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Communications Forum

Leading a Communications Forum luncheon panel on global Internet freedom is former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell (left).  Panelists at the Jan. 21 event in Washington included (left to right) Michael Regan of 21st Century Fox, Jackie Ruff of Verizon, and Prof. Christopher Yoo of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Leading a Communications Forum luncheon panel on global Internet freedom is former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell (left).  Panelists at the Jan. 21 event in Washington included (left to right) Michael Regan of 21st Century Fox, Jackie Ruff of Verizon, and Prof. Christopher Yoo of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. » Read More

Statement on FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Institute President Patrick Maines issued the following statement following the FCC’s vote to adopt Title II net neutrality regulations on Feb. 26: “Today’s vote by the FCC, promoted by people and organizations with political, ideological, and/or commercial interests, will one day be reversed, either by the courts, or Congress, or both. It can’t happen soon enough.” » Read More

Institute Urges Supreme Court
To Hear Copyright Case

The Media Institute has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to grant a petition to review an errant expansion of the fair use doctrine that is gaining traction among lower courts and eroding the rights of photographers. The Institute filed a brief in Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC. » Read More

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Issue Watch

'Net Neutrality' Myths » Read More

Opinion: The FCC’s Net Neutrality Victory Is Anything But
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Thoughts on Today's FCC Net Neutrality Ruling
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Divided FCC Votes To Reclassify ISPs Under Title II
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Republicans Not Giving Up on Net Neutrality » Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

What Changed the FCC Chairman’s Mind?
by Patrick Maines

On the occasion last week of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s passage of “net neutrality” regulations, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Commission, announced that it was “the proudest day of my public policy life.” It’s not known whether that statement is a reflection of how little Wheeler feels he’s accomplished in life, or an embarrassing attempt to take credit for something that was forced on him. » Read More

Who’s Behind the Push for Net Neutrality?
by Patrick Maines

If “net neutrality” were a life form, it would be classified as a simple organism. And that lack of complexity, as it happens, is its very appeal to certain “progressives,” garden-variety regulators and large Internet companies, who see in government regulation of the Internet opportunities to cement and extend their franchises. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

The Invention of the Software Patent
by Prof. Randal C. Picker,
University of Chicago Law School

Software patents are extraordinarily controversial. In 2011, the White House was asked through its online petition set-up to direct the patent office to cease issuing software patents.  The White House declined, noting that Congress was in charge of the general scope of patent eligibility. » Read More

Authors’ Rights Under
the ‘Next Great Copyright Act’

by Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg,
Columbia University School of Law

When our nation’s Founders were heading to the Continental Congress, Abigail Adams entreated husband John to “remember the Ladies.”  We know what became of that plea.  So, as the prospect of “the next great copyright act” sparks Copyright Office and PTO studies, congressional hearings, and interest-group advocacy, a sentiment of hopeful skepticism underlies my exhortation to “remember the authors.”
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Looking Backward: Historical Patent
Pools and Contemporary Policy

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

Patent pools have captured the attention of lawyers, economists, and historians for a long time.  For many, they represent a dangerous solution to the transaction costs associated with clearing and licensing many patents. The danger arises because…. » Read More

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