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Legal scholar Prof. Rod Smolla gave an engaging, interactive presentation on the First Amendment privileges surrounding publication of a terrorist recruiting video and of leaked information about a covert military operation at a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on Oct. 21. Above, he 'swears in' the crowd to serve as 'justices' before presenting both sides of the hypothetical Supreme Court case.

Legal scholar Prof. Rod Smolla gave an engaging, interactive presentation on the First Amendment privileges surrounding publication of a terrorist recruiting video and of leaked information about a covert military operation at a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on Oct. 21. Above, he "swears in" the crowd to serve as "justices" before presenting both sides of the hypothetical Supreme Court case.  » Read More

2014 Free Speech Week Begins

Free Speech Week (FSW) kicks off Monday, Oct. 20, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 26.  Media organizations, schools, universities, and community groups throughout the nation will conduct events to celebrate the importance of free speech and the First Amendment.  Free Speech Week is a non-partisan, week-long commemorative event, now in its tenth year….
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Institute Announces 2014 Awardees

The Media Institute will bestow awards on Senator Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Gannett President and CEO Gracia Martore at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Nov. 18 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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‘Free Speech Everyday’ Photo Contest Opens

A photo contest aimed at amateur enthusiasts will offer photographers new chances to express their creativity as part of this year’s Free Speech Week (FSW). The “Free Speech Everyday” photo contest opens Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 12. The panel of judges will include several Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers. » Read More

Media Institute Showcases Original Artwork
For Free Speech Week Celebration

Adding to the vitality of this year’s Free Speech Week (FSW) will be a series of original artwork created by noted artist Everett Spruill, founder and director of The Everett Spruill Foundation for the Arts in Orlando, Fla. Spruill has created a series of 10 original designs for his new “Freedom of Speech” mixed-media series. » Read More

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Issue Watch

FCC: Title II, Wireless Net Regs Definitely on Table
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GAO Outlines Broadcast/Wireless Ad Battle Over Spectrum » Read More

Judiciary Debates Net Neutrality » Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

Free Speech Week: Not a Moment Too Soon
by Patrick Maines

With two and a half months still to go, 2014 has been one of the toughest years on record for freedom of speech in the USA. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

Little Steps From Ground Zero:
Software Patents After CLS Bank

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

The Software Freedom Law Center said that, in its opinion in CLS Bank v. Alice, the Supreme Court “took one more step towards the abolition of patents on software inventions….” Software patents are in the dock, awaiting sentencing. Many predict a swift execution. » Read More

Fair Use, Leval, and Easterbrook
by Prof. Doug Lichtman,
UCLA School of Law

Nearly 25 years ago, Judge Pierre Leval published what would become an enormously influential article on copyright’s fair use doctrine.  The Leval article emphasized that an unauthorized use of copyrighted materials is more likely to be a fair use if it is “transformative”… » Read More

Appropriation Art and the
Smile of the Cheshire Cat

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

I have previously written in IP Viewpoints about “appropriation art” in the context of the Cariou v. Prince litigation, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that artist Richard Prince’s “appropriation” of the copyrighted photographs of Patrick Cariou were sufficiently transformative to constitute fair use by Prince. » Read More

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