Some More Thoughts On Net Neutrality: Internet Freedom Act

To continue with my thoughts–again, I have yet to take a position on this Net Neutrality debate and will not do so until I read some concrete arguments–I did want to point out my skepticism over all the intense reaction I am seeing to the House’s proposed Internet Freedom Act.

A Facebook friend shared this DailyBeast article with me which purports to expose the cash-money behind 29 of the 31 co-sponsors of the Act.

The 29 co-sponsors received over $800,000 from AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and their lobby, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA).

Firstly, I am not shocked that NCTA is throwing money at members of Congress. What would shock me is if NCTA had not thrown as much money at pro-Net Neutrality members as well. I mean it’s not like $800k is a huge amount of campaign cash. Split it among 29 members and, at $27.5k, you barely have enough to fund the breakfast buffet at a single campaign event. Not exactly dim-the-lights-and-shutter-the-blinds kind of money.

Some Thoughts On Net Neutrality

“Thoughts” not “position” because, to be frank, I have yet to read a compelling argument to land on either side of the net neutrality debate. I do have some concerns, however, about the “religious fervor” that pro-regulation has taken on in Silicon Valley (according to this Mercury News article at any rate).

In Silicon Valley, “net neutrality has taken on almost a religious fervor — it has become a line in the sand,” said Larry Gerston, professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State.”This is the heart of Twitter,” the company said in a statement after the FCC’s vote. “Without such net neutrality principles in place, some of today’s most successful and widely known Internet companies might never have come into existence.”

The trouble with Twitter’s comment is this: when Twitter and today’s other most successful and widely known Internet companies came into existence, there were no such net neutrality principles in place. And to the extent that such principles existed as a philosophy, but not legislation, who is to say that such principles will not continue to exist without the FCC’s current proposals?

With Online Collaboration Always Think Twice

Writers, bloggers, auteurs: Ever look to tighten that dialogue, perhaps crowdsource an idea for that third act climax? The social interaction and sharing technologies brought about by Web2.0 may seem like an ideal platform for writers to workshop their work with others.

Beware! Here be dragons in the realm of copyright law.

Court Transfers Domain Name To Plaintiff In Wiretap Case

In a unique bit of jurisprudence, a federal court has awarded the transfer of several domain names to the plaintiff in a Federal Wiretap case.

My firm, Thompson Bukher LLP, secured the permanent injunction order on default when the anonymous defendants (predictably) failed to appear in the matter. The ruling is unique in the sense that it is one of the first cases where a federal court exercises its power to provide equitable relief pursuant to Section 2520(b)(1) of the Federal Wiretap Act. Currently, the far more frequent example of courts granting domain name transfer as remedy have been found in brand counterfeiting cases.

Happy New Year! Introducing LawTechie 2015

Because everything in the New Year should be new and improved. And because the Holidays give me extra time to tinker with new WordPress themes.

I wish you all a very happy New Year!

And I leave you with this LawTechie resolution: More Venture & Startup articles in 2015. I have spent the last few years watching and helping my clients with what works, and often seeing what doesn’t work, on every level of the venture process. It is past time I posted some observations, and certainly a few tips for the entrepreneurially-inclined.

Wishing you all the best for 2015,
Tim Bukher (the “LawTechie”)