Online Piracy, Superpacs and More

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Friday, January 20, 2012

The amazing story of the Megaupload take down, Italy's National Order of Journalists, and a man searches in vain for data produced by his own heart. 

A Wild Week for Online Piracy

This week saw more then its share of internet drama. The US Government led a massive operation against the website MegaUpload. And dozens of major websites staged a blackout in protest of two proposed laws - the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. Bob talks to Techdirt's Mike Masnick about the implications of the proposed legislation and the foment online.

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Defending SOPA and PIPA

In the face of strong criticism, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP act have been shelved for the time being.  But the movie, music, television and video game industries continue to argue that they offer much needed protection against pirates outside the reach of American law enforcement. Steve Tepp of the business lobbying group the US Chamber of Commerce tells Bob that despite criticism, these bills are narrowly targeted and would protect copyright holders against pirates. 

Ramblin' Man - New Country Rehab

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Citizens United and the Presidential Campaign

When the US Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case in 2010, it allowed unlimited contributions to support candidates as long as those candidates didn’t ‘coordinate’ with the so-called Super PACs that support them.  Two years later, how’s that working in practice?  Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer tells Brooke that there’s been a glut of cash and an almost absurd bending of the rules in the presidential campaign thus far.

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Montana Goes Its Own Way on Citizens United

There’s been lots of critique of the Citizens United decision, but a few weeks ago came a surprising rebuke.  The Montana Supreme Court decided that because of the state’s unique history of money influencing politics, Citizens United shouldn’t apply in Montana.  Even the dissenting judges didn’t spare the U.S. Supreme Court their scorn.  New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak tells Brooke the case is very likely to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oddisee - Closed After Dark

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Get Back On The Boat

The wreck of the Costa Concordia has left 11 people dead and 21 missing. After the wreck, a state-run television news channel broadcast images of the interior of a luxury cruise ship shaking and passed it off as the Costa Concordia. Bob speaks with Christian Science Monitor Correspondent Anna Momigliano, who says the mistake has caused increased questions about the efficacy of the Italy's National Order of Journalists.


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Dollars for Doctors

As part of the Obama administration’s healthcare reform, patients will, for the first time, be able to see what money pharmaceutical companies are paying to physicians and how – every notepad, free trial and conference junket. Reporters Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber have, over the last 18 months, have been engaged in a kind of dry run, following a money trail that 13 pharma companies were legally required to disclose.  They speak to Bob about their work.


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Who Owns Data From Inside Your Body?

If you have an implanted medical device that can collect data in your body, who owns that information?  There doesn't appear to be a clear answer to the question.  Brooke speaks to Hugo Campos, a patient advocate and founder of the ICD User Group, about his unsuccessful attempt to obtain the data collected by his own implanted defibrillator.

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