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I Can Use A Banana to Rob a Bank: Why We Don’t Ban Things Just Because They Can Be Misused

June 22, 2012 Innovation , Piracy , RIAA

Earlier this week, YouTube-MP3.org announced that it had received a letter from YouTube essentially asking them to shut down.  YouTube-MP3.org was a site that allowed you to strip audio from a YouTube video and save it as an MP3.  Yesterday, it came to light that CNET had received a similar request from the RIAA to remove software from its popular Download.com site that performed the same purpose.  These requests are dumb.

Software That Downloads YouTube Videos Has Many Legitimate Uses

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PK In The Know Podcast: OH/DC and iPad vs. 4G

March 23, 2012 Data Caps , Innovation

On today’s podcast we explain OH/DC: Open Source Hardware comes to DC. We also discuss problems that new iPad users are running into on 4G networks (and issue Public Knowledge has focused on for some time).

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Updates and this week’s PK In The Know Podcast: DVD Ripping, Boxee, Spectrum, and the Open Design En

February 10, 2012 Innovation , Set-Top Box , Unlicensed frequencies , White Space , Wireless

The PK in the Know podcast has been off for the past few weeks so that we could make technical changes to the back end.  This will result in a better feed, but  unfortunately it also means that the feeds have changed.  Please update your feeds by clicking here to subscribe via iTunes, and clicking here to subscribe via other readers.

But now, on to this week’s podcast!

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Let’s Get the Future of TV Right

February 6, 2012 Innovation , MVPD , Plug and Play , Set-Top Box , Video Innovation

One of the benefits of the FCC’s often-laborious process of rulemaking is that it allows new issues to be discovered and resolved. This is what has happened in the Commission’s proceeding on a seemingly-arcane issue: “encryption of the basic tier.”

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Theater Owners Shouldn’t Count on the MPAA to “Protect Jobs”

January 25, 2012 Innovation , MPAA , SOC , SOPA , Video Innovation

Former Senator Chris Dodd has been buttering the popcorn of movie theater owners since becoming Hollywood’s chief lobbyist. So it’s not surprising to see the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the MPAA commiserating together over what happened to SOPA. They’re united in the delusion that the revolt of Internet users was started and orchestrated by Google–it’s more comforting, no doubt, to paint a large corporation as the bad guy, instead of facing up to the reality of a populist revolt against your own greed and overreach.

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