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Newspapers are increasingly moving to digital – including mobile – platforms to provide readers with news and information when and how they want to receive it. NAA advocates before the executive and legislative branches on issues that relate to digital media.

A top priority is to ensure that any regulatory or legislative efforts to enhance consumer privacy online do not harm newspapers’ ability to develop new business models. Newspapers care about reader privacy and strive to act responsibly when it comes to consumer data, but they also need flexibility to implement new revenue streams that can sustain high-quality, original journalism.

NAA works on other digital media issues such as protecting newspaper copyrights in online content and reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

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NAA Letter: FCC Media Cross-Ownership Ban No Longer Serves the Public Interest

August 10, 2016

The Newspaper Association of America filed a written ex parte with the Federal Communications Commission regarding its ban on media cross ownership. Newspapers are the only industry in the United States that is barred by federal law from investment by local television companies. The NAA opposes the continuation of the absurdly outdated and decades-old newspaper-broadcast cross ownership ban. This rule no longer serves the public interest, a fact the FCC determined more than a decade ago.

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Statement: NAA applauds Senate Confirmation of Carla Hayden as Next Librarian of Congress

July 13, 2016

NAA applauds today's Senate confirmation of Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden's experience leading the American Library Association and her work with the Chicago Public Library will be a valuable asset in heading our nation's Library. The Librarian of Congress is uniquely positioned to oversee the Library's preservation objectives, as well as the implementation of copyright law by the Copyright Office.

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NAA Supports Introduction of Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016

July 13, 2016

NAA applauds the introduction of the Copyright Alterative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016, introduced by Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), which would create a small claims court for copyright matters and aid individual creators and small businesses in the enforcement of their copyrighted works. This legislation will be particularly helpful for many individuals and small businesses who face copyright issues, yet find federal litigation to be out of reach.

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FAA Releases Final Rules for Drones, Newsgathering

June 27, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration has finalized its rules on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing up to 55 pounds or "drones". When the rules go into effect in August 2016, journalists will have clear and streamlined guidance for drones for newsgathering purposes across the U.S. The rules mark the FAA’s first attempt at a comprehensive plan to ensure the safe use of small drones by commercial entities without having to seek case-by-case approval.

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NAA Endorses NTIA “Best Practices” on UAS Privacy

May 31, 2016

A recent NTIA best practices draft for privacy, accountability and transparency in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, by commercial and private users clearly states that its voluntary privacy guidelines do not apply to newsgatherers and news organizations. News media may use UAS in “the same manner as any other comparable technology to capture, store, retain and use data or images in public spaces.

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The Perils of Preservation: The Library of Congress' Transition from Microfilm to Digital Newspaper Records

February 25, 2016

There is an inarguable need to preserve our nation’s historical record, and The Library of Congress helps our industry do just that by cataloging our editions and maintaining our nation's history.  However, the Library still requires 405 newspapers to submit their editions in microfilm, a preservation format that few use today.

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House Transportation Committee Passes FAA Authorization Bill with Micro-UAS Classification Important for Newsgathering Operations

February 16, 2016

NAA took an active role in encouraging Members of Congress to consider a micro-UAS classification during their reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). If this classification is made by Congress, NAA members would be more quickly permitted to use micro-drones for newsgathering operations.

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Data Leakage May Increase Ad-blocking Adoption

January 06, 2016

A practice referred to as “data leakage” is particularly harmful to the publisher/reader relationship.  Data leakage occurs when a publisher of a website unknowingly grants an advertiser, or other third party, access to its readers’ information without consent from or benefit to the publisher.

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FAA Releases Memo on UAS and Newsgathering

May 29, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a memorandum to address three main issues concerning the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for media outlets and newsgathering.

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What Does the FAA Drone Proposal Mean for News Organizations?

March 02, 2015

On Sunday, February 15, the Federal Aviation Administration addressed the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the private sector. Unless the operator qualifies for a special exemption, the commercial use of UAS is currently prohibited.

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Memo: Update on Drones for NAA members

December 02, 2014

This memorandum provides an update on developments in the FAA’s authority to regulate the use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) — commonly called drones — including their use in newsgathering.  The FAA does not permit the use of drones for commercial purposes and has been aggressive in issuing warning letters and, occasionally, fines to individuals and companies whose use of drones has come to FAA’s attention.  This memo will first review the FAA’s policy and use of warning letters to drone operators.  It will next update the status of the first legal challenge to the FAA’s authority to regulate drones, a question that is pending before the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”).  Finally, it will summarize tort law issues that news organizations should consider before using drones.

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White Paper: Creating a Framework for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

September 29, 2014

This white paper for NAA members examines the current legal landscape for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) use, as well as First Amendment issues that may arise as newspapers and other media use drones for newsgathering.

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