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Media Institute Chairman Dick Wiley (center) moderates a panel discussion on “What’s Ahead for Communications in the Next Congress” at the Willard Hotel Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6. Panelists included (from left) David Quinalty and John Branscome of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, and Kelsey Guyselman and David Goldman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Media Institute Chairman Dick Wiley (center) moderates a panel discussion on “What’s Ahead for Communications in the Next Congress” at the Willard Hotel Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6. Panelists included (from left) David Quinalty and John Branscome of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, and Kelsey Guyselman and David Goldman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. » Read More

Grimaldi, Hoffman Join Institute Board

David Grimaldi of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and Adonis Hoffman of Business in the Public Interest have been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute. Trustee Mike Regan will chair the Board’s Executive Committee.
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Issue Watch

Obama Renominates Former FCC Commissioner
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Media & Communications Policy

Donald Trump and the Future of the
Mainstream Media

by Patrick Maines

The presidential election has lit a fuse on discussions about the present and future of the mainstream media (MSM). Opinions are hot and heavy, and predictable for the most part according to the political mindset of the commenter.

Some people, for instance, attribute Trump’s win to the media’s extensive coverage of him during the primaries, while others see the influence of so-called “fake news” as a factor. People of these and kindred opinions tend not to see, or acknowledge, any significance in the election results for the future of the MSM.

Other people think that Trump won precisely because he characterized the media as being part of the “corrupt establishment,” with Michael Wolff, for instance, writing in the Hollywood Reporter that the election was not between the Republican and Democratic parties but between the Trump Party and the Media Party. As Wolff puts it, “The media turned itself into the opposition and, accordingly, was voted down.” Many such people, Wolff excluded, tend to see (indeed, hope for) a dismal future for the mainstream media. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

‘Courts Have Twisted Themselves Into Knots’:
U.S. Copyright Protection for Applied Art

by Jane C. Ginsburg,
Columbia University School of Law

United States copyright law explicitly enumerates “pictorial, graphic or sculptural works” [henceforth “PGS works”] among the subject matter of copyright. These include “works of artistic craftsmanship,”…. » Read More

IP Law and the Capacity To Take a Joke
by Dean Rodney A. Smolla,
Delaware Law School, Widener University

Louis Vuitton can’t take a joke. That was the view of Judge Jesse Furman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in a decision earlier this year involving a trademark and copyright infringement action brought by Louis Vuitton against My Other Bag, Inc.
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