Posts by Lucy Wolf

Five Fundamentals for the Phone Network, Part 4: Network Reliability

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.

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Fashion Week Reminds Us That Clothing Shouldn’t Be Copyrighted

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.

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The Takedown Process is Broken. One Example: Vampires

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”.

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Spectrum Conference Recap: Videos and Audio

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


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Amicus Briefs Counter Verizon’s First Amendment Argument in Verizon v. FCC

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

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