Items tagged "News & Analysis"

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Public Knowledge Criticizes Senate Commerce Committee Actions

June 28, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

For Immediate Release

The Net Neutrality amendment failed on an 11-11 vote. The ten committee Democrats joined Republican Senator Olympia Snowe voting in favor of the language with the remaining 11 committee Republicans voting against it.

The following is the statement of Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, on the Senate Commerce Committee's approval of telecommunications legislation.

"Over the course of two days, the Senate Commerce Committee handed control of Internet content to the telephone and cable companies, and control over the design of consumer electronics to the movie and recording industries. In each case, big companies win, and consumers lose.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Net Neutrality Vote

June 9, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Earlier this evening, the House defeated the Markey amendment to telecommunications legislation (HR 5252).

The following statement is attributable to Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge:

It is a shame that the House turned its back on the open essence of the Internet. Instead, the House ignored the arguments of consumers, technology companies and interest groups from across the political spectrum and voted to allow the telephone and cable companies to discriminate by controlling the content that will flow over the network and to assess whatever additional fees the telephone and cable companies want to charge on top of normal access rates.

The House has rushed to pass HR 5252 at the urging of the telephone and cable companies, who feared the growing public support for an enforceable net neutrality law. With the defeat of the Markey amendment, the House bill will have no meaningful protections for consumers or service providers against the discriminatory practices that the telephone and cable companies will employ to favor their own content and services. Today's Internet, which gives consumers control over what applications, services and content they want to access, will be replaced by an Internet that looks like a cable system — where network providers determine who gets on and at what price.

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Companies and Groups Protest Draft Copyright Bill’s Assault on Consumers

June 6, 2006 News & Analysis , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Draft legislation to be considered Thursday by a House subcommittee "would constitute an extraordinary expansion of copyright rights that would harm technology, innovation, and consumers," according to a letter sent to Capitol Hill signed by 19 companies and groups.

The draft bill, to be considered by the House Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, would put home recording in jeopardy and would require even temporary copies of movies or songs to be licensed.

"We can see the need for making improvements in copyright law, but provisions in this bill will be harmful to consumers and to innovation," said Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge. "Taken together, this draft bill, along with other legislation being considered in Congress and lawsuits filed against XM Radio and Cablevision, would have severe effects on consumers' rights and on technological innovation."

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Statement of Public Knowledge on Orphan Works legislation

May 23, 2006 News & Analysis , Orphan Works , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: Yesterday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee, introduced HR 5439, the Orphan Works Act of 2006. The bill is scheduled to be marked up in subcommittee tomorrow (May 24).

Public Knowledge is part of a coalition that has been active in promoting the use of orphan works. Others in the group are: Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers; Doculink; Film Arts Foundation; FIND (Film Independent); International Documentary Association; Independent Feature Project (IFP); National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture; National Video Resources.

The following is a statement from Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Statement on Snowe/Dorgan Legislation

May 19, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: This afternoon, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduced the Internet Freedom Preservation Act. The following is a statement from Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Sensenbrenner/Conyers Legislation

May 18, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI) and senior Democrat John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) today introduced legislation (HR 5417) to preserve Net Neutrality. This statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Praises Markey Net Neutrality Legislation

May 2, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

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Earlier today, Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission to enforce "Net Neutrality."

The following statement is attributable to Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Endorses Cornyn Bill To Expand Taxpayer Access

May 2, 2006 News & Analysis , Open Access to Research , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) today introduced (or announced) legislation that would give taxpayers access to billions of dollars of research for which they have already paid. The bill would expand the limited, voluntary program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which simply requests that researchers doing work funded by taxpayers post their work online. The bill would strengthen and expand the policy pioneered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide free online access to publicly-funded research. The NIH asks its grantees to agree to free online access, but the new Cornyn-Lieberman bill would require it and extend the policy beyond the NIH to other federal funding agencies.

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Public Knowledge Condemns House Committee’s Net Neutrality Vote, Sees Progress in Result

April 26, 2006 Network Neutrality , News & Analysis , Press Release

For Immediate Release

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today defeated an amendment to draft legislation that would have created an enforceable Net Neutrality policy. The vote was 22-34. Here is the statement from Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn:

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Filmmaker Tells Senate How Orphan Works Issues Hinder Creativity

April 6, 2006 News & Analysis , Orphan Works , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Uncertainties surrounding the use of orphan works are hurting the ability of filmmakers to tell their stories, Columbia University Journalism Professor June Cross told a Senate subcommittee this afternoon.

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