In 1966, the cable TV industry warned that if it was brought within the scope of copyright law, it “could very well be forced out of existence to the great injury to the public interest, and with no corresponding benefit to copyright owners, broadcast stations, or the public.”1
That didn’t happen; in fact, cable television is not only doing quite well but has become the producer of some of the most amazing and compelling programs today, benefiting all.
But nearly a half century later, Aereo has resurrected the same arguments to justify its position as a for-profit middleman. According to Aereo’s CEO, holding the company liable “would impair cloud innovation and threaten the myriad benefits to individuals, companies, and the economy at large of the advances in cloud computing and cloud storage.”
A Supreme Court ruling against Aereo won’t spell the end of cloud computing — Over at Truth on the Market, Geoffrey Manne, Ryan Radia, and Ben Sperry explain why a holding finding Aereo liable for publicly performing copyrighted works won’t mean cloud computing services would face new liability.
Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence — A comprehensive and sobering look at how stunningly powerful the search giant has grown in only a few short years. “‘Google’s influence in Washington has chilled a necessary and overdue policy discussion about the impact of the Internet’s largest firm on the future of the Internet,’ said Marc Rotenberg, a Georgetown University law professor who runs the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a watchdog and research organization.”
Digital Public Library of America to add millions of records to its archive — Ars reports, “Today marks the Digital Public Library of America’s one-year anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, the non-profit library network announced six new partnerships with major archives, including the US Government Printing Office and the J. Paul Getty Trust.”
World IP Day – Movies: A Global Passion — If you’re in DC next Wednesday, do check out the Copyright Office’s World IP Day program, in partnership with the Copyright Alliance, featuring multi-award winning feature film and television director Matthew Harrison, two-time Daytime Emmy Award-nominated actor Robert Newman, and film scholar Mike Mashon, Head of the Moving Image Section at the Library of Congress.
- Statement of Frederick W. Ford, President, National Community Television Association, Inc.; Accompanied by Alfred R. Stern, Chairman, Board of Directors; and E. Stratford Smith, Special Counsel, National Community Television Association, Inc., Hearings before the Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights of the Committee on the Judiciary, US Senate, 89th Congress, Pursuant to S. Res. 201 on S. 1006, pg. 86 (1966). [↩]