Items tagged "Litigation"

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No, California Net Neutrality Law Did Not “Nail” Veterans — Carriers Are Using Vets as Pawns

April 9, 2021 California , Data Caps , Litigation , Net Neutrality , Zero Rating

This is a lightly edited version of a blog post published on Harold’s personal blog, “Tales from the Sausage Factory,” on WetMachine.com. In any cliche villain scene, there’s a bad guy threatening to hurt someone else — an innocent bystander, perhaps — unless the protagonist does what the bad guy wants. Although no one would […]

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Supreme Court Gives Competition a Booster Shot in Landmark Fair Use Decision

April 6, 2021 API , Competition , Copyright , Fair Use , Google , Google v Oracle , Litigation , Oracle , Oracle v. Google , Supreme Court

I’m happy about the Supreme Court’s 6-2 decision in Google v. Oracle, affirming that Google’s reimplementation of the Java API for Android was a fair use and thus not copyright infringement. Google and Oracle’s competitions can breathe a sigh of relief, since a result that went the other way could have seriously inhibited the ability […]

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Public Knowledge Opposes FCC Media Ownership Repeal in Supreme Court Amicus Brief

December 23, 2020 amicus brief , FCC , Litigation , Media Consolidation , Media Diversity , Media Ownership , Prometheus Radio Project , Spectrum

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Prometheus Radio Project and other opponents of the Federal Communication Commission’s 2017 Order eliminating most of the broadcast ownership rules.

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Maine Court Decision Rules in Favor of State’s Law, Victory for Online Privacy

July 7, 2020 Broadband Privacy , Consumer Privacy , FCC , Litigation , Net Neutrality , Online Privacy , Privacy , State Legislation

Today, Judge Lance Walker in the U.S. District Court of Maine rejected arguments from ISPs that the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, and Congress’s disapproval of FCC broadband privacy rules, preempt states from asserting authority over broadband

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Maine Was Sued for Trying to Modernize Privacy Laws

June 8, 2020 Broadband Privacy , Consumer Privacy , Data Protection , Legislation , Litigation , Privacy

There are very few actions as immediately and obviously intrusive as having your mail read. No matter your age or place — or how much you still use physical mail — the right to private communications is an established social norm. Whether I send a letter, text, or email, I expect no one but the […]

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Breaking Down and Taking Down Trump’s Latest Proposed Executive Order Spanking Social Media

June 4, 2020 Content Moderation , Disinformation , FCC , First Amendment , Free Expression , Freedom of Expression , FTC , Legal Analysis , Litigation , misinformation , Net Neutrality , Platform Regulation , Section 230

Bashing social media for supposed liberal bias has become pretty standard fare for some conservative pundits and politicians. This remains true despite zero evidence of any kind of bias by social media companies against conservative content or Republican politicians. In fairness, Democratic political leaders have made similar accusations. For example, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has […]

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U.S. v. Sabre Decision Is Wrong About Platform Markets

April 9, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , Department of Justice , Litigation

I’m very concerned about yesterday’s decision in U.S. v. Sabre, the antitrust case examining the merger of Sabre and Farelogix, two airline ticket software companies. Aside from the consolidation of the airline ticket software industry, the decision includes a really troubling interpretation of the already problematic American Express decision from 2018, potentially making it more […]

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Legal Analysis: The Risk of Appealing the T-Mobile/Sprint Court Decision

March 27, 2020 Legal Analysis , Litigation , Mergers , Sprint/T-Mobile

Last month, Judge Victor Marrero of the District Court of the Southern District of New York issued a decision allowing the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile to proceed, rejecting a suit brought by a coalition of state Attorneys General. This decision is deeply disappointing—Public Knowledge and other groups fought hard to stop the merger, […]

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Public Knowledge Finds CASE Act Falls Short

September 11, 2019 CASE Act , Copyright , Copyright Office , Legislation , Litigation , Small Claims

Last night, the House Judiciary Committee marked up Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ (D-NY) bill, “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019,” (H.R. 2426), to establish a new Copyright Claim Board within the United States Copyright Office.

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Judge Rules Qualcomm’s Practices Violate Antitrust Law

May 22, 2019 Antitrust , Competition , FTC , Litigation , Qualcomm

Today, Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District Court of California ruled that Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices violate the Federal Trade Commission Act.

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