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Senator Cantwell’s Net Neutrality Bill: Clear, Simple, and Effective

January 25, 2011 Filtering , Network Neutrality

Today, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced the Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 to the Senate. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) cosponsored. The bill is a model of clarity, because it starts from a simple premise: What’s best for consumers, and what will best protect the open and democratic character of the Internet? The bill answers that question, by setting up short, simple, no-loopholes rules of the road that ensure that the companies that control the onramps to the Internet don’t get to extend that control and begin determining the shape of commerce and speech online.

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PK In the Know Podcast

October 15, 2010 Filtering , IP3 , Music

In this week’s podcast, we talk about the Library of Congress report on how copyright law is hindering the preservation of sound recordings, automatic filters announced by Canon and Apple, PK’s own IP3 awards, and have an interview with Eric Graham of Cellular South discussing the most important story that nobody knows.

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Court Tosses $1B Sought by Viacom from YouTube

June 23, 2010 DMCA , Filtering , Safe Harbor

A decision from a federal district court in New York today affirmed that online hosts shouldn’t have to pay if their users are infringing. The opinion, issued by Judge Louis Stanton of the Southern District of New York, found on summary judgment that Google and YouTube qualified for the safe harbors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. By acting to take down infringing postings when it was notified of them, YouTube was able to meet the standards of the law, despite the fact that Viacom complained that YouTube generally knew that infringing works were on the site.

 

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A Teachable Moment From Viacom’s “Coulton-gate”

June 9, 2010 ACTA , Enforcement , Filtering , Three Strikes

Video bloggers VLOG Brothers posted this entry about SpikeTV, a subsidiary of Viacom, violating musician Jonathan Coulton‘s Creative Commons License for one of his songs (I’ve included the video blog below). Briefly, Coulton has released a video of his song Flickr under a Creative Commons license allowing noncommercial use and requiring attribution. SpikeTV grabbed the video and played commercials before it and associated with while playing.

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LimeWire Liable for Inducement, Vicarious Copyright Infringement

May 12, 2010 Enforcement , Filtering , P2P , Piracy , RIAA

Today, a federal district court in New York found LimeWire liable for inducing copyright infringement and vicarious copyright infringement. The court’s decision, at least on those aspects of the case, may not be terribly surprising, given the precedent set in earlier cases like Grokster, Aimster, and Napster. But a few details of the court’s ruling deserve further mention.

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