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Communications Forum

Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary for communications and information of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, addresses a Communications Forum luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on September 29.

Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary for communications and information of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, addresses a Communications Forum luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on September 29.  » Read More

Institute Announces 2014 Awardees

The Media Institute will bestow awards on Senator Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Gannett President and CEO Gracia Martore at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Nov. 18 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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‘Free Speech Everyday’ Photo Contest Opens

A photo contest aimed at amateur enthusiasts will offer photographers new chances to express their creativity as part of this year’s Free Speech Week (FSW). The “Free Speech Everyday” photo contest opens Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 12. The panel of judges will include several Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers. » Read More

Media Institute Showcases Original Artwork
For Free Speech Week Celebration

Adding to the vitality of this year’s Free Speech Week (FSW) will be a series of original artwork created by noted artist Everett Spruill, founder and director of The Everett Spruill Foundation for the Arts in Orlando, Fla. Spruill has created a series of 10 original designs for his new “Freedom of Speech” mixed-media series. » Read More

2014 Free Speech Week Slated for Oct. 20 – 26

Free Speech Week (FSW) will be celebrated this fall from Monday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, marking its tenth year as the nation’s premier celebration of freedom of speech. » Read More

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Issue Watch

FCC: Title II, Wireless Net Regs Definitely on Table
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GAO Outlines Broadcast/Wireless Ad Battle Over Spectrum » Read More

Judiciary Debates Net Neutrality » Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

'Freedom From Speech'
by Patrick Maines

Evidence that the human race is not yet won, as a former colleague used to say, is coming in the windows. From murder in the name of religion, to widespread crime, greed, and violence, to the bottoming of popular culture, it's pretty clear that this is not mankind's finest hour. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

Transformation, Copyright Infringement,
and Fair Use

by Prof. James Gibson,
University of Richmond School of Law

A small copyright decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last month has gotten a big reaction from copyright experts.  The case is Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation, and it involves an entertaining set of facts. » Read More

U.S. Patent Policy and World War II
by Prof. Randal C. Picker,
University of Chicago Law School

The headline of the New York Times of Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1945, is as chilling today as it was then: “FIRST ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON JAPAN; MISSILE IS EQUAL TO 20,000 TONS OF TNT; TRUMAN WARNS FOE OF A ‘RAIN OF RUIN.’”
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Capturing the Future: Patent Claims
and ‘After-Arising Technologies’

by Prof. Robert P. Merges,
University of California at Berkeley School of Law

Exclusive rights for new technologies, in order to promote innovation: that’s what the patent system is supposed to be about. And at least sometimes, even today, it still is.  At times, to promote innovation today patents may be interpreted in a way that covers technologies that had not existed when the original patent was filed. » Read More

U.S. Compliance With the International Right
of Communication to the Public
After Aereo: Who Is “the Public”?

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

In ABC v. Aereo, a 6-to-3 majority (Breyer, joined by Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan) held that Aereo was “performing” the broadcast programming when the service captured the programming through the users’ individually assigned antennas….  » Read More

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