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Government’s Power to Regulate the Internet

Estate of Denial:  The Cato Institute’s Julian Sanchez provides important perspective regarding public outcries over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) by reminding of how the FBI already has significant power when it comes to internet regulation. That certainly doesn’t mean that apparently successful protests over these two acts weren’t a…

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Wikipedia Protests Proposed Piracy Legislation With Blackout

ABA Journal:  Wikipedia is planning to protest anti-piracy legislation with a 24-hour blackout of its English-language website on Wednesday. The nonprofit that operates the online encyclopedia written by its readers said in a statement that the legislation would harm the free and open Internet, report Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal and the New York…

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Superhero Copyright Fights

Estate of Denial:  The comic book industry began life in the early 20th century as the province of con men who stripped artists of their creations, then moved on to the next mark. The artists who were paid virtually nothing for work on characters that are now worth billions at the movies are nearly all…

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The Music Copyright Enforcers

The New York Times: has an interesting article on what it is like for employees of performing rights organizations who work in the trenches of enforcing music copyrights.  “Broadcast Music Incorporated, otherwise known as BMI. The firm is a P.R.O., or performing rights organization; P.R.O.’s license the music of the songwriters and music publishers they…