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CNET Editor Charles Cooper: "In its zeal to put the likes of Grokster and StreamCast Networks out of business, the entertainment industry's challenge might lead to a change in the law that renders potentially important technologies stillborn."

Kill P2P to Save TV?

Among the many briefs supporting Hollywood and the music industry in MGM v. Grokster is one from the National Association of Broadcasters. The NAB represents broadcasters (not cable or satellite-casters, just the ones with free FCC licenses, granted in the name of the "public interest"). Its take on...

What Can't I Do Today?

A Slashdotter, commenting on Endangered Gizmos and the growing threat to harmless "Me2Me" uses: At this point, I've accepted that there are things I do that may someday be considered a crime. ...: Record TV shows from my DirecTV reciever that I pay a monthly subscription fee...

Bloggers As Journalists: Why We Fight Apple's Subpoenas

James Madison understood that "a popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy or perhaps both." Legal protections for media sources and unpublished information are critical means for journalists of all stripes to acquire information and communicate it...

Lasica Burns the Broadcast Flag

J.D. Lasica has written a scorching Reason article criticizing Michael Powell's "invisible legacy" -- the broadcast flag technology mandate. Snippet (emphasis and hyperlink, mine): In telecom policy, Powell lived up to his deregulation rhetoric. But there's another legacy Powell is bequeathing us, one that has been scarcely...

Once More Into the Betamax Breach

EFF has represented StreamCast from the beginning of the MGM v. Grokster case. Why? Because from the beginning, this case has been about the entertainment industry's effort to re-fight its war against the Betamax VCR. The stakes are high: the legal rules laid out in the 1984 Supreme...

EFF Announces Endangered Gizmos List

EFF today unveiled a new campaign to enlist your help in the fight to protect the environment for innovation: FCC Chairman Michael Powell calls TiVo "God's machine," and its devotees have been known to declare, "You can take my TiVo when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers!...

Rethinking Recounts

Now that the dust has settled on the majority of the close elections nationwide, we can see more clearly than ever the most disturbing problem caused by using paperless touchscreen voting machines: the recounts were, to put it bluntly, a charade. The goal of a recount is to ensure that...

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