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Jonathan Sallet, general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, discusses viewpoint diversity and the public interest at a Communications Forum luncheon at the Willard Hotel in Washington on May 24.

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Jonathan Sallet, general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, discusses viewpoint diversity and the public interest at a Communications Forum luncheon at the Willard Hotel in Washington on May 24. » Read Speech

Institute Files Court Brief Supporting Apple

The Media Institute has filed an amicus brief in a California federal district court, saying that the FBI’s attempt to order Apple, Inc. to write code to “unlock” the contents of an iPhone amounts to compelled speech under the First Amendment, and therefore must meet the standard of strict scrutiny.
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Issue Watch

Redskins Ask Supreme Court To Review Trademark Case » Read More

Senate To Look at Network Neutrality Rule » Read More

FSF Paper: Copyrights Are Natural Rights » Read More

Supreme Court Won't Review Google Mass Digitization
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Study: TV Is Dominant News Source » Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

The Civil War Within Conservative Media
by Patrick Maines

Though it’s not been well analyzed by mainstream reporters, the so-called conservative media have been split down the middle by the Donald Trump phenomenon. Outlets like the Drudge Report, Breitbart, and the Washington Times have been in loud and consistent support, while National Review, The Weekly Standard, and Commentary (the last two the leading journals of neoconservatism) have been in full-throated opposition. » Read More

Netflix, Self Interest, and Net Neutrality
by Patrick Maines

The recent announcement by Netflix that it has been reducing the video quality of its programs on mobile networks for years – something the new net neutrality rules prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from doing – has sparked a firestorm by opponents of net neutrality regulations. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

Being Interviewed Shouldn’t Yield Automatic
Ownership Right in Author’s Finished Work

by Dean Rodney A. Smolla,
Delaware Law School, Widener University

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, in a decision by Judge Leigh Martin May, recently issued an order allowing a copyright infringement case brought on behalf of 54 Sudanese refuges against the makers of the film “The Good Lie.” The 2014 film, which starred Reese Witherspoon, depicts the struggle of survivors of militia attacks in Darfur attempting to make their way to the United States. » Read More

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