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The Two Sides of Intellectual Ventures

September 19, 2013

…community, and stakeholders feel otherwise. As Mike Masnick said while summing up an article by Jeff Roberts from GigaOm, “Intellectual Ventures’ entire business is focused on screwing over innovators by…

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As Broadcasters “Threaten” to Shut Down, They’re Not Getting the Reaction They Were Looking For

April 10, 2013

Mike Masnick’s reaction was typical of the tech-literate crowds I run in. He writes, No networks are stupid enough to shut down over this, and if they are, good riddance….

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Senate Commerce Committee to FCC, “The Game is Changing. Are We Keeping Up?”

March 14, 2013 , ,

…Consumer Choice Act legislation, which she co-authored with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).  PK agrees with Sen. Klobuchar’s comments that the recent Library of Congress decision…

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No One’s “Signed Away” the Right to Unlock Cell Phones

March 14, 2013 , , ,

Mike Masnick at Techdirt characterizes this (at least in the article’s title) as the US “signing away” its ability to enact a more permanent exemption for phone unlocking. But that’s…

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The Increasing Importance of Digital Fair Use: Reaction to the HathiTrust Decision

October 11, 2012 ,

…copyrighted works into for-pay events. But that’s exactly what would happen were it not for the flexibility of fair use. Mike Madison has a post detailing how, increasingly, judges and…

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The Failed Case For New ‘Piracy’ Laws

April 25, 2012

…broader population. Study after study has found that the effects of “piracy” are vastly overstated.  Mike Masnick found that consumer spending is shifting out of movies into other parts of…

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If Data Caps Lack Clarity, Then Data Hogs = Flying Pigs

February 15, 2012 , , ,

…lot less exciting. Alleged Data Hog #1: John Cozen.  Data usage = 2.1 GB.         Alleged Data Hog #2: Mike Trang.  Data usage = 2.3 GB. This small sample set shows…

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Mr. Sherman’s Magical Thinking

February 10, 2012 , ,

…setting the record straight for those who weren’t hip deep in this from the beginning. In addition to PK’s Ernesto Falcon’s response, Ars Technica’s Nate Anderson and TechDirt’s Mike Masnick…

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Can AT&T Really Walk Away From The FCC While Keeping The T-Mobile Deal Alive?

November 25, 2011 , , , ,

…to AT&T “without prejudice” is rather similar. To quote Craig Moffett: “the fat lady hasn’t started singing yet, but she’s holding the mike and the band is about to play.”…

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Why Shutting Down Cell Service Is Not Just Against The Law, It’s a Really Bad Idea

August 23, 2011 , , ,

…is not about tweets and Facebook and other Title I/information services. Shut off a cell phone node and you are messing with a phone system. Which brings me to the…

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