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Brooks Boliek

Artists sing out over net neutrality

A group of the nation's hottest new-music talent plans to inject themselves into the national policy debate over the so-called "network neutrality" doctrine by issuing a music compilation in the name of an open Internet.

Deal between cablers, Sony clears path for two-way digital TVs

The major cable operators and Sony have announced a plug-and-play agreement that likely will break the logjam that has threatened the widespread introduction of two-way digital TV sets into the marketplace.

Deal clears path for two-way digital TVs

The major cable operators and Sony have announced a plug-and-play agreement that likely will break the logjam that has threatened the widespread introduction of two-way digital TV sets in the marketplace.

THINK TANK

The late T. Euclid Raines, a blind Alabama representative from Guntersville, was the first person I'd ever heard say, "Never watch 'em make laws or ba-lon-ee sausage." Raines was lamenting the failure of his colleagues to understand that one man's pork barrel project is another man's critical unmet need.

Broadcasters, musicians and labels continue royalty fight

Musicians and labels are fighting to force broadcasters to pay a performance fee for tunes played on the radio, but broadcasters appear to have the upper hand writes BROOKS BOLIEK.

High court upholds child porn law

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a law that makes it a crime to promote child pornography.

Supreme Court upholds child porn law

The U.S. Supreme Court brushed aside free-speech concerns on Monday as it upheld a law that made it a crime to promote child pornography.

Senate OKs veto of newspaper-b’cast rule

The U.S. Senate approved a "legislative veto" on Thursday that would overturn the FCC's new rule allowing newspaper and broadcast combinations in the top 20 markets.

Science, politics and music that moved us

We don't think much about the Internet winging messages across the globe at blinding speeds, but in 1925 the first broadcast that spanned the Atlantic was a technological marvel.

Senator wants to cut royalty rate

One of the entertainment industry's biggest Senate critics is attempting to kidnap a bill designed to clear up legal hurdles with so-called "orphan works" to overturn a royalty rate beneficial to the music industry.

National Registry preserves recordings

Twenty-five recordings have been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, including the 1977 record of Earth sounds that flew aboard the spacecraft Voyager.

Pop, country fight frequency grab

The Grand Ole Opry and MTV may be at opposite ends of the music spectrum, but they are part of a coalition urging federal regulators to stand up to a frequency grab by Microsoft and Google that could render wireless microphones useless.