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What to expect from tomorrow’s big net neutrality court hearing

[W]hat may be the most likely shot at restoring net neutrality regulations will come from a petition against the FCC filed by several supporters of the dismantled rules. The case, Mozilla Corporation v. FCC, will be heard by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the court will decide whether the FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, was within its rights to end the protections. – Colin Lecher, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2DLSeEW
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Arizona Bill Would Charge Porn Consumers $20 to Fund Trump’s Border Wall

According to the bill, called the “Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act,” all devices that access the internet sold in Arizona would be required to have porn blocker software pre-installed, and distributors who fail to do so would be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. – Samantha Cole, MOTHERBOARD » http://bit.ly/2T8NoXA

Netflix refuses to film new show in North Carolina over anti-LGBTQ law

It’s the part about banning local governments from passing LGBTQ protections that became a stumbling block for Netflix, according to [Josh] Pate, the creator of OBX. Pate said that if North Carolina could repeal that part of the law sooner, Netflix might agree to let him shoot the series in the state. – Alex Bollinger, LGBTQ Nation » http://bit.ly/2TDD8GM

These 1923 Copyrighted Works Enter the Public Domain in 2019

[On] January 1, 2019. Under the terms of the Sonny Bono Copyright Act, works first published in 1923 will enter the public domain, meaning anyone can re-publish them, or chop them up and use them in other projects, without asking permission or paying the old rights holders. You can record new versions of the musical compositions; you can show the movies for a profit; you can even remake them. Amazon can sell you the ebook and keep all the money, and Project Gutenberg can give you the ebook for free. – Nick Douglas, Lifehacker http://bit.ly/2EGB25v

Huawei and ZTE may face new US ban via White House executive order

Specifically, the executive order would allegedly order the U.S. Commerce Department to bar U.S. companies from using parts and equipment from companies that the government believes could pose a national security risk. The order, which reportedly has not been finalized, would use the government’s International Emergency Economic Powers Act as its foundation, which allows the White House to regulate and control commerce in the event of a national emergency. – John Callaham, Android Authority http://bit.ly/2RfEE4x

FTC Warns Consumers About Netflix Email Scam

In a blog post Wednesday (Dec. 26), the FTC shared a screenshot captured by police in Ohio of a phishing email designed to steal personal information. The email claims the recipient’s Netflix account is “on hold” because the company is “having some trouble with your current billing information” and urges the user to click on a link to update their payment details. The phishing scam also listed an international phone number. – Todd Spangler, Variety http://bit.ly/2EPtVaq

The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make ‘Unauthorized Streaming’ a Felony

“These include fixing the [Digital Millennium Copyright Act], making it a felony to knowingly engage in unauthorized streaming of copyrighted works, and investigating the positive impact that website blocking of foreign sites has in other jurisdictions and whether U.S. law should be revised accordingly,” the entertainment industry argued. – Karl Bode, MOTHERBOARD https://ift.tt/2PZ576m
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