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Podcast Episode 107

Legislative Analysis

Legislative Analysis

Content Companies Demand Total Control of Set-Top Boxes at FCC

It has always been about gaining control over technology and never about copyright law.
Major TV producers have finally said what they really want from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in exchange for breaking up the cable companies' monopoly over set-top boxes. As they continue to push fake...

The Global Ambitions of Pakistan's New Cyber-Crime Act

Despite near universal condemnation from Pakistan's tech experts; despite the efforts of a determined coalition of activists, and despite numerous attempts by alarmed politicians to patch its many flaws, Pakistan's Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) last week passed into law. Its passage ends an eighteen month...

Growing Coalition Opposes California Exerting Copyright Over Public Records

The bill now sits with the State Senate Judiciary Committee and must be defeated.
California's A.B. 2880 will give government agencies the power to put copyright restrictions on their work. That means state bureaucrats will be able to wrap their reports, research, e-mails, and even videos of public...

The Danger of Corporate Facial Recognition Tech

The Illinois Biometric Privacy Statute Survived a Recent Attack. But the Struggle Continues.
Supporters of unregulated corporate facial recognition systems are waging a sneak attack against our nation’s strongest protection of biometric privacy. On one side are business interests seeking to profit by using invasive facial recognition technologies...

Senate Judiciary Committee Must Pass the Email Privacy Act Without Weakening Amendments

Update May 26, 2016: Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA) postponed marking up the Email Privacy Act. The committee website will provide further details on whether or not the bill will be marked up in June.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the...

California's Legislature Wants to Copyright All Government Works

AB 2880 will give state and local governments dramatic powers to chill speech, stifle open government, and harm the public domain.
The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary recently approved a bill (AB 2880) to grant local and state governments copyright authority along with other intellectual property rights. At...

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