ALBANY – Under growing pressure, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, never a fan of public debates with his opponents, on Friday appeared to set the stage for a quick-hit debate that he proposed be held early Saturday morning on a radio station that airs in New York City. Not so fast said Molinaro, who for months has been urging Cuomo to debate. The Republican candidate quickly rejected what he characterized as a haphazardly devised debate with a format put together seemingly on the fly by Cuomo and his radio interviewers. And other minor party candidates, cut out of the one-on-one plan accepted by Cuomo, called any such format unfair to them. “I have no problem fighting against the forces of hate. I don’t. I don’t think it’s an especially constructive dialogue,’’ Cuomo told WCBS radio in New York this morning as interviewers sought to get him to commit to a one-on-one debate with Molinaro. But then, Cuomo said, “If you want to do it Mr. Molinaro, if … [Read more...] about Molinaro rejects Cuomo’s radio debate proposal, calling it ‘a staged fraud’
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New technology continues to generate business models that test the limits of intellectual property laws enacted before such technologies were ever contemplated. The latest example is the use of “geofencing” in an attempt to avoid certain obligations to pay certain digital performance royalties.In February 2014, VerStandig Broadcasting, the owner of several radio stations in Virginia, sent a letter to SoundExchange, the entity responsible for administering statutory licenses and collecting digital performance royalties for sound recordings. The letter stated that VerStandig intended to use geofencing (explained below) to stream radio broadcasts to a limited area within 150 miles of each station’s transmitter using geofencing technology. This method, VerStandig Broadcasting said, would fall into an exemption under Section 114(d)(1)(B)(i) of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §114(d)(1)(B)(i)), that would excuse it from paying digital performance … [Read more...] about Emerging Technology and Existing Law: Can Geofencing Provide Radio Webcasters a Workaround of Digital Performance Royalties?
The FCC’s National Broadband Plan is a massive, comprehensive plan that places broadband accessibility at the cornerstone of economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life. The plan envisions greatly expanded wireless broadband capability as a necessary tool for achieving these goals and seeks to extend broadband inclusiveness to vastly expanded groups of Americans. It makes the case that a key component to expanded broadband is wireless delivery, making one of the principal challenges finding sufficient spectrum with appropriate propagation characteristics to fulfill the need. All of this presents an idyllic view of the future of broadband and the assumed benefits it can bring. The problem, of course, is that the Plan proposes to accomplish this nirvana of communications technology on the backs of, or with a significant spectrum contribution from, television broadcasters. While it proposes to repurpose spectrum allocated to several wireless … [Read more...] about A Spectrum Proposal for TV Broadband
Radio stations that stream over the Internet typically have to pay performance royalties to the copyright owners of the songs that are being broadcast over the Internet. Last month, a group of radio broadcasters in Virginia brought a copyright lawsuit challenging whether they had to pay royalties for streaming Internet if their audience was restricted to a 150-mile radius from the station's transmitter. Technological advances, such as geo-fencing, allows websites to restrict access to those within a certain geographic area. If the audience of a streaming radio station is limited to a 150-mile radius, then the web-based audience is arguably the same as the AM/FM broadcast audience. More importantly for purposes of this case, there is a specific provision of the Copyright Act that exempts broadcasters from having to pay performance royalties for digital retransmissions of their broadcasts provided the retransmissions do not go "more than a radius of 150 miles from … [Read more...] about Novel Copyright Action Involving Webcasting and Geofencing to be Decided in Harrisonburg, Virginia
How soon after waking up do you check your phone? Do you compulsively refresh your Twitter feed? Can you find your way around without Google Maps? There are many obvious and tactile ways in which Silicon Valley has its hooks in our everyday lives. And as we see Big Tech face increased scrutiny, people are becoming more conscious of their interactions with their products: limiting screen time, quitting Facebook, shopping locally. But fully divorcing yourself from these companies is a lot harder than you may think, as journalist Kashmir Hill discovered. Because besides our obvious interactions with Big Tech, there are many more invisible ways these products and innovations touch our lives. This is Kashmir’s story of what happens when you shine a light on those unseen encounters. KASHMIR HILL: I turn off my phone at night, like at 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. I just turn it off, which I used to never do. My phone would be on until the battery died. And that would be a very traumatic event. … [Read more...] about Why Is This Happening? How to block Big Tech with Kashmir Hill ǀ View