Posts by Lucy Wolf
Each week we’ve focused on one of Public Knowledge’s five
fundamentals for the PSTN transition to an all-IP (Internet Protocol) phone
network. We believe that the principles of service
to all Americans, interconnection
and competition between carriers, consumer
protection, network reliability, and public safety are needed to guide the
technological upgrade while keeping the necessities we’ve all come to expect
from the phone network.
Today, let’s talk about one of the most basic principles of
the phone upgrade: the network still has to function reliably.
Continuing our explanation of Public
Knowledge’s Five Fundamentals to guide the phone network upgrade to an
IP-based system, this week we’ll elaborate on the third principle: protecting
While New York Fashion Week marches on, let’s take a moment
to look at where the future of the fashion industry should and shouldn’t go.
Should: Into the world of 3D printing.
Shouldn’t: Into the world of harsher copyright protection.
Over the weekend, the
3D printing group Shapeways kicked off
Fashion Week with the unveiling of a collaboratively designed 3D printed gown.
The metallic creation, modeled by Dita Von Teese and designed by Francis Bitoni
and Michael Schmidt (of Lady Gaga’s famous bubble dress), exhibited printing
technology that suggests a fashion forward future of extraordinary creativity from
within the industry.
That is, if Congress doesn’t pass a law applying copyright
protection to clothing designs.
Vampires and vampire slayers, specifically Edward and Buffy,
can be found at the center of a fair use fight that encapsulates so much of
what is wrong with the DMCA takedown process.
Three years ago, blogger and “pop culture hacker” Jonathan
McIntosh uploaded to YouTube his mash-up video Edward v. Buffy, a
social commentary that excerpts clips from both Twilight and Buffy the Vampire
Slayer. Because his video uses clips to
create a completely new work that stands on its own, it is protected by
copyright and is legally “fair use”.
In mid-November, Public Knowledge, CTIA- The Wireless
Association, and Silicon Flatirons Center hosted a conference on spectrum policy,
titled Looking Back to Look Forward: The Next Ten Years of Spectrum Policy. The
room was packed with upwards of 200 people there to debate the future of spectrum.
The year 2012 marks a pivotal time in the conversation on spectrum,
as the midway point in the Obama Administration that began the FCC’s National
Broadband Plan, the 10-year anniversary of the FCC Spectrum Policy Task Force
Report, and a hundred years since the 1912 Radio Act. The conference heard from
FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Robert McDowell, as well as many
others on the history, reform, and what lies ahead for spectrum policy.
Watch the videos below
Last week Public Knowledge and the Open Internet Coalition
submitted an “intervenor’s brief” in support of the open internet rules in Verizon v. FCC. Along with our brief, other allied parties including Columbia Law
Professor Tim Wu, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and several former
FCC commissioners offered “friend of the court” briefs, or “amicus briefs,” in
favor of the FCC.
Verizon claims it has the First Amendment right to edit,
prioritize, or block its customers’ access to the internet. Verizon’s First
Amendment argument plays an interesting role in the case, to which each
responded in the following three briefs.
Tim Wu’s Amicus Brief