Press Release Copyright Reform

Public Knowledge Praises Bipartisan Consumer Rights Copyright Bill

February 11, 2015

Today, Representatives Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced H.R. 862, the You Own Devices Act (YODA). The bill ensures that consumers can sell or give away their digital devices regardless of copyright restrictions placed on the software required to run them.

The following can be attributed to Sherwin Siy, Vice President of Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge:

“We're glad to see Representatives Farenthold and Polis fighting for consumers in this space. In recent years, we've been seeing increased attempts by companies to leverage copyright restrictions in order to roll back the rights that consumers should have over their own goods.

“This bill represents a great beginning to ensuring that personal property ownership remains a fundamental right in the digital age.”