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Communications Forum

Peter Karanjia (far left) of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP leads a Communications Forum luncheon panel at the Willard Hotel in Washington on Nov. 17.  Discussing the government's enforcement efforts in cyber security were (from left) Travis LeBlanc, FCC; Jessica Rich, FTC; Debbie Matties, CTIA; and Prof. Christopher Yoo, Penn Law.

Panel on Privacy and Cyber Security

Peter Karanjia (far left) of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP leads a Communications Forum luncheon panel at the Willard Hotel in Washington on Nov. 17. Discussing the government's enforcement efforts in cyber security were (from left) Travis LeBlanc, FCC; Jessica Rich, FTC; Debbie Matties, CTIA; and Prof. Christopher Yoo, Penn Law.

Institute Opposes Compulsory License for FilmOnX

The Media Institute filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit demonstrating that FilmOnX (Aereokiller) should not be treated as a cable system and thus should not be entitled to a compulsory license under Section 111 of the Copyright Act. The brief was written by Rodney A. Smolla, Dean of the Delaware Law School at Widener University. » Read Brief

Advisory Council Member Receives Award

Professor Stuart Brotman, a member of the Institute's Global Internet Freedom Advisory Council, will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship Award from the Broadcast Education Association. Professor Brotman will receive the award at the BEA annual convention in Las Vegas in April. He is the author of The Net Vitality Index, published by The Media Institute in 2015. » Read More

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Issue Watch

NAB: FCC Can't Force Online Play of TV Content
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Obama in SOTU: We've Protected an Open Internet
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McDowell: Broadband Rate Bill Needs Tightening
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First Amendment Ruling for Rock Band Trademark
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Media & Communications Policy Blog

Title II Places Global Internet Freedom in Jeopardy
by Robert M. McDowell, Guest Blogger

In February, the Federal Communications Commission reversed decades of bipartisan consensus on America’s foreign policy for the Internet when it adopted new “open Internet” rules. These sweeping new regulations undermine America’s ability to resist increased government control of the Internet internationally…. » Read More

The Shrinking Impact of Mainstream Media
by Patrick Maines

Can there be any further doubt that we have now come to a time when the rightward half of the country perceives much of the mainstream media (the broadcast networks, big city newspapers, etc.) to be carriers of Democratic and/or left-leaning news and opinion? » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

‘Security Failure Fair Use Analysis’
by Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg,
Columbia University School of Law

The 1980s brought us market failure fair use analysis. Will the 20-teens bring us security failure fair use analysis, particularly in cases of mass digitization? … In security failure fair use analysis, the failure leads to the opposite outcome (no fair use), but the two kinds of failure may play similar roles.
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In re Tam: Federal Circuit Vindicates
First Amendment Principles

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

As I and other contributors to IP Viewpoints have written in numerous essays over the last year, two fascinating cases have been wending their way through the federal courts testing whether the federal government may deny or cancel trademark registration to racially or ethnically disparaging trademarks, as authorized by Sec. 2(a) of the Lanham Act. » Read More

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