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Public Knowledge Files Comments Urging DOJ to Maintain Consent Decrees Overseeing ASCAP, BMI

August 9, 2019 ASCAP , BMI , Consent Decrees , DOJ , Music Licensing

Today, Public Knowledge filed comments urging the Department of Justice to maintain its consent decrees that allow the agency to oversee how The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) operate. ASCAP and BMI are two Performing Rights Organizations, or PROs, which offer “blanket licenses” that allow services, businesses, and others to publicly perform the works of the PROs’ member songwriters. In light of the current state of the law in the music marketplace, Public Knowledge encourages the DOJ to keep its consent decrees in place.

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Public Knowledge Responds to White House Proposal to Require FTC, FCC to Monitor Speech on Social Media

digital platforms , FCC , Free Speech , FTC , Section 230

Today, reports surfaced that the Trump Administration is drafting an Executive Order that would require the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to monitor speech on social media platforms. Reports indicate that the draft order calls for the FCC to develop new regulations detailing how and when the law shields social media companies when they remove content from their platforms. Public Knowledge finds this Administration’s potential abandonment of free speech and agency independence alarming.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Hyp3r Scraping Instagram User Data Without Consent

August 8, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , digital platforms , Hyp3r , Instagram

Today, reports surfaced that a Facebook third-party marketing partner, Hyp3r, collected public Instagram user data that was intended to disappear after 24 hours over the course of a year. This data includes records of Instagram users’ geolocation, personal bios, followers, metadata, and photos.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Sen. Klobuchar for Bill Enhancing FTC, DOJ Antitrust Fines

August 2, 2019 Competition Policy , DOJ , FTC

Recently, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the “Monopolization Deterrence Act of 2019.” The bill would enable the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to seek civil monetary penalties against individuals and corporations that engage in anticompetitive behavior such as favoring their own services over a competitor’s service.

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Public Knowledge Responds to FCC Vote to Preempt Local Regulation of Broadband

August 1, 2019 cable franchising , Copyright , FCC

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Third Report and Order to enforce cable franchising laws by preempting state and local authorities. Public Knowledge finds the FCC’s move to prevent states from regulating broadband — a service the agency refuses to regulate itself — both baffling as policy and defective as a matter of law.

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