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Is the FCC Too Weak?

Friday, June 17, 2011

FCC Commissioner Micahel Copps says the recommendations proposed in the FCC report are far too narrow, and that while the FCC can enact and enforce solutions to the numerous problems highlighted, it is currently not acting on the authority it has.

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Jailbreak?

Friday, July 30, 2010

This week, the Librarian of Congress ruled that “jailbreaking” your smart phone is not a violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Many in the tech world cheered, but Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society says that although you can break free ...

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New Lawsuits Target Illegal Movie Downloaders

Friday, June 25, 2010

A company called The US Copyright Group have started targeting illegal movie downloading, picking up where the RIAA left off in 2008. Ars Technica senior editor Nate Anderson says that these lawsuits could be an attempt to create a new revenue stream for the movie industry ...

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Command and Control

Friday, April 09, 2010

As a practical matter, who controls the internet is whoever enables you to access it -- and in the U.S. that would be service providers like Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner. The only check on their power has been the Federal Communications Commission. That is, until this week when a ...

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Tracking Us All

Friday, March 05, 2010

The cell phone that you’re carrying doubles as a tracking device. That’s right, Verizon has a record of where you've been and now the government is seeking explicit permission from the courts to access those records without probable cause. Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Kevin Bankston explains.

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Can't Quote This

Friday, February 19, 2010

This week a federal judge heard arguments to determine whether to approve the settlement between Google and two major arms of the publishing industry over Google Books. Many groups used this week's hearings to air grievances with the project. Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig argues ...

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Growing Neutrality

Friday, September 25, 2009

This week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced plans to expand net neutrality rules. His announcement was met with consternation from at least one wireless service provider; AT&T argued that it should be allowed to limit some internet activity. But Genachowski disagrees.

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Truth and Consequences

Friday, May 08, 2009

For documentary filmmakers the ‘fair use’ of copyrighted material is a protection that allows them to create much of their work. But in recent years the terms of ‘fair use’ have been hotly contested. Gordon Quinn, producer of "Hoop Dreams," explains why he and a group ...

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The Calculated Risk of Blogging

Friday, October 03, 2008

Every time bloggers hit publish they risk being sued for copyright infringement, invasion of privacy or defamation. While the risk seems small, groups like the Media Bloggers Association say frivolous lawsuits are chilling free speech in the blogosphere. So MBA founder Robert Cox has helped start ...

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July 25, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Campaigning against the media, commenting on comments and Chandra Levy revisited

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Dammit Janet!

Friday, July 25, 2008

A court ruled this week that the FCC can't fine CBS for the 2004 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction." Are we in for an era of foul language and nudity on America's airwaves? Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow with the Progress & Freedom Foundation, offers analysis.

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Fleeting Expletives

Friday, June 27, 2008

When comedian George Carlin died last Sunday, most remembrances focused on his infamous “Seven Dirty Words” routine, which ran afoul of the FCC and engendered a landmark Supreme Court case. Miami Herald television critic Glenn Garvin says America is divided over indecency and past guests weigh ...

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FOIA's Foil

Friday, February 08, 2008

Tucked away into President Bush's 2009 budget was language that eliminates the FOIA ombudsman. The newly-created position was at the heart of legislation that Bush recently signed into law, and was intended to expedite government's response to Freedom of Information Act requests. Cox Newspapers' Rebecca Carr explains that ...

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Search Terms

Friday, January 25, 2008

Our computers hold delicate personal documents, sensitive medical information and even confidential sources. So can border authorities search hard drives as freely as they search make-up bags? Adam Liptak, national legal correspondent for The New York Times, explains that a string of court cases may determine ...

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The Lone Operator

Friday, December 21, 2007

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin helped push through two rulings this week - despite opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, pro-business lobbyists, media watchdogs and all of his fellow commissioners. Jim Puzzanghera of the Los Angeles Times says the contentious rulings reflect Martin's ...

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2! 4! 6! 8! Who Do We Consolidate?

Friday, November 02, 2007

It’s been a busy week at the FCC. In a decision which affects millions of cable subscribers, they ruled against exclusive deals between cable companies and apartment owners. They also held public hearings on media consolidation. Broadcasting and Cable’s John Eggerton explains the stakes.

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Parsing Privilege

Friday, October 12, 2007

A bill offering a federal shield law just might go to the House floor for a vote this week. Which means that U.S. journalists are closer than ever to having legal protection for their conversations with sources. New York Times reporter Adam Liptak explains.

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A Fleeting %)&!@#$

Friday, June 08, 2007

This week, a NYC court ruled against the FCC and in favor of the broadcast networks in a case that centered on “fleeting expletives,” uttered by the likes of Nicole Richie and President Bush, among others. Is this a free speech victory or a ...

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Working Blue

Friday, March 24, 2006

One of the many shows singled out by the FCC in its recent indecency report was, it should come as no surprise, "NYPD Blue". The show ultimately avoided fines because it predates the current standards but the commission’s opinion did cite it for using language and situations that were “shocking, ...

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Do You Swear?

Friday, March 24, 2006

In a three part order issued last week, the Federal Communications Commission levied the largest fines ever against broadcast stations for airing “indecent content.” The biggest blow was a $3.6 million fine for implied sexual situations on the CBS drama “Without a Trace.” Bob speaks with Democratic Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, ...

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