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2010 State of the Net Three Strikes Panel — what MPAA and RIAA don’t want you to know

January 28, 2010 Broadband , DMCA , Fair Use , FCC , MPAA

Yesterday, the MPAA and RIAA made a giant political misstep by refusing to participate in a debate about three strikes. In doing so, they exposed the public and a number of US policy makers to policy that would strip Internet subscribers of their constitutional due process rights.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I attended this year's State of the Net Conference beautifully orchestrated by Tim Lordan and his crew at the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee.

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Harold on The Future of Your Cable Box on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

January 27, 2010 Analog Hole , FCC , MPAA , Network Neutrality , Plug and Play

If you were following our tweets yesterday (and don't forget to follow the tweets of our collective staff, found on this twitter list, too), you may have seen an update that PK Legal Director Harold Feld participated in a discussion about set top boxes, over-the-top Internet video, cutting the cord, and net neutrality on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. If you missed the live show, you can read the transcripts and listen to the recorded audio stream here.

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Nice Thoughts and Naughty Thoughts About Broadband

December 23, 2009 Broadband , MPAA , RIAA

Trying to figure out who's naughty and nice this time of year can be difficult. Many people are both, and figuring it all out by the end of the week will be quite the challenge.

Take for example two days last week in the life of Vice President Joe Biden. On Dec. 15, he hosted a meeting for the crème de la crème of Big Media, which by all accounts, like this one and this one brought top government officials together to focus on combating the scourge of “piracy.”

No one likes “piracy,” but this over-the-top meeting put so much of a focus on the issue, and pandered so much so the assembled multitudes that it lacked any credibility whatsoever.

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You Want Enforcement? Here’s Your Enforcement

December 4, 2009 ACTA , Enforcement , MPAA

This week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that a 22-year old woman was arrested on charges of "criminal use of a motion picture exhibition" when she recorded two segments of the new Twilight movie, totaling four minutes of footage.

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Another Pro-ACTA Letter from MPAA, RIAA, et al.

November 20, 2009 ACTA , MPAA , RIAA , Three Strikes , Trademark

A number of movie studios, record labels, and other copyright-holding companies (and their related trade associations) have also written a pro-ACTA letter to Congress, which I first saw posted on Ben Sheffner's blog. Minus the bizarre "distraction" claim, it follows the same basic pattern—that ACTA will benefit IP businesses and do nothing harmful.

The evidence for this? Still absent. Instead, the letter reiterates that changes in technology require online copyright enforcement, and thus a section of ACTA covering the Internet.

This probably shouldn't require repeating, but I'll say it again. A solution has to be tailored to solve the problem. Is ACTA properly tailored to solve copyright infringement? No one can tell.

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