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Public Knowledge Praises Passage of Patent Bill

September 7, 2007 Patent , Press Release

For immediate release.

The House this afternoon passed HR 1908, the Patent Reform Act by a 220-175 vote. The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Consumer Groups Back House Patent Bill

September 7, 2007 Patent , Press Release

For immediate release September 4, 2007

Consumer Groups Back House Patent Bill

Five leading consumer groups have told the House leadership they support wide-ranging patent legislation that is currently scheduled to be taken up by the full House later this week.

In a letter sent Aug. 31, Consumer Federation of America, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Knowledge Ecology International, Public Knowledge and U.S. Public Interest Research Group said the legislation "takes a significant first step towards improving patent quality and reducing the costs and uncertainties of litigation." The bill, HR 1908, is sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property.

The groups said the patent approval process will benefit from provisions in the bill that

  • allow for more comprehensive reviews of patent applications, before and after approval;

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Consumer Groups Back Senate Patent Bill

September 6, 2007 Patent , Press Release

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Six leading consumer groups have told the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee that they support wide-ranging patent legislation currently under consideration. The Committee approved the bill on July 19, 2007.

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Public Knowledge Calls DoJ Filing on Net Neutrality “At Odds With Reality”

September 6, 2007 Network Neutrality , Press Release

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Background: The Justice Department today filed papers with the Federal Communications Commission opposing Net Neutrality.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

"It is at odds with reality for a Justice Department that approved the largest telecommunications merger in history with a mere press release to now claim that market forces and antitrust enforcement will be able to protect the free and open Internet.

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Public Knowledge Calls AT&T Censoring of Pearl Jam ‘Appalling’

August 8, 2007 Network Neutrality , Press Release

Background: The rock band Pearl Jam has posted on its Web site an account of a recent Webcast concert being censored by AT&T, which carried the event. The full description is here

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

"It is nothing short of appalling that AT&T should take it upon itself to censor a Webcast because it didn't like the content of lyrics being sung by a band.

"This incident goes beyond AT&T's explanation that the blocking of lyrics was due to an overzealous 'content monitor.'

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Public Knowledge Calls AT&T Censoring of Pearl Jam ‘Appalling’

August 8, 2007 Broadband , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: The rock band Pearl Jam has posted on its Web site an account of a recent Webcast concert being censored by AT&T, which carried the event. The full description is here: http://pearljam.com/news/index.php?what=News#195

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Applauds CCIA Complaint On Copyright Warnings

August 1, 2007 Fair Use , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: The Computer and Communications Industry Association today filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that major sports leagues and publishers have misled consumers by misrepresenting their rights through deceptive and threatening statements. More information on the complaint is available here.

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

"CCIA should be congratulated for asking the FTC to investigate what is obviously an unfair trade practice by any number of sports leagues, publishers and others. By defining the public's fair use rights in their own interest, the leagues, publishers and studios have misled consumers about their rights under the law. The FTC should take up this complaint and make certain consumers are able to exercise their rights under the law.

"The seemingly innocuous announcements during broadcasts, on DVDs and in books are simply another attempt to exercise control over material. The announcements are part of a campaign of fear waged against consumers by threatening heavy penalties for supposed misuse of music, video or text. The problem is that not all uses of copyright material have to be authorized and not all unauthorized uses are illegal. The CCIA complaint recognizes this, and we hope the FTC will as well."

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Public Knowledge Calls FCC Actions ‘Split Decision’ For Consumers

August 1, 2007 Press Release , Spectrum Reform

For Immediate Release July 31, 2007

Background: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this morning approved rules for the auction of spectrum now held by TV broadcasters in what is known as the "700 MHz band." Public interest groups and Internet companies had urged that the Commission adopt a four-part "open access" program that would allow consumers to run any applications and use any devices they chose; would make spectrum available on to innovators on a wholesale basis; and would require interconnection for new services to existing networks. The FCC decided to apply a very limited "open access" policy to one-third of the spectrum available for auction.

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Calls FCC Actions ‘Split Decision’ For Consumers

July 31, 2007 Broadband , Press Release , Spectrum Reform

For Immediate Release

Background: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this morning approved rules for the auction of spectrum now held by TV broadcasters in what is known as the "700 MHz band." Public interest groups and Internet companies had urged that the Commission adopt a four-part "open access" program that would allow consumers to run any applications and use any devices they chose; would make spectrum available on to innovators on a wholesale basis; and would require interconnection for new services to existing networks. The FCC decided to apply a very limited "open access" policy to one-third of the spectrum available for auction.

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Commends Senate Panel for Adopting Broadband Data Bill

July 19, 2007 Broadband , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation this afternoon approved legislation (S 1492), sponsored by Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) that would require the Federal Communications Commission to change the way information is collected about the deployment of high-speed Internet services.

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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