Burri on a Coherent Framework for the Regulation of Internet Content

Media Law Prof Blog

Mira Burri, University of Bern Law School, World Trade Institute, has published Designing a Coherent Framework for the Regulation of Internet Content in The Hague Institute for Global Justice Working Paper Series (November 2015).

Digital and Social Media Legal Issues for Broadcasters – Exercise Care in Using Internet Content on Your Digital Properties, And Why Fair Use is Not Always a Defense

Broadcast Law Blog

music rights), and others that I will write about more in coming weeks, including privacy, online sponsorship attribution, user-generated content, and other issues that arise in the online world. Many broadcast employees, as well as many others throughout society, think that if something is on the Internet, it is there to be used by others, and no rights need to be obtained to use that material. When someone posts something in the Internet, isn’t it free for anyone to use?

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Culture Clash on the Internet

Digital Media Law

The Internet has devalued content to the point where it is often offered at no charge—newspapers, for instance—or widely misappropriated, as with music and movies. Either way, many people expect much of their content to be free. Underlying both is the belief that content on the Internet should be free (a notion reinforced by the other four factors). The answer lies in the origin of the Internet. Tags: copyright Internet content

Regulating the Internet Using the "Best Interests of the Child" Standard

Media Law Prof Blog

Wei Quan, University of Minnesota, has published Children-Related Internet Content Regulation: Best Interests of the Child, Definition of Child, and Cyberspace Purism. This paper explores what the concept of childhood is, and could be in Internet content regulation, and suggests

David Oxenford Conducts Webinar for State Broadcast Associations on Legal Issues in the Digital Media World - Including a Discussion of Ephemeral Copies of Sound Recordings

Broadcast Law Blog

During the seminar, Dave also mentioned that stations with websites featuring user-generated content , to help insulate themselves from copyright infringement that might occur in the content posted to their website by their audience, should take advantage of the registration with the Copyright Office that may provide safe harbor protection if a station follows the rules and takes down offending content when identified by a copyright holder.

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Public Library Internet Filtering Policy

Media Law Prof Blog

The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a policy that allows public libraries to filter Internet content for all patrons. The plaintiffs claim that NCRL's Internet filtering policy is overbroad and, more specifically, so overbroad as to rise to the level

Indianapolis … at it again

The Legal Satyricon

1985)) now brings us a public school internet content filtering policy, which includes this little gem. Yes, the city that brought you MacKinnon’s anti-pornography ordinance (struck down by American Booksellers Ass’n. Hudnut, 771 F.2d 323 (7th Cir. Alternative Spirituality/Belief: Sites that promote and provide information on religions such as Wicca, Witchcraft or [.].

Standing under the CAN-SPAM Act

Cyberlaw Central

provides a private cause of action for providers of an Internet access service to use against spammers, in addition to the enforcement of the Act by the FTC , states, and other government entities. In order to have standing to bring a case, however, a private plaintiff must first prove that he or she is the provider of an internet access service, and must have been adversely affected by a violation of the Act. An Internet access service is defined in Section 7702(11) and 47 U.S.C.

Internet to TV: Sooner than I thought

Copyrights & Campaigns

I recently posted on the difficulty of getting Internet content to the TV as one of the explanations for why piracy hasn't harmed the film and TV industries as much as it has the music industry. And I said it would probably be 2-4 years before it would be really easy for normal consumers to make their content move from the computer to TV.

China Cracks Down on Web Porn; What About Pirated Movies?

Copyrights & Campaigns

The AP reports on a new crackdown by the Chinese government on web porn: China warned Google and other popular Web portals Monday that they must do more to block pornographic material from reaching Chinese users, the latest in a series of government crackdowns targeting Internet content.

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SAG: No Good Reason to Strike

Digital Media Law

This is also deceptive, because (based on SAG statements to the press several months ago) this number appears to represent the number of Internet letters of adherence that SAG has issued since the inception of these letters in 2001, not the number of Internet agreements currently active and outstanding. In addition, Internet projects involve far fewer actors and far lower pay than film or TV projects. Move over” content means existing TV shows that are then replayed on (i.e.,

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Protection of Children Prompts Potential FCC Regulation of Internet and Wireless Video Programming and Enhanced State Privacy Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

Remarks several weeks ago by FCC Chair Julius Genachowski suggesting that the FCC might want to look at content regulation beyond the broadcast medium, a view reiterated in an interview yesterday in TV NewsCheck , also suggest that concerns about the exposure of children to indecency and other troubling programming on cable, online and by wireless devices may lead the FCC into unprecedented extensions of its regulation of entertainment content beyond the broadcast media.

Reclaiming Over-the-Air TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Use - What Will the Budget Super Committee Decide?

Broadcast Law Blog

With tablets and smartphone usage growing quickly, and the ever-increasing demands for wireless spectrum to deliver video, audio and other rich internet content, the Commission fears a spectrum shortage – especially in certain urban markets.

In Less Than 3 Weeks, Let's Provide Detailed Analysis on Fundamentally Changing the Television Industry - Comments Sought on Encouraging Internet Video in Addition to Repurposing TV Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

The new proceeding, looking for a " plug and play " model of consumer video devices that can access conventional television delivery systems and the Internet, starts with the statement that Internet video is "tremendously popular" and a prediction that, as it expands, new applications for such video will be found. The Commission says that it sees Internet video as one way of spurring broadband adoption.