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The rock star, the Christian Coalition, and NN

March 13, 2008 FCC , Filtering , Network Neutrality

Yesterday’s House Judiciary hearing (witness statements and archived video here) had a deeply political angle – what committee should have jurisdiction over network neutrality issues – but also revealed to me that:

We’re seeing the moment when Hollywood, law enforcement, and the network access providers publicly attempt to join hands in favor of monitored/monetized network access.

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Comcast’s network expert: Rep. Mary Bono Mack

February 27, 2008 Fair Use , Filtering , Network Neutrality

Recently, Comcast responded to an FCC proceeding regarding it’s alleged blocking of bittorent traffic. In its discussion of how peer to peer uses the network, Comcast didn’t refer to a standards document, a software developer or even a network engineer, instead it referred to a member of Congress. Specifically, Representative Mary Bono Mack from California.

The part Comcast quoted from Representative Bono Mack was from a speech given at the State of the Net Conference held January 30, 2008, where she said:

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Banned from Life: Why Copyright Shouldn’t Control Online Connectivity

Fair Use , Filtering , Piracy

Often enough, in discussions about issues like orphan works, we're constantly emphasizing the fact that just about everything is copyrighted. I think it's important to revisit this idea, in the context of plans around the world to have ISPs ban users from the Internet for copyright infringement. (Current efforts include proposals in France (translation here), the UK, and Australia.)

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It’s Deja Vu All Over Again for Hollywood

February 26, 2008 DRM , Fair Use , Filtering , Piracy

Over the past several years, motion picture studio lobbyists have been assuring policymakers, investors and the public that they will not make the same mistake that record companies did when the latter waited for years to make music legally available over the Internet. As a result, fans seeking music online had little alternative than to use free music services, many of which were not legal. And while online services like iTunes and Rhapsody finally did create a legal market for music, it was too late for the recording industry to put the free music genie back in the bottle.

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