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Announcing the Winner of the Public Knowledge “Copyright School” Video Challenge!

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Help Support #killswitch, the Definitive Documentary on Net Neutrality

The good folks at Akorn Entertainment have spent the last few months hard at work on #killswitch, a documentary film that will tackle issues like net neutrality and media consolidation in an attempt to examine how increased control and centralization of communications networks could undermine the internet’s ability to serve as a platform for democracy. I’m set to appear in the film, alongside PK board member Susan Crawford and a number of prominent activists, authors and academics, including Robert McChesney and EFF’s Jillian York. Watch the trailer above and if you like what you see, head over to Kickstarter to help support the film and reap some great rewards in the process.

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Announcing the Public Knowledge “Copyright School” Video Challenge!

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Watch: PK’s Gigi Sohn and Mehan Jayasuriya on Free Speech TV



We just got back from the National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) in Boston, an excellent, three-day event organized by our friends at Free Press. While at the conference, both Gigi and I were interviewed live on the air by Free Speech TV. Watch archived videos of each of those interviews above and see more live reporting from NCMR here.

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Three Reasons Why Google’s Censorship of “Piracy-Related Terms” is a Terrible Idea

Earlier today, word spread that Google, presumably bowing to pressure from Hollywood and the recording industry, had begun blocking certain “piracy-related terms” from its autocomplete search feature. As it turns out, the terms in question are “BitTorrent,” “Rapidshare” and “Megaupload”. There are plenty of reasons why this is a terrible idea but for brevity’s sake, I will limit myself to three:

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