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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2012-01-06 12:17
Google’s recent ~$1b 3-year deal with Mozilla for Google to be the default search provider for hundreds of millions of Firefox browser users, which comprise over a quarter of the global browser/search market, has much broader and more serious antitrust implications for Google’s already very tenuous antitrust situation than most everyone appreciates.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2011-12-21 19:00
This week an FCC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ordered Comcast to carry The Tennis Channel in the same tier and channel neighborhood as The Golf Channel and Versus, another sports channel.
1. Implements Obsolete Law: The section of law at issue here, Section 616 of the 1992 Cable Act, is predicated on early 1990s market conditions of cable being a monopoly video distributor with large ownership interests in cable channels. Two decades later, that market assessment predicate is obsolete as cable now has only 60% of the video distribution market and dramatically less ownership interests in cable channels. At core the FCC has to decide if it is fair, sound or legitimate competition policy to completely ignore current competition facts.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-12-20 12:23
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2011-12-14 12:20
The House Manager’s Amendment to the pending House Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) fixed the major legitimate problems with the original bill, effectively isolating the small but extremely vociferous minority of SOPA opponents, especially Google.
See my Forbes Tech Capitalist post here for a political outlook of the SOPA/PIPA anti-piracy legislation, which is likely to become law in 2012.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-12-12 13:59
Many thanks to Adam Thierer of the Technology Liberation Front, for selecting my book, Search & Destroy, as a top twenty most Important Cyber-Law & Info-Tech Policy books of 2011 because “it represented the beginning of an articulation of a philosophy of “cyber-conservatism.” I also thank Adam for his critical and insightful review of Search & Destroy, which clearly delineates his principled cyber-libertarian differences with my principled “cyber-conservative” views.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-12-09 10:15
The kerfuffle painting the Google Wallet App as an innocent victim of Verizon blocking -- in violation of an "open" Internet and net neutrality regulations -- completely misses the forest for the trees. This conflict revolves around two ongoing industry battles.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2011-12-01 12:45
In comparing SOPA anti-piracy legislation to the FCC's Open Internet net neutrality regulations in lobbying material for Senate Republicans, Google continues to shamelessly say one thing and do another and not practice what they preach.
The company that led, orchestrated, and bankrolled much of the net neutrality movement over Senate Republicans strong objections is now misrepresenting
In Google supports Title II regulation
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2011-11-30 12:04
The likely passage of online anti-piracy legislation (SOPA/PIPA) in 2012 has put a spotlight on the substantial ad-based business interests aligned with piracy and against piracy enforcement.
See my Forbes Tech Capitalist post here to learn why Grand Theft Auto-mated is such big business and so anti-piracy enforcement.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-11-15 12:19
In compiling and ranking the top threats facing Google, I was amazed at the breadth, depth, diversity and seriousness of the threats and liabilities facing Google.
Please see my Forbes Tech Capitalist post here to learn the ranking of what threats to Google are most serious and why.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2011-11-09 09:54
Google opposes the Senate PROTECT IP Act and the House SOPA bill because these anti-piracy bills expose Google's substantial piracy liability.
See my Forbes Tech Capitalist post here on "Google's Piracy Liability."