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Communications Forum

Leading a Communications Forum luncheon panel on global Internet freedom is former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell (left).  Panelists at the Jan. 21 event in Washington included (left to right) Michael Regan of 21st Century Fox, Jackie Ruff of Verizon, and Prof. Christopher Yoo of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Leading a Communications Forum luncheon panel on global Internet freedom is former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell (left).  Panelists at the Jan. 21 event in Washington included (left to right) Michael Regan of 21st Century Fox, Jackie Ruff of Verizon, and Prof. Christopher Yoo of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. » Read More

Institute Condemns Terror Attack
on Paris Journalists

Media Institute President Patrick Maines issued a statement expressing shock and outrage at the terrorist attack on the offices of a satirical publication in Paris that left at least 12 dead. » Read More

Technologies of Freedom, Revisited

Prof. Stuart Brotman has published an article connecting the principles underlying the Institute's new Global Free Speech and the Internet Program (GFSIP) with Ithiel de Sola Pool's classic work, Technologies of Freedom. Prof. Brotman, a law professor at Harvard University, is a member of the GSIP Advisory Council chaired by former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell.  The article appears on The Brookings Institution's TechTank site. » Read More

Institute Launches Global Internet
Freedom Program

The Media Institute has announced the launch of a new initiative to help safeguard Internet freedoms around the world. The “Global Free Speech and the Internet” program will be a forceful advocate for global free speech online.  Chairing the program’s Advisory Council will be former FCC commissioner Robert M. McDowell, widely regarded as a champion of Internet freedoms. » Read More

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Issue Watch

Defiant Parisians Snap Up Copies of Latest Charlie Hebdo Issue » Read More

The Mormons, Benzhazi, and Charlie Hebdo » Read More

Former ‘Onion’ Editor: Freedom of Speech Cannot Be Killed » Read More

Paris, Sony Attacks Put Creative Freedoms Under Fire
» Read More

CNN Not Showing Charlie Hebdo Cartoons » Read More

ITU's Role as Global Convenor » Read More

Free Speech’s Shrinking Circle of Friends » Read More

North Korea and the Speech Police » Read More

Sony, ‘The Interview’ and the Unspoken Truth That All Movies Are Political » Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

‘Forbearing’ the Constitution:
Net Neutrality and the FCC

by Patrick Maines

So the latest word is that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a branch of government that, amusingly, is still referred to as an “independent” agency, is about to enact so-called net neutrality regulations under Title II of the Communications Act. » Read More

We Are Not Charlie.  We Are Weak.
by Patrick Maines

The worst aspect of the Charlie Hebdo affair is that human beings were murdered for practicing free speech.  A distant second is the way this affair, and the earlier hacking of the Sony Pictures studio, has exposed the pieties and inadequacies of so much of the media. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

Copyrighting History: The Making of ‘Selma’
by Prof. Randal C. Picker,
University of Chicago Law School

It is the season for movie awards.  Movie reviewers are checking their lists twice to see who has been naughty and nice.  And some movies are released right at the end of the year to a limited number of theaters so as to qualify them for Oscar consideration in the current cycle. » Read More

Google, Garcia, and Voltaire
by Prof. Doug Lichtman,
UCLA School of Law

Jane Ginsburg wrote earlier this month about Garcia v. Google, a controversial Ninth Circuit decision that is now pending for en banc review.  Her piece is excellent; but I have to admit that, even after reading Jane’s article, I remain baffled by the case. » Read More

Fair Use and the Faces of Transformation, Part I
by Prof. James Gibson,
University of Richmond School of Law

The recent Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation case has been the focus of three recent posts in this Intellectual Property Issues series – from me, Doug Lichtman, and Rod Smolla.  In Kienitz, the defendant changed a photograph of the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, into a stylized, high-contrast image, printed on t-shirts that mocked the mayor’s policies. » Read More

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