The Law and Politics of Net Neutrality: Part 2

In the previous post, I wrote about the recent history of net neutrality, the Open Internet Rules in the works, and the ensuing backroom dealings and legislative battles.  But now that the mid-term elections are over, has the future of net neutrality rules changed, and is net neutrality dead? Republicans made gains in the Senate and took control of the House, but does the change in legislative politics impact the regulatory process (and the profit Continue Reading →

The Law and Politics of Net Neutrality: Part 1

The current political climate portends significant political changes following today’s midterm elections.  The balance of power will likely shift back toward the right, greatly reducing the governing mandate of the Democratic Party.  The current administration’s ability to push policies through will be tempered by a shift of power in Congress, possibly preventing the Obama administration from achieving its stated policy goals after two years in power.  One of the policy goals under attack is Net Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 16, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar: Ephemeral Law takes a look at the court documents in Microsoft’s challenge to the Waledac botnet, which it describes as on the “cutting edge of legal efforts to shut down hacking operations.” The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Justice is stepping up its antitrust investigation into technology firms’ “no-poach” policy and salary fixing. Eric Goldman reports on a decision of the California Court of Appeals Continue Reading →

Australian Federal Court Finds ISP Not Liable For Users’ Copyright Infringements

In a decision delivered on February 4, 2010, the Federal Court of Australia (see Wikipedia entry here) ruled that Australian Internet Service Provider (ISP) iiNet could not be held liable for unauthorized downloads of copyrighted movies by its customers (Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Limited (No. 3)). The applicants were a coalition of thirty-four Australian and U.S. motion picture production companies, assisted in the conduct of their claim by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 5, 2010

This week on the STLR radar: Freedom to Tinker conducts a “census” of files shared through BitTorrent, finding 99% of them to infringe copyright. From Business Week: a Pittsburgh couple is suing Google for trespass because Google posted pictures of their residence, including their pool and driveway. Italy will hold YouTube liable for uploads that infringe copyright or are libelous, Ars Technica reports, which would eliminate “safe harbor” rules that protect websites with user-generated content Continue Reading →