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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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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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