Items tagged "Piracy"

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Public Knowledge Disappointed With White House ‘Piracy’ Meeting

December 15, 2009 MPAA , Piracy , Press Release , RIAA

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“We were extremely disappointed to learn of the White House meeting to be held later today on the issue of intellectual property and ‘piracy.’ It is unclear why three cabinet officers, several subcabinet officers, the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service are needed to tend to the worries of the big media companies, particularly the motion picture industry which is completing a year in which it will set box-office records.

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Public Knowledge Statement on the House Judiciary Committee Approval of Pro-IP Bill

April 30, 2008 Orphan Works , Piracy , Press Release

Earlier today, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 4279, the Pro-IP bill, which would increase penalties for violations of intellectual property laws, among other items.

The following is the statement of Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

"We are pleased that the Committee amended the bill (HR 4279) to make clear there has to be a 'substantial connection' between property to be seized, such as a computer, a car or a house, and any violations of the copyright law. Now that the Committee has approved the bill, we look forward to legislative action on Orphan Works legislation, (HR 5889), that would work to restore balance in copyright law."

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What Is the Internet Defense League?

July 20, 2012 Piracy , Protect IP Act , SOPA

Last night Public Knowledge joined with Internet activists gathered in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC (I attended the DC gathering) to formerly launch the Internet Defense League.  The purpose of the league is to provide an organizing tool for many of the forces that came together to defeat SOPA and PIPA.  Given that beating those bills was a political victory of comic book super hero proportions, the league naturally has its own “Cat Signal” showcased here, here, and here.

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When It Comes to IP Enforcement Bills, It’s the Little Things That Count

July 13, 2012 Enforcement , Piracy , SOPA , USPTO

The recently maligned IP Attaché Act is just one in a long line of IP bills that include seemingly innocuous provisions that could later prove to be harmful to innovation and the free flow of information.  In February I gave a talk at the University of Colorado that showed how over a decade, supporters of increasing copyright protection dropped little-known and little-understood language in IP bills that eventually became the basis for SOPA and PIPA, as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s program for seizing domain names. 

According to a former US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) official I spoke with, the content industries and their friends have been pushing the changes this bill would make for years.  That alone tells you something.

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I Can Use A Banana to Rob a Bank: Why We Don’t Ban Things Just Because They Can Be Misused

June 22, 2012 Innovation , Piracy , RIAA

Earlier this week, YouTube-MP3.org announced that it had received a letter from YouTube essentially asking them to shut down.  YouTube-MP3.org was a site that allowed you to strip audio from a YouTube video and save it as an MP3.  Yesterday, it came to light that CNET had received a similar request from the RIAA to remove software from its popular Download.com site that performed the same purpose.  These requests are dumb.

Software That Downloads YouTube Videos Has Many Legitimate Uses

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Where Are The Record Label Best Practices?

April 23, 2012 Music , Music Licensing , Piracy , RIAA

RapidShare’s recent release of its new best practices for cloud storage service throws into stark relief the lengths to which online platforms will go to avoid the wrath—justified or not—of incumbent content distributors like record labels. As we watch digital distributors adopt “best practices” that go well beyond their legal obligations under copyright law to prevent copyright infringement, one obvious question comes to mind: Where are the record label best practices?

Last week RapidShare announced its new “Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services,” in which RapidShare promises to go above and beyond its copyright law obligations to stop infringement—and urges other cloud storage services to do the same.

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It’s Time for a United States Office of Innovation

April 18, 2012 Enforcement , Government 2.0 , Piracy

The United States needs someone in government whose sole job is to propose policies that advance the freedom to create and innovate, including freedom from draconian intermediary liability and poor quality patents.

This need became crystal clear last week, when I went to my third or fourth Obama Administration gathering to celebrate the importance of strong intellectual property protection to the United States.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Internet Blueprint, VZ/Spectrum Co., Universal/EMI, and Ripping DVDs

March 16, 2012 Music , Piracy , SOPA , VerizonSpectrumCo , Wireless

On today’s podcast we discuss crafting a positive post SOPA/PIPA agenda on InterentBlueprint.org, updates for Verizon/SpectrumCo., Universal buying EMI, and the new “disc to digital” program from the movie studios.

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Message to Universal: Buying Competitors Does Not Fight Piracy

March 12, 2012 Competition , Music , Music Licensing , Piracy

As part of its sales pitch to antitrust regulators, Universal Music Group, the largest record label in the world, is now claiming that it absolutely must buy the record label EMI in order to fight piracy. Yes, Universal is seriously claiming that the pressures of online copyright infringement are forcing it to buy one of its largest competitors in an already very consolidated market. On this point, Universal is wrong. Universal is not trying to buy EMI because it wants to fight piracy, and even if it was, this deal would likely have the exact opposite effect. The best way to fight piracy is to offer fans a quick, easy, reasonably priced legal alternative to infringement. Those consumer-friendly alternatives are much more likely to thrive when no single record label has a large enough market share to effectively veto any new service it doesn’t like. 

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Warner Bros. Embarrasses Self, Everyone, With New “Disc-to-Digital” Program

March 5, 2012 Copyright Office , DMCA , Fair Use , Piracy

In an announcement that was either an inspired piece of Yes Men-esque performance art or a stunning example of corporate myopia, last week Warner Home Entertainment Group President Kevin Tsujihara discussed a new DVD digitization service called “disc-to-digital.” The program, which would have merely been ill-advised had it been announced ten years ago, today stands as a testament to the ability of movie studios to blind themselves to reality.

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