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PK In the Know Podcast

May 20, 2011 Enforcement , FCC , MPAA , Music , RIAA

On this week’s podcast we discuss increasing transparency at the FCC in light of Commissioner Baker’s announced departure to Comcast, a proposed warrantless entry law for copyright violators in California, and how you can follow in Jonathan Coulton’s successful footprints with the Creators Freedom Project co-sponsored Rock Your Net workshops.  We also discuss “nothing less than a frontal assault on academic fair use” with the Association of Research Libraries’ Brandon Butler.

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Three Reasons Why Google’s Censorship of “Piracy-Related Terms” is a Terrible Idea

January 27, 2011 BitTorrent , DMCA , Filtering , MPAA , Piracy

Earlier today, word spread that Google, presumably bowing to pressure from Hollywood and the recording industry, had begun blocking certain “piracy-related terms” from its autocomplete search feature. As it turns out, the terms in question are “BitTorrent,” “Rapidshare” and “Megaupload”. There are plenty of reasons why this is a terrible idea but for brevity’s sake, I will limit myself to three:

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U.S. Pushed Spain to Adopt French-Style Three Strikes Law

December 8, 2010 ACTA , MPAA , Piracy , RIAA , Three Strikes

Among the thousands of documents revealed to the press through WikiLeaks are apparently a number that deal with copyright issues. The Spanish newspaper El País has published a number of cables from the U.S. embassy in Madrid regarding U.S. efforts on IP enforcement in Spain.

One of the most interesting is this one from February 2008, which recommended that the U.S. threatened to put Spain on the Special 301naughty list” unless the Spanish government announced it would adopt a three-strikes style copyright enforcement law that would cut users off from the Internet after allegations of copyright infringement.

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Copyright Industry Calls for Censorship in the Name of Stopping Infringement

March 26, 2010 Fair Use , MPAA , Music Licensing

Public Knowledge has been attacked for allegedly saying "piracy is free speech" when we point out that hyper-aggresive copyright enforcement can have First Amendment implications. Our usual points relate to how fair use is ignored or entire categories of technologies are threatened in a ham-fisted attempt to curb online infringement.

In most of these enforcement efforts, free speech is collateral damage.

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IPEC Asks Loaded Questions, But Public Can Respond

February 25, 2010 Enforcement , MPAA

Victoria Espinel gets the Internet. From blogging on whitehouse.gov, to personally reaching out to BoingBoing, she's trying to assure the public that her office, the newly-created Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), doesn't exist to put Hollywood's or the pharmaceutical industry's interests first–rather, she sees her job as to "help protect the ideas and creativity of the American public." To that end, her office is soliciting comment from the public as to what the IPEC's priorities should be.

But outreach by itself won't lead to good policy. The Federal Register Notice the office put out asks some good questions, but plenty of loaded ones.

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