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July 25, 2014
Some lawmakers appear interested in the idea of a small claims system for resolving copyright infringement disputes, or were at least asking questions about it at a House hearing Thursday.
Last year, the Copyright Office, following a congressional request, issued a report on small copyright claims that said small copyright owners face “formidable challenges” in pursuing infringement claims under the current system and proposed a voluntary system for addressing small claims within the Copyright Office that would serve as an alternative to going to federal court.
“What are your views on the Copyright Office recommendation for a small copyright claims system?” Howard Coble, R-N.C., asked witnesses at a Thursday House Judiciary Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee hearing on copyright infringement penalties.
July 24, 2014
The issue of patent “trolls” has been a high-profile issue in Washington, but the issue of copyright “‘trolls” also cropped up at a House hearing on Wednesday.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the dollars aren’t needed for basic Internet connections.
July 23, 2014
One of NASA’s major projects is building its heavy lift rocket, called the Space Launch System. It’s scheduled for its first test flight in 2017, but the Government Accountability Office says the program risks not meeting that date.
The Federal Communications Commission issued an advisory Wednesday reminding broadband service providers that they are still bound by part of the 2010 “open Internet” rule requiring accurate disclosure of information about their services.
A new report from the American Library Association, the University of Maryland and the International City/County Management Association on “digital inclusion” says that 39 percent of public libraries have fiber optic Internet connections and that 98 percent offer Wi-Fi.
Here are a few more statistics from the survey, which had breakdowns by locale:
- Fiber connections were 58 percent for libraries in cities compared to 27 percent in libraries in rural areas.
- City libraries have an average Internet download speed of over 100 Mbps. Rural libraries had an average download speed of over 21 Mbps.
- 90 percent make e-books available.
- 41 percent make laptops available. In this case, rural libraries offered this service at a higher percentage than city libraries.
- 17 percent of libraries offer use of tablets.
- 2 percent have 3-D printers.
July 22, 2014
Back in March, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced that it would ask the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to get stakeholders together to come up with a plan for the federal agency to step back from its role in certain functions of the Internet domain name system.
In case you haven’t been watching ICANN’s every movement since then, here’s an update via NTIA’s Lawrence E. Strickling, from his remarks at an American Enterprise Institute Internet governance event on Tuesday.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the potential Democratic presidential candidate who has been promoting her new book “Hard Choices,” did a Q&A on Monday at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, where she talked about women in politics, college costs, Russia and many other topics — including tech issues.
July 21, 2014
“By the reckoning of a new report by the left-leaning Center for New American Security, we screwed it up from the start when designing the architecture of digital computing — security just wasn’t drawn into those original blueprints,” writes CQ Roll Call’s Tim Starks. Read more about the report, helmed by White House adviser Richard Danzig, over at the Five By Five blog.