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Department of Justice to review ASCAP, BMI consent decrees

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tennessean reports that the Department of Justice is opening a review of the consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two largest performance rights organizations. The decrees haven’t been updated in well over a decade, and the organizations are concerned they haven’t kept [...]

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Public Knowledge, John Villasenor, The Software Alliance (BSA)

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ Rights Initiative House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Matthew B. Glotzer, New York [...]

Department of Justice asks settling publishers, ‘Done any more colluding lately?’

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports hearing from “people familiar with the situation” that the first three publishers to settle—Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and News Corp’s own HarperCollins—have received letters of inquiry from the Department of Justice, seeking information about “any [...]

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Matthew B. Glotzer, New York Public Library

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ Rights Initiative This post continues a theme from the last couple, in which one side’s statement is [...]

John Oliver: Let’s call ‘net neutrality’ what it really is

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Daily Show alum John Oliver has turned his keen wit toward net neutrality. In a scathing 13-minute segment of Last Week Tonight, Oliver astutely points out that the cable companies are winning the net neutrality fight by making it so boring that it slips right under the average person’s radar. [...]

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ Rights Initiative

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 4 Comments

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi Here are two more documents from yesterday’s first sale hearing. Like yesterday’s pair, they’re a half-and-half split: one in favor of expanding first sale, the other concerned over [...]

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2014 // 6 Comments

We’ve covered the history of efforts to implement resale of digital goods before (more than once, in fact), and there’s been quite a discussion of why it would be a bad idea. Now it’s Congress’s turn to talk about it. Today a House subcommittee held a hearing concerning first sale and how [...]

Apple anti-trust plaintiffs want summary judgment on damages, trial to stay where it is

By Chris Meadows
March 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly has details on the plaintiffs’ latest filings in the Apple anti-trust case. In brief, the attorneys argue that Judge Cote has enough evidence to decide on Apple’s damages in summary judgment, without needing a trial. It’s already a well-established fact [...]

SFWA to participate in Copyright Office orphan works roundtables

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2014 // 5 Comments

The SFWA actually can do some useful things when it’s not getting embroiled in scandals. A press release on its web site notes that former SFWA President Michael Capobianco will be attending some US Copyright Office roundtables on the problem of orphan works on March 10th and 11th. The problem [...]

Commercial drone use apparently legal in US after all…for now

By Chris Meadows
March 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Remember that story I wrote the other day about the FAA’s restrictions against commercial use of drones? Motherboard reports that a federal judge has dismissed the FAA’s first (and only) case against someone making commercial use of a drone. 29-year-old Raphael Pirker, fined for filming a [...]

Apple files opening brief in e-book anti-trust trial appeal

By Chris Meadows
February 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Ars Technica reports that Apple has filed a 75-page opening brief in its appeal of Judge Cote’s decision finding it guilty of engaging in a conspiracy with the publishers to help raise prices. The Ars article has a reasonable summary of Apple’s arguments. Fundamentally, many of them are the [...]

FAA failure to keep up with commercial drone use could prevent innovation

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

At the risk of droning on, it seems like there has been a lot of news involving drones lately. We covered Amazon’s announcement of package delivery (someday) via drones, and some responses to it. Clearly, drone services could fill the middle range between snail-mail delivery and electronic [...]

Judge Cote assigns anti-trust monitor mediator, warns Apple against withholding documents

By Chris Meadows
February 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Apple anti-trust affair proceeds apace. In the wake of the appeals court decision allowing the monitor’s work to go ahead, Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly, Judge Cote has assigned a magistrate judge to act as a first-line mediator to resolve any disputes between Apple and [...]

What you should know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Chris Meadows
February 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

We’ve mentioned the forthcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty in passing, but in case you’re wanting to find out more about these treaties and why they might not be such a good thing in general, you might want to take a closer look at this. I’ve run across a great explanation in the form [...]

Appeals court denies Apple request to stay anti-trust monitor

By Chris Meadows
February 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

The appeals court has issued its ruling on Apple’s request to have the anti-trust monitor stayed in the e-book price-fixing anti-trust trial. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Apple’s appeal has been denied. That being said, the appeals court did issue what it saw as instructions “narrowing” the [...]

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