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Time To Change (Or Ditch) The USTR Special 301 Process That Pressures Other Countries To Adapt US IP Laws

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A few days ago, you may remember, I posted the comments I submitted to the USTR on the Special 301 report, where I pointed out the value of allowing countries to set their own intellectual property policy, rather than forcing everyone to follow US faith-based intellectual property policy. Traditionally, the...
Time To Change (Or Ditch) The USTR Special 301 Process That Pressures Other Countries To Adapt US IP Laws

Internet Pricing: The Next Policy Frontier

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nicemonkey / Shutterstock.comIn the past few years, broadband providers have begun shifting toward tiered service plans (sometimes known as usage-based pricing) that offer customers a fixed amount of data each month for a fee. On average, less than 2 percent of users exceed the most commonly-used tier of 300 GB;...
Internet Pricing: The Next Policy Frontier

Dear USTR: Want Other Countries To Sign Your Trade Agreements? Stop Letting Hollywood Write Them

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With more and more countries in the EU backing away from signing ACTA, and even the EU Parliament's president speaking out against it, it's raising serious questions about the ability to get the EU signed on to ACTA. Harold Feld, over at Public Knowledge, has published something of an open...
Dear USTR: Want Other Countries To Sign Your Trade Agreements? Stop Letting Hollywood Write Them

Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

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Every year, the USTR puts out its infamously laughable Special 301 report (as I've pointed out in the past, I've seen people in the ideologically-aligned US Copyright Office mock the Special 301 report openly -- showing that even those who support it know that it's ridiculous). The way it works...
Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

As Patent Drama Continues, 3D Printing Provides A Way Out For Mashup Creators

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Editor’s note: Michael Weinberg is vice president at Public Knowledge where he focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC and emerging technologies like 3D printing. Follow him on Twitter @mweinbergPK. Mashups are one of the great art forms of our time. Easy and accessible digital tools have allowed anyone to remix videos, music and...
As Patent Drama Continues, 3D Printing Provides A Way Out For Mashup Creators

Could crowdsourcing be a better way to make legislation?

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Crowdsourcing has proven to be a pretty good way to accomplish things that require a lot of input from different people, including the creation of encyclopedias and the financing of personal projects such as movies and comic books. But could it be used to create legislation as well? A...
Could crowdsourcing be a better way to make legislation?

Public Knowledge blasts AT&T over FaceTime network limits

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One of the new features in Apple's iOS6 release due this fall is an enhancement to the FaceTime video call feature, allowing it to function on any cellular network. Friday, AT&T announced that the privilege only extends to users on its new "Mobile Share" programs, and not for users grandfathered...
Public Knowledge blasts AT&T over FaceTime network limits

Organization Overseeing Six Strikes Agreement Between Labels And ISPs Includes Advisory Board To Try To Keep Tech Folks Happy

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As we get closer to the RIAA/MPAA and the major ISPs rolling out their "voluntary" six strikes agreement, turning those ISPs into Hollywood's private police force, details are finally coming out about the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), the organization that the RIAA/MPAA were setting up to manage the six...
Organization Overseeing Six Strikes Agreement Between Labels And ISPs Includes Advisory Board To Try To Keep Tech Folks Happy

AT&T May Have To Let All iPhone Users Video Chat (T, AAPL)

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Three groups sent a letter to AT&T today warning that if it doesn't stop blocking Apple's FaceTime video chat, they are going to file a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission about it. Originally, FaceTime only worked on iPads and iPhones connected by Wi-Fi networks--a big limitation.  Last month, AT&T...
AT&T May Have To Let All iPhone Users Video Chat (T, AAPL)

MPAA Just Won't Quit: Jumps Into Legal Dispute To Argue Links & Embeds Are Infringing

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It appears that the MPAA has jumped into a legal dispute that hits on a few different points, all of which are interesting, but the really crazy point is the fact that the crux of their argument is that merely embedding or linking (technically, the same thing) to infringing videos...
MPAA Just Won't Quit: Jumps Into Legal Dispute To Argue Links & Embeds Are Infringing
RapidShare talks piracy and balancing Hollywood's interests

Boxee clashes with cable companies over encryption

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Boxee’s live TV dongle has only been available for a few weeks, but the company is already embroiled in a fight with cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable over it, and is now getting support from groups like Public Knowledge and the Consumer Electronics Association. At the core...
Boxee clashes with cable companies over encryption
Only Hollywood Would Think That This 'Disc To Digital' Program Makes Sense

Congress Trying To Regulate Certain Wireless Spectrum Issues... In A Payroll Tax Bill?

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We've all seen how Congress sneaks controversial issues into larger "must pass" bills. The folks over at Public Knowledge are highlighting how our elected officials are trying to sneak three questionable policies -- all related to wireless technologies and access -- into a single "must pass" payroll tax bill, that...
Congress Trying To Regulate Certain Wireless Spectrum Issues... In A Payroll Tax Bill?
Convoluted Cybersecurity Act gets voted down in the senate
AT&T should be investigated for ‘fraudulent’ data policies, public interest group says

Will the Senate please ask ISPs to justify their wireless caps?

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The Senate is investigating video competition during a hearing on Tuesday and public interest groups are using it as an opportunity to ask tough questions on broadband caps. Such caps, which are in place on over half of the wireline broadband connections in this country, are justified by the idea...
Will the Senate please ask ISPs to justify their wireless caps?

Carriers, policy groups join up to (sort of) stop Verizon-cable deal

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T-Mobile, Sprint, rural carriers and advocacy group Public Knowledge have teamed up to create a mobile version of the Super Friends, their sole mission to battle the Verizon-cable Legion of Doom. Called the Alliance for Broadband Competition, the loose-knit group of companies and organizations is committed to opposing Verizon’s multi-faceted...
Carriers, policy groups join up to (sort of) stop Verizon-cable deal
AT&T's FaceTime blocking draws formal FCC complaint from interest groups

Looking to repeat the mega success of its racing title, NaturalMotion acquires Boss Alien

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While it’s public knowledge that Zynga is having a rough time of it, not all gaming companies are struggling. One such firm is NaturalMotion, whose title ‘CSR Racing’ is currently generating revenues of some $12 million monthly. The company lists eight other titles as part of its current portfolio. The...
Looking to repeat the mega success of its racing title, NaturalMotion acquires Boss Alien
MIT's President Orders Internal Investigation Into Its Handling Of Aaron Swartz's Case

Verizon is selling its spectrum, but is anyone buying?

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On April 19, Verizon Wireless surprised many people by announcing that it would sell its 700MHz A-and B-block holdings if the Federal Communications Commission approves its proposed $3.9 billion purchase of SpectrumCo and Cox Communications’ Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) holdings (as well as a smaller spectrum swap with Leap...
Verizon is selling its spectrum, but is anyone buying?
MPAA: you can infringe copyright just by embedding a video

Sky Broadband starts to block access to torrent site proxies, other ISPs likely to follow

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Sky Broadband has quietly started blocking access to proxy services that allow people in the UK to access torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay (TPB) and Kick Ass Torrents (KAT), previously closed off by a legal ruling. Since a High Court ruling in the UK in April 2012, the...
Sky Broadband starts to block access to torrent site proxies, other ISPs likely to follow
White spaces and happy faces: TV stations drop lawsuit against "super WiFi"

Internet groups blast AT&T's effort to justify FaceTime blocking

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AT&T posted a pointed justification of its decision to place restrictions on FaceTime over cellular earlier today, with the carrier's VP of regulatory affairs saying that people "rushed to judgement" on their possible violation of the FCC's Open Internet regulations — but internet groups have already responded critically to...
Internet groups blast AT&T's effort to justify FaceTime blocking

Copyright reformers pan weak legislation on cell phone unlocking

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A new bill to allow cell phone unlocking is getting low marks from reform groups and online activists. The legislation, introduced by Reps. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would tell the FCC to force cell phone companies to "permit the subscribers of such services,...
Copyright reformers pan weak legislation on cell phone unlocking

Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

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You may recall Judge Beryl Howell, the former RIAA lobbyist who helped author the DMCA, and also went against a very large number of other judges dealing with copyright trolling lawsuits by ruling that it was perfectly fine to lump over 1,000 John Doe defendants into a single lawsuit and...
Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

SOPA and PIPA prompt Reddit, Mozilla, and 73 others to ask Congress to halt work on intellectual property laws

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A coalition of 75 groups including Reddit, Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Open Congress, and Human Rights Watch, have sent an open letter to Congress asking it to put the brakes on intellectual property lawmaking in the wake of the massive backlash against the Stop Online Piracy...
SOPA and PIPA prompt Reddit, Mozilla, and 73 others to ask Congress to halt work on intellectual property laws

Your Cynicism About Lobbyists Only Help The Lobbyists Win

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Last month, I posted the letter I helped put together from a bunch of entrepreneurs to the US's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, as a part of the open comment period on the most effective forms of copyright enforcement. One of the most frustrating responses I heard was "it...
Your Cynicism About Lobbyists Only Help The Lobbyists Win
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