Entries Matching: Statutory Damages

Public Knowledge Welcomes Department of Commerce Report Calling for Copyright Reform

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Today, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released its “White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages: Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” Public Knowledge commends the Department for recognizing the importance of a balanced copyright law, and that copyright law's onerous statutory damages provisions need to be changed.

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The Copyright Reform Debate Continues Uncensored

Last month the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) released (and then retracted 24 hours later) a thought-provoking policy paper entitled Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It. As the leading group for conservative policy ideas and discussion in the U.S. House of Representatives, the RSC could play a critical role in presenting the conservative arguments for copyright reform. 

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The Debate over Copyright Reform Cannot Be Censored

This past Friday, the House Republican Study Committee released a policy brief entitled Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it.  The brief, examines three common content industry assertions about the benefits of copyright, and concludes that rather than promoting productivity and innovation, current copyright law inhibits them.  The brief then makes a number of suggestions to reform the system, including reducing statutory damages, expanding fair use, punishing copyright abuse and shortening copyright terms significantly.

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Federalization of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings:  A Debate about Uncertainty and Public Access

When most people think of their favorite song, they are likely envisioning a particular artist who recorded it with their unique style and voice, and not the writer.  While the song would be nothing without the words, that’s often not what connects the public to music… it’s the recording.  Think of “Heartbreak Hotel”: are you conjuring up visions of Elvis Presley twisting and gyrating, or of the lesser known writers of that song, Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton?

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