The Federal Communications Commission is plotting to restore the net neutrality rules that were invalidated by an appellate court last month, Chairman Tom Wheeler said this week. In a speech delivered on Monday at the University of Colorado Law School, Wheeler said he intends to "preserve a free and open Internet."
TV broadcasters and Aereo will head to Washington on April 22 for a showdown at the Supreme Court, according to a court calendar released today.
Last month, an appellate court handed self-styled "investigative blogger" Crystal Cox a big victory in a lawsuit brought by two subjects of her posts -- Obsidian Finance Group, which consults with businesses in financial trouble, and its co-founder, Kevin Padrick. The decision was hailed as a major victory for bloggers, but it turns out that neither side is happy with the court's opinion in the case: Both Cox and Obsidian are now seeking changes to the decision.
In June of 2007, Universal Music demanded that YouTube remove a 29-second clip of a toddler dancing while Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" played in the background. Universal said at the time that the clip infringed copyright. The baby's mother, Stephanie Lenz, said the video was protected by fair use principles. Google eventually agreed and restored the item. Those events have resulted in an epic legal battle between Lenz, who is represented by digital rights advocates, and Universal.
The Google Glass app NameTag, which lets people put names to faces of passersby, raises "deep concern," Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says in a letter to Kevin Alan Tussy, CEO of FacialNetwork.com.
In 2012, Jane Perez of Fairfax County, Va., took to Yelp and Angie's List to complain about a contractor she had hired, Christopher Dietz. She criticized his work, and also implied that someone from his company stole jewelry from her home.
A group of Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would restore the 2010 net neutrality rules. The Open Internet Preservation Act (S. 1981) would effectively prohibit broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against lawful content, apps or services. The Federal Communications Commission passed rules to that effect in 2010, but the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down those regulations last month.
The head of the Senate Commerce Committee is pressing data brokers to disclose the names of their clients -- particularly ones who purchase lists that categorize people based on "financial vulnerability" or "health status."