Items tagged "Anti-circumvention"

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge to Host Press Briefing on DMCA Digital Lock Exemptions Oct. 28

October 28, 2015 1201 , Anti-circumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA

Public Knowledge will host a press briefing Wednesday, October 28 at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act triennial exemption process for digital locks. The DMCA’s rules against bypassing digital locks harm consumers and interfere with everyday uses of technology, holding people liable for copyright violations just for accessing their own data on their own devices.

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Public Knowledge and Rock Your Phone Pleased Copyright Office Expands Consumer Rights

July 26, 2010 Anti-circumvention , Press Release

Earlier today, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress released the results of its triennial review of applications for exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  The ruling found that adding programs to the iPhone (called jailbreaking) is not a violation of copyright law.  The decision is here.


The following statement is attributed to Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Proposes New Copyright Reform Act

February 15, 2010 Anti-circumvention , Press Release

Saying that, “We need a bolder vision that starts to break down the barriers to free culture – that starts to break the vise grip the few and powerful have on ownership,” Public Knowledge President and Co-Founder Gigi B. Sohn announced a new five-part Copyright Reform Act.

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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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We’re Asking Congress to Fix the DMCA

March 28, 2013 Anti-circumvention , DMCA , DRM

Today, we sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, asking them to pass a strong, permanent fix to the cell phone unlocking problem, and to take a deeper look at the problems caused by the anticircumvention provisions of the DMCA. The letter, available here, is signed by over thirty consumer groups, companies, and online communities, and joined by a number of academics and activists.

We want to make sure that all of the people who were upset that the DMCA could prevent them from unlocking their phones get a solution that actually fixes the problem by changing the law, not just reversing the Library of Congress’s decision and waiting for a do-over a few years from now.

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Will the White House Explain why Copyright Laws are Privileging Cell Phone Companies?

February 22, 2013 Anti-circumvention , Competition , Copyright Office , DRM , Handset Exclusivity

So 100,000 of you (and counting) are as puzzled as we are as to why copyright laws such as the DMCA should prevent people from keeping their existing phones when they switch phone companies. By hitting that threshold of signatures several days before the 30-day deadline, the petition should generate a response from the White House.

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The 1201 Hearings- Protecting Business Models or Promoting Creative Progress?

June 11, 2012 Anti-circumvention , DMCA

Last week, a revolving door of digital media users took turns pleading with the Copyright Office for permission to use their content. Teachers and documentarians sought the right to create high-quality video clips for use in their classrooms and documentaries; the visually impaired argued for the right to enable read-aloud functionality on eBooks and enjoy movies with narrated visual descriptions; and Public Knowledge, advocating for the public at large, sought a right to copy lawfully owned DVDs for personal use (e.g. to play a DVD movie on an iPad, or similar device).

How did we arrive at this place, where copyright users must ask permission to use lawfully acquired content in non-infringing ways? The short version of the story goes like this:

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TPP Deep Dive: Copyright and Digital Locks

May 11, 2012 Anti-circumvention , DMCA , TPP

This post is the second in a series of blog posts examining Public Knowledge’s concerns with the proposed copyright provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Yesterday we discussed copyright presumptions that favor copyright owners in litigation, and today we examine the parts of the TPP that use copyright law to prohibit users from circumventing digital locks over works.

For the time being, this series is examining the US’s copyright proposals for the TPP [pdf] from February 2011, which is the most recent text that is publicly available.

Digital Locks in US Law

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No, Really, You Should Be Able to Rip Your DVDs

March 2, 2012 Anti-circumvention , Copyright Office , DMCA , Fair Use

Today, we followed up our request urging the Copyright Office to allow consumers to break the digital locks on their DVDs so they can play them on their phones, tablets, and other digital devices. Along with the reply comments we filed today, we included the statements of nearly 400 users (warning: massive pdf) who stated for the record that they own lawfully made DVDs and would like to be able to space shift their movies exactly the way they can shift music from CDs to their iPods.

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Help Make it Legal to Rip Your DVDs

January 26, 2012 Anti-circumvention , Copyright Office , DMCA , DRM

Quick – what’s the legal difference between ripping a CD and ripping a DVD?  Ripping a DVD is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and could get you sued.  Unlike CDs, DVDs are protected by a digital lock.  The mere act of breaking that lock – even for a legitimate purpose – is a violation of the DMCA. 

Fortunately, the DMCA also has a built-in mechanism to deal with situations where it prevents people from doing legitimate things.  And that’s why we need your help to make sure that DVD ripping is granted an exemption from the DMCA.

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