Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this – a traffic jam – what would you do?

The Battle over Net Neutrality

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10th

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown

Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

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Patent Reform Bill Clears Senate

The Senate approved the Patent Reform Act which would transition the U.S. to a first-to-file system instead of the current first-to-invent system.  The Act also creates a nine-month “first window” post-grant procedure to allow challenges to patents.

Links: WSJ, law.com, Patent Reform Act Bill 112 S 23 RS.

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Law.com – Federal Circuit Sides With PTO in Dispute Over Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Friday in a split decision that the Patent and Trademark Office did not overstep its authority in adopting a set of new rules that some intellectual property lawyers say fundamentally alter patent practice and threaten innovation.

via Law.com – Federal Circuit Sides With PTO in Dispute Over Rules.

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