Lawtalk is a collection of essays and observations on the intersection of business, technology, entrepreneurship and the law.

Is the end of ClearQAM near?

Steve Masur

By: Gabriel Goldenberg Issue: Encrypting signals carried on basic service tier On October 20, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission solicited comments to a proposal to eliminate the basic service tier encryption prohibition for all-digital cable systems (http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021738292). This proposal has created a debate that pits the Goliath cable service providers like Comcast and Time Warner […]

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Business Law Advice: How will the JOBS Act affect startups?

Steve Masur

By: Kristine Holm On March 8, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act passed in the House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority (390 – 23). This bipartisan piece of legislation is also quite likely to pass in the Senate. The Act aims to make it easier for individuals to invest in startups and for […]

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Digital Media Experts: The Problem Of Attribution in Internet Media

Steve Masur

By: Andrew Tran The Internet has completely changed the way the public consumes media. Amidst this change, content aggregators and blogs such as the Huffington Post have risen to prominence largely due to content created by other media outlets. At this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival, a major issue of debate has been the […]

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Report from the Transmission Global Summit Innovation Camp

Steve Masur

By: Andrew Tran Senior Partner Steve Masur served as a mentor for four startups at the first Transmission Innovation Camp, part of the Transmission Global Summit 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia. The start-ups were handpicked by Transmission’s international advisory board as companies working at the intersection of creative content and technology and were paired with […]

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FCC’s Connect to Compete Initiative

Steve Masur

By: Andrew Tran On March 6, 2012, our senior partner Steve Masur moderated a dinner panel on the FCC’s new Connect to Compete initiative at the Urban Media Summit in New York. The panelist included James M. Assey Jr. (Executive Vice President of National Cable & Telecommunications Association), John Rubey (President of AEG Network Live), […]

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Summary of ACTA

Steve Masur

Notes on ACTA: By: Kristine Holm What is ACTA? Although SOPA and PIPA have been shelved for the time being, there is another regulation on the horizon that has raised many of the same concerns as these two bills. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a trade agreement designed to implement international standards for intellectual […]

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Megaupload Saga Continues…

Steve Masur

Megaupload Saga Continues: Seven People Criminally Charged with Copyright Infringement and Conspiracy; Site is Seized by DOJ By: Kristine Holm Seven executives connected to the Megaupload site were indicted yesterday by the Department of Justice (DOJ), four of whom were also arrested, in what the DOJ is calling one of the “largest criminal copyright cases […]

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