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Filmmaker Tells Senate How Orphan Works Issues Hinder Creativity

April 6, 2006 News & Analysis , Orphan Works , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Uncertainties surrounding the use of orphan works are hurting the ability of filmmakers to tell their stories, Columbia University Journalism Professor June Cross told a Senate subcommittee this afternoon.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Defeat of Markey Net Neutrality Amendment

April 5, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

The House Telecom Subcommittee today defeated an amendment to draft legislation that would have created an enforceable Net Neutrality policy. Here is the statement from Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn:

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Public Knowledge Statement on Draft Telecom Legislation

March 27, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

Background: Earlier today, the staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee released draft telecommunications legislation.

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Finds Verizon Programming Complaint ‘Curious’

March 21, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

Background: Verizon has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission to gain access to programming provided by Cablevision and its Rainbow Media Holdings subsidiary. The following statement is attributable to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Filmmakers, Public Knowledge, Ask Orphan Works Policy Changes

March 15, 2006 News & Analysis , Orphan Works , Press Release

Documentary and independent filmmakers require further protections in their use of orphan works than were recommended by the U.S. Copyright Office, according to a statement filed today with the House Judiciary Committee by eight groups representing documentary and other independent filmmakers, and the public-interest group Public Knowledge.

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Public Knowledge Asks Cap on ‘Orphan Works’ Damages

March 8, 2006 News & Analysis , Orphan Works , Press Release

Background: The House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property today held an oversight hearing on the "Orphan Works" report issued in January by the U.S. Copyright Office.

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn said today that Congress should provide for a fixed amount of damages to compensate artists who use what they believed to be orphan works in their work. Orphan works are works whose author can't be located. However, if an author eventually comes forward, then some compensation would be due.

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Public Knowledge Statement on AT&T Merger with BellSouth

March 5, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

The following statement is attributable to Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public The following statement is attributable to Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge:

"The merger of AT&T and BellSouth makes it imperative that the principles of Net Neutrality be included in any merger approval from government agencies and in any telecommunications legislation passed by Congress.

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Public Knowledge Endorses Wyden Net Neutrality Legislation

March 2, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

Background: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced the "Internet Non-Discrimination Act of 2006" to preserve the Net Neutrality principle of the Internet.

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn said the Wyden legislation "will preserve the open character of the Internet by preventing network operators from discriminating in favor of content, applications and services in which they have a financial interest."

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Public Knowledge Endorses Bills to Promote New Wireless Broadband

February 23, 2006 Broadband , News & Analysis , Press Release

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn today commended the sponsors of two new bills that would bring more competition in the broadband market through the use of wireless technology.

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Public Knowledge Senate Testimony Links National Video Franchise with Net Neutrality

February 14, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, today endorsed allowing telephone companies to offer video programming under a "national franchise," if Congress also enacts a policy requiring "net neutrality."

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