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It worked for China, why not the United States?

December 15, 2011 MPAA , Piracy , Protect IP Act , SOPA

This is the question that is before Congress as it decides on what to do with the Domain Name Server filtering provisions in the Stopping Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  Public Knowledge has advocated from the beginning against this provision because it would make the Internet less secure, sacrifice our moral high ground internationally, and to top it off it will do nothing to deter Internet piracy.  So while many would experience revulsion at the idea of adopting any tool that is used in the Great Firewall of China, the proponents of SOPA and PIPA have in fact, embraced it.

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MPAA Urges Congress to Ignore Evidence in Favor of “Common Sense”

September 20, 2011 Enforcement , MPAA , Piracy

Today, the MPAA and other movie industry groups sent a letter to the Senate urging them to pass S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act. The letter attempts to handwave away real questions about the bill’s effects on security and free speech with some awfully weak arguments embedded within its refrains of “piracy is a problem” and “we are a big industry.”

No one contests that movies are a big industry, or that there’s a lot of infringement on the Internet. But those aren’t the questions before Congress. The question really is whether S. 968 does any net good. And from here, it certainly doesn’t look like it.

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PK In the Know Podcast

August 26, 2011 BART , DMCA , Fair Use , Piracy , TXTSMS

On today’s podcast, we discuss Fox’s efforts to increase piracy, BART shutting down cell phone service, the Understanding 9/11 project, and the MP3Tunes decision.  Then we talk about how three artists – Rana Santacruz, April Smith, and Mates of State – are finding new ways to reach out to fans.

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Open WiFi and Copyright Liability: The Law, and Also Some Perspectives on Negligence

August 19, 2011 Enforcement , Piracy , Three Strikes , Wi-Fi

Torrentfreak recently ran a fascinating pair of opinion pieces from two lawyers regarding whether or not someone could be liable for copyright infringement if someone else used their open WiFi connection. One attorney, Nicholas Ranallo, walks through the established law of direct and secondary copyright liability, and comes to the conclusion that generally, no, you’re not liable for someone else’s infringements using your connection. The other attorney, Marc Randazza, doesn’t discuss copyright liability, but instead starts drawing out hypotheticals about the law of negligence.

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PK In the Know Podcast

July 29, 2011 Competition , Innovation , Piracy , TV Everywhere

On today’s podcast we mark a TWiT.tv milestone, discuss Fox pulling content from Hulu, and consider Ars Technica making money selling free content.  We also chat with Paul Geller of Grooveshark about why Grooveshark decided to engage with policymakers here in Washington, DC.

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