|Jury Awards Oracle $1.3
11/23. A trial jury of the U.S.
District Court (NDCal) returned a verdict in Oracle v. SAP that
awards Oracle $1.3 Billion damages. SAP had previously admitted liability for copyright
infringement. The question before the jury was damages.
Safra Catz, President of Oracle, stated in a
release that "For more
than three years, SAP stole thousands of copies of Oracle software and then resold that
software and related services to Oracle's own customers. Right before the trial began, SAP
admitted its guilt and liability; then the trial made it clear that SAPs most senior executives
were aware of the illegal activity from the very beginning. As a result, a United States
Federal Court has ordered SAP to pay Oracle $1.3 billion. This is the largest amount ever
awarded for software piracy."
SAP stated in a
release that "We are, of course, disappointed by this verdict and will
consider all available options. This will unfortunately be a prolonged process
and we continue to hope that the matter can be resolved appropriately without
more years of litigation. The mark of a leading company is the way it handles
its mistakes. As stated in court, we regret the actions of TomorrowNow, we have
accepted liability, and have been willing to fairly compensate Oracle."
Oracle filed its original
complaint [PDF] against
SAP on March 22, 2007. Oracle alleged in its
complaint [75 pages in PDF] that "This case is about a conspiracy, led by German
software conglomerate SAP AG, to engage in and cover-up corporate theft of Oracle
intellectual property on the grandest scale."
The ten count fourth amended complaint alleged copyright infringement, violation of the
federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. § 1030), violation of the California Computer
Data Access and Fraud Act, breach of contract, intentional interference with prospective
economic advantage, negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair
competition, trespass to chattels, unjust enrichment, and requested an accounting.
This case is Oracle Corporation, et al. v. SAP AG, et al., U.S.
District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division,
D.C. No. 3:07-cv-01658-PJH, Judge Phyllis Hamilton presiding.
Oracle is represented in this action by the law firm of
Bingham McCutchen and others.
|FCC Reschedules Meeting for
11/23. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that its event titled
"open meeting" scheduled for December 15, 2010, has been rescheduled for December
21, 2010. The FCC has released no agenda or tentative agenda.
The FCC may use this meeting to adopt an item that imposes a network
neutrality regulatory regime. On November 19, 2010, House Republicans sent a
letter [PDF] to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski warning him that it would be
a "mistake" to adopt a "network neutrality order" at the FCC's December meeting.
titled "House Republicans Warn Genachowski Not to
Adopt Internet Regulation Order at December Meeting" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert
No. 2,161, November 21, 2010.
A meeting on December 21 would take place when the five Commissioners and key
FCC staff are in town, but almost all members of the House and Senate, and many
interested parties and news reporters, are out of town.
This is a highly unusual date for holding a Commission meeting. In the last decade the
FCC has not held a Commission meeting, as late as the 21st, at which items were adopted.
The FCC held an event that it titled "open meeting" in December of 2009. However,
it adopted no items. There was only a staff status report. And, it was held on the 16th. The
FCC had scheduled a meeting for December 18, 2008, but cancelled it. It held an event titled
"open meeting" on December 30, 2008. However, the Commissioners merely met by
teleconference, and only for the purpose of making announcements.
In the previous eight years, 2000 through 2007, the FCC held events titled "open
meeting", in the month of December, at which it adopted items. None of these events was
as late as the 21st. Many of the items adopted at these events were minor. The median date
Meeting dates were as follows: December 7, 2000; December 12, 2001; December 11, 2002;
December 17, 2003; December 15, 2004; December 9, 2005; December 20, 2006; and December 18,
|Commentary: Comparison of December 2006 to
11/23. If the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) carries through with a meeting on
December 21, 2010, and adopts an item that imposes a network neutrality regulatory regime, then
its 2010 and 2006 meetings will have numerous similar attributes.
The latest that the FCC has held a meeting in the month of December, at which it has adopted
items, in the last decade, was December 20, 2006.
Both meetings will have adopted a major new regulatory regime -- network neutrality in
2010, and video franchising in 2006. See,
order. It is
FCC 06-180 in MB Docket No. 05-311.
Both meetings will have occurred late in the month of December after members
of the House and Senate had left town for the holidays.
Both meetings will have instituted a regulatory regime after the Congress
made diligent but unsuccessful efforts to enact legislation on the same subject.
There have been network neutrality bills, amendments, and proposals in every
Congress since 2006. None have been enacted into law. There was a serious effort
to enact video franchising reform, as a part of a larger communications bill, in
2006. The full House, and the Senate
Commerce Committee (SCC), both passed bills with a video franchising
component. However, no bill was enacted into law.
If the FCC adopts a network neutrality item on December 21, then in both 2006
and 2010, the FCC will have acted in a legislative manner, to enact a regulatory
regime that members of Congress attempted, but failed, to enact by legislation.
In 2006, the three FCC Republicans (Kevin Martin, Deborah Tate, and Robert
McDowell) voted for the video franchising order, while the two FCC Democrats
(Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein) vigorously dissented. In 2010, if the FCC
adopts a network neutrality item, then it is highly likely that the three
Democrats (Julius Genachowski, Copps, and Mignon Clyburn) will vote for it,
while the two Republicans (McDowell and Meredith Baker) will vigorously dissent.
Moreover, one might expect the dissenting statements of McDowell and Baker, as well as
the statements of Senators and Representatives opposed to network neutrality regulation, to
read much like the dissenting statement of Adelstein in 2006.
Adelstein (at right) wrote
in December of 2006 that "the FCC is a regulatory agency, not a legislative body".
He continued that "Today's Order is certain to offend many in Congress, who worked long
and hard on this important issue, only to have a Commission decision rushed through with
little consultation. The result will be heavy oversight after-the-fact, and a likely rejection
by the courts. It will solve nothing, create much confusion, and provide little certainty or
progress on our shared goal of promoting real video competition and universal broadband
Adelstein added that "Congress would not have expended effort on a major piece of
legislation had its members believed it was not necessary to grant the Commission explicit
authority to do what the majority now contends the Commission can do under existing
Moreover, in both December 2006 and December 2010, the political party holding a majority
of the seats on the FCC, had just lost its majority in the House. In December 2006 the three FCC
Republicans were about to face a hostile House Commerce Committee (HCC) starting in January
Now, the three FCC Democrats are about to face a hostile HCC.
The main difference between adopting of the video franchising order in 2006,
and the possible network neutrality item in 2010, is that in 2006 there was
majority support in the Congress for video franchising reform, while in 2010,
there is not majority support for network neutrality regulation.
Perhaps it should also be recalled that the FCC did not actually release its
video franchising order until March of 2007. The FCC adopted a ghost order on
December 20, 2006, and subsequently back dated it.
|Genachowski Says December Agenda to Include
Next Generation 911 Item
11/23. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman
Julius Genachowski gave a
speech [PDF] titled "Next-Generation 9-1-1" in Arlington, Virginia. He said
that "Next-Generation 9-1-1" (NG 911) will include "texting, data, video, and
photo". He also said that there will be "an item" on NG 911 on the agenda for
the FCC's event titled "open meeting" in December.
Genachowski (at right) elaborated that
"today's 9-1-1 system doesn't support the communication tools of tomorrow. Many 9-1-1 call
centers don't even have broadband, and some are in communities where broadband isnt even
available. That is unacceptable."
He said that "650,000 9-1-1 calls are placed every day" and "450,000 of those
calls are made from mobile phones ... Even though mobile phones are the device of choice
for most 9-1-1 callers, and we primarily use our phones to text, right now, you cant text
He also said that NG 911 "will enable emergency calls to be placed by devices, rather
than human beings. Examples of such devices include environmental sensors capable of detecting
chemicals, highway cameras, security cameras, alarms, personal medical devices, and consumer
electronics in automobiles."
See also, FCC
release. The FCC has not yet released a tentative agenda for its December
event titled "open meeting".
|FCC Releases Four STELA
11/23. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released four items related to the
recently enacted Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). See also, FCC
The FCC adopted and released a
and Order and Order on Reconsideration [43 pages in PDF] modifying the satellite television
significantly viewed rules. This item is FCC 10-193 in MB Docket No. 10-148 and MB Docket No.
Second, the FCC adopted and released a
Report and Order
and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [45 pages in PDF]. The order adopts "a
point-to-point predictive model for determining the ability of individual
locations to receive an over-the-air digital television broadcast signal at the
intensity level needed for service through the use of an antenna" as required by
S 3333 [LOC |
WW], the "Satellite
Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010" (STELA), Public Law No. 111-175.
The NPRM portion of this item requests comments "on
possible modifications to the methodology in the digital ILLR model to improve
its predictive accuracy". The FCC has not yet set comment deadlines. This
item is FCC 10-194 in ET Docket No. 10-152.
Third, the FCC adopted and released a
Order [27 pages in PDF] that amends FCC rules "to include measurement procedures for
determining the strength of a digital broadcast television (DTV) signal at any specific
location". This item is FCC 10-195 in ET Docket No. 06-94.
Finally, the FCC's Media Bureau (MB) released a
(PN) [6 pages in PDF] that requests comments and data to assist the FCC in preparing a report
required by the STELA. The FCC has not yet set comment deadlines. This PN is DA 10-2227 in MB
Docket No. 10-238.
|More FCC News
11/23. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a
meeting agenda [PDF] for its event titled "open meeting" scheduled for
November 30, 2010. It contains the same three items to be adopted as were disclosed in a
tentative agenda released on November 4, 2010. The FCC will also hear a staff report on the
recently enacted "Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act".
See also, story titled "FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for November 30 Event" in TLJ
Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,150, November 8, 2010. This event is scheduled for Tuesday, November
30, 2010, at 10:30 AM, in the FCC's Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, SW.
11/23. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an
Order [7 pages in PDF] in its proceeding titled "In the Matter of Review of the
Emergency Alert System". It extends the deadline -- from March 29, 2011, to September
30, 2011 -- for implementing the new Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) associated with
the forthcoming next generation Emergency Alert System (EAS). The FCC adopted it on
November 18, 2010, and released the text on November 23, 2010. It is FCC 10-191 in EB Docket
No. 04-296. See also, FCC
|Commerce Department Extends Comment Deadline
for Online Copyright NOI
11/23. Department of Commerce's (DOC)
Internet Policy Task Force extended the deadline to submit comments in response to its
notice of inquiry (NOI) regarding the relationship between the availability and protection of
online copyrighted works and innovation in the internet economy.
The old deadline was November 19, 2010. See,
notice in the Federal
Register, October 5, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 192, at Pages 61419-61424. The new
deadline is 5:00 PM on December 10, 2010. See,
extension notice [PDF] to be published in the Federal Register.
Also, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) jointly hosted a one day
symposium on July 1, 2010, titled "Copyright Policy, Creativity & Innovation in the
Internet Economy". See,
The Public Knowledge (PK),
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and
New America Foundation (NAF) submitted a
comment [34 pages in PDF] on November 19 in which they argued that "copyright creates
restrictions on free expression and the free flow of ideas" and "can also provide a
powerful incentive to create". So, "copyright is fundamentally a balance between the
rights of the creator and the rights of the public at large"
These three groups assert that "cyber lockers and streaming technology" have
legitimate uses. They "are useful for accessing large files from anywhere in an
always-connected environment. They are also a convenient way to share large files, like a
long report with complex graphical elements that may be too large to transfer by email,
between geographically remote individuals. Large groups of people can use a single cyber
locker to coordinate projects and synchronize information even if they do not share an
office or access to the same network. As file sizes grow larger and Internet connectivity
grows increasingly omnipresent, so too will the use of cyber lockers and streaming
They also condemn a variety of types of copyright infringement lawsuits filed by rights
holders against individuals. They state that many defendants are "meritorious defenses",
but are sued in distant fora, and face the potential for the award of high statutory damages.
This risks stifling the growth of the online services that these individual defendants use.
They also criticize S 3804
"Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act" or "COICA". They state
that "COICA would effectively fracture the Internet".
The Senate Judiciary Committee (SCC)
amended and approved this bill on November 18, 2010. See,
amendment in the nature of a substitute [17 pages in PDF], and story titled
"Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Domain Name Seizure Bill" in TLJ Daily
E-Mail Alert No. 2,158, November 17, 2010.
|This issue contains the following items:
Jury Awards Oracle $1.3 Billion
FCC Reschedules Meeting for December 21
Commentary: Comparison of December 2006 to December 2010
Genachowski Says December Agenda to Include Next Generation 911 Item
FCC Releases Four STELA Items
More FCC News
Commerce Department Extends Comment Deadline for Online Copyright NOI
There will be no issue of the TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert on Thursday, November
25, or Friday, November 26, 2010.
New items are highlighted in
|Wednesday, November 24
The House will not meet. It will next meet on
Monday, November 29, 2010, at 2:00 PM. See,
The Senate will not meet. It will next meet on
Monday, November 29, 2010, at 2:00 PM.
Deadline to submit initial comments to the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its October 25, 2010,
Public Notice (PN) regarding its closed captioning rules. This PN
is DA 10-2050 in CG Docket 05-231, ET Docket No. 99-254. See,
notice in the
Federal Register, November 17, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 221, at Pages 70168-70169.
|Thursday, November 25
Thanksgiving Day. This is a federal holiday. See, Office of
Personnel Management's (OPM)
web page titled
"2010 Federal Holidays". This is also a Supreme Court holiday.
|Friday, November 26
Deadline to submit comments to the Department of Defense (DOD) in response
to its notice of proposed rulemaking regarding amending its Defense Federal Acquisition
Regulation Supplement (DFARS) regarding patents, data, and copyrights, including for
software. See, notice in
the Federal Register, September 27, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 186, at Pages 59411-59468.
|Monday, November 29
The House will meet at 2:00 PM. See,
The Senate will meet at 2:00 PM.
9:00 AM. The
House Ethics Committee (House Committee on Standards
of Official Conduct) will hold its "adjudicatory hearing" in the matter of
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). See,
notice [PDF]. See,
Deadline to submit initial comments to the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) in response to its
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) [25 pages in PDF] regarding commercial radio
operator licenses for maritime and aviation radio stations who perform certain functions
performed within the commercial radio operators service. The FCC adopted this item on
August 31, 2010, and released the text on September 8, 2010. It is FCC 10-154 in WT Docket
No. 10-177. See, notice in
the Federal Register, October 29, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 209, at Pages 66709-66715.
Deadline to submit comments to the Copyright Royalty Judges (CRJ) in
response to the CRJ's request for comments on a motion of Phase I claimants
for partial distribution in connection with the 2008 cable royalty funds.
The CRJ also request comments as to the existence of Phase I and Phase II
controversies with respect to the distribution of 2008 cable royalty funds.
See, notice in
the Federal Register, October 29, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 209, at Pages 66798-66799.
Deadline to submit comments to the Copyright Royalty Judges (CRJ) in
response to the CRJ's request for comments on a motion of Phase I claimants for partial
distribution in connection with the 2008 satellite royalty funds. The CRJs also
request comments as to the existence of Phase I and Phase II controversies with respect
to the distribution of 2008 satellite royalty funds. See,
notice in the
Federal Register, October 29, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 209, at Pages 66799-66800.
|Tuesday, November 30
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. The Department of Commerce's (DOC) National
Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee will hold a closed
meeting. See, notice in the
Federal Register, November 15, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 219, at Pages 69631-69632.
Location: USPTO, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA.
10:30 AM. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an event
titled "open meeting". See,
agenda [PDF] and story titled "FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for November
30 Event" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,150, November 8, 2010. Location: FCC,
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th St., SW.
12:30 - 5:30 PM. The American
University (AU) law school will host a conference titled "Social Networking and
Litigation: Friend or Unethical Foe?" The price is free for attendance, but $55 for
CLE credits. See,
registration page. For more information, contact AU at 202-274-4075 or secle
at wcl dot american dot edu. Location: 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW.
2:00 - 3:30 PM. The Department of Justice's (DOJ)
Antitrust Division's (AD) Economic Analysis Group
(EAG) will host a presentation titled "The New Hour: Measuring the Value of Local
Television News". The speaker will be
(Hunter College). For more information, contact Thomas Jeitschko at 202-532-4826 or atr dot
eag at usdoj dot gov. Location: Liberty Square Building, 450 5th St., NW.
TIME? The Senate
Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will meet to consider the
nomination of Eugene Dodaro to be Comptroller General of the
Government Accountability Office (GAO). See,
notice. Location: Room 216, Hart Building.
6:00 - 9:00 PM. Ericsson and the Federal
Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) International and Wireless Telecommunications
Committees will host an event titled "Holiday Program and Networking Reception". Location:
2900 K St., NW.
11:59 PM. Deadline to submit comments to the Executive Office of
the President's (EOP) Office of Science and Technology
Policy's (OSTP) National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Nanoscale Science,
Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee regarding the
draft document [48 pages in PDF] titled "2010 National Nanotechnology
Initiative Strategic Plan". See,
notice in the Federal
Register, November 1, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 210, at Pages 67149-67150.
However, the OSTP states that it only wants one page comments.
Deadline to submit comments to the Department of Justice's (DOJ)
Antitrust Division regarding the proposed final
judgment in USA v. Adobe, et al., D.C. No. 1:10-CV-01629. The DOJ initiated
and settled an action against Adobe Systems, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar alleging
violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, which is codified at
U.S.C. § 1, in connection with their anticompetitive conduct in the hiring of highly
skilled technical employees. The settlement requires public notice and comment, and approval
by the District Court. The DOJ's
notice in the Federal Register states that comments are due within 60 days of publication
of its notice in the Federal Register. However, it does not fix an actual date. See, Federal
Register, October 1, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 192, at Pages 61419-61424. See also, story titled
"DOJ Stops Tech Companies' Anticompetitive Hiring Practices" in TLJ Daily E-Mail
Alert No. 2,133, September 27, 2010.
|Wednesday, December 1
9:00 - 10:30 AM. The Center for
American Progress (CAP) will host a panel discussion titled "The Need for a U.S.
Competitiveness Strategy". The speakers will be Rep.
Bart Gordon (D-TN), Charlene Barshefsky (USTR in the Clinton administration), William Daley
(Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton administration), Leo Gerard (United Steelworkers Union),
Brad Smith (General Counsel of Microsoft), John Podesta (CAP), and Sarah Wartell (CAP). See,
and registration page. Location: CAP, 10th floor, 1333 H St., NW.
10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON. The Heritage
Foundation (HF) will host a panel discussion titled "The Implications of Taiwan's
Big City Elections". The speakers will include Ho Szu-yin, former Deputy National
Security Adviser, Taiwan. See,
HF will webcast this event. Location: HF, 214 Massachusetts Ave., NE.
11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON. The
Committee (HIC) will hold a closed hearing titled "WikiLeaks". See,
notice. Location: Room
HVC-304, Capitol Building.
3:30 - 4:45 PM. The New
America Foundation (NAF) will host an event titled "Technology, Social
Innovation and Civic Participation". See,
registration page. Location: NAF, Suite 400, 1899 L St., NW.
|Thursday, December 2
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The Phoenix
Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies will host a half day
conference titled "2010 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium". At 8:45 AM,
Lawrence Spivak (Phoenix President) will speak. At 9:00 - 10:00 AM, there will be a panel
titled "Economists Roundtable". The speakers will be Tim Brennan (UMBC), Jonathan
Baker (FCC Chief Economist), Joe Farrell (FTC Chief Economist), George Ford (Phoenix
Chief Economist), and Jerry Duvall (FCC). At 10:15 - 10:45 AM, Blair Levin
(Aspen Institute) will speak titled "Rethinking Broadband Policy". At 11:00 AM
- 12:00 NOON, there will be a panel titled "Promoting Innovation, Investment
and Jobs". The speakers will be Paul de Sa (Chief of the FCC's Office of
Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis), Michael Mandel (Visible Economy),
Phil Weiser (EOP), Michael Rollins (Citi Investment Research), and George Ford
(Phoenix). At 12:00 NOON - 12:30 PM, FCC Commissioner
Meredith Baker will
speak. This event is free and open to the public. See,
Location: University Club, 1135 16th St., NW.
10:00 AM. The Senate
Judiciary Committee (SJC) will hold an executive business meeting. The agenda
includes consideration of S 3728
"Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Protection Act". The agenda also
again includes consideration of numerous judicial nominees: Robert Chatigny (USCA/2ndCir),
Susan Carney (USCA/2ndCir), James Graves (USCA/5thCir),
(USDC/DC), Amy Jackson
(USDC/DC), Edward Davila (USDC/NDCal), Amy Totenberg (USDC/NDGa), James
Shadid (USDC/CDIll), Sue Myerscough (USDC/CDIll), Paul Holmes (USDC/WDArk),
Anthony Battaglia (USDC/SDCal), Diana Saldana (USDC/SDTex). The SJC rarely
follows its published agendas. The SJC will webcast this event. See,
Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.
10:30 AM. The
House Commerce Committee's (HCC) Subcommittee
on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing titled "Do-Not-Track
Legislation: Is Now The Right Time?". See,
notice. Location: Room 2123, Rayburn Building.
12:00 NOON - 2:00 PM. The American
Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Antitrust will host a telecast panel discussion
titled "Symposium on Broadband Reclassification and Net Neutrality: What's at Stake?
What's the End Game?". The speakers will be Neil Fried (Republican Counsel,
House Commerce Committee), Parul Desai (Consumers Union),
Glenn Manishin (Duane
Morris), Lee Selwyn (Economics and Technology, Inc.),
(K&L Gates), and Adam Di Vincenzo
(Gibson Dunn). See, notice
2:00 PM. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC)
Office of Strategic Plans and Policy Analysis will host
presentation by Dan Reed (Microsoft) titled "Cloud Services and Natural User
Interfaces". To request permission to attend, contact Jonathan Levy at 202-418-2030
or jlevy at fcc dot gov. Free. See,
notice. Location: FCC, 445
12th St., SW.
2:00 PM. The Federal Communications Commission's
(FCC) Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age
will meet. See,
notice in the Federal Register, November 16, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 220, at
Page 70004. Location: FCC, Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th St., SW.
2:40 PM. The Federal Trade Commission's
(FTC) Bureau of Economics will host a presentation titled "Pro and Anti-Competitive
Effects of Certification in Markets with Asymmetric Information". The speaker will
be Thomas Jeitschko (Department of Justice and
Michigan State University). For more information, contact Loren Smith at lsmith2 at ftc dot
gov or Tammy John at tjohn at ftc dot gov. Location: ground floor Conference Center, 601 New
Jersey Ave., NW.
Deadline to submit comments to the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding its proposed guidance on President Obama's
June 18, 2010,
memorandum to the heads of agency boards and commissions regarding "Lobbyists
on Agency Boards and Commissions". Comments are due within "30 days from
the publication of this notice", which is December 2, 2010. See,
notice in the
Federal Register, November 2, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 211, at Pages 67397-67399.
Deadline to submit initial comments to the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding assignment
of telephone numbers associated with internet based Telecommunications Relay Service (iTRS),
Video Relay Service (VRS) and IP Relay. The FCC adopted this item on September 16, 2010, and
text on September 17. It is FCC 10-161 in CG Docket No. 03-123, WC Docket
No. 05-196, and WC Docket No. 10-191. See,
notice in the
Federal Register, November 2, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 211, at Pages 67333-67341.
|Friday, December 3
Supreme Court conference day (discussion of argued
cases, and decision on cert petitions). Closed.
5:00 PM. Deadline to submit comments to the
National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST)
Computer Security Division (CSD) regarding its draft of
SP 800-78 -3 [20 pages in PDF] titled "Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for
Deadline to submit reply comments to the
Copyright Office (CO) in response to its notice
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding "whether a cable operator may receive refunds
in situations where it has failed to pay for the carriage of distant signals on a
system-wide basis under the Copyright Act, before it was amended to allow a cable system
to calculate its royalty fees on a community-by-community basis." See, original
notice in the Federal
Register, October 4, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 191, at Pages 61116-61118, and correction
notice in the Federal
Register, October 12, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 196, at Page 62488. See also, story titled
"Copyright Office Issues NPRM Regarding Refunds Under the Cable Statutory License"
in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No.
2,140, October 11, 2010.
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