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“The Sunday Times” Cries “Copyright Infringement” Over Reporter’s Critique

June 18, 2015 Copyright , DMCA , Fair Use , Notice and Takedown

Last weekend, The Sunday Times, a UK newspaper, released a front-page article entitled “British Spies Betrayed to Russians and Chinese.” The article claimed that Russia and China accessed the classified files leaked by Edward Snowden. The article went on to state that UK intelligence agency MI6 was forced to remove agents from active operations in Moscow because of this leak.

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Down Periscope: Further Thoughts on Periscope, Meerkat, and the DMCA

May 22, 2015 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Notice and Takedown , Video Marketplace

Shortly after the recent Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao boxing match, Re/Code published an op-ed that I wrote discussing some of the copyright implications of live video apps like Periscope and Meerkat. In that article I made two points: first, that we should hit pause on a collective panic over Periscope and Meerkat signaling the latest assault on copyrighted video, in part because rightsholders can bring the powerful DMCA notice-and-takedown provisions to bear on the problem, and in part because video streaming live events does not necessarily implicate copyright law.

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The Not-So-Great Case Against Our §1201 Exemption Requests

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

Earlier this year, Public Knowledge submitted comments to the Copyright Office as part of the Librarian of Congress’s triennial exemption review process, in support of three requests for exemptions to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision:

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Copyright Law and My Mother’s Heart

January 20, 2015 Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , Copyright Week , DMCA

My mother’s heart may have literally skipped a beat last week, but she waited four days to find out.

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Rightscorp Doth Protest Too Much: Using the DMCA as a Bulldozer

December 4, 2014 Copyright Reform , DMCA

Cable and internet service provider Cox Communications was sued last week on the grounds that its customers have been torrenting music illegally. Cox is far from unique in this; it’d be hard to imagine any internet provider (including the federal government) not having some customers infringing copyrights. The reason we don’t see such suits all the time is because of the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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