Category: Greatest Hits

Are Indecency Regulations Obsolete?

The Authority to Regulate Indecency Broadcasting is an area where the government has a greater interest in regulating indecent speech than in other media. In FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, the Supreme Court upheld the Commission’s authority to prohibit indecent speech in the broadcast media and to punish broadcast licensees who air indecency. Two unique characteristics of broadcast allow the FCC… Read more →

Chilling Effects from Broadcast Indecency Regulations?

The most recent FCC rulings on broadcast indecency caused the WB to edit a new show. The NY Times reports: WB Censors Its Own Drama for Fear of F.C.C. Fines The pilot episode of “The Bedford Diaries,” which concerns a group of college students attending a class on human sexuality, had already been accepted by WB’s standards department. After the… Read more →

Broadcast Indecency Regulation: The Profanity Standard

In Complaints Regarding Various Television Broadcasts Between February 2, 2002 and March 8, 2005 (FCC 06-17, Mar. 15, 2006), the FCC discussed the standard used for determining when broadcasters violate the prohibition on broadcast profanity. The broadcast of “obscene, indecent, or profane language by means of radio communication” is prohibited. 18 USC Read more →

Broadcast Indecency Regulation: The Indecency Standard

Last week, the FCC released its latest three rulings concerning indecency regulations: Complaints Regarding Various Television Broadcasts Between February 2, 2002 and March 8, 2005. (FCC 06-17, Mar. 15, 2006) Complaints Against Various Television Licensees Concerning their December 31, 2004 Broadcast of the Program “Without A Trace” (FCC 06-18, Mar. 15, 2006) Complaints Against Various Television Licensees concerning their February… Read more →

Net Neutrality Reading List

If telecom and cable companies have their way, a new Telecommunications Act will allow them to create preferred tiers of service. The cable and telecom companies argue that this is the only way to make voice over IP and streaming media services sufficiently reliable to compete with traditional telephony and broadcast/cable/satellite. Allowing preferential treatment will end the democratic experiment of… Read more →

IPtelligentsia Podcast: Senate Indecency Hearings (Part 1 of 3)

This morning, the Senate Commerce Committee held hearings about regulating indecency on television. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and some of his colleagues seem intent on curbing broadcast and cablecast indecency by new legislation or some extra-legislative means, notwithstanding the fact that extending such regulations to cable and the internet would violate the First Amendment. IPtelligentsia Podcast: Senate Decency Hearings (Part… Read more →

Wikipedia Woes

Wikipedia is one of the best sites on the internet– volunteers compile information about esoteric topics and the entire compilation is a giant guide to the universe. The beauty of the site is that the internet community has created a vast encyclopedia without a single editor. Nature compared Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica and found that the upstart contains only slightly… Read more →

Fair Use in the Internet Age

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection held hearings today on Fair Use: its Effects on Consumers and Industry. Mr. Peter Jaszi Professor Washington College of Law American University Mr. Gary Shapiro President & Chief Executive Officer Consumer Electronics Association Arlington, VA Ms. Prudence S. Adler Associate Executive Director Federal Relations and Information… Read more →

Google Print and Fair Use

Google Print is the topic that may single-handedly keep the copyright-related blog world in business for the next few years. Last week, Google added the full text of 10,000 public domain books into the Google Print database. The NY Times reports: Google Adds LIbrary Texts to Search Database: “The additions, from the university libraries at Michigan, Harvard and Stanford and… Read more →