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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

Net Neutrality Forces Slam FCC Draft Proposal
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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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Media & Communications Policy Blog

Net Neutrality: Fast Lanes
and the Usual Suspects

by Patrick Maines

You can sometimes judge the quality of a thing by those who oppose it.  In the case of FCC Chairman Wheeler’s plan to allow the sale of “fast lanes” by Internet service providers, we have the usual suspects….  » Read More

Political Correctness Takes a Turn for the Worse
by Patrick Maines

It’s widely understood that “political correctness” can be employed as a speech-killing device.  But it’s only been in recent times that we’ve been able to witness the full range of its lethality….  » Read More

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

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Intellectual Property Issues

Swatch Group's Copyright:
Still Too Thin To Bear Weight

by Prof. Rodney A. Smolla, 
Duke University School of Law 

In September 2012, I reported on a fascinating copyright infringement lawsuit arising from undercover, surreptitious, and deceitful newsgathering by the Bloomberg financial service, which had violated the rules of engagement in an earnings call by the Swatch Group, and sold the intelligence it had gathered to Bloomberg’s subscribers.… Fast forward to 2014.... » Read More

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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