Category Archives: First Amendment

How Might Copyright Threaten Free Speech? Let’s Count the Many Ways

On Techdirt recently Timothy Geigner wrote about David Newhoff’s guest posted on the blog of DC lobbyist outfit The Copyright Alliance. The crux of his argument is this: some people feel that existence of a stranger’s gay marriage threatens their … Continue reading

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Lamar Smith: Here’s the Problem Language with Sec. 103 of SOPA

Lamar Smith, architect of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is on record saying: The criticism of this bill is completely hypothetical; none of it is based in reality. Not one of the critics was able to point to any language … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Area: Your Unique Role in Defeating SOPA

By and amazing coincidence (or maybe not) there are three Congresswomen representing districts in Southern California on the House Judiciary Committee who are overseeing the direction of SOPA. Linda Sanchez of the 39th District, Maxine Waters of the 35th District, … Continue reading

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AP proves: Lawyers are not long-term business strategists

Associated Press (AP) has send DMCA notices to The Drudge Retort for quoting too much from one if it’s articles and then linking to one of it’s paying customer’s website (more at Techdirt). This, of course, interferes with the APs … Continue reading

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Blockbuster + Circuit City May Mean More DRM

Today, Blockbuster Inc. announced its offer to acquire Circuit City. This is not good for consumers. Big box electronic retailers control the consumer electronics industry more that you might think. In the US (and maybe elsewhere), Circuit City and Best … Continue reading

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To Big Media All Media is Commercial, to Normal People Media is Part of a Conversation

All forms of media and broadcasted conversations were at one time only producible by Big Media companies. And most of it was for commercial use. This is the broadcasting, music selling, book selling; the licensing and permission paradigm. When you … Continue reading

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Linking is Not a Crime

Check out this banner that Ross Mayfield of SocialText made. Here is his blog post about it. It his regarding a case where Eli Lilly sued a blogger who made a wiki about Zyprexa. The case was defended by EFF. … Continue reading

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John McCain: Enemy of the Blogosphere, Free Speech

Via Carpetbagger Report: * Commercial websites and personal blogs “would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000.” * Internet service providers (ISPs) are already required to issue such … Continue reading

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