, The Innovation Economy
February 18th, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, February 17, 2011 — President Obama checked in with the U.S.’ titans of tech on Thursday in a brief swing through Silicon Valley before heading north to Oregon to visit Intel.
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.
Appeals Court Decides That Search-Related Infringement Case Against Google Isn’t Frivolous
Intellectual Property, Patents
January 13th, 2011
A search-related tech company’s patent infringement lawsuit against Google wasn’t frivolous and deserved a full hearing even though the smaller company’s CEO publicly proclaimed in a blog post that its technology is different from Google’s, and even though the legal system agreed with that conclusion, ruled a federal appeals court on Tuesday.
Electronic Frontier Foundation Names Intellectual Property Team
December 21st, 2010
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Monday formally named the members of its new intellectual property litigation team, bringing on board Yahoo’s senior legal director for copyright and an entertainment attorney from the law firm of Loeb & Loeb in Chicago.
Google, Microsoft, Obama Admin team Up To Fight Drug Counterfeiters Online
December 15th, 2010
The Obama administration, alongside a group of 11 key technology companies on Tuesday unveiled a new non-profit group aimed at cracking down on online “pharmacies” that sell fake drugs. “Trafficking in counterfeits is not victimless,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House Intellectual Property Summit on Tuesday. “The Justice department is committed […]
Motion Picture Group Bolsters Online Safety Efforts
Broadband's Impact, Education
September 29th, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 29, 2010 – The Family Online Safety Institute has announced that the Motion Picture Association of America has become its newest member.
ASCAP Music Licensing Fees Voided for Yahoo, RealNetworks
September 28th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2010 – A U.S. rate-setting court’s formula for establishing the fees that Yahoo! and RealNetworks must pay the nation’s dominant music licensing group is fundamentally flawed because it uses inconsistent data sets and because the benchmarks it uses aren’t relevant or comparable, said a U.S. appeals court Tuesday. “The district court […]