Supreme Court overturns indecency fines: The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned fines levied against Fox and ABC by the Federal Communications Commission for broadcasting indecent content, saying that the agency didn't give proper notice of its indecency policy before leveling the fines. The decision did not address whether the FCC had the right to issue the fines under the First Amendment.
In a statement, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said, “I look forward to reviewing and assessing today’s decision from the Supreme Court. I will work with my colleagues to help ensure that parents can protect their children from harmful content and that the agency faithfully implements its authority under the law.”
FCC applauds House Internet resolution: On Thursday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski praised the House Energy and Commerce resolution that affirms a feeling in Congress that Internet regulation should not be placed under the jurisdiction of the United Nations.
“Proposals to abandon the multistakeholder model would be devastating to the future of the Internet, and I will continue to work with my colleagues at the FCC and throughout the U.S. government to oppose such proposals,” Genachowski said in a statement to The Hill.
LinkedIn sued: Following a data breach, Reuters reported that a woman from Illinois has sued the social network, claiming that it did not properly protect user data. The user, Katie Szpyrka, said that the social network had a security policy that is weaker than the industry standard. In a statement to Reuters, LinkedIn spokeswoman Erin O’Harra said the lawsuit was without merit.
“No member account has been breached as a result of the incident, and we have no reason to believe that any LinkedIn member has been injured,” she told the news service.
Senate subcommittee weighs Universal-EMI merger: Lawmakers on Thursday heard arguments from music industry heavyweights about whether Universal Music Group’s deal to buy part of EMI creates unfair competition for their rivals. Reuters reports that Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation, testified in support of the merger, while Warner Music executive Edgar Bronfman opposed it.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), ranking member on the antitrust subcommittee, said at the hearing that “government regulators should be wary of intervening in rapidly changing and innovative markets.”