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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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Public Interest and Library Groups ask for Broadcast Flag Hearings

October 6, 2005 Broadcast Flag , News & Analysis , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Today a group of nine public-interest and library groups asked congressional leaders to conduct hearings and examine the complex issues surrounding the "broadcast flag." The flag is a part of the over-the-air digital TV signal that controls whether a viewer may record a program, or otherwise store or use it.

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Congress Should Slow Broadcast Flag Consideration, Consumer Groups Say

September 19, 2005 Broadcast Flag , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Three leading consumer groups, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and Public Knowledge, advised Congress not use budget or appropriations legislation to give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) permission to impose content controls on digital television.

In a Sept. 19 letter to Capitol Hill, the groups said: "We are concerned that Congress may choose to rush into law an authorization for the broadcast-flag scheme without fully considering both the consumer impact of the scheme and the fact that the scheme will require giving the federal government an unprecedented degree of control over digital economy." The letter was sent to the leadership of both chambers, as well as to members of both Appropriations, Budget and Commerce committees.

The letter noted that Congress should take the time to consider more closely the "potential pitfalls" of a broadcast flag scheme and the control it would give to the FCC over technology, the harm to educators. The letter added that the broadcast flag scheme would be "superfluous in light of the content-protection tools the content industry now has."

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Public Knowledge Statement on Draft Telecommunications Legislation

September 15, 2005 Network Neutrality , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-Tex.) today released a comprehensive draft of telecommunications legislation.

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

"Chairman Barton has circulated a very thoughtful draft that is correctly focused on the future of our telecommunications network. While we are still studying the 77-page document, we are pleased to see many the pro-competitive features of the draft. We were very pleased to see that Chairman Barton recognized the need for preserving the model of an open broadband network by codifying the duty of broadband providers to allow subscribers to have access to the services, equipment and applications they need without interference from network providers and by requiring the interconnection of traffic.

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Consumer Groups Criticize Recording Industry’s New Attempt at Content Controls

September 12, 2005 Broadcast Flag , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: As the motion picture industry is trying to persuade lawmakers to resurrect the Federal Communications Commission's "broadcast flag" content controls for digital TV, the recording industry is circulating on Capitol Hill a resolution and "fact sheet" on digital radio calling on Congress to include as well content controls for digital radio. (See below for copies of these documents.) The FCC's TV broadcast flag scheme was overturned by the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia.

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Public Knowledge Presents Second IP3 Awards to Hale, Maguire, and Reed

September 8, 2005 IP3 , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn announced that PK's 2005 IP3 awards will be presented to Victoria Hale, founder of the Institute for One World Health, which uses donated intellectual property to produce low-cost medicines for the developing world; Gregory Maguire, author of "Wicked" and other novels; and David P. Reed, one of the pioneering computer scientists whose work led to the development of the architecture of the Internet.

Awards are given to individuals who over the past year (or over the course of their careers) who have advanced the public interest in one of the three areas of "IP" – Intellectual Property, Information Policy and the Internet Protocol. The awards will be presented Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.

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Public Knowledge Statement Regarding MGM v Grokster

June 27, 2005

The following statement is from Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, on the Grokster decision today:

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Public Knowledge Statement Regarding NCTA v BrandX Internet

June 27, 2005 Broadband , Press Release

For Immediate Release

The following statement is from Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, on the NCTA v BrandX Internet decision today:

The Court's decision today in the Brand X case raises the question of whether Congress, in tackling its next revision of the Telecommunications Act, should act to ensure that communications, content, and applications are allowed to pass freely over the Internet's broadband pipes. We believe Congress should do so, because 'net neutrality' is a worthy goal that not only will promote free speech and creativity on the Internet, but also will benefit those who provide broadband connectivity by making that connectivity more valuable.

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Public Knowledge Supports ‘Hard Date’ for Return of Digital TV Spectrum

June 15, 2005 DTV , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Public Knowledge, the Washington D.C.-based advocacy group, told senior legislators that Congress should set a deadline for having broadcasters return spectrum now being used for "analog" television broadcasts.

In a letter sent to the leaders of the House and Senate Commerce Committees, and the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn wrote that, "Completing the transition to digital television is vitally important for the economic and social well being of this country."

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