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Public Knowledge Finds Net Neutrality Necessary

February 6, 2006 Broadband , Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

Public Knowledge said today that the U.S. economy and society would benefit more from continuing today's open Internet than from having network operators exercise greater control.

In a 58-page paper, "Good Fences Make Bad Broadband: Preserving the Internet Through Net Neutrality," Public Knowledge said, "In short, open broadband networks are vitally important to our society, our future economic growth, our high-tech manufacturing sector, and our First Amendment rights to information free of censorship and control. Even if an openness policy imposes some slight burden on network operators, these microeconomic concerns pale in comparison to the macroeconomic benefits of maintaining an open Internet to the society and the economy at large."

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Public Knowledge Praises Orphan Works Report, Wants More Certainty

February 1, 2006 News & Analysis , Orphan Works , Press Release

Background: The U.S. Copyright Office late Tues. released its report analyzing the status of so-called "orphan works," works whose author can't be located. The report is located here: http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/. Background on the issue is on our web site here: https://www.publicknowledge.org/issues/ow.

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn today praised the U.S. Copyright Office for its report on orphan works, but said one of the key recommendations to Congress still falls short.

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Public Knowledge Asks Congress Not To Enact ‘Broadcast Flag’ Controls

January 23, 2006 Analog Hole , Broadcast Flag , News & Analysis , Press Release

Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, urged Congress not to limit consumer choice or hamper innovation by enacting legislation allowing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement content controls on digital TV and radio.

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Public Knowledge Praises Copyright Office Notice on Orphan Works

November 27, 2005 Orphan Works , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: The U.S. Copyright Office published in the Jan. 26 Federal Register a notice asking for comment whether a solution is needed to deal with "orphan works" — works for which the copyright owner cannot be located. The Copyright Office said in its notice that: "…the public interest may be harmed when works cannot be made available to the public due to uncertainty over its copyright ownership and status, even when there is no longer any living person or legal entity claiming ownership of the copyright or the owner no longer has any objection to such use." The Office noted that given the high cost pursuing orphan works means that scholars and small publishers don't use the works, "even where there is no one who would object to the use." The full Notice is at:
http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2005/70fr3739.html.

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Public Knowledge Says Congress Should ‘Revitalize Fair Use for the Digital Age’

November 15, 2005 Fair Use , News & Analysis , Press Release

Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, today called on Congress to "revitalize fair use for the digital age." Testifying at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, Sohn said that the U.S. copyright system has traditionally relied on a balance so that creators of works get a limited monopoly on their works and individuals get "limited, but important use of copyrighted works without having to ask permission of the copyright holder."

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Public Knowledge Statement on Justice Department Proposals

November 10, 2005

For Immediate Release

Background: Today, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales proposed a new legislative package to deal with copyright infringement. The following statement is attributed to Public Knowledge:

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Telecom Subcommittee Hearing ‘Early Step in Long Process,’ Public Knowledge Says

November 8, 2005 Network Neutrality , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: On Wednesday, the House Telecommunications Subcommittee will conduct a hearing on a comprehensive staff draft of legislation to rewrite the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The following statement is attributed to Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn:

"With this hearing, the Subcommittee has started a major initiative toward rewriting the 1996 Telecom Act. We should bear in mind that this hearing is only an early step in a long process. The Subcommittee should be applauded for beginning the effort to bring our telecommunications laws into the 21st century. While the staff draft is appropriately balancing many goals, Public Knowledge believes the balance should be tilted more in favor of consumers and competition.

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Public Knowledge Warns of ‘Federal Copyright Commission’

November 3, 2005 Broadcast Flag , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn today that draft legislation to give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority to control the distribution of digital content would unwisely expand the FCC's power, thwart technological innovation and hurt consumers.

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Public Knowledge Statement on House Commerce Committee Action

October 26, 2005 Broadcast Flag , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: Today, the House Commerce Committee declined to consider an amendment to digital television legislation that would authorize the FCC to institute a broadcast flag regime. The following is the statement of Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn:

"Public Knowledge is pleased that the House Commerce Committee did not take up broadcast content controls in the course of its consideration of digital TV (DTV) budget legislation. We appreciate Chairman Barton's leadership and his recognition of the very complex nature involved in imposing technological mandates not only on broadcast digital television but also on digital radio.

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Public Knowledge Calls Publishers’ Suit Against Google ‘Unfortunate’

October 19, 2005

For Immediate Release

Background: Today, the Association of American Publishers sued Google, saying that the Google Print project to digitize books would violate copyright. The following is the statement of Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn:

"The publishers' suit against Google is truly unfortunate and short-sighted. Those who produce books should be heartened to see a project that has as its goal the legal distribution of knowledge and insight. The publishers also stand to gain increased exposure for their books. Instead, they are taking to court a program that would only fully digitize public-domain work and would give readers only a glimpse of copyrighted material. That Google project falls squarely within the boundaries of fair use, and the publishers should recognize that."

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