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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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Digital Locks Can Cost You Your Privacy

October 9, 2014 Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA , DRM , Privacy

On Monday, the Digital Reader revealed (confirmed in detail by Ars Technica here that Adobe’s ebook reader, Adobe Digital Editions, was reporting the reading habits of its users, and the contents of their digital libraries, to Adobe.

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Digital Locks on Copyright: Room for Reform?

September 22, 2014 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

Last Wednesday’s copyright hearing in the House IP Subcommittee may have borne the soporific title of “Chapter 12 of Title 17,” but the debate involved was lively. The titular Chapter 12 involves the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), the source of the crisis over phone unlocking.

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Podcast

PK In The Know Podcast: Cell Phone Unlocking, Government Copyright, and Patent Reform

August 1, 2014 Cell Phone Unlocking , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Patent Reform , Public Domain

PK In The Know Podcast: Cell Phone Unlocking, Government Copyright, and Patent Reform

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The Story of Cell Phone Unlocking Reform

July 29, 2014 1201 , Anti-circumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

This is the story of historic legislation getting passed through an extremely partisan and divided Congress.

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