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Public Knowledge Reacts to Senate Passage of Copyright Legislation

November 22, 2004

For Immediate Release

Background: The Senate late in its weekend session passed by unanimous consent S 3021, a shorter version of the omnibus copyright legislation (HR 2391) that had been introduced earlier in the session.

Statement of Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge:

Consumers won a major victory when the Senate passed legislation removing the most egregious elements of the omnibus copyright bill that had previously been under consideration. We strongly support the version of the Family Movie Act, included in the bill, which gives families more control over how they watch movies and television, preserving the right to skip over commercials. The bill will benefit consumers, both in their entertainment choices now, and from the innovation in technology that will result in coming years.

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Public Knowledge Responds to RIAA’s plans to sue P2P File Traders

September 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.

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Public Knowledge Praises U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Moseley v. V Secret Catalogue

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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:

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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:

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Public Knowledge Praises Colorado Governor Owens For His Veto of Colorado State DMCA Bill

May 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).

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