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Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, discusses his committee's media and telecom agenda at the Hyatt Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 14. Among the guests at this first Communications Forum luncheon of 2017 was FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

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Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, discusses his committee's media and telecom agenda at the Hyatt Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 14. Among the guests at this first Communications Forum luncheon of 2017 was FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. » Read More

Media Institute Congratulates Ajit Pai

Media Institute President Patrick Maines issued the following statement: “The Media Institute offers its heartiest congratulations to Ajit Pai, who is eminently qualified and extremely well positioned to lead the Federal Communications Commission. As an FCC commissioner, Ajit Pai has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to the development of sound communications policy based on competition, and to a strong First Amendment – a commitment that has benefited all Americans. » Read More

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Issue Watch

Net Neutrality Is FCC's Third Busiest Docket » Read More

Pai: Commissioners Will Vote on Consent Decrees
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Media & Communications Policy

Trump Continues To Make the Media
and Hollywood Dance to His Tune

by Patrick Maines

It would be amusing if it weren’t so serious.

Seemingly incapable of letting pass even the most trivial challenges, like the media’s invidious comparison between the size of the inaugural crowd and the numbers assembled for the so-called Women’s March on Washington, President Trump responds with a claim that not only can’t be corroborated but is plainly false. He responds similarly to the tiresome and sophomoric criticism of him by Meryl Streep, with the claim that Ms. Streep is an “over-rated” actress.

And he suggests, as an explanation for why he lost the popular vote, that it was because 3 million people voted illegally, rather than the much better explanation that he didn’t even bother to campaign in states like New York and California, where he knew he couldn’t win the electoral vote, and where, as with California’s strange election laws, there wasn’t even a Republican on the ballot for the open Senate seat. But for all the president’s foibles, it’s the post-election breakdown of the media and entertainment industries that is the most revealing and the most disturbing. » Read More

Donald Trump and the Future of the
Mainstream Media

by Patrick Maines

The presidential election has lit a fuse on discussions about the present and future of the mainstream media (MSM). Opinions are hot and heavy, and predictable for the most part according to the political mindset of the commenter.

Some people, for instance, attribute Trump’s win to the media’s extensive coverage of him during the primaries, while others see the influence of so-called “fake news” as a factor. People of these and kindred opinions tend not to see, or acknowledge, any significance in the election results for the future of the MSM. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

‘Courts Have Twisted Themselves Into Knots’:
U.S. Copyright Protection for Applied Art

by Jane C. Ginsburg,
Columbia University School of Law

United States copyright law explicitly enumerates “pictorial, graphic or sculptural works” [henceforth “PGS works”] among the subject matter of copyright. These include “works of artistic craftsmanship,”…. » Read More

IP Law and the Capacity To Take a Joke
by Dean Rodney A. Smolla,
Delaware Law School, Widener University

Louis Vuitton can’t take a joke. That was the view of Judge Jesse Furman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in a decision earlier this year involving a trademark and copyright infringement action brought by Louis Vuitton against My Other Bag, Inc.
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