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Public Knowledge Participates in the International Day Against DRM

May 6, 2014 Copyright , DMCA , DRM

Public Knowledge is participating in the “International Day against DRM” where groups around the world are discussing the problems with Digital Rights Management, known commonly as DRM. As manufacturers attempt to sneak DRM into more and more products, it is important to remember the ways that DRM limit your right to make use of what you purchase.

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Keeping Takedown Notices Honest: PK Joins Brief Against Bad Copyright Takedowns

December 17, 2013 amicus brief , Copyright , DMCA

Last Friday, PK joined the Organization for Transformative Works in supporting Stephanie Lenz in her suit to hold Universal Music accountable for abusing the notice-and-takedown system.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Government Shutdown, PK IP3, Charging for Public Artwork, DMCA Safe Harbor

October 18, 2013 DMCA , Government 2.0 , IP3 , Safe Harbor

On this week's podcast we recap the government shutdown, the PK IP3 Awards, charging admission for viewing public artwork and DMCA safe harbor cases. Listen to Podcast

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Does Congress Mean to Enforce Particular Business Models with Copyright Law?

June 13, 2013 DMCA , DRM , Innovation , Mobile Innovation

At a hearing on unlocking phones, some suggest that Congress added laws against circumventing access controls not just to fight piracy, but in order to protect particular business models. Businesses use this argument to justify using copyright law to criminalize activities that don’t actually infringe copyright.


Up until last year, unlocking a cell phone so that it could be used with a different carrier was perfectly legal. That changed when the Librarian of Congress decided no longer to include it in a list of exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which forbids the circumvention of technology that controls access to copyrighted works. The Librarian’s decision has sparked a great deal of controversy, and lead to several proposed bills that would once again make it legal to unlock cell phones. In a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet last Thursday, Congress heard testimony about one of these bills, and about the practice of unlocking phones.

Subcommittee Vice Chairman Tom Marino began the hearing by framing the considerations on each side in terms of their effect on the market and existing business models, pitting the promise of a more competitive marketplace that phone unlocking allows against the ability of carriers to recover the cost of subsidizing phones.

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The Craigslist Case and Other Examples of Copyright Abuse

May 2, 2013 DMCA , Enforcement , Safe Harbor , Statutory Damages

This week, a federal district court in California refused to toss craigslist’s claims that it owns its users’ postings. More and more, we’re seeing fine print in terms of use (“TOU”) agreements and end user license agreements (“EULAs”) that try to make copyright claims. Why?

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