Building a fiber optic broadband network is expensive, so why not add the conduits when we dig new roads and repair old ones? And a new movie highlights the controversies surrounding copyright, intellectual property and music. 5:02 http://www.freepress.net/node/47702
After many months of fact-finding and opinion gathering, the FCC at last released its long-awaited National Broadband Plan. But will it bring better internet speeds at lower prices? Consumer advocates and the FCC’s broadband chief weigh in.
With the AP’s new news DRM distribution system and the struggling newspaper industry, NPR and First Amendment lawyer David Marburger discusses the redistribution of the news and the U.S. Copyright Act.
Copyright laws are declared to be the underpinnings of creativity, innovation, the knowledge economy, and everything short of curing the sick and feeding the poor. Can copyright laws do all these wonderful things, or are they, in Ian Hargreaves’ words, the result of lobbynomics?
William Patry is senior copyright counsel at Google Inc. He has written far too much about copyright law, including his new book How to Fix Copyright Law and so now spends his time playing bass clarinet.