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Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, discusses digital security and regulatory threats to Internet freedom at a Communications Forum luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on April 13.

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Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, discusses digital security and regulatory threats to Internet freedom at a Communications Forum luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on April 13. » 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

Storytelling, the First Amendment,
and Right of Publicity

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

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently decided a major right-of-publicity case with important implications for creative works based on real events.  The case, arising from the film “The Hurt Locker,” was Sarver v. Chartier. » Read More

Improv, Sketch, and Copyright
by Prof. Randal C. Picker,
University of Chicago Law School

For roughly the last two years, I have been taking improv classes, first at Chicago’s legendary Second City and more recently at iO (equally well-known in the comedy community but probably less well-known to the general public). I will sound as if I have joined a cult if you get me to talk about improv, but I will just say that it is an activity with many virtues (I describe it, at its core, as pure creativity plus listening practice and we can always do with better listeners). » Read More

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