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Surprise: Justice Department Says AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Would Be Anticompetitive

Wow! Well, this is a bit of a surprise. The US government, who had been rubber stamping various mergers for a while now, especially in the telco/broadband space, may finally have had enough. The Justice Department has officially moved to block the m… Continue reading

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What Can Bring Together Opposites On The Traditional Political Spectrum? A Fear Of Censorship Due To PROTECT IP

If you follow the political world these days, you’d think that there was nothing out there that a “bleeding-heart liberal” and a “Tea Party conservative” might agree on. But it appears that the hugely problematic PROTECT IP Act is bringing together su… Continue reading

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Nigeria ‘Celebrates’ Its Recording Artists With ‘No Music Day’

If you happen to be Nigerian or passing through Nigeria and are looking for a little traveling music or something catchy enough to push the voices in your head out of the way for a few moments, don’t bother turning on your radio. September 1st is “No M… Continue reading

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Does The Punishment Fit The Crime? Is Manslaughter An Equivalent Crime To Copyright Infringement?

Via ZeroPaid, we learn of a fun article in the French publication Numerama, which tries to compare the length of time in jail one could get for file sharing in France to a few other crimes (Google translation from the original French). The results ar… Continue reading

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More People Waking Up To The Troubling Implications Of The Gov’t Taking $500 Million From Google

Last week when it was confirmed that, via a “nonprosecution agreement,” the government would forfeit $500 million from Google, because of some Canadian pharmacies, we were worried about the kind of message this sent to the tech community. While there … Continue reading

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FCC Asked For Declaratory Ruling That BART Shutting Off Mobile Phone Service Was Illegal

We’d already noted that the FCC was investigating whether or not BART broke the law when it decided to turn off mobile phone service in an effort to stop some protests (a direct attack on a specific form of speech). Now, some public interest groups, i… Continue reading

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Rep. Conyers Wants To Clarify Termination Rights Under Copyright Law

With all the talk of musicians and their contested termination rights lately (as well as a few early cases about termination rights), it appears that Congress is starting to pay attention. Rep. John Conyers has stepped up to say that Congress should c… Continue reading

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Yet Again, Evidence Of The Need For Fashion Copyright Is Totally And Completely Missing

For nearly a decade, we’ve been quite critical of the claim by some in the fashion industry (and a few law professors) that we somehow need a special “fashion copyright.” We’ve covered in great detail why this is false. The whole point of copyright i… Continue reading

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Wasn’t The Real Security Problem The Initial Leak Of State Dept. Cables Rather Than The Latest Leak Of Those Same Cables?

One of the myths around Wikileaks’ original release of State Department cables was that the organization simply dumped all the cables unredacted and let everyone sort it out. That’s simply not true. Wikileaks released only small batches of documents … Continue reading

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DailyDirt: Contrary To Popular Belief, Diamonds Aren’t Forever

There are plenty of good reasons why gold is a valuable element that has been used as money instead of other substances in nature. Diamonds might have been an interesting form of carbon to use in a monetary system, but diamonds don’t actually last fore… Continue reading

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