Informing you of the latest PFF activities and publications
Upcoming PFF Events
- The Complexities of Regulating TV Violence
May 18, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B354
Washington, DC 20515
- Communications, Broadband and Competitiveness: How Does the U.S. Measure Up?
Testimony before the Committee on Science, Commerce, and Transportation, U.S. Senate
Scott Wallsten, April 24, 2007
Testimony states U.S. broadband rankings do not show market failure
- Towards Effective U.S. Broadband Policies
Progress on Point 14.7
Scott Wallsten, May 2007
Focused goals, such as reduction of barriers to entry, should shape U.S. broadband policies
- What Goes Up Must Come Down: Copyright and Process in the Age of User-posted Content
Progress on Point 14.6
James Delong, Solveig Singleton, Christian Dawson, William Rosenblatt, Donald Verrilli, April 2007
Transcript of March panel on copyright enforcement mechanisms and takedown notices
- Social Networking and Age Verification: Many Hard Questions; No Easy Solutions
Progress on Point 14.5
Adam Thierer, March 2007
Combination of efforts needed for child safety on social networking sites
- The Role of Patents in Venture-Backed Software Start-ups
Academic Advisory Council Bulletin 1.4
Ronald Mann, April 25, 2007
Patents can play an important role for new firms entering the software industry
- Stepping on the Toes of Giants: What Not to Think About Copyright
Progress Snapshot 3.6
Solveig Singleton, May 2007
Strong copyright enforcement does not harm downstream users
- Great Branding, Bad Policies: The Flaws of Open Access Regulations
Progress Snapshot 3.5
Scott Wallsten, April 2007
Open access regulations would undermine incentives to invest in broadband infrastructure
- Should We Regulate Violent TV?
Adam Thierer, April 30, 2007
Children's exposure to violent television programming should be regulated by parents, not the government.
- So Much for the 'New and Improved' GPL
James DeLong, April 30, 2007
Third draft of the General Public License contains ambiguities, uncertainties and risks
- The Media Cornucopia
Adam Thierer, April 18, 2007
Calls for more media regulation misguided in world of abundant media choices
Activities of Note
- Lenard Moderates Panel at Spectrum Conference
Acting PFF President Thomas Lenard chaired a presentation panel at "Smart Radio: Smart Markets and Policies," a conference organized by George Mason University, Virginia Tech, Clemson University and the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI). The panel was titled, "Economic, Policy and Regulatory Issues."
- Wallsten Testifies at Senate Hearing on International Broadband Rankings
PFF Senior Fellow Scott Wallsten testified on U.S. broadband rankings at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on April 24th. In his testimony, Wallsten cited the current health of the broadband marketplace in the U.S. and questioned conclusions drawn from the international rankings released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
- Singleton Shares Expertise on Copyrights and Patents
Solveig Singleton will be a featured panelist at the 7th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property, "Copyright Utopia: Alternative Visions, Methods & Polices," on May 23rd sponsored by The Center for Intellectual Property at University of Maryland University College. She will speak on the panel titled, "Licensing and the Commons as Copyright Alternatives." In recent weeks, Singleton was invited to share her opinions on the KSR vs. Teleflex decision, along with other patent policy experts at the SCOTUS blog.
- Wallsten Participates in Multiple Spring Conferences
This past week, Scott Wallsten acted as moderator for multiple panels at the 39th KMB Invitational Conference, "Building the Next Generation of Broadband Networks: What are the Issues?" held May 7th, 8th & 9th in St. Petersburg, Florida. The panels covered state and federal telecommunications issues and video franchising reform. On April 14th, Wallsten also presented a paper on antitrust policy and innovation International Industrial Organization Conference.