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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 27, 2016 Dear Landlord: Don’t Rip Me Off When it Comes To Internet Access When building owners get kickbacks from big providers it’s the tenants who lose
QUOTE: Water and heat are regulated utilities. But when it comes to Internet access, people in apartments (called Multiple Dwelling Units, or MDUs) often have the worst of both worlds: all the limitations of a utility framework — no competition, no choices — with zero protections for consumers. That means unconstrained pricing. Network operators like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T, in cahoots with developers and landlords, routinely use a breathtaking array of kickbacks, lawyerly games of Twister, blunt threats, and downright illegal activities to lock up buildings in exclusive arrangements.
Backchannel Mar 13, 2013 Death to Whistle-Blowers? (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: ...Private Manning still faces trial on the most serious charges, including the potential capital offense of “aiding the enemy” — though the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty in this case, “only” a life sentence. If successful, the prosecution will establish a chilling precedent: national security leaks may subject the leakers to a capital prosecution or at least life imprisonment. Anyone who holds freedom of the press dear should shudder at the threat that the prosecution’s theory presents to journalists, their sources and the public that relies on them.
New York Times Mar 01, 2013 Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses?
QUOTE: On Monday, the Copyright Alert System, or “Six Strikes”, went into affect across the five biggest ISPs in the U.S. The system hopes to catch those pirating content over P2P networks, and send them a notice detailing their infringement. The hope is that those who are caught will start using legal alternatives. To better understand the CAS, we have to look at what the Center for Copyright Information is doing with it. First, there are three tiers to the CAS that consumers should be aware of with each tier having two levels within it. The three tiers are as follows – educational alerts, acknowledgement alerts and mitigation measures.
WebProNews Mar 28, 2012 News Corp in fresh storm
QUOTE: The emails, said to be from the hard drive of a former head of security at NDS, a former News Corp subsidiary, appear to show that the company paid computer hackers to work with its "operational security" unit....The Australian Financial Review claimed that NDS's activities in Australia in 1999 caused millions of dollars of damage to Mr Murdoch's rivals in the country's nascent pay-TV market. The business models of Austar, Optus and Foxtel were all damaged by a wave of high-tech piracy at that time.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 18, 2012 Apple and the Daisey affair
QUOTE: The show, which cast a harsh light on the working conditions in the Chinese factories....We now know, thanks to follow-up reporting by Rob Schmitz at American Public Media's Marketplace, that Daisey's monologue -- as he reluctantly admits -- was a piece of theater, not a factual report.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 23, 2012 MegaUpload: The content cartel strikes back
QUOTE: Like SOPA and PIPA, the bust comes with its own collateral damage. Along with those pirated movies and music, the feds took down noninfringing data from thousands of legit MegaUpload users, who are howling in protest and demanding -- futilely, so far -- the return of their stuff.
InfoWorld Oct 05, 2011 Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don't get it
QUOTE: the reason why some mainstream news journalists and many of the audiences they serve see the Occupy Wall Street protests as incoherent is because the press and the public are themselves...In fact, we are witnessing America's first true Internet-era movement, which -- unlike civil rights protests, labor marches, or even the Obama campaign -- does not take its cue from a charismatic leader, express itself in bumper-sticker-length goals and understand itself as having a particular endpoint.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 15, 2011 A Tip Becomes a Twitter Torrent
QUOTE: What appears to have happened is this: ESPN benched [Feldman] earlier this week, with pay, as it assessed the damage from excerpts from “Swing Your Sword,” the newly published book that Feldman collaborated on with Mike Leach, the ex-Texas Tech football coach.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Lies and Videotape (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: For most authoritarian states, state news media, especially television, have helped leaders stay in power by creating a parallel reality for their populations and depriving dissenters of a wider audience.
New York Times Apr 19, 2011 'Happy Days' actors claim fraud, money owed for merchandising
QUOTE: "There's a huge juxtaposition for 'Happy Days' to represent the coldness of big business, the wrongdoing of big business and the greed of big business," Williams said. "And the idea that they don't have to abide by contracts, and they can get away with anything as long as they are not caught. And they picked the wrong show."
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 14, 2011 Red State Home Companion
QUOTE: In a multiple-prong attack on NPR, Republicans slashed funding for public broadcasting, then passed an additional “emergency” bill to prohibit independent stations from using federal grants to buy NPR programs... So why go after such a meager sum for public radio, when it means so much to the least-populated areas of America? Spite. Ideology.
New York Times Mar 28, 2011 Dispute Over Time Warner Cable’s Streaming to iPad Bursts Into the Open
QUOTE: Time Warner Cable started streaming several dozen TV channels to customers’ iPads. Immediately, channel owners like Viacom and Scripps Networks seized on the streaming capability as a contract violation — in part because they want cable companies to pay them more for the privilege to stream.
New York Times Mar 09, 2011 Resignation Comes at Sensitive Time for NPR
QUOTE: Vivian Schiller... offered her resignation to the public radio organization’s board late Tuesday, half a day after a conservative filmmaker released a video that showed one of NPR’s fund-raising executives disparaging Republicans and Tea Party supporters in a conversation with people posing as prospective donors.
New York Times Feb 27, 2011 Insulting Chuck Lorre, Not Abuse, Gets Sheen Sidelined
QUOTE: So the message from CBS and Warner Brothers seems clear: abuse yourself and the women around you to your heart’s content, but do not attack the golden goose.
New York Times Feb 20, 2011 New Jersey TV Station Is Accused of Failing Its Audience
QUOTE: The F.C.C.’s inquiry, announced on Thursday, was prompted by complaints from media activists who say that since the cutbacks, WWOR has overstated its coverage in filings to the F.C.C.
New York Times Jan 29, 2011 Arab media revolution spreading change
QUOTE: Egyptians have overcome their fear of the police state....There is a direct line between this revolt and the Arab media revolution launched 15 years ago. One might even argue it is the inevitable result.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 03, 2011 Afghan women speak out on abuse from behind mask
QUOTE: ...Afghanistan's new revolutionary TV show called "Niqab," meaning "The Mask."...."I was not very sure about the concept and the format, but I was very sure about the mask, you know. Because in Afghanistan, it's very difficult for women to talk about their difficulties and their problems, and the violence they are facing in their home."
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 03, 2011 A Clear Danger to Free Speech
QUOTE: THE so-called Shield bill, which was recently introduced in both houses of Congress in response to the WikiLeaks disclosures, would amend the Espionage Act of 1917 to make it a crime for any person knowingly and willfully to disseminate, “in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States,” any classified information “concerning the human intelligence activities of the United States.” Although this proposed law may be constitutional as applied to government employees who unlawfully leak such material to people who are unauthorized to receive it, it would plainly violate the First Amendment to punish anyone who might publish or otherwise circulate the information after it has been leaked.
New York Times Oct 06, 2010 On the Media: Onetime TV consumer watchdogs now ply their trade elsewhere: David Horowitz, Alan Mendelson and Judd McIlvain fight to build even modest audiences nowadays.
QUOTE: where programs dubbed as the "news" fob off paid promotional segments, touting products and services, like legitimate consumer reporting. We're talking about ads that aren't identified as ads. The putative radio and TV watchdogs of yesteryear, meanwhile, have been pushed to the margins. They work for commercial interests or operate in obscure niches, fighting to build even modest audiences.
Los Angeles Times Jul 18, 2010 China’s Censors Rein in ‘Vulgar’ Reality TV Show
QUOTE: The shows [broadcasted on Chinese television] are now forbidden to “hype up marginal issues, show the ugly side of things, or overly depressing, dark or decadent topics,” according to the directive. Instead, the shows have to “maintain core Socialist values.”
New York Times May 07, 2010 FCC hands Hollywood the keys to your PC, home theater and future
QUOTE: The FCC has given Hollywood permission to activate the "Selective Output Control" technologies in your set-top box. These are hidden flags that allow the MPAA to deactivate parts of your home theater depending on what you're watching. And it sucks.
Boing Boing Apr 24, 2010 Jon Stewart’s Punching Bag, Fox News
QUOTE: It is true that the often-left-leaning “Daily Show” deals with a wide array of topics, but Fox is one that Mr. Stewart is overtly passionate about; he said on the show this week that he criticizes the network a lot because it is “truly a terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization.”
New York Times Sep 21, 2009 If spectrum isn't scarce anymore, can you say $#!% on TV?
QUOTE: the brief [filed by the Center for Creative Voices and the Future of Music Coalition] also grapples with a very sticky wicket that the Second Circuit [Court of Appeals] may or may not take up: whether there's a scarcity of broadcast spectrum any more, and whether the legal precedent empowered by that assumption—a case called Red Lion—still authorizes the FCC to regulate the airwaves.
Ars Technica Sep 18, 2009 Fox Ad on Protest Coverage Draws Rivals’ Fire
QUOTE: Fox [News Channel] accused its competitors of missing the story of the so-called antitax protests in Washington last Saturday.
New York Times Sep 18, 2009 DRM's tentacles snare British HDTV
QUOTE: DRM watchers are sounding the alarm about a proposal to bring what they fear amounts to a "broadcast flag" to the UK's over-the-air digital Freeview television service.
Ars Technica Sep 02, 2009 Movie studios again demand HDTV disabling powers from FCC
QUOTE: "The vast majority of consumers would not have to purchase new devices to receive the new, high-value content contemplated by MPAA's" request, the group [MPAA] assures the FCC.
Ars Technica Aug 28, 2009 Court tosses "arbitrary" FCC cable market share cap
QUOTE: The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has just thrown out the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rule limiting each cable provider to no more than 30 percent of the overall video marketplace.
Ars Technica Aug 05, 2009 Senate hears royalty debate pitting Big Content vs Big Radio
QUOTE: Radio stations pay only songwriters for the music they play, while recording artists get nothing (except publicity). When music is delivered via webcasting, cable networks, and satellite radio, however, station owners need to pay both songwriters and recording artists.
Ars Technica Aug 04, 2009 CNN Calls on Cable Operators to Block Ad Critical of Lou Dobbs (Media Decoder)
QUOTE: A commercial critiquing CNN’s Lou Dobbs is being shown on Fox News and MSNBC this week — but not CNN.
New York Times Aug 01, 2009 Talk Radio Campaign Frightening Seniors: Provision for End-of-Life Counseling Is Described by Right as 'Death Care'
QUOTE: A campaign on conservative talk radio has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life "rationing" and even "euthanasia."....But on right-leaning radio programs, religious e-mail lists and Internet blogs, the proposal has been described as "guiding you in how to die," "an ORDER from the Government to end your life," promoting "death care" and, in the words of antiabortion leader Randall Terry, an attempt to "kill Granny."
Washington Post Jul 31, 2009 Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV Feud
QUOTE: The reconciliation — not acknowledged by the parties until now — showcased how a personal and commercial battle between two men [Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly] could create real consequences for their parent corporations.
New York Times Jul 07, 2009 West Virginia sues Comcast over cable box tying
QUOTE: most service providers push their customers into renting the [cable] box from them, which ensures an additional revenue stream that easily surpasses the volume pricing they pay for it.... But efforts to divorce the service from its receiver may have gotten a big boost last week when the state of West Virginia filed a similar suit, alleging it's an illegal tying of services.
Ars Technica Apr 16, 2009 10 Things Cable Companies Won't Tell You
QUOTE: 2. “raise prices recklessly... Bundling your services can end up costing you more.”
Smart Money Jan 08, 2009 TV Decoder: Obama Asks for Delay in Digital TV Switch
QUOTE: president of PBS, Paula Kerger, “said she’s especially concerned that children in less-affluent homes that rely on free television might lose access to PBS educational shows for kids,”....“The federal government is getting $19 billion from selling the analog TV spectrum, while people with analog TVs have to go out and spend their own money for a converter box,” said Joel Kelsey, a policy analyst for Consumers Union...
New York Times Nov 05, 2008 Supreme Court Justices Debate the 'F-Bomb'
QUOTE: The Supreme Court appeared far from a consensus Tuesday on whether the Federal Communication Commission's crackdown on broadcasters who allow "fleeting expletives"...It was an unusual hour, as justices debated the relative impact of barnyard epithets, and Solicitor General Gregory Garre warned the Court not to rule in a way that could lead to "Big Bird dropping the f-bomb on Sesame Street."
Legal Times Nov 05, 2008 Google Wins the Presidential Election (So Does Obama)
QUOTE: if Lessig has Obama's ear, you might see more policies leaning towards "fair use" of other people's copyrighted works. That also dovetails with Google's agenda, which needs net neutrality and could use less content protection so it can take over the world by providing other people's content and its own advertising over other people's pipes.
PC Magazine Nov 04, 2008 AT&T Tries Out Bandwidth Caps
QUOTE: The days of all-you-can-eat bandwidth appear to be numbered. AT&T, one of the largest broadband providers in the country, has set usage caps as an experiment....setting limits on broadband use in an attempt to crackdown on so-called "bandwidth hogs."
Wired Oct 30, 2008 The art and war of negotiation: What are you agreeing to when you sign a EULA? The Gripe Line finds out
QUOTE: "if there is any contract that is found to be 'unconscionable' by the court, they won't uphold it. The courts hate that sort of thing. How much software companies can get away with in a EULA is still an open question, though, one that probably has not been tested in the courts."
InfoWorld Oct 15, 2008 McCain seeks special 'fair use' copyright rules for VIPs
QUOTE: McCain is calling for VIP treatment for the remixes made by political campaigns. All claims of fair use are equal--yet some claims are more equal than others.
CNET Jul 28, 2008 Comcast Spoiling for Fight With FCC
QUOTE: Comcast is poised for legal showdown with the Federal Communications Commission as the agency moves to fine the cable giant for blocking file-sharing traffic on its Web network.
Wired Jul 19, 2008 Move to Digital TV Faces Language Barrier: Many Hispanics Unprepared for Switch
QUOTE: The switch to all-digital television has been bumpy. Despite multimillion-dollar ad campaigns by the government and the broadcasting industry, some lawmakers and community leaders fear that the efforts have fallen short in informing viewers who watch TV with rabbit-ear antennas that those days are numbered. Consumers who do not speak English rely heavily on such television broadcasts to receive critical information such as news and weather warnings. But these communities have been the hardest to reach and educate about the transition.
Washington Post Jul 17, 2008 CBS Chiefs to Testify in Rather Suit
QUOTE: The chief executive of CBS and the former president of CBS News have agreed to answer questions from lawyers for Dan Rather, who has accused the network of violating his contract by giving him little to do after forcing him off the “CBS Evening News” in 2005.
New York Times Jun 16, 2008 The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs
QUOTE: The Associated Press, one of the nation’s largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright.
New York Times May 23, 2008 Online Video’s Grave Consequences (The Medium)
QUOTE: It’s a video-sharing joint, but only for videos that have been removed from YouTube — for supposed copyright violations. And other reasons...The project comes from M.I.T., a copyright-reform-watchdog group called M.I.T. Free Culture.
New York Times May 13, 2008 When Literary and Prosecutorial License Collide
QUOTE: Prosecutors who draw on their professional experiences to write novels and assist screenwriters can breathe a little easier after a pair of rulings issued on Monday by the California Supreme Court. One decision reversed an appeals court ruling disqualifying a prosecutor who had provided filmmakers with his files in a pending case. The other reversed a similar ruling against a prosecutor who had written a novel whose plot bore similarities to a second pending case.
New York Times Apr 08, 2008 Media giants start whisper campaign to kill Fair Use
QUOTE: The big media companies are trying to convince the world's governments that the USA's statutory exceptions to copyright (embodied in Fair Use) are so broad that they violate the centuries-old Berne Convention, a widely adopted copyright treaty.
Boing Boing Mar 31, 2008 As TV Goes Digital, Some Viewers May Be in the Dark
QUOTE: The digital conversion presents a huge logistical and technical hurdle for the communities whose dependence on rabbit-ear-style analog TVs are high, but whose understanding of how to manage the change is low [...] Debra Berlyn, a consultant for AARP, said there is also concern that older consumers might be vulnerable to sales pitches for new, expensive TVs instead of the cheaper converter-box option.
Washington Post Mar 14, 2008 The Dark Side of 'Corking Up': Minstrelsy may be dead, but white actors playing people of color is still a thorny issue.
QUOTE: Armisen's Obama does provide us an opportunity to revisit the thorny subject of whether or not it's OK for actors to darken their skin in order to play minority characters...Why are some "blackface" performances pounced on while others skate by?
Newsweek Feb 29, 2008 Did 'SNL' Go Beyond the Pale With Fauxbama? Lorne Michaels Defends Casting Of Non-Black Man in Sketch
QUOTE: The Obama portrayal has given critics a chance to make a second claim about "SNL": that it under-employs African American performers. When it began looking for someone to play Obama, the show had few alternatives..."It's not about race," [producer Lorne] Michaels insisted via phone. "It's about getting a take on Obama, where it serves the comedy and the writing..."
Washington Post Feb 20, 2008 What You Need to Know About Digital Television
QUOTE: most people don't use an antenna to receive television programming, and viewing digital television (DTV) doesn't necessarily require the purchase of a new TV. The transition to a 100% digital television broadcasting system is all but inevitable, and the good news is that few people will even notice when nearly 80 years of analog television broadcasting service comes to an end early next year.
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