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News Briefs

10/30. The Copyright Office published in the Federal Register its rule [PDF] that designates the classes of copyrighted works that the Librarian of Congress has determined shall be subject to exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under Title 17 of the U.S. Code.
9/29. Microsoft issued a statement in which it said that it "is working with law enforcement to resolve a situation -- and to apprehend the person(s) responsible -- in which a hacker gained access to certain parts of the company's internal corporate network."
9/27. The Senate passed HR 4942, the Commerce State and Justice (CJS) Departments appropriations bill by a vote of 49 to 42. The House passed the bill on Oct. 26. Bill Clinton said he would veto the bill. See, TLJ story titled Status of Tech Legislation. The bill contains funding for the SEC, FTC, FCC, DOJ, NTIA, and USPTO, among other agencies. It also contains the Hart Scott Rodino reform bill, a low power FM bill, and a social security number privacy bill. The House and Senate met on both Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, to pass continuing resolutions (CRs) to fund the government while the Congress and President negotiate over appropriations and tax bills. Clinton has said he will veto any CR that extends funding for more than one day, thus forcing Members of Congress to interrupt their re-election campaigns every day to fly back to Washington DC to vote.
9/27. The FCC adopted and released an Order [MS Word] that modifies its April 7 Protective Order [MS Word] in the AOL Time Warner antitrust merger review proceeding regarding the access of in house counsel to confidential documents. There have been several leaks of confidential documents in this proceeding. AOL and Time Warner filed their application (part 1) [PDF] with the FCC on Feb. 11. See also, FCC "transactions" AOL-TW web section.
9/27. The USPTO announced that now all patent applications may be filed through its electronic patent application filing system (EFS). It had previously been operating a pilot electronic filing system. For more information, see the USPTO's Patent Electronic Business Center. See also, release.
9/27. The FCC released a Request for Comments on SBC's Section 271 application to provide long distance service in Kansas and Oklahoma. See also, Protective Order, which pertains to the leaks of confidential information by the FCC. (CC DOCKET NO. 00-217) Deadlines: Public comments are due by Nov. 15. Reply comments are due by Dec. 11.
9/27. The NTIA announced that it will hold a public meeting on Nov. 2 on obtaining more spectrum for use by 3G wireless communications. See, release. Third Generation wireless technology currently being developed will bring broadband Internet access to hand-held devices. The reassignment of spectrum is likely to be a contentious topic.
9/27. The FTC completed a two day public symposium to examine warranty protection for software and other high-tech goods and services marketed to consumers. See, FTC release.
10/25. Richard Walker, Director of the Division of Enforcement at the SEC gave a speech in New York City on Internet securities fraud enforcement proceedings.
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The dates indicate when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech Law Journal.
New TLJ Stories

Status of Tech Legislation. (10/30) The Congress remains in session, with the outcome of many substantive, tax, and appropriations bills affecting technology still uncertain. Clinton is threatening to veto several key bills that include funding for the FCC, SEC, FTC, NTIA, and USPTO, and which are also the vehicles for passing many other tech related bills, including the FSC bill, a low power FM bill, a social security number privacy bill, a Hart Scott Rodino reform bill, and a porn filtering bill.
New Documents

CO: DMCA rule (PDF, TLJ).
FCC: Request for Comments in SBC petition to provide long distance service in Kansas and Oklahoma, 10/27 (FCC, MS Word).
Walker: speech re Internet securities fraud, 10/25 (HTML, SEC).
New and Updated Sections

Calendar (updated daily).
News from Around the Web (updated daily).
Quote of the Day

"I was struck by how many different types of bonds there are literally thousands. They come in all different shapes and sizes, including ... the 'Jonathan Lebed' bond, otherwise known as the 'teenage stock manipulator' bond, which has no maturity; and -- Yankees fans, hold your lunch rolls -- the 'Roger Clemens' bond which has no principle."

Richard Walker, Director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, NYC, 10/25 (source).