July 9, 2010
Italian Journalists Lodge Protest Over Government's Wiretapping BillFrom the BBC: Members of the Italian media are striking over a bill proposed by Silvio Berlusconi's government. Among other things, it would limit the right of journalists to report on high profile political cases. More here.
Google "Street View" Program May Have Broken Australian Privacy Laws
Google infringed on Australian privacy law when it collected information for its "Street View" program, say law enforcement authorities there. More here. Australia's Privacy Commissioner, Karen Curtis, says, "'On the information available, I am satisfied that any collection of personal information would have breached the Australian Privacy Act."
July 8, 2010
Charges In Death of "Thundercats" Writer, Stephen PerryZephyrhills, Florida, police have charged James Davis, a roommate of "Thundercats" writer Stephen Perry, with the writer's murder. Mr. Perry was last seen in late May. His abandoned van was then spotted, leading to the discovery of some of his remains. In addition to "Thundercats," Mr. Perry wrote for Marvel Comics and was known for his science fiction stories. More about his work here. He leaves a five year old son, Leo.
More On Climategate
FCC Media Bureau Holds Public Forum at Northwestern Law School July 13th
The Media Bureau today announced the agenda for its July 13, 2010, public forum being held from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Northwestern University Law School, Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The two-panel forum will discuss the Comcast/NBCU/GE joint venture proposal, followed by a public comment period on the proposed transaction.
The event is open to the public. The audience will be given an opportunity to participate via “open microphone” during a special segment from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Individuals wishing to comment must sign up at the registration desk beginning at 5:00 p.m. Slots for this two hour segment will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The forum also will be carried live over the Internet on the FCC Live web page at http://reboot.fcc.gov/live. Questions from the Internet audience can be submitted throughout the event via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and via Twitter using the hash tag, #fccNBC.
Agenda and Panelists
(Central Standard Time)
1:00 p.m. Introduction and Opening Remarks
Commissioner Michael Copps, Federal Communications Commission
1:15 p.m. Panel 1: Online Video Distribution Considerations
John Flynn, Senior Counsel to the Chairman for Transactions, FCC (Moderator)
Jeffrey Blum, Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network
Susan Crawford, Professor, Cardozo Law School, and Visiting Research Collaborator, Princeton University
Markham C. Erickson, Partner, Holch & Erickson LLP, and Executive Director, NetCoalition
Travis Parsons, Senior Director, Business Development, Sezmi
Josh Silver, President and CEO, Free Press
Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology
Susan Whiting, Vice Chair, The Nielsen Company
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Panel 2: Multichannel Video Programming Distributor Considerations
William Lake, Chief, Media Bureau, FCC (Moderator)
Colleen Abdoulah, President and CEO, WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone
Tyrone Brown, President, Media Access Project
Brian Lawlor, President-Chairman, NBC Television Affiliates and Senior Vice
President of Television, The E.W. Scripps Company
William Rogerson, Professor of Economics, Northwestern University
Ken Solomon, Chairman & CEO, The Tennis Channel
James Speta, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
5:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. Public Comments
8:00 p.m. Adjournment
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July 7, 2010
A Report on "Climategate" ReleasedFrom the Chronicle of Higher Education, an article on the report issued by the University of East Anglia panel that investigated "Climategate," the unauthorized release of over one thousand email messages concerning climate research. The panel found no wrong-doing, but said the researchers should not have deleted messages in order to try to get around open records laws.
New Fashion Law Blog Hits the CatwalkNew student edited fashion law blog: Case Clothesed.com. Very stylish name. Other blogs in this particular area that I follow include Susan Scafidi's quite wonderful Counterfeit Chic.
Pennsylvania Judge Clarifies Expungement Order, Removes Requirement On NewspapersA Pennsylvania judge has excluded two Pennsylvania newspapers from an order that expunges the records of defendants in several cases. The papers were originally included in the expungement orders signed by him and another judge earlier this month. The judge, Thomas Kistler, said the First Amendment rights of the newspapers to leave their archives intact are "clear."
New E-Book Review Makes Its Debut
The Intellectual Property Law Center at Golden Gate University Law School has launched the IP Law Book Review. The inaugural issue carries book reviews by Kara Swanson, Shubha Ghosh, Jeffrey Lefstin, Jessica Silbey, Joseh Meckes, Christopher Holman, and Andrew Torrance of books by Catherine Fisk, Dan L. Burk and Mark Lemley, James Bessen and Michael Meurer, Jessica Reyman, Randall Kay and Rebecca Edelson, David Hricik and Mercedes Meyer, and Holger Hestermeyer.