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September 15, 2014

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July 14, 2014

Unauthorized In-App Charges: Questions About Parents’ Role and the FTC’s Approach

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit alleging that Amazon on numerous occasions billed customers for unauthorized “in-app” charges made by children, but several writers are raising questions about whether parents should take more responsibility in choosing what games their children have access to, and how the Federal Trade Commission should go about addressing such issues.

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June 16, 2014

The Best Paragraph in the Annual Permit for Burning Man

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The 2013 Burning Man pavilion. (Photo by Bexx Brown-Spinelli, used under a Creative Commons license)

This morning’s Federal Register includes the annual notice by the Bureau of Land Management for the Burning Man festival, which, of course, counts Silicon Valley’s techies as one of its chief constituencies. It’s generally a ho-hum, 4,000-word document of dos (uh, be cool) and don’ts (no fireworks except those for the “sanctioned art burn event”). But there’s one paragraph included by BLM every year that sums up where things can go wrong in the desert.

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T Bone Burnett on Pre-’72 Royalties, Digital Music Services, and the Question of Fairness

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Burnett at a premiere of “Inside Llewyn Davis” in Hollywood in November. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Films)

In the fight over royalty payments by digital music services for pre-1972 recordings, are digital music services doing harm or are they the ones being treated unfairly? In a Roll Call Guest Observers piece, musician, songwriter and producer T Bone Burnett argues that it’s the musicians who are the little guy and that digital music services are biting the hand that feeds them.

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June 9, 2014

Songwriter Groups Have a Little Advice About Consent Decrees

Among the various issues at tomorrow’s  House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on music licensing will be the question of whether and how the Justice Department should modify its decades-old consent decrees with performing rights organizations.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 4:29 p.m.
Entertainment, Radio

June 4, 2014

NFL Blackouts Face Sustained Drive by McCain, Blumenthal

Two senators are asking the FCC to quickly bring an end to blackouts of National Football League games and other sporting events on local TV stations. Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican John McCain are keeping up their push on the matter, since the comment period for a proposed rule ran out in March. Niels Lesniewski has more at Roll Call’s Senate blog, WGDB.

John Oliver’s Net Neutrality Trolls: Surprisingly Civil?

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Now that HBO’s John Oliver has managed to do the nearly impossible by making the net neutrality debate somewhat sexy, it’s time to assess the fruits of his impassioned call for the Internet’s “lovely trolls” to leave comments with the FCC about the proposal it advanced in its May 15 meeting.

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June 2, 2014

John Oliver Summons ‘Lovely Trolls’ Against Net Neutrality Proposal

“If we let cable companies offer two speeds of service, they won’t be Usain Bolt and Usain Bolt on a motorbike,” John Oliver said last night on his HBO show. “They’ll be Usain Bolt and Usain bolted to an anchor.”

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May 30, 2014

Net Neutrality, Music Royalties, Patent ‘Trolls’ Pop Up in New House Bills

In case you missed it, over the past couple days House members have introduced legislation on three of the year’s top tech issues:

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May 29, 2014

Apple/Beats Deal Visits Washington First

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(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

When Apple announced that it was purchasing Beats Music, it mentioned that the transaction likely would close in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, “subject to regulatory approvals.” But whose umbrella does that regulatory approval fall under?

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 6:23 p.m.

May 21, 2014

Comedian/Podcaster Adam Carolla to Talk Patent ‘Trolls’

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Carolla delivers the keynote address at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas in March. (David Becker/Getty Images)

The Internet Association has been pushing for legislation on patent “trolls,” but a bill hasn’t moved in the Senate, so they’re bringing in a comedian: Adam Carolla. They want to show what’s going on outside of Washington and how user communities are getting involved, said Nika Nour, the group’s digital director.

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