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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

'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

TMI Supports Online Radio Sponsor Info

The Institute filed comments with the FCC in support of a proposed waiver that would allow radio broadcasters to provide information on their websites about promotional arrangements for music and sports programming. » Read More

New Issue Paper on Electronic Privacy

Kurt Wimmer, chairman of the Institute's First Amendment Advisory Council, has written a new "Policy Views" issue paper on the need to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act in light of the widespread use of cloud computing.
» Read Paper

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Issue Watch

The Real Net Neutrality Lawsuits Are Finally Here
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Floyd Abrams: 'Liberty Is Liberty' » Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

The FCC’s Wheeler of Fortune
by Patrick Maines

LAS VEGAS – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s speech yesterday to broadcasters attending the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show here dealt primarily with broadcast-specific subjects.  But as expected, he also used the occasion to tout the Commission’s new Open Internet Order, arguing that broadcasters should support it…. » Read More

Is This What Net Neutrality Is Really About?
by Patrick Maines

Recent congressional hearings held in the wake of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) net neutrality ruling provide a glimpse into what is so deeply wrong with this regulation, and why so many activist groups were behind it.  It's an aspect of this matter of which you were perhaps unaware while the FCC was considering its regulatory strategy.
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Intellectual Property Issues

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

Speaking Meanly
by Prof. Doug Lichtman,
UCLA School of Law

Every year, I close my “survey” intellectual property course by spending a few days talking about trademark law.  My main message is that trademark law is a legal regime designed to facilitate clear communication. » Read More

The Next Great Copyright Act:
Remember the Authors! (II)

by Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg,
Columbia University School of Law

In a previous column (Feb. 17, 2015), I urged that any copyright reform legislation that emerges from the preparations for “the next great copyright act” should ensure both authors’ attribution and economic interests.  The earlier column addressed attribution; this column will consider remuneration…. » Read More

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