Public Knowledge Responds to RIAA’s plans to sue P2P File TradersSeptember 7, 2004
For immediate release
Washington, D.C. | Public Knowledge has long acknowledged the potential threat that large scale unauthorized file trading of music may pose, and has encouraged the recording industry to protect its copyrights by pursuing strategically targeted legal action against actual infringers. Public Knowledge also firmly believes that simply bringing lawsuits against large scale individual infringers will not solve the industry's problems. The recent announcement of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to pursue "what could ultimately be thousands of lawsuits" against peer-to-peer file (P2P) traders therefore strikes us as an over-investment in legal action, possibly to the detriment of consumers and musicians alike.Read More
Public Knowledge Praises U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Moseley v. V Secret CatalogueSeptember 7, 2004 Press Release , Trademark
Washington, D.C. | Public Knowledge issued the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court's decision in Moseley v. V Secret Catalogue:Read More
Public Knowledge and Consumers Union Oppose FCC Rulemaking for “Digital Radio Broadcast Flag”April 7, 2004 Broadcast Flag , News & Analysis , Press Release
For Immediate Release
The Federal Communications Commission is due to issue a notice tomorrow (April 8) indicating its intention to consider conducting a rulemaking on copy-protection policies for Digital Audio Radio Service (DARS). The policy, if adopted, would be the radio equivalent of the TV broadcast flag.
This afternoon, Public Knowledge and Consumers Union sent letters to FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell and the other Commissioners urging the Commission to drop the DARS issue from the notice of proposed rulemaking and to consider it, if at all, as a Notice of Inquiry.
"There is no reason for the FCC to create a broadcast flag for radio. The record companies have done nothing to establish that digital radio is a potential threat to record sales or a potential source of content for Internet file-sharers," said Mike Godwin, senior technology counsel for Public Knowledge. The text of the letter follows:Read More
Public Knowledge Praises Colorado Governor Owens For His Veto of Colorado State DMCA BillMay 21, 2003 Fair Use , News & Analysis , Press Release
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. | Public Knowledge praises Governor Owens' decision to veto Colorado H.B. 1303 one of the "State-DMCA" bills promoted by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).Read More
Public Knowledge’s President Reacts to Peer-to-Peer Self-Help BillJuly 25, 2002 Fair Use , News & Analysis , Press Release
While enforcing the Copyright Act and preventing copyright infringement are worthy goals, Representative Berman's Peer-to-Peer Self-Help bill goes too far. Rep. Berman's bill gives the content industry great latitude to engage in harmful behavior that could affect lawful consumer activities, as well as unlawful behavior.Read More