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May 2006
  • "RIAA's next moves in Washington," CNET, May 25, 2006
    "[Cary] Sherman: It's the ideologues who are focused on it. There's a great article by Jim DeLong that asks how you think there should be rallies outside supermarkets using technology preventing you from taking away shopping carts. (Editors' note: DeLong is an analyst at the Progress and Freedom Foundation in Washington, D.C., who supports stronger intellectual property rights.)"
  • "Small Business Vulnerable to Data Security Proposals," Washington Internet Daily, May 24, 2006
    "Congress shouldn't ignore how data security proposals will affect small businesses, witnesses told the House Small Business oversight subcommittee Tues. Main Street doesn't have the resources that Wall Street takes for granted when it comes to data breaches, notification requirements and security compliance, and any new laws should give agencies leeway to consider business size in evaluating compliance and penalties, they said. And a new study by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, whose Senior Vp Thomas Lenard spoke to the subcommittee, said the raft of proposals on the Hill could keep small businesses out of 'markets in which the use of personal information is important.'"
  • "Champion of Cyberspace Faces it’s Biggest Case Yet," The San Francisco Chronicle, May 23, 2006
    "'[The Electronic Frontiers Foundation’s] first instinct is to mistrust corporations, organizations competing in the market, to not have faith that competition will solve problems,' said Patrick Ross, senior fellow at the Progress and Freedom Foundation, a pro-free-market, pro-copyright think tank in Washington, D.C.
    "'They seem to believe that we all live in a common, and that everybody will abide by agreed-upon rules and people will be compensated for their work and nobody will abuse the system,' Ross said."
  • "MercExchange to Challenge 2/3 of eBay Business at New Trial," Washington Internet Daily, May 17, 2006
    "The opinion should have given more guidance on which equities are relevant in deciding whether an injunction is appropriate, said Progress & Freedom Foundation's Solveig Singleton: What if 'a patent holder has delayed its licensing negotiations until the infringer's business is well under way and reliant on the infringement,' or is the patent's validity considered unquestionable at the remedies stage? Legitimizing the notion of patent trolls may spark a rash of judgments declining injunctions, which could 'let large companies streamroller smaller entities,' she added."
  • "Libraries Fight Limits On Networking Sites," Information Week, May 16, 2006
    "The Progress & Freedom Foundation released a paper last month chiding representatives, and particularly conservative ones, on attempts to further regulate minors' use of the Internet. The free-market think tank, which studies the digital revolution and its impacts on public policy, stated that there are better means to protect children. They include the use of technologies created for that purpose, as well as old-fashioned parental discussions, attentiveness and involvement."
  • "More Spectrum, Please," Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2006
    "According to a recent report by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a free-market telecom think tank, 'only 7% of the most valuable spectrum -- between 300 MHz and 3GHz -- is currently subject to market allocation. Another 14% is slated for market allocation at some point in the future. Seventy-five percent remains under a command-and-control regime, much of it reserved for federal government use.'"
  • "US to Block Minors' Access to MySpace?,", May 11, 2006
    "Adam Thierer, a senior fellow at the free-market Progress & Freedom Foundation, said: 'This is the next major battlefield in the ongoing internet censorship wars. Many in government will want to play the role of cyber traffic cop here, just as they have for other types of speech on the internet.' He added that it will ‘chill legitimate forms of speech or expression online.'"
  • "Net Neutrality Backers Fight Imaginary Battle, Critics Say," Washington Internet Daily, May 11, 2006
    "Despite its huge impact, broadband is evolving, Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF) Senior Fellow Thomas Lenard said. No one knows what business models will emerge, but common carrier-type rules like net neutrality could 'severely inhibit business models with potentially catastrophic results,' he said."
  • "Feds Ding Data 'Dumpster,", May 10, 2006
    "Keynoting a cybersecurity summit organized by the Progress and Freedom Foundation, Majoris said, 'Although many of our data security cases emphasize high-tech security issues, this case serves as a reminder not only that securing high-tech data is essential, but that we cannot forget the low-tech.'"
  • "Security Experts: Many Problems, Few Legal Solutions," PC World, May 10, 2006
    "'I think Congress has to ... slow down,' said Kobayashi, speaking at a data security conference sponsored by conservative think tank the Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF). 'Otherwise, we're going to get some SOX-type legislation in which firms spend a lot of money sending out notifications.'"
  • "Cyber Security; FTC Wary of Legislative Mandate to Protect Data," Technology Daily, May 10, 2006
    "FTC Chairman Deborah Majoras reassured people at a Wednesday Internet security summit hosted by the Progress and Freedom Foundation that her agency understands the need for both progress and freedom when it comes to security. She said 'cooperation is the most critical element.'"
  • "Fair Use for Educational Purposes Said Neglected as Legal Issue," Washington Internet Daily, May 4, 2006
    "Fair use claims sometimes get stretched to the point they preempt legitimate markets that could develop, said Progress & Freedom Foundation Fellow Jim DeLong. Many academicians believe 'fair use means academics get it for free,' but that ignores the fact that materials used for educational purposes were often created specifically to market to academicians in the first place, he said. Letting markets develop for certain works in fields such as documentaries could actually enable the use of desired material by speeding the process and diminishing lengthy, costly litigation. DeLong compared fair use problems to the waiting period for patents to be considered: Some users need 'the ability to buy speed,' but markets aren't allowed to exist in those fields. He commended an effort by documentary film makers to formulate fair-use standards across their field, which will help courts decide what's considered mainstream in film making.
  • "Homes for Copyright Orphans," Government Computer News, May 2, 2006
    "'The collections contain a massive amount of orphan works,' Prue Adler, associate executive director for the Association of Research Libraries, said at a recent seminar hosted by the Progress and Freedom Foundation. 'This would be an enormous benefit to making these works publicly available.'"

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