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Today, Public Knowledge joins a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Act ("ECPA"). Please sign a White House petition to improve legal protections of our communications.
Have you ever wondered what, if anything, protects the content of your emails from prying government eyes? Well, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act ("ECPA") is supposed to do that. But there’s a big problem with ECPA: it was written in the 1980s and has never been updated. As we all know, there have been some major changes to the way we communicate in the last 25 years. Those changes, in combination with an outdated law, have created some troubling deficits in privacy protection.
We should give pre-1972 sound recordings federal copyright protection that preempts state law. In the process, let's take a fresh look at our current copyright system and address some of the biggest problems.
In an op-ed published in USA Today on Monday, U.S. House Representative John Conyers of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, argued that federal copyright protection should be extended to pre-1972 sound recordings, which at present only receive copyright protection under state law. Extending federal copyright to pre-1972 sound recordings makes a lot of sense, but not for the exact reasons Conyers articulates.
Location: The National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW—one block NE of Dupont Circle Metro
Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will be speaking at this November 19, 2013 event:
The tragic suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz in the fall of 2012 drew public attention to the ethical problems that arise from the protection—or overprotection--of intellectual property. Does information really want to be free, as the saying goes?
And what can we learn from Jewish tradition--from the Talmud to more modern interpretations -- about creating a fair balance between the intellectual property rights of writers and other artists and access to copyrighted media in the United States?
Date: October 29, 2013 04:00 PM
Location: New York University School of Law
Vanderbilt Hall: 40 Washington Square South, Room 210
New York, NY 10012 Washington, DC 20002
Host: The LAMP
Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn will be speaking at this October 29, 2013 event:
Today, the Innovation Act introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 325-91. The bill introduces changes to various aspects of patent litigation practice and other aspects of the patent system to help curb these abuses.
The following can be attributed to Christopher J. Lewis, Vice President of Government Affairs:
Today Public Knowledge, joined by Consumer Action, Consumers Union, Free Press, The National Consumers League, and the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute delivered a letter to Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) to address the problems with the Consumer Choice in Video Devices Act introduced by Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH) and Rep. Gene Green (R-TX).
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