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FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly addresses a Communications Forum luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on June 19.

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly addresses a Communications Forum luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on June 19.  » Read More

‘Free Speech Everyday’ Photo Contest Opens

A photo contest aimed at amateur enthusiasts will offer photographers new chances to express their creativity as part of this year’s Free Speech Week (FSW). The “Free Speech Everyday” photo contest opens Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 12. The panel of judges will include several Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers. » Read More

Media Institute Showcases Original Artwork
For Free Speech Week Celebration

Adding to the vitality of this year’s Free Speech Week (FSW) will be a series of original artwork created by noted artist Everett Spruill, founder and director of The Everett Spruill Foundation for the Arts in Orlando, Fla. Spruill has created a series of 10 original designs for his new “Freedom of Speech” mixed-media series. » Read More

2014 Free Speech Week Slated for Oct. 20 – 26

Free Speech Week (FSW) will be celebrated this fall from Monday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, marking its tenth year as the nation’s premier celebration of freedom of speech. » Read More

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Issue Watch

FCC: Title II, Wireless Net Regs Definitely on Table
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GAO Outlines Broadcast/Wireless Ad Battle Over Spectrum » Read More

Judiciary Debates Net Neutrality » Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

ProPublica and the Problem With Journalism
by Patrick Maines

It’s symptomatic of the syndrome: So many people who presume to speak for and about journalism’s shortcomings misdiagnose both the problem and its solutions. » Read More

The Udall Amendment: When Politics Mean
More Than the Constitution

by Patrick Maines

It came as no surprise when, in June, Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and 41 other U.S. senators, Democrats all, proposed a campaign finance amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010, Democrats and their surrogates in the media … have been on a mission to find some way around it. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

U.S. Patent Policy and World War II
by Prof. Randal C. Picker,
University of Chicago Law School

The headline of the New York Times of Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1945, is as chilling today as it was then: “FIRST ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON JAPAN; MISSILE IS EQUAL TO 20,000 TONS OF TNT; TRUMAN WARNS FOE OF A ‘RAIN OF RUIN.’”
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Capturing the Future: Patent Claims
and ‘After-Arising Technologies’

by Prof. Robert P. Merges,
University of California at Berkeley School of Law

Exclusive rights for new technologies, in order to promote innovation: that’s what the patent system is supposed to be about. And at least sometimes, even today, it still is.  At times, to promote innovation today patents may be interpreted in a way that covers technologies that had not existed when the original patent was filed. » Read More

U.S. Compliance With the International Right
of Communication to the Public
After Aereo: Who Is “the Public”?

by Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg,
Columbia University School of Law

In ABC v. Aereo, a 6-to-3 majority (Breyer, joined by Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan) held that Aereo was “performing” the broadcast programming when the service captured the programming through the users’ individually assigned antennas….  » Read More

Fair Use Middle Ground
by Prof. Doug Lichtman,
UCLA School of Law

My colleagues and I have written a great deal about copyright law’s “fair use” doctrine on this site over the years.  We have disagreed about cases, and we have struggled with various aspects of the standard fair use test.  » Read More

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