|Aug. 23, 2000
8:00 AM ET.
Alert No. 4.
News from the Web
On the Hill
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8/22. Microsoft filed its Reply
Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing direct appeal to the
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
8/22. Sprint filed a series of
applications with the FCC to offer fixed
wireless broadband service in 45 markets. See, Sprint
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"
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