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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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