Friday, June 17, 2011

6.17 :: It Should Be No Surprise to Anyone :: The Wasteland :: SLAPP Happy :: Showing a Pulse ::

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Federal Internet Law and Policy
"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a
reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating
the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for
independence." C.A. Beard

(DA No. 11-1047). (Dkt No 11-59 ). Comments Due: 07/18/2011. Reply
Comments Due: 08/30/2011. WCB
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Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell talks cable, CNET
Former FCC chairman Michael Powell has a new job as head of the cable
industry's lobbying group. He sat down with CNET to discuss some of
the issues facing the industry today.
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Key House lawmaker asks FCC to kill LightSquared network, Nextgov
The chairman of the House committee with GPS oversight called on the
Federal Communications Commission to administratively kill a broadband
network planned by startup LightSquared, but on Wednesday, FCC gave
the company an extra two weeks to report on issues related to the
network's potential interference with satellite navigation systems.
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LightSquared Prospects; FCC Chair Wants Interference Cleared, Hits
Back at GPS, GPS World
Genachowski hit back at the GPS community in a letter to Sen. Charles
Grassley, "It should be no surprise to anyone involved in the
LightSquared matter that the company was planning for some time to
deploy a major terrestrial network in the spectrum adjacent to GPS."
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LightSquared may seek extension on GPS report, CW
LightSquared said it may ask for another two weeks to compile a report
on possible interference between its planned cellular network and the
GPS system, as a Wednesday deadline for the report loomed.
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OnStar asks FCC to investigate LightSquared over GPS interference, Autoblog
The ongoing spat between a company known as LightSquared and a number
of high-profile combatants including the Defense Department, the
Federal Aviation Administration, John Deere and General Motors'OnStar
service continues unabated.
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Lightsquared Hits a Brick Wall, Ecommerce Times
The June report on Lightsquared that we have been waiting for is in,
and it doesn't look good for the company. The technology it uses does
impact the spectrum of the GPS industry, the report concludes. So even
though we need a solution to the spectrum problem, we cannot allow
this company to interfere with
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Kevin Werbach, The Wasteland: Anticommons, White Spaces, and the
Fallacy of Spectrum, Ariz. L. Rev.
Nearly fifty years after Federal Communications Commission Chairman
Newton Minow notoriously labeled television a "vast wasteland," the
FCC has an opportunity to transform the barren terrain of broadcast
spectrum into a verdant oasis of connectivity. The long-dormant "white
spaces" around broadcast television channels may soon be opened,
creating major opportunities for wireless
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Public Knowledge Statement on House Appropriations Language To Ban Net
Neutrality, PK
The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and
co-founder of Public Knowledge:
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comScore Releases May 2011 U.S. Online Video Rankings, Comscore
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital
world, today released data from the comScore Video Metrix service
showing that 176 million U.S. Internet users watched online video
content in May for an average of 15.9 hours per viewer. The total U.S.
Internet audience engaged in more than 5.6 billion viewing sessions
during the course of the month.
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Twitter Update 2011, Pew
13% of online adults use Twitter, and half of Twitter users access the
service "on the go" via mobile phone.
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IPv6 Shows a Pulse, Circleid
On World IPv6 Day IPv6 showed a pulse! However faint that global pulse
may have been, our network showed at least some form of IPv6-life
occurred on that day.
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Internet Economy: OECD high-level meeting on generating innovation and
growth, OECD
Government ministers, business leaders and industry experts will meet
on 28 and 29 June at the OECD to advance discussions on Internet
regulation and how best to drive its continued growth and innovation.,3699,en_2649_37441_1_1_1_1_37441,00.html?rssChId=37441#48173819
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Obama's CIO quits, CW
The CIO of the federal government, Vivek Kundra, is resigning after
two and a half years on the job, the White House said.
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Senate group backs prison time for illegal streaming, CNET
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approves a bill that would make the
streaming of copyrighted content that was illegally obtained a felony
punishable by up to five years in prison.
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ICE Stalling On More FOIA Requests Concerning Domain Name Seizures, Techdirt
We recently noted that Homeland Security's ICE group appeared to be
stalling in responding to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
from Michael Robertson's NakedGovernment. It turns out that's not the
only such request it's been stalling on. The folks over at Muckrock
(who helped us with our own FOIA requests), alert us to the news that
Aaron Swartz, the director of Demand Progress (the organization that
the MPAA
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JACQUELINE C. CHARLESWORTH, The Moral of the Story: What Grokster Has
to Teach About the DMCA, Stanford Tech. L. Rev.
We have reached a telling intersection in the law of secondary
copyright liability. Cases in which defendants seek to broaden the
safe harbors of Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
("DMCA")1 are running up against precedent generated by
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v.
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The SLAPP-Happy Story of Rakofsky v. Internet, Citizen's Media
By now, you've perhaps heard of the plight of one Joseph Rakofsky, the
man who sued everyone who ever wrote about him on the Internet. In
short: Man represents defendant in murder trial; judge declares
mistrial; judge says scathing things about man's professional
competence; newspaper covers the unusual mistrial; law bloggers pick
up story; man brings 75-defendant lawsuit against everybody who wrote
about him.
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Official Geolocation Privacy Bill Introduced: Say No To Unauthorized
GPS Tracking, Techdirt
Last week, we wrote about the plan by Senator Ron Wyden and Rep. Jason
Chaffetz to simultaneously introduce bills in both houses of Congress
to outlaw location tracking without consent. Those bills have now been
officially introduced. The bill is mainly targeted at law enforcement
officials who feel they can put GPS devices on cars without first
getting a warrant (and the many courts that have backed them up
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Dist. Court, ED Virginia 2011
CFAA Cause of Action Dismissed; "A review of the statute does not
reveal any provision that provides that it is unlawful to use a
computer or computer system to convert the property of another"
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CIA Web site down; LulzSec claims responsibility, CNET
Intelligence agency's public site inaccessible after the hacking group
tweeted that it had take the site down.
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Wisconsin Kills WiscNet, Because The Only Good Infrastructure Is AT&T
Infrastructure, Techdirt
Support for the "free market" is a phrase that is often abused by
companies to really mean "support for this particular company." It
seems that's what's happening in Wisconsin with AT&T. The University
of Wisconsin has been pretty instrumental in its role in developing
key internet infrastructure technologies, which it uses in various
ways. The current WiscNet helps supply high speed internet to
Wisconsin schools and
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