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Government Edicts Doctrine Can Be Grounded in First Amendment

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org.  The brief concurred with the Eleventh Circuit that Georgia cannot copyright its official code, and by extension, the annotations to that code.  The brief argued that the government edicts doctrine at issue [...]

By |2019-10-18T17:42:51-04:00October 16th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Government Edicts Doctrine Can Be Grounded in First Amendment

FCC Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-16-19 With the dissenting vote of Democrat Geoffrey Starks joining that of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel earlier in the day, the FCC has now voted 3-2 to approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. The Republican majority had voted earlier to approve, giving the deal the necessary votes, but the Democrats had [...]

By |2019-10-17T16:55:45-04:00October 16th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

FCC’s Starks: Diverse Speech is Key Element of Free Speech

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-8-19 FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks says only when the FCC and the nation does more to diversify media voices can broadcasting be said to uphold its responsibilities to the First Amendment and a free press. That was the gist of his speech at The Media Institute's annual Free [...]

By |2019-10-08T13:53:56-04:00October 8th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC’s Starks: Diverse Speech is Key Element of Free Speech

Massachusetts Wiretapping Statute Collides With First Amendment

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Martin v. Rollins.  The brief argued that the First Amendment protects the right to gather and publish news on matters of public interest – including the activities of government officials [...]

By |2019-10-18T17:05:50-04:00October 4th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Massachusetts Wiretapping Statute Collides With First Amendment

Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. and Caroline Beasley To Receive Media Institute Awards at Oct. 7 Gala in Washington

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks To Deliver Keynote Address FOR RELEASE: October 4, 2019 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., October 4, 2019 – The Media Institute will bestow awards on Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, and Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group, LLC, at [...]

By |2019-10-04T11:51:44-04:00October 4th, 2019|Press Releases|Comments Off on Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. and Caroline Beasley To Receive Media Institute Awards at Oct. 7 Gala in Washington

Supreme Court Urged To Provide Live Audio Access to Oral Argument

Participated in a letter (with the Reporters Committee and other news media organizations) sent to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.  The letter requested that the Court provide live audio access to oral argument in a number of upcoming cases regarding nondiscrimination and the DACA immigration plan, citing strong nationwide interest [...]

By |2019-10-18T17:43:29-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Supreme Court Urged To Provide Live Audio Access to Oral Argument

U.S. Seeks Access to Facebook Encrypted Messaging

By Anick Jesdanun, AP, washingtonpost.com, 10-3-19 U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses so-called end-to-end encryption, which locks up messages so that [...]

By |2019-10-04T15:35:53-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on U.S. Seeks Access to Facebook Encrypted Messaging

Reporters Must Be Protected From Excessive Defamation Liability

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the New York Appellate Division, First Department, in Rainbow v. WPIX.  The case involved a media outlet that misidentified a public school teacher accused of bullying.  The teacher, Starlight Rainbow, appealed after the trial court ruled in favor of the [...]

By |2019-10-18T17:02:01-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Reporters Must Be Protected From Excessive Defamation Liability

Federal Court Upholds Most of FCC Internet Dereg

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-1-19 In a victory for ISPs, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has unanimously upheld most of the Republican-led FCC's deregulation of Internet access in the 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) order. The court said the FCC was reasonable in reclassifying [...]

By |2019-10-01T17:09:23-04:00October 1st, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Federal Court Upholds Most of FCC Internet Dereg

Third Circuit Overturns FCC’s Ownership Dereg Order

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 9-23-19 Washington was abuzz Monday (Sept. 23) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the FCC's most recent effort to deregulate broadcast ownership, which the FCC under various, usually Republican, chairs, has been trying to do for most of the past two decades.  The [...]

By |2019-09-24T12:58:11-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Third Circuit Overturns FCC’s Ownership Dereg Order