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District Court Holds that Internet-Based Television Provider, FilmOn X is Entitled to a Compulsory License

By Anne Woodworth – Edited by Henry Thomas

The U.S. District court for the Central District of California ruled that an online streaming service that rebroadcasted network television fit the definition of a cable company, and was entitled to compulsory licensing under § 111 of the Copyright Act.  The order relied on the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision, which held that internet streaming was fundamentally the same as cable. The ruling conflicts with a Second Circuit case decided on similar facts, and is immediately appealable.

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Posted On Jul - 27 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules on Protecting and Promoting Open Internet

By Shuli Wang – Edited by Yaping Zhang

Two weeks after voting on regulating broadband Internet service as a public utility, on March 12, the Federal Communications Commission (”FCC”) released a document (the FCC Order and Rules) on net neutrality, which reclassifies high-speed Internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service, thus subjecting Internet service providers (ISPs) as common carrier to regulations under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The purpose of the new rules is to ensure the free flow of bits through the web without paid-for priority lanes and blocking or throttling of any web content.

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Posted On Mar - 23 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

FCC Overturns North Carolina and Tennessee Restrictions to Expansion of Community Broadband

By Lan Du – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) voted to preempt the North Carolina and Tennessee state laws preventing the expansion of community broadband networks.  The FCC order came in response to petitions filed by two municipal broadband networks: the City of Wilson, North Carolina and the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The FCC concluded that provisions of Tennessee and North Carolina laws erected barriers to competition, and conflicted with Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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Posted On Mar - 10 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Privacy Concerns in the Sharing Economy: The Case of Uber 

By Sabreena Khalid – Edited by Insue Kim

Recent revelations about Uber’s disconcerting use of personal user information have exposed the numerous weaknesses in Uber’s Privacy Policy. The lack of regulation in the area, coupled with the sensitive nature of personal information gathered by Uber, makes the issue one requiring immediate attention of policy makers.

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Posted On Dec - 17 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Court Rules Police May Compel Suspects to Unlock Fingerprint-Protected Smartphones

By Ken Winterbottom – Edited by Yixuan Long

A Virginia state trial court ruled that the police may constitutionally order a suspect to unlock a fingerprint-protected smartphone, but that a password-protected phone falls under the aegis of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

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Posted On Nov - 12 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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