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Communications Forum

David Lougee, President of Gannett Broadcasting, addresses a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on April 4.

David Lougee, President of Gannett Broadcasting, addresses a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on April 4.  
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Institute's High Court Brief Opposes Aereo

The Media Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that Aereo’s scheme for distributing broadcast content to its subscribers violates broadcasters’ rights under copyright law. » Read More

FIRE President Joins Media Institute Council

Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has joined The Media Institute's First Amendment Advisory Council, it was announced by Institute President Patrick Maines  » Read More

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Issue Watch

Justices Test Aereo on Copyright Issue » Read More

Commerce DMCA Meeting Looks To Tackle Standardized Takedowns First » Read More

Google and Viacom Settle YouTube Lawsuit » Read More

Democratic Lawmakers Want To Bring Net Neutrality
Back to Life
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Court Vacates Heart of FCC Open Internet Order
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Media & Communications Policy Blog

The WAPO/Koch Brothers/Keystone XL
Pipeline Affair

by Patrick Maines

The recent Washington Post story linking theKoch brothers to the Keystone XL Pipeline, via their leaseholds on acreage in the Alberta, Canada, tar sands, is interesting because of what was said in the piece, and because of what its critics have said about it.  But mostly it’s interesting because it’s the kind of flap whose resolution will be an early indication of the kind of editorial product Jeff Bezos wants to own….  » Read More

Global Warming and the Chilling of Free Speech
by Patrick Maines

One of the most important, if underreported, defamation cases in recent memory is being mounted by Prof. Michael Mann.  The creator of the controversial "Hockey Stick" graph, Mann is a leading figure among "global warming" scientists….  
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Net Neutrality Decision: A Welcome Development
by Patrick Maines

Tuesday's decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, striking down the FCC's so-called "net neutrality" regulations, is a welcome development….  » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

Patent Pooling and Competition:
A Return to Transaction Cost Basics

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

There is an anomaly in the IP policy discourse these days.  There is great concern about excess litigation and litigation costs.  In addition, many are concerned with the sheer numbers of patents that must be licensed to sell products in some markets....  » Read More

Cease, Desist, and Laugh
by Prof. James Gibson, 
University of Richmond School of Law

Anyone who teaches intellectual property law knows how exciting the subject matter can be for students.  They inundate professors not only with questions about the classroom material but also with news about emerging technologies, cutting-edge litigation, and legislative initiatives.... 
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Hyperlinking and Infringement:
The CJEU Decides (sort of)

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

On February 13 of this year, the Court of Justice of the European Union rendered its decision in Nils Svensson, Sten Sjögren, Madelaine Sahlman, Pia Gadd v. Retreiver Sverige AB (Case C-466/12).  The case concerned a news-clipping service, Retriever Sverige AB, which linked to and framed articles appearing on the website of the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper.... » Read More

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