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Jonathan Sallet, general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, discusses viewpoint diversity and the public interest at a Communications Forum luncheon at the Willard Hotel in Washington on May 24.

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Jonathan Sallet, general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, discusses viewpoint diversity and the public interest at a Communications Forum luncheon at the Willard Hotel in Washington on May 24. » Read Speech

Chris Moeser Joins Institute Board

Chris Moeser of TEGNA Inc. has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute. Moeser serves as Associate General Counsel of TEGNA, based in McLean, Va. Moeser joined TEGNA in July 2015 after working as a First Amendment attorney for 12 years in Phoenix. » Read More

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Issue Watch

Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules » Read More

Redskins Ask Supreme Court To Review Trademark Case » Read More

Senate To Look at Network Neutrality Rule » Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

The Overblown Backlash Against
Peter Thiel for Destroying Gawker

by Patrick Maines

The news that pro wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker has been financed by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel has sparked many opinions, some of them erroneous, some duplicitous, and some deeply shameful…. In 2007, Valleywag, a now-defunct blog site then owned by Gawker Media, outed Thiel, against his express wishes, as a homosexual. » Read More

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

Losing Credit: Legal Reponses to Social Media Platforms’ Stripping of Copyright Management Metadata from Photographs
by Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg,
Columbia University School of Law

Photographers, graphic designers, and photo agencies have expressed dismay over the systematic stripping of copyright management information (CMI), including author identification, from images uploaded to social media platforms. » Read More

Being Interviewed Shouldn’t Yield Automatic
Ownership Right in Author’s Finished Work

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

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, in a decision by Judge Leigh Martin May, recently issued an order allowing a copyright infringement case brought on behalf of 54 Sudanese refuges against the makers of the film “The Good Lie.” The 2014 film, which starred Reese Witherspoon, depicts the struggle of survivors of militia attacks in Darfur attempting to make their way to the United States. » Read More

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