Federal Internet Law and Policy
Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. - Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903
Defense Bill Puts Pressure on FCC, LightSquared, Forbes
A clause buried in the defense spending bill prevents the FCC from allowing LightSquared to proceed until military concerns are addressed.
U.S. Online Holiday Shopping Season Reaches Record $37.2 Billion for November-December Period, Up 15 Percent vs. Year Ago, comScore
comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported that retail e-commerce spending for the entire November – December 2011 holiday season reached $37.2 billion, marking a 15-percent increase versus last year and an all-time record for the season. Ten individual shopping days this season surpassed $1 billion in spending, led by Cyber Monday – which ranked #1 for the second consecutive year – at $1.25 billion.
2011 Domain Name Year In Review: Top 10 Biggest Domain Stories, CircleID
Who would have ever believed that .XXX would finally be approved AND launched, total domains registrations would continue to grow at 10% year over year, ICANN would be in the process of preparing for the launch of new gTLDs in the face of harsh criticism, and that both Go Daddy and Group NBT would be acquired by private equity firms.
The Future of the Internet - Who Decides?, CSIS
On January 12, ICANN will launch the largest domain name expansion since the creation of the Internet. Rod Beckstrom, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will discuss this global achievement, ICANN's multi-stakeholder model that made it possible, and the rapid internationalization of the Internet.
ACPA Part 4: A Targeted Solution, Cybertelecom
In response to the tales of horrors, Congress enacted the AntiCybersquatter Consumer Protection Act. According to the Legislative History, "The purpose of the bill is to protect consumers and American businesses, to promote the growth of online commerce, and to provide clarity in the law for TMOs by prohibiting the bad-faith and abusive registration of distinctive marks as
Vint Cerf: Internet Access Not a Human Right But Only Means to an End, CircleID
Technologies such as the Internet should be viewed as enabler of rights, not a right itself says Vint Cerf (CircleID) in an op-ed piece in The New York Times. He writes: "The best way to characterize human rights is to identify the outcomes that we are trying to ensure. These include critical freedoms like freedom of speech and freedom of access to information — and those are not necessarily bound to any particular technology at
US State Dept: Don't Censor The Internet! Unless We Order You To, As We Did In Spain..., Techdirt
We've discussed how the State Department, and Hillary Clinton in particular, have been spending a lot of time talking up the importance of internet freedom, and speaking out against countries that censor the internet. That even resulted in Joe Biden's unintentionally hilarious explanation of why internet censorship is horrible... while he supports internet censorship at home.
Thailand Continues Massive Crackdown of Online Speech, EFF
In Thailand, details of the most recent victim of lèse majesté laws emerged this week, adding to a long year of crackdowns on free speech in the country. Alongside the news coverage, Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) published new analyses demonstrating the magnitude of measures the Southeast Asian state has taken to block websites it deems politically offensive.
US music sales increased in 2011, BBC
US music sales increased last year for the first time since 2004, according to figures released by Nielsen Soundscan.
Why the ESA is Wrong to Support SOPA, Forbes
The Entertainment Software Association has reasserted their support of the anti-piracy legislation currently being debated in congress. The ESA's members include giants in the video game and software industry such as Nintendo, Sony, EA and many more. Earlier reports suggesting some of these companies had withdrawn support from SOPA have turned out to be false.
Quote of the Day: Handle The Internet With Care, Forbes
"A 14-year-old girl can walk into a mobile phone shop on Saturday and walk out a broadcaster, with no training, with no intuitive knowledge."
Lawmakers seem intent on approving SOPA, PIPA, CW
Congress appears likely to move forward with two controversial copyright enforcement bills this year, even with vocal and widespread opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act in the Internet community.
Cato Institute Digs Into MPAA's Own Research To Show That SOPA Wouldn't Save A Single Net Job, Techdirt
One of the things we've noticed in the debate over SOPA and PIPA is just how the other side is really lying with statistics. We've done a thorough debunking of the stats used by the US Chamber of Commerce to support both bills, as well as highlighted the misleading-to-bogus stats used by Lamar Smith in his support of the bill.
Analyst: Netflix is the 15th largest TV 'network' in US, Lost Remote
Americans spend a lot of time watching Netflix -- we've all heard the stories of how much bandwidth it eats up -- and one analyst has crunched the numbers with some surprising results. If Netflix were a network, it would rank 15th in total minutes watched, explains Richard Greenfield with BTIG. "Netflix streaming usage is exploding and is far, far bigger than traditional media executives give
Comcast, Disney Expand Web Shows, WSJ
A new deal between Comcast and Disney adds momentum to industry efforts to put Web versions of some TV shows and channels behind subscription walls.
FCC names Zachary Katz as chief of staff, WAPO
Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Thursday that he will appoint the agency's chief counsel, Zachary Katz, as chief of staff, effective at the end of the month.
Outsmarting Your Spying Smartphone, NPR
That shiny new smartphone you got for Christmas boasts cool features and games, but buried deep in the software are tools that collect personal information. What exactly is being collected, and how should you take caution? Host Michel Martin speaks with John Verdi, senior counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
W Curtiss, Triggering a Closer Review: Direct Acquisition of Cell Site Location Tracking Information and the Argument for Consistency Across Statutory Regimes, Columbia
The recent proliferation of location-based technology and services for cell phones have many wondering if society has forfeited its reasonable expectation of privacy in personal location. Further, the ability of police investigators to accurately track criminal suspects has provided a popular,
FPF Comments on Proposed COPPA Rule, FPF
FPF submitted comments to the FTC on proposed amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. FPF commends the FTC's commitment to protect the privacy of children in a rapidly developing online marketplace. FPF's comments focus on amendments affecting those areas that correspond with the organization's specific expertise and experience, namely: (I) The proposal to [...]
C Wolf, The role of government in commercial cybersecurity, ITU WT
Privacy consists of two components: (1) conforming one's collection, use, and sharing of personal data to existing laws and norms, and (2) securing the data against unauthorized access and
use. Even with the best of intentions as to the treatment of personal data, there can be no privacy where there is no data security. With
Judge: GPS Tracking Warrant Unnecessary, Daily Dashboard
A federal judge in Missouri has ruled that the FBI did not need a warrant to place a GPS tracking device on a suspect's car. The tracking device was employed by the FBI because the defendant was suspected of inaccurately filling out time sheets as a St. Louis treasury employee. According to a report in Wired, Magistrate David Noce said the defendant did not have any "reasonable expectation of privacy in the exterior" of
Federal Court Revives Suit Over NSA Dragnet Surveillance, EPIC
A federal appeals recently revived a lawsuit, Jewel v. NSA, challenging the NSA's use of the nation's largest telecommunication providers to conduct suspicionless surveillance of Americans. The three-judge panel reversed a lower court decision that rejected claims based on lack of standing. The case will now return to the district court for a decision on the merits. The same three-judge panel also rejected a related suit against
PAWS dog rescue camera could save your life, CNET
ZRescue dogs may soon be outfitted with a new camera system that can assist emergency crews in recovery missions. CNET UK has the story.
Righthaven Fails To Show Up In Court As Ordered... When Confronted Says It Got Confused Over The Date, Globe
U.S. wireless firms start charging higher service fees in response to free texts from iMessenger, BBM, Twitter and even Facebook's mobile messenger
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