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Revving Our Engines on DMCA Reform in 2016

January 13, 2016 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA , security

One of our top issues we tackled in 2015 was reforming Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). To recap, Section 1201 makes it illegal to break digital locks in order to access copyrighted works (like the movie on a DVD or software in a device), even for legitimate purposes. Every three years, public interest groups spend time and money petitioning the Copyright Office to exempt certain uses and technologies from this law. The Library of Congress released the most recent decisions for this triennial process in October 2015. One example that affects many people that we have yet to touch on is vehicle use. You may not have thought about how copyright law regulates your car. However, cars are increasingly powered as much by software as they are by motors.

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Google Antes Up to Defend YouTube Users

November 19, 2015 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Fair Use

Today, Google announced that it would create a sort of legal defense fund for fair use YouTube videos that have received DMCA takedown notices. Under the new program, Google has selected a handful of videos as clear fair uses, despite accusations of copyright holders, and will indemnify the uploaders for up to $1 million in legal fees and possible damages if the rightsholders sued for infringement.

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What Last Month’s DMCA Exemptions Mean for Filmmakers

November 13, 2015 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , Copyright With Courtney , DMCA

This post is the fourth installment of #CopyrightwithCourtney, a series from Courtney Duffy on the copyright challenges faced by artists in various disciplines. Courtney is the Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge. This post focuses on the recent DMCA exemption decisions from the Library of Congress, and their effect on filmmakers.

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Oceans Rise, Cities Fall, DVD Ban Remains

November 4, 2015 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , Digital Locks , DMCA

As sure as the fall follows summer, and the sun rises in the east, the sixth triennial DMCA Section 1201 exemption process resulted in the rejection of our request for an exemption for creating private copies of DVDs and Blu Ray discs (DVD/BRDs). Consumers have long sought exemptions for private copying of DVDs, and more recently Blu Ray discs, for purposes ranging from Linux compatibility, to putting videos on home media servers, to making back-up copies in case discs get scratched, to watching them on devices lacking optical drives, like tablets, smartphones, and most modern laptops.

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What the Library of Congress Decided This Week About 3D Printing

October 30, 2015 1201 Reform , 3D Printing , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA

In November 2014, Public Knowledge petitioned the Copyright Office for a number of exemptions to the prohibition against circumventing technological protection measures (i.e. “digital locks”) protecting copyrighted works under Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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