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Institute Honors Sen. Chris Dodd, Gracia Martore

The Media Institute bestowed awards on Senator Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Gannett President and CEO Gracia Martore at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Nov. 18 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Media Institute bestowed awards on Senator Chris Dodd (above), chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Gannett President and CEO Gracia Martore at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Nov. 18 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.  
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Free Speech Week Hits New High in 2014

Free Speech Week (FSW) gets bigger and better every year, and 2014 was no exception.  Highlights included: the use of #FreedomSpeaks on Twitter; new partnering organizations like Yelp and the ACLU; references to FSW in articles like this one in Forbes and this one in Barron’s; and FSW events held across the nation at numerous schools and universities.  This year’s celebration was a resounding success!  Celebrated the third full week every October, next year’s FSW is slated for October 19-25, 2015.  For more information on how you can participate or to register your organization as a partner, please visit www.freespeechweek.org.

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Issue Watch

President Asks FCC for Title II » Read More

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

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

The Gruber Videos and the Future of Journalism
by Patrick Maines

Very few people (outside of those who wish them ill) have commented on the lack of substantial, and politically even-handed, reporting by the mainstream media (MSM).  Most of the White House press corps has been reduced, during the Obama years, to a gaggle of superficial chroniclers of whatever spin the White House puts on policy issues and national affairs generally. » Read More

FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan Is Another Step
in the Regulation of Speech

by Patrick Maines

So the latest development on the speech regulation front is Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s rumored plan to create a “hybrid” regulatory structure in the name of “net neutrality,” the condition which, as it happens, has already been attained. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

Electronic Course ‘Reserves’:
From False Clarity to True Obscurity?

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

In Cambridge University Press v. Becker, three academic publishers sued Georgia State University for systematically infringing their copyrights by implementing a policy that permitted faculty members to make excerpts from the plaintiffs’ works as electronic course reserves through the university library’s website. » Read More

Little Steps From Ground Zero:
Software Patents After CLS Bank

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

The Software Freedom Law Center said that, in its opinion in CLS Bank v. Alice, the Supreme Court “took one more step towards the abolition of patents on software inventions….” Software patents are in the dock, awaiting sentencing. Many predict a swift execution. » Read More

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