“It is unfortunate that, after over a year of negotiations and discussions, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act has been pulled from the docket. Although ‘companies on both sides of the issue’ could not come to agreement, the real loser here is the American consumer. Patent abuse raises costs on consumer products, keeps innovators from bringing products to markets, and blocks all individuals from fully accessing the wealth of technology. Without the bipartisan, White House-supported, widely agreed-upon reforms that were pending before the Senate, consumers will continue to pay a tax for an outmoded, misused patent system.”
government or private company should be able to shut down wireless service in
an emergency, several public interest groups told the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) in comments filed late April 30.
Commission had asked for comments on the issue in the wake of a shutdown of
service in San Francisco by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District.
following is attributed to Rashmi Rangnath, director of Public Knowledge's
Global Knowledge Initiative:
again the U.S. Trade Representative has produced a fact-free report that
ignored any point of view except that of big media companies. We are distressed that countries which
have yet to pass harsh legislation being pushed around the world remain on the
watch lists, while countries which give in to U.S. pressure, such as Spain, are
removed when they pass punitive legislation.
are particularly distressed that Canada remains on the Priority Watch List,
even though Canadian laws provide greater rights to copyright holders than U.S.
laws. It appears that these rights
are not stringent enough for the special interests pushing for even stronger
following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and CEO of Public Knowledge:
is a shame that the owners of Hulu have decided to restrict access to the
site's content to those with pay-TV subscriptions. By all accounts, the site was doing well supported by
advertising, attracting millions of visitors every month.
access to legal content will only drive consumers to find illegal content. In particular, we are concerned about
restricting access to TV programming available over free over-the-air
broadcasting. It should be
available online, regardless whether anyone subscribes to cable or satellite
TV. By putting more restrictions
on consumer access to popular content, the entertainment industry only removes
any justification for stronger "anti-piracy" laws it is perpetually
seeking from Congress.
Federation of America (CFA) and Public Knowledge today told key lawmakers that
the planned merger between Universal Music Group and EMI would give the
combined company “the power to distort or even determine the fate of digital
nine-page letter to the leaders of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, CFA and
PK noted that the combined market share would have a market share of more than
40 percent, far above the five companies targeted by the Justice Department in
the agency’s recent suit against publishers alleging price-fixing for e-books.
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