Week in Media Rewind

by Matthew L. Schafer

This week in media was marked by several major events.  From the Internet Kill Switch to The Disclose Act to Apple’s new “You are here” policy, media policy history, which will likely have effects far beyond this week, was made this week.

Both The Disclose Act, passed by the House on Wednesday with a 219-206 vote, and the Viacom v. Youtube decision will affect more than just those involved.  The watershed copyright case won by Youtube will guarantee an open Internet while reinforcing the safe harbor protections in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

While The Disclose Act still has to pass the Senate, and despite the exemptions for some interest groups, it will largely move toward correcting the more egregious rules in Citizens United v. Federal Communications Committee.

In the next week, look forward to further discussions about Internet regulation after a closed-door meeting with the FCC and industry insiders, which brought ire from media advocacy groups.

And the Comcast/NBC merger will remain in freeze frame after the FCC stopped the merger, asking for both Comcast and NBC to provide information about the merger after they failed to follow instructions set by the FCC for the review.

Friday, June 25, 2010: Youtube on lawsuit win: “Important victory” for billions of people:
Forbes – Viacom V. YouTube: The Rest of the Story
Rueters – Will video sites stop filtering content?
Wall Street Jounal – Google Maintains Huges US Market Share Lead For Online Video

Thursday, June 24, 2010: You are here: Apple tracks and stores your location (and you let them):
Information Week: Congressmen Ask Apple To Explain Privacy Policy Changes
The Atlantic – With Geolocation, Apple Has Explaining to Do
The Register – US lawmakers grill Apple on location tracking changes

Wednesday, June 23, 2010: BP to Reporters: Please Leave (Again):
The Associated Press – Stupak: BP won’t let House panel talk to employees
Daily Kos – Jindal did activate some National Guardsmen…to block the media
The Telegraph – BP oil spill: The more optimistic Tony Hayward sounds, the worse things get

Tuesday, June 22, 2010:  Truth in Advertising? Political Ads in 2010 Likely To Push Boundaries:
Christian Science Monitor –  Who’s exempted from ‘fix’ for Supreme Court campaign finance ruling?
US News & World Report – House Passes Campaign Finance Disclose Act
San Francisco Chronicle – Corrupting an election reform plan

Monday, June 21, 2010: Kill Switch? Not Really…:
CBS – Internet Kill Switch Approved by Senate Committee
PCWorld – Senate Panel Approves Controversial Cybersecurity Bill
The Huffington Post – Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Approved By Senate Homeland Security Committe


About Matthew L. Schafer

Matthew L. Schafer graduated from the University of Illinois in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Media Studies. He later attended Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication where he earned a Masters of Mass Communication and Georgetown University Law Center where he earned his J.D.
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