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USTR: Piracy, counterfeiting abroad is thriving

December 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the House Judiciary debate over online piracy legislation now expected to extend into the new year, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative provided copyright and trademark holders with fresh evidence Tuesday to demonstrate the scope of online infringement they face from pirates and counterfeiters based offshore. USTR released ...

Judiciary panel set to resume work on online piracy bill

December 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Judiciary Committee is set to resume consideration on Friday of bipartisan legislation that would authorize new tools to crack down on piracy and counterfeiting on foreign websites. A bipartisan group of committee members, including Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., have led a ...

Online-piracy debate begins on contentious note

December 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Judiciary Committee began what is expected to be a long and contentious markup of legislation on Thursday to curb the growth in foreign websites that offer pirated movies and music and counterfeit goods. Following weeks of intense lobbying by both sides, the session began on a sour note ...

House passes spectrum legislation in contentious bill

December 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After months of debate and hearings, the House passed spectrum legislation Tuesday as part of a larger package that includes a payroll tax holiday. The package, passed on a 234-193 vote, faces an uncertain future. Senate Democratic leaders have said the package will likely fail in that chamber and President ...

Despite bipartisan promise, bickering mars spectrum markup

December 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee approved spectrum legislation on Thursday despite strong disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over key issues including governance of a national broadband public safety network and the treatment of unlicensed spectrum. On a 16-7 nearly party line vote, the Communications and Technology Subcommittee approved panel ...

Facebook Settles With FTC Over Privacy

November 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over charges it deceived consumers when it changed its privacy settings in 2009, agreeing to get permission from users before changing the way it shares data and submitting to independent third-party audits of its privacy practices every two years for the next ...

Supporters look at all avenues to move spectrum bill

November 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Now that it's clear there will be no super-committee deal to attach spectrum legislation to, supporters are looking for alternative avenues to move the legislation by the end of the year. Just about any bill with a chance to pass Congress will likely do. "Supporters will look for any moving ...

Genachowski moves to block AT&T merger with T-Mobile

November 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile would cause the largest concentration of the wireless market in history, Federal Communications Commission officials said on Tuesday as they announced that the $39 billion deal would likely be reviewed by an administrative judge. On Tuesday morning FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski circulated a draft order ...

Tech groups offer wish list to super committee

October 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Spectrum, tax reform, and more money for research and development are just some of the items in a wish list that six tech groups and several companies want to see included in the deficit-reduction package from the congressional super committee. "First and foremost, America's corporate tax system is globally uncompetitive ...

Broadcasters coalition offers alternative spectrum plan

October 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A coalition of broadcasters outlined a proposal on Thursday to make better use of the nation's spectrum and says it would raise more money to reduce the deficit than legislation favored by the wireless industry and some lawmakers. The Coalition for Free TV and Broadband wants its idea for legislation ...