Proposal to Clarify Parity for Noncom Music Broadcasters

Following a filing by the NRB Noncommercial Music License Committee (NRBNMLC) pointing out a regulatory ambiguity potentially troublesome for noncommercial stations, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has proposed a clarification to help.

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Event Sheds Light on Lessons from European ‘Hate Speech’ Codes

Last week NRB members Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Heritage Foundation partnered to host a fascinating event analyzing the legacy and modern-day implementation of “hate speech” laws in Europe.

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State Department Takes Aim at Blasphemy Laws in New Report

The U.S. State Department this week unveiled its annual report on the status of religious liberty around the world.

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Parties Finalize Their Platforms

Over the last two weeks, the Republican and Democratic parties held national conventions to nominate their candidates to become the next President of the United States.

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DOJ Decides to Keep Music Licensing Consent Decrees Intact

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently decided to keep intact the federal consent decrees by which the major performing rights organizations (PRO’s), ASCAP and BMI, are regulated.

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First Amendment Defense Act Gets House Hearing

Last year, as the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in the Last year, as the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that would lead to a judicial fiat re-defining marriage in the United States...

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FCC in the House This Week

The Communications & Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee this week hosted all five FCC Commissioners in an oversight hearing.

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BBG Leader Detained and Re-Buffed in Moscow

Just a week after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a sweeping law that will place major restrictions on religious activity, particularly evangelism, in Russia, another incident is now raising eyebrows about that nation’s trajectory.

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House Passes Bill to Protect Conscience Rights on Abortion

This week the House of Representatives voted to approve the Conscience Protection Act, a bill aimed at protecting healthcare workers and entities from being forced into providing abortions.

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New Russian Law Punishes Evangelism

Despite pleas from religious organizations, business leaders, and human rights activists, Russian President Vladimir Putin this week signed legislation that includes heavy-handed requirements for speech on electronic media and restrictions on religious freedom.

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More Questions for Obama Administration on Internet Hand-Off

While the Obama administration has signaled it is ready to hand over the keys to the internet’s basic domain name structure, last week two powerful Members of Congress described in detail why they do not think the current transition plan is ready for action.

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YouTube Censors Video on Jihad

A three-minute video criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood, jihad, and Sharia law was removed by YouTube on July 5 for “hate speech,” The Washington Times reported July 6.

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Facebook Executive Announces New Training to Stop Bias

Speaking this week at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said that the tech giant is now incorporating...

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Bill Attacking RFRA Gaining Steam

A bill introduced last month that would undermine the broad, long-standing, and bipartisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) gained two more cosponsors in the House of Representatives this week.

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Executive Branch Questioned on Legality of Internet Transfer Work

Earlier this month, the Obama administration signaled support for a plan to relinquish U.S. oversight authority over the internet’s basic domain name structure.

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House Announces Plan to Combat Executive Overreach

House Republican leaders this week announced a new roadmap to reinforce the U.S. Constitution’s design for a proper separation of powers in the federal government.

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