Posts by Shiva Stella

Senate Leaves Consumers Vulnerable in Rush to Destroy Americans’ Online Privacy

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Today, the United States Senate voted to pass a joint resolution dismantling online privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Privacy Order by way of the Congressional Review Act. This bill not only terminates the FCC’s privacy rules but also prevents the agency from creating similar privacy protections in the future.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals FilmOn Decision

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court that had found that FilmOn (formerly known as “Aereokiller”), an online video service, can use the same copyright compulsory licenses as traditional cable TV services. Public Knowledge supported FilmOn's legal position in this case and is disappointed by the outcome.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Improve Broadband Availability & Affordability

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Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ranking Member Michael Doyle (R-IL), and full Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) urging Congress to take steps to close the digital divide by promoting investments in broadband deployment and competitive, affordable broadband choices for consumers.

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Public Knowledge Responds to NYC Complaint Alleging Verizon Breached Deployment Promise

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Yesterday, New York City filed a complaint alleging that Verizon breached its 2008 franchise agreement with the city. Reports indicate the city claims Verizon “has failed to make its service available to at least ‘tens of thousands’ of prospective customers and has refused to accept service requests from many others.”

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Public Knowledge Opposes FCC’s Stay of Data Security Regulation from Privacy Rules

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued a stay of the data security regulation developed in last year’s broadband privacy rules. Public Knowledge maintains that Americans have a right to online privacy and should have control over their own data, from what gets collected to how that information is used.

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Sen. Markey Joins Public Interest Groups in Opposition to Congressional Plan to Kill Online Privacy

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Today, Public Knowledge joined Senator Edward J. Markey and representatives from four other public interest groups to speak in opposition to Congressional plans to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn privacy rules enacted by the Federal Communications Commission last fall.

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Public Knowledge Files Reply Comments in FCC’s Video Diversity Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

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Today, Public Knowledge filed reply comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing the availability of diverse and independent video programming. The Commission is specifically seeking input on ways that large pay TV companies can harm diverse and independent programmers and hold back emerging competition from new video devices.

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Public Knowledge Launches Copyright Educational Video Based on Frozen’s “Let it Go”

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Today, Public Knowledge proudly released its new copyright educational video entitled, “Let Them Go.” The video is a parody of the well-known Disney song “Let It Go,” with revised lyrics that educate viewers on important topics in copyright, namely copyright term extension, intermediary liability, and fair use. Clips throughout the video also illustrate numerous fair uses and other adaptations of “Let It Go.”

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Public Knowledge Welcomes YODA Bill to Restore Ownership Rights in our Digital Devices

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Today, Representatives Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced the You Own Devices Act (YODA), a bill that prevents copyrights in embedded software from being used to restrict consumers’ resale and repair of their own devices. Public Knowledge advocates for a fair copyright system that enables Americans to own the digital products they pay for.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Defending Consumer Privacy in $2.2 Million Vizio Lawsuit

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Today, Vizio Inc. settled a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office over the company’s unauthorized collection of consumer viewing data gathered from 11 million Vizio smart TVs. The company agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle the charges.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Deal Rural Broadband Act of 2017

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Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rick Nolan (D-MN) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced a bill that would authorize $20 billion for new broadband infrastructure targeting rural communities. The bill, “The New Deal Rural Broadband Act of 2017,” would also make it easier for small communities to obtain grants and loans for broadband infrastructure. Additionally, it would create a new Tribal Broadband Assistance Program to help provide high-speed internet access for tribal communities.

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Public Knowledge Joins Groups in Letter Urging Congress to Protect Consumer Privacy

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Today, Public Knowledge joins a coalition of more than 15 consumer advocacy, civil rights and privacy groups in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY). The groups urge Congress to oppose the use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to adopt a Resolution of Disapproval overturning the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 broadband privacy order.

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Public Knowledge Files Video Diversity Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Comments

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Today, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing the availability of diverse and independent video programming. The Commission is specifically seeking input on ways that large pay TV companies can harm diverse and independent programmers and hold back emerging competition from new video devices.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC Chairman Pai to End Cable Box Ripoff

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Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai requesting that he close the docket on the set-top box proceeding.

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Public Knowledge Urges New FCC Chairman to Embrace Competition, Consumer Protection

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Today, Ajit Pai announced that President Trump has selected him to lead the Federal Communications Commission. Chairman Pai has a record of promising to undo the agency’s landmark 2015 net neutrality rules as well as targeting consumer privacy while refusing to stand against consolidation among telecommunications and media giants.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Rep. Mick Mulvaney Nomination for OMB Director

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Today, Public Knowledge joins a coalition of consumer, labor, small business, and environmental groups in a letter opposing the nomination of Representative Mick Mulvaney as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The letter was delivered to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs as well as the Senate Committee on Budget.

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Gus Rossi Joins Public Knowledge to Bolster International Advocacy Efforts for Digital Rights

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Public Knowledge announces a new hire to grow our telecommunications, copyright and internet policy advocacy. Gus Rossi joins Public Knowledge as Director of Global Policy to spearhead the organization’s international advocacy efforts and Open Internet education for Latin America.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Block Anti-consumer Bills Targeting Digital Rights

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Today, Public Knowledge joins six public interest groups in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) urging Congress to oppose three bills targeting consumer protections in the digital age.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Rep. Doyle’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Appointment

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Today, Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) was appointed as Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in the 115th Congress. Public Knowledge commends Rep. Doyle for his continued support of net neutrality and consumer protections.

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Public Knowledge Joins Group Letter Urging Congress to Vote Against Midnight Rules Relief Act

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Today, Public Knowledge joins 44 public interest groups in a letter to the United States House of Representatives arguing against the adoption of the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017. This bill would amend the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to allow disapproval of all regulations reported in the final year of a presidential term, jeopardizing public protections.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Industry Effort to Exploit Routine FCC Regulatory Review

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Today, Public Knowledge submitted reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Biennial Review of Telecommunications Regulations. Congress requires the FCC to conduct a biennial review to determine if the agency’s recent telecommunications regulations “are no longer necessary in the public interest” due to “meaningful economic competition” between telecommunications service providers.

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Public Knowledge Launches Third Edition of Online Spanish Open Internet Course for Digital Rights

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Today, Public Knowledge launches a call for applications for the 2017 class of the online Open Internet Course. The free Spanish-language course will train digital rights activists in Latin America to strategically advocate for Open Internet policies from a human rights perspective.

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Public Knowledge: FCC Chairman Wheeler A Champion of Consumers and Competition

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Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his resignation from the agency effective January 20, 2017. In his three years at the FCC, Tom Wheeler pushed to transform every aspect of the FCC’s jurisdiction to serve the public and the public interest.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicles Proposal

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Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a proposal mandating vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology on all new light-duty vehicles. This V2V technology would require automobile manufacturers selling cars in the United States to use dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), a technology which poses cybersecurity and privacy risks yet to be addressed by any government agency.

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Public Knowledge Responds to House Judiciary Committee’s Copyright Office Proposal

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) announced a proposal to reform the United States Copyright Office. The Committee has requested written comments on its proposal by January 31, 2017 and cautions that it only “marks a starting point for further discussion.”

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Public Knowledge Joins Groups Announcing Principles to Guide President-elect Trump’s Tech Policies

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Today, 17 public interest groups released principles for President-elect Trump and the new administration to adhere to in developing technology policies that support freedom of speech and equality of opportunity. The signers include a diverse group of leading technology policy, media advocates, and community organizing groups.

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Public Knowledge President to Testify on AT&T/Time Warner Merger

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Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights this Wednesday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Examining the Competitive Impact of the AT&T-Time Warner Transaction” will argue that this vertical merger poses significant consumer harms by restraining competition and violating consumer privacy.

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DOJ Suit Against AT&T-Owned DirecTV Raises Red Flags in AT&T/Time Warner Merger

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Today, the Department of Justice filed suit against DirecTV, which is now owned by AT&T, alleging that DirecTV engaged in illegal collusive behavior with other pay-TV providers prior to the AT&T/DirecTV merger. AT&T is named as one of the pay-TV providers DirecTV colluded with. AT&T recently announced that it will attempt to acquire Time Warner.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC for Protecting Consumer Privacy Online

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to pass broadband privacy rules that protect consumer data online. Public Knowledge commends the FCC for taking drastic steps to provide broadband customers with the tools they need to make informed decisions about the use and sharing of their information by broadband providers.

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FCC Reaches $48m Settlement With T-Mobile Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Plans

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced that T-Mobile will pay a fine and provide benefits to consumers totaling at least $48 million as part of a settlement regarding whether the company adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for its “unlimited” data plan subscribers. The FCC’s 2010 Open Internet rules, which require broadband providers to give accurate and sufficient information to consumers about their internet services.

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Media Alert: Senator Markey Will Address FCC Privacy Proposal in Press Call on Thursday

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In a press call at 12:00pm EST this Thursday, consumer advocates and public interest organizations from across the country will explain how the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rule on broadband privacy would protect consumers and their families from aggressive data collection practices conducted by Internet Service Providers.

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PK Joins 75 Groups in FCC Letter to Protect the Internet, Online Privacy and Video Choice

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Today, Public Knowledge joins 75 public interest and civil rights groups in a letter urging the Federal Communications Commision to protect the internet and video marketplace by acting on three proceedings: the set-top box rulemaking, the broadband privacy rulemaking, and the zero-rating investigation.

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FCC Fines Comcast $2.3 Million in Largest Civil Penalty for Erroneous Charges

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau ordered Comcast Corporation to pay $2.3 million to “resolve an investigation into whether the company wrongfully charged cable TV customers for [unauthorized] services and equipment.” The fine marks the largest civil penalty levied by the FCC against a cable provider. Reports of subscribers paying bills for services, set-top boxes, or DVRs that they did not ask for -- and in some cases that they affirmatively said they did not want -- should be unthinkable, yet continues to happen anyway.

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FCC Chairman Wheeler Proposes Broadband Privacy Upgrade For America

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Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated proposed rules that would -- for the first time -- prevent broadband providers from tracking the online behavior of subscribers without their express permission. The proposed rules update the 2012 general privacy framework developed by the Federal Trade Commission, and adapt the framework to protect the confidentiality of browser history, application history and other ways in which broadband providers gain windows into the private lives of their subscribers. The rules would also, for the first time, impose clear requirements for broadband carriers to protect subscriber personal information and require carriers to notify subscribers impacted by a data breach.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC’s Call for Strong Patent Litigation Reform

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Today, the Federal Trade Commission issued its widely anticipated Section 6(b) study on patent assertion entities. In the report, the FTC calls for broad reforms to patent litigation practices, including addressing discovery cost burdens, requiring greater information disclosure on the part of patent assertion entities, streamlining multiple cases with similar issues, and demanding clearer notice of patent infringement theories.

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Public Knowledge Responds to 21st Century Privacy Coalition Statement on Consumer Data

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Today, The 21st Century Privacy Coalition -- which represents the largest cable and telecommunications companies -- addressed the Federal Communications Commission’s recent efforts to protect online consumer data during a press briefing. The 21st Century Privacy Coalition, while supporting the general distinction made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) between “sensitive” and “non-sensitive” data, advocated for classifying broad categories such as “browsing history,” which generally contains sensitive information, as “non-sensitive.”

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC’s Video Diversity Proposal

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, if followed up with new rules, would benefit TV viewers by giving them increased access to diverse and independent programming. Public Knowledge applauds the Commission for taking another step toward freeing consumers and programmers from the anti-competitive grip of pay TV giants.

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New VIDEO: Public Knowledge Calls on FCC to Help Consumers Unlock the Box and Save Money

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Today, Public Knowledge launches a new video indicating the Federal Communications Commission could help consumers save $231 a year and stop big cable from squeezing them out of $20 billion in set-top box profits annually. 84 percent of consumers say cable prices are too high, and the FCC’s #UnlockTheBox proposal offers them real relief.

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Public Knowledge Joins Public Interest Groups Urging House to Reject REVIEW Act

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Today, Public Knowledge joins other public interest, labor and civil rights groups in a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives strongly opposing H.R. 3438, the Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists Act (“REVIEW Act”). If enacted, the REVIEW Act would require federal agencies to postpone the effective date of new regulations, with a potential economic impact of $1 billion, until the completion of any judicial review.

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Public Knowledge Calls for Appeal of Misguided Consent Decree Decision

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Last Friday, the federal district court overseeing the BMI consent decree rejected the Department of Justice’s interpretation, holding that it did not prohibit so-called “fractional licensing.” In an opinion with little meaningful analysis, the court dismissed DOJ’s reading of the plain language of the consent decree, calling the consent decree language merely “descriptive.”

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Public Knowledge Applauds Eshoo for Legislation Empowering Local Community Broadband Services

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Today, Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Community Broadband Act of 2016 to preserve the right of local communities to provide community-owned broadband service. The bill follows a ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in August striking down a Federal Communications Commission Order preempting state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee restricting service from community broadband providers.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Chairman Wheeler’s Set-top Box Proposal

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Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that he is circulating a set-top box proposal to the other four FCC commissioners detailing a plan that would require most pay-TV companies (cable and satellite companies, as well as telco providers like Verizon FiOS) to allow consumers to access their TV subscriptions on the device of their choice, without the need to use a rented set-top box. The approach would require pay-TV companies to make apps available to consumers on the devices that they use, and to ensure that the apps were competitive, open, and allow consumer devices to offer compelling features like universal search.

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Public Knowledge Launches Report on Systemic Bias at the U.S. Copyright Office

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Today we’re releasing our newest report, “Captured: Systemic Bias at the U.S. Copyright Office.” This report examines the role of industry capture and the revolving door between the content industry and the Copyright Office, and the implications that capture has had on the policies the Office embraces. In the report, we investigate how the Copyright Office.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Battle

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Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Williams v. Gaye, the “Blurred Lines” case, before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This brief argues that creative works build upon other creative works, and thus copyright law should not limit creativity by expanding over non-copyrightable elements in those works.

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Consumer Groups Tell FCC Wireless Car Technology Unsafe and Violates Privacy

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Today, Public Knowledge and six consumer groups filed comments telling the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the wireless technology the auto industry will begin to deploy next month makes automobiles more vulnerable to cyberattacks, violates consumer privacy, and commercializes spectrum intended for public safety. In addition, Public Knowledge and 18 consumer groups filed a letter generally supporting the need for a non-commercial condition, and adequate privacy and cybersecurity protections.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes DoJ Decision on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

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Today, the Department of Justice concluded its review of the antitrust consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI, the two largest music performance rights organizations (PROs) in the United States. After two years of extensive public comment and analysis, the Department has determined it would be inappropriate to amend the consent decrees in ways that would enable music publishers to take greater advantage of their market dominance in negotiating licenses. Additionally, it has clarified licensing practices that came to light during its review. Public Knowledge has advocated for the Department to adopt these positions throughout the review and welcomes the decision.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Copyright Office Attack on Set-top Box Competition

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Today, the United States Copyright Office sent a letter to Congress claiming that the Federal Communications Commission’s set-top box proposal “could interfere with copyright owners’ rights to license their works, and [could] restrict their ability to impose ... conditions on the use of those works.” Public Knowledge finds that the Copyright Office has relied on factual inaccuracies and a deeply flawed legal analysis to challenge the FCC’s efforts to protect consumers and competition in the set-top box market.

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Public Knowledge Supports Consumer Choice in FilmOn Case

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Yesterday, Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus brief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that online cable services like FilmOn qualify for the same statutory copyright licenses as traditional cable systems. This license allows qualifying services to carry broadcast programming, provided they are otherwise complying with Federal Communications Commission rules. Public Knowledge rejects the idea that traditional pay-TV should receive special treatment denied to online video services.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Rep. DeFazio’s Letter on Dedicated Short-Range Communications

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Last week, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), House Transportation Committee ranking member, sent a letter to both the Federal Communications Commission’s Chairman Tom Wheeler and the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx targeting the dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) technology now being deployed in some cars.

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Professors Warn Library of Congress of Copyright Office Overreach on Unlocking the Box

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Last Friday, five intellectual property law professors sent a letter to the acting Librarian of Congress, David S. Mao, to share their view that the Copyright Office’s developing stance on the Federal Communications Commission’s set-top box proposal runs counter Supreme Court rulings on copyright monopoly limits, specifically Sony v. Universal. Public Knowledge agrees that any arguments against “unlocking the box” based on copyright holder prerogatives are simply misinterpretations.

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Protect Consumer Innovators from Copyright Overreach, Public Knowledge Tells Supreme Court

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Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined nine other organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court case Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands. The case, which will likely be argued this fall, is on the question of whether stripe patterns in cheerleading uniforms is subject to copyright protection.

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Years of Copyright Office Failures in DMCA Exemption Process Result in Major Legal Challenge

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Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed suit against the Copyright Office and the Department of Justice, challenging the government’s enforcement of the technological controls imposed under Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Under this statute, the Librarian of Congress is charged with reviewing and granting exemptions when necessary to protect legitimate innovation, free expression, and other public interests. Among its other claims, EFF alleges that the Copyright Office -- which conducts this review on behalf of the Librarian -- has mismanaged the process and repeatedly failed to grant valid exemptions, in violation of the First Amendment and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC for Providing Spectrum for 5G Wireless Technology

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to open up substantial amounts of spectrum for unlicensed use, including Wi-Fi and next-generation wireless technologies such as 5G. Public Knowledge commends the FCC for working to make sure that our future wireless networks reflect the values of universal access, competition, consumer protection and public safety.

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Media Alert: PK Hosting Press Briefing on the Future of America’s Network: An Upgrade for Everyone

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Public Knowledge will host a press briefing Tuesday, July 12 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss two items on the Federal Communications Commission’s July 14 Open Meeting agenda: 5G wireless networks -- the new spectrum frontier -- and a technology transition framework as carriers phase out the legacy telephone network. Both pieces of network infrastructure are interconnected and depend on each other to function, making them critical for the development of next-generation communications services.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Hillary Clinton’s Tech Policy Agenda Supporting Consumer Values

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Today, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton released her Initiative on Technology and Innovation, a document outlining the candidate’s tech policy agenda for her administration. Public Knowledge commends Secretary Clinton for her commitment to net neutrality, support of broadband and 5G deployment, pledge to expand the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program to broadband, and balanced copyright approach. Public Knowledge also remains encouraged by Secretary Clinton’s support of spectrum sharing and a federally funded “civic Internet-of-Things”.

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President Issues Executive Order on Global Entrepreneurship to Promote Affordable Internet Access

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Today, President Obama issued an Executive Order on global entrepreneurship, detailing the administration’s goals “designed to connect American and foreign entrepreneurs with the Federal Government and promote entrepreneurship across the United States and around the world.” The Executive Order also establishes that the Global Connect Initiative will focus on encouraging foreign countries to prioritize internet connectivity and digital literacy programs in developing nations.

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FCC Confirms Technology Transition Item on July Open Meeting Agenda

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Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission confirmed the agency’s July 14 Open Meeting agenda, including an item on the phone network’s technology transition. This digital or “IP” transition involves all carriers transitioning the phone network from copper lines to fiber cables. Public Knowledge, which has long spearheaded efforts to ensure this massive phone network upgrade remains an upgrade for all Americans, commends the FCC on its progress.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Supreme Court Decision Affirming Patent Office

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Today, the Supreme Court announced its decision in the case Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, affirming the United States Patent and Trademark Office over two challenges to the agency's post-grant procedure for reviewing patents, called inter partes review. Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the USPTO in this case.

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Public Knowledge Rejects Senate Appropriations Funding Bill Stalling FCC’s Set-Top Box Proposal

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Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. The bill includes appropriations for the Federal Communications Commission of approximately $341 million, below the President’s requested amount, and also requires the FCC to complete an impact study of its set-top box proposal before voting to increase video device competition for consumers.

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D.C. Circuit Affirms FCC’s Open Internet Rules, Protects Net Neutrality for Consumers

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Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its opinion reviewing the Federal Communications Commission’s February 2015 decision to reclassify wireline and wireless broadband access service as a "Telecommunications Service" and to use the authority of Title II of the Communications Act to impose network neutrality rules. Public Knowledge supports an Open Internet, which is the idea that no Internet Service Provider should be able to block or throttle your connection to control your online experience.

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Public Knowledge Rejects House Appropriations Funding Bill Penalizing FCC for Open Internet Order

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Today, the House Appropriations Committee marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. The bill includes appropriations for the Federal Communications Commission of approximately $315 million -- $69 million less than the agency received in 2016 and $43 million below the requested amount.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes the NTIA’s Decision to Advance the IANA Transition

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Today, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a report assessing the state of the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the global multistakeholder community. The NTIA’s detailed, 200-page report offers a thoughtful recommendation to approve and advance the IANA transition on its scheduled date: September 30, 2016. It also offers next steps for the completion of this process, as well as suggestions for improvements post-transition.

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Public Knowledge Defends Consumer Privacy in Set-top Box Data Complaint to FCC, FTC

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Today, Public Knowledge filed a privacy complaint regarding set-top box customer data to both the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission. The FCC complaint asserts that cable and satellite providers fail to adequately obtain customer consent to use customer data, while the FTC complaint argues that the industry’s use of customer data without appropriate disclosures and without opt-in consent amounts to an “unfair and deceptive” practice in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

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Public Interest Groups Urge Supreme Court to Fix Unbalanced Design Patent Damages Law

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Today, Public Knowledge joined four other organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in the Samsung v. Apple case. The case concerns a recent federal appellate court decision in the Apple-Samsung smartphone patent litigation. The Supreme Court will review that appellate court's holding that an infringer of a design patent must pay all profits made on the infringing product.

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge Hosting Press Call on Protecting Consumer Privacy Online

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Public Knowledge will host a press briefing Wednesday, June 8 at noon ET featuring public interest privacy experts who support the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to broaden privacy protections online. Broadband providers enjoy a comprehensive view of consumer data, and may be tempted to use it in anticompetitive ways or violate a customer’s privacy. This proposal marks a significant step forward in the FCC’s commitment to follow its congressional mandate by extending the same protections offered to telephone service subscribers to broadband customers.

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Public Knowledge Defends Public Interest in Next-Gen TV Comments to FCC

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Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined the Open Technology Institute at New America and Common Cause in filing comments with the Federal Communications Commission defending the public interest in next-generation TV technologies, specifically the ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast standard. Public Knowledge encourages the FCC to maintain and strengthen the public interest obligations that local broadcasters must meet as part of their role as trustees of the public airwaves, as the agency and broadcasting industry move forward on the next generation of broadcast technology.

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