Category Archives: Media & Communications

Do Not Advertise: The Current Fight Against Unsolicited Advertisements

By: Dannielle Cisneros Have you ever received a phone call from a telemarketer during dinner? Do e-mails entitled “Protect Your Computer Against Viruses for $9.95″ or “GET A FREE PASS TO THOUSANDS OF XXX SITES” annoy you? Are you tired … Continue reading

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Political E-Mail: Protected Speech or Unwelcome Spam?

By: Mark Sweet Candidates for political office are using unsolicited bulk e-mails to reach the electorate. Commonly known as “political spam,” this campaign tactic is an inexpensive supplement to television, radio, and print ads. Advocates claim that campaigning via the … Continue reading

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Music Piracy and the Audio Home Recording Act

By: Tia Hall In spite of the guidance provided by the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) of 1992, music companies are once again at odds with consumer electronics manufacturers. This time around, the dispute is over certain information technology products … Continue reading

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Virtual Child Pornography on the Internet: A “Virtual” Victim?

By: Dannielle Cisneros Child pornography is an exception to First Amendment freedoms because it exploits and abuses our nation’s youth. The latest trend in that industry is “virtual child” pornography. “Virtual child” pornography does not use real children or images … Continue reading

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New “Unbundling” Rules: Will the FCC Finally Open Up Cable Broadband?

By: Sarah North This iBrief discusses a recent Court of Appeals decision remanding FCC rules on the “unbundling” of Internet services by telephone exchange carriers. These rules ordered many Internet service providers to share their equipment with competitors, so that … Continue reading

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Everyone’s a Critic: Defamation and Anonymity on the Internet

By: Allison Stiles Internet publishing is easy and has become commonplace in ourtechnology-focused society. Although this type of publication can beexciting and helpful for those interested in communicating an idea, theissue of anonymous speech on the Internet has created some … Continue reading

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Enhanced 911 Technology and Privacy Concerns: How Has the Balance Changed Since September 11?

By: Aaron Futch & Christine Soares E911 technology allows for the location of a cellular phone to be determined by the wireless service provider within several hundred feet. As a consequence, privacy groups have been extremely resistant to the implementation … Continue reading

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Hard Lessons: Guiding America’s Approach to Third Generation Wireless Policy

By: Aaron Futch The publicity over license auctions in Europe during 2000 created an atmosphere in which the prices that companies paid for third-generation wireless licenses received more attention than their actual plans to implement the technology. As American policymakers … Continue reading

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The Music Online Competition Act of 2001: Moderate Change or Radical Reform?

By: Alexander Davie & Christine Soares On August 3, 2001 legislation was proposed to facilitate online broadcasting and distribution of music. The proposed Music Online Competition Act (MOCA) seeks to streamline the distribution of music over the Internet, increase competition, … Continue reading

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Freelance Articles and Electronic Databases: Who Owns the Copyrights?

By: Christine Soares There has long been uncertainty as to who owns the rights to digital reproductions of freelance articles. The Supreme Court has recently affirmed that copyrights for the digital reproduction of freelance articles belong to freelance authors, rather … Continue reading

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Digital Television: Has the Revolution Stalled?

By: Aaron Futch, Yemi Giwa, Kisa Mlela, Amy Richardson & Yelena Simonyuk When digital television technology first hit the scene it garnered great excitement, with its promise of movie theater picture and sound on a fraction of the bandwidth of … Continue reading

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An Interview With Michael Froomkin

By: Kathleen E. Fuller A. Michael Froomkin is an Administrative Law and Internet Law scholar from the University of Miami School of Law and a vigorous critic of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He is the … Continue reading

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ICANN: The Debate Over Governing the Internet

By: Kathleen E. Fuller Since its creation, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been the subject of criticism and controversy. ICANN is a private non-profit corporation that operates under contract with the US Department of Commerce. … Continue reading

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