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The Truth Behind Google’s Copyright-Bills Hysteria

Posted in Copyright, Digital technology, FCC, First Amendment, Media Legislation, New Media
Though the final chapter in the legislative history of the copyright bills hasn’t yet been written, a couple things are obvious even now: The tech industry has demonstrated great political clout through the mobilization of its users and fan base; and the industry lobby, led by Google, will say and do pretty much anything to … Continue Reading

Media Institute Response to ‘The Truth About Google, Search, and the Media Industry’

Posted in Digital technology, Media competition, New Media
GUEST BLOG [EDITORS’ NOTE:  Kurt Wimmer is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Covington & Burling LLP.  He is chairman of The Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council, and is the principal author of the Institute’s white paper to the Federal Trade Commission about Google’s practices.  The article below is in response to … Continue Reading

Response to The Media Institute White Paper: The Truth About Google, Search, and the Media Industry

Posted in Digital technology, Media competition, New Media
GUEST BLOG [EDITORS' NOTE: In this space we offer Google an opportunity to take issue with the White Paper that The Media Institute filed with the FTC in August.  Google's response is printed below exactly as we received it.] By Adam Kovacevich, Head of Competition, Public Policy and Public Affairs, Google (Washington, D.C., office) In … Continue Reading

More on Newspapers and Aggregators

Posted in Copyright, Digital technology, Journalism, Media competition, New Media, Publishing
If newspapers ultimately survive, they might owe a debt of gratitude not only to Rupert Murdoch (as Patrick Maines suggested here recently), but also to two brothers who have combined their expertise in economics and the law to analyze the problem and come up with a potential solution. As I wrote here earlier this month, … Continue Reading

Keeping Kids Safe Online

Posted in Digital technology, New Media
Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in trying to keep children safe online.  For more than a decade, various groups and individuals representing parents, children, educators, law enforcement, government, and industry have weighed in with suggestions. Now, however, a worthwhile report has emerged from a coalition that is notable in equal parts for its … Continue Reading

Digital Politics Comes of Age

Posted in Digital technology, New Media
Pundits, pols, and political scientists will spend months and years dissecting this presidential election.  But one fact is unmistakably clear: We have seen the future of politics.  And it’s digital. Digital technologies played a bigger and more decisive role in the outcome of this election than ever before.  For a confluence of reasons, they worked … Continue Reading

Sheer Lunacy: Taxing the Technologies of Freedom

Posted in Content Controls, Digital technology, First Amendment, Free speech, Media Regulation, New Media
Imagine that someone came up with an idea to solve the “problem” of information overload (a.k.a. “too much information”) by levying a tax on the technologies that have sparked our information explosion.  Making it too expensive for many people to blog or otherwise send and receive information through digital and Internet-based technologies would not only … Continue Reading

Where Are the First Amendment Champions?

Posted in Digital technology, First Amendment, New Media
First Amendment advocates must acknowledge a stark reality:  Too many players in the new generation of digital media either do not understand the First Amendment, or think the First Amendment is irrelevant to their piece of the digital action, or both.         This is a dangerous situation because these digital gurus are the future of … Continue Reading

Taking Care of Business

Posted in First Amendment, New Media
The challenges facing broadcasting as an industry have been told so often there’s no need to recite them all here. Unfortunately, broadcasters’ understandable focus on business issues is being offered up by some as an excuse for doing little to protect the First Amendment, even in matters directly related to broadcasting, like FCC v. Fox … Continue Reading