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8/22. Microsoft filed its Reply Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing direct appeal to the Supreme Court.
8/22. The DOJ filed a brief [PDF] with the U.S. Supreme Court which argues that "If the Court agrees that the appeal meets the Expediting Actís criterion, but concludes that the Expediting Act does not permit the States to participate as appellees, the Court should review the judgment rendered on the Statesí complaint simultaneously through the mechanism of a writ of certiorari before judgment in the court of appeals."
8/22. Sprint filed a series of applications with the FCC to offer fixed wireless broadband service in 45 markets. See, Sprint release.
8/21. MP3Board.com, which has been sued by record companies for copyright infringement, filed a third party complaint against AOL and Time Warner. The legal theory, which is a part of MP3Board's indemnity strategy, is that AOL and Time Warner developed and distributed the Gnutella software, and thereby "impliedly warranted and represented that a website incorporating Gnutella software would not be subject to claims pursuant to the DMCA or to suit from the RIAA or its member record companies and have thereby become liable to third-party plaintiff for any judgment entered against third-party plaintiff ... "
8/21. The FCC released the full text of its annual report [PDF] on whether "advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans on a reasonable and timely basis", as required by ß706 of the Communications Act. The FCC approved and released some information about this report on Aug. 3. The report concludes that broadband Internet service is being deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion overall, but adds the usual "digital divide" rhetoric.
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