Copyright Reform


To Fight Misinformation, Bring our Libraries Online

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Misinformation -- how it develops, how it spreads, and why people believe it -- is an unavoidable topic in current information policy debates. And though headlines have largely focused on the high-profile impacts of misinformation on everything from public health to voting behaviors and technological literacy, there’s another, more important question at stake: How do we combat it when it emerges?

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Public Knowledge Opposes Copyright Bill Creating Unaccountable “Small-Claims” Court

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Today, Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019” (CASE Act) to establish a new Copyright Claim Board within the United States Copyright Office. Public Knowledge opposes the bill as written due to grave concerns with its contents.

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Spotify’s Copyright Royalty Board Appeal, Decoded

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Nothing has dominated recent music news (at least not since the passage of the Music Modernization Act) as much as Spotify’s decision to appeal the findings of the Copyright Royalty Board, or CRB. The move prompted backlash from music publishers and a rebuttal from Spotify, but the actual facts of the debate are buried under piles of legalese.

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The Copyright Directive Is SOPA Part 2, and It’s Coming for Your Internet

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Last week, the European Parliament voted 348 to 274 to pass the Copyright Directive. Unless something truly extraordinary happens during the upcoming meeting of the European Council -- think of it as the Senate of the EU, where the governments of Member States are represented -- draconian and highly disruptive new rules on content licensing and monitoring will become EU law.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Appointment of New Register of Copyrights

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Today, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden announced her appointment of Karyn A. Temple as the new Register of Copyrights, a role she has filled on an acting basis since 2016. As the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, Ms. Temple will oversee the Office’s administration of major areas of copyright law, such as registration by copyright owners and various statutory licenses, as well as the advice the Office provides to Congress.

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