Category: Legislation


In the lame duck session, Congress may take further action on S.3804 Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a bill that would give the federal government broad powers over internet domain names and blocking internet traffic in order to prevent the infringement of copyrighted works. While the US government is opposed to other countries regulating speech online, Congress is willing… Read more →

Tasty, Tasty Sausage

This story about the natural gas industry losing out to dirtier fossil fuels in the energy bill on NPR’s Morning Edition demonstrates the fundamental problem with Federal policymaking today, With Little Clout, Natural Gas Lobby Strikes Out: “[Former Senator Tim] Wirth told the industry leaders that on Waxman-Markey, they blew it. ‘Every industry was deeply engaged, except one: Yours,’ he… Read more →

More Little Orphan Works

Here are some more links to pieces discussing the orphan works problem in general along with specific criticisms of the Orphan Works Act of 2008. Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge, The Orphan Works Act of 2008: Copyright Reform Takes Its First Steps: “Why do we have all of these orphan works in the first place? We have them because starting in… Read more →

Cable Bill Phone Spam

I just received an automated phone call on my home phone with a recorded message telling me that if I am concerned about the high price of cable television to press 1. Pressing 1 would tell Congress to act now on the vote this week to allow competition in the cable market. If I pressed 2, that would indicate that… Read more →

IPTelligentsia Podcast: Satisfying the 21st Century Consumer (Part 2/2)

Last week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held hearings on Digital Content and Enabling Technology: Satisfying the 21st Century Consumer. This is the second half of the podcast about these hearings, focusing in on fair use, DRM/TPM and anti-circumvention. IPTelligentsia Podcast: Satisfying the 21st Century Consumer (Part 2/2) (24:14, 22MB MP3).… 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 →

Protecting Copyright and Innovation in a Post-Grokster World

On Wednesday, the full Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on “Protecting Copyright and Innovation in a Post-Grokster World,” with testimony from: The Honorable Mary Beth Peters, U.S. Register of Copyrights, Copyright Office, Washington, D.C. The Honorable Debra Wong Yang , U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California , and Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee , on Cyber/Intellectual… Read more →

Legislate early, litigate often

One of the bills that may pass during the lame-duck session of the 180th Congress is HR2391, the Intellectual Property Protection Act. This is an omnibus bill containing some of everyone’s favorite IP-related bills, including Create, PDEA, Pirate and the Family Movie Act. Each of these bills deserves to be debated on its own individual merits, but Congress may pass… Read more →

McCain on IP Protection Act

Courtesy of Tech Law Advisor, Senator McCain on the Intellectual Property Protection Act: From the text of the bills that have been available to date for Senators to review, I believe that one part of this broad legislation, the Family Movie Act, may actually harm consumers while appearing to help them. Read more →