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Walter B. McCormick, Jr., president and CEO of USTelecom, discusses his organization's legal challenge to the FCC's Open Internet Order at a Communications Forum luncheon on April 22 in Washington.

Walter B. McCormick, Jr., president and CEO of USTelecom, discusses his organization's legal challenge to the FCC's Open Internet Order at a Communications Forum luncheon on April 22 in Washington. » Read More

McDowell To Debate Internet Governance

Robert M. McDowell, chairman of the Institute's Global Internet Freedom Advisory Council, will participate in a World Media Policy Forum debate on the future of Internet governance and the possible implications for the media industry on June 3.  The debate will take place as part of the WAN-IFRA World News Media Congress at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Click on "Read More" for additional details and registration form. » Read More

'Net Vitality' Study Released at D.C. Event,
Finds U.S. in Top Tier of Global Internet Leaders

Stuart N. Brotman released his new paper, Net Vitality: Identifying the Top-Tier Global Broadband Internet Ecosystem Leaders, at a special event at the National Press Club in Washington on April 24.  The event, sponsored by the Institute's Global Internet Freedom Program, featured a presentation by Prof. Brotman followed by a conversation with experts Andy Haire and Sally Shipman Wentworth discussing the implications of his findings. » Read More

Read articles about Net Vitality by Stuart Brotman:
The Hill
Brookings TechTank

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Issue Watch

The Coming Demise of Free Speech in America
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Hoffman: Wheeler Reclaims Independence With Comcast Deal » Read More

Goodlatte: Tweaking Antitrust Beats Title II » Read More

Cable Operators Seek Title II Stay » Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

Net Vitality Should Be the Cornerstone
Of U.S. Broadband Policy

by Guest Blogger Stuart N. Brotman

The Federal Communication Commission’s recent Open Internet Order is intended to develop an enforceable regulatory scheme to ensure that net neutrality would be achieved.  One of its rationales is that unless such government intervention is put in place, the United States is likely to slip into the category of Internetalso-rans, hurting innovation and our economy as a whole as Internet “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” thwart competition and impede consumer demand. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

Trademark Law As an Agency Problem – Part II
by Prof. James Gibson,
University of Richmond School of Law

My last IP Issues entry established that trademark law creates an agency relationship between producers that own trademarks and the consumers whose welfare the law is ultimately meant to protect.  It also began to explore situations in which the interest of the producer-agent diverges from that of the consumer-principal…. » Read More

Trademark Law As an Agency Problem – Part I
by Prof. James Gibson,
University of Richmond School of Law

A few months ago, my IP Issues entry demonstrated that the exclusive rights that trademark law provides are rooted in consumer welfare – in the need to ensure that consumers are able to distinguish one producer’s goods from those of its competitors.  In this entry and the next, I will consider the implications of this point for modern trademark law.
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The Washington Redskins, The Slants,
And a Land Where Often
Is Heard a Disparaging Word

by Prof. Rodney A. Smolla,
University of Georgia Law School

May the Patent and Trademark Office deny trademark protection for a mark that it deems disparaging to members of certain racial or ethnic groups?  The issue has been most famously posed by the Washington Redskins trademark litigation, a dispute of Dickensian expanse that has lasted longer than most American wars. » Read More

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