Entries Matching: SOPA

Appeals Court Rejects Viacom Arguments Against YouTube

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In their case against YouTube, Viacom and other content companies keep looking for ways to impose a duty to monitor on the video-sharing site. Despite the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) clear statements that services don't need to monitor, the content companies keep trying to pick away at other components of the law to work their way around it. (Public Knowledge filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case, arguing that filters and monitoring aren't required to meet the DMCA requirements)

Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York shot down the majority of those theories. Meanwhile, the case has been sent back to the district court level for more factfinding on exactly how much YouTube employees may have known about the presence of specific infringing files on their service.

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

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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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People Powered Politics - SOPA & PIPA EBook

Our friends at Demand Progress & Engage DC have been working on a new e-book chronicling the fight against SOPA & PIPA, and the first chapters have just been released.  Available now is the lead-off chapter by PK’s own Director of Government Affairs Ernesto Falcon, "People Powered Politics"

Much like the opposition against these bills, content for this e-book is coming from a diverse and talented group of activists and entrepreneurs who each contributed something unique to the cause.

Check out the website for new chapters as they become available. You can also submit your own content for inclusion.

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USTR Still Missing the Point

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Yesterday, I attended the Senate Finance Committee Hearing on the President’s 2012 Trade Agenda. United States Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk was the sole witness and testified on behalf of the Administration. The hearing was an opportunity for UTSR to soothe public concerns and address the recent scrutiny it’s received for the secretive negotiation process surrounding TPP negotiations. Instead the USTR failed to seriously address the lack of public input within negotiations.  

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