Items tagged "Anticircumvention"

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. The right to repair consumer goods such as gaming systems, appliances, and even medical equipment is more important than ever now that we are living […]

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Major Wireless Carriers’ Commitment is Only the First Step for Real Device Unlocking

February 11, 2015 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , FCC

Today, the FCC announced that the major wireless phone providers have met their commitment to unlocking consumers’ phones, allowing them to use their devices on competitors’ networks.

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Protect 3D Printers

January 27, 2015 1201 Reform , 3D Printing , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform

Every three years, The Copyright Offices decides which non-infringing uses of technology will be considered exempt from anticircumvention rules.

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Public Knowledge Challenges Restrictions on Legitimate Use

November 3, 2014 Anticircumvention , Copyright Office , Copyright Reform

Today, Public Knowledge filed petitions with the Copyright Office asking for two exemptions to the copyright law that prevents users from legally accessing their own copies of copyrighted material by bypassing digital locks. The filings mark the beginning of the triennial rulemaking process, which was designed by Congress to create a safety valve to the copyright law when it recognized that the law could bar legitimate uses.

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Public Knowledge Asks Congress for a Permanent Fix to Cell Phone Unlocking

March 28, 2013 Anticircumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees requesting an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that would allow people to unlock their cell phones. The letter, signed by a slew of organizations, academics, online communities, startup companies, and cell phone unlocking petition author Sina Khanifar, details that […]

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It’s Always DRM’s Fault

September 18, 2018 Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA , DRM

There was a recent viral story about Apple “deleting” purchased movies from someone’s library. As always with these stories, there’s a little more to it, but I’m here to tell you that the details don’t really matter. And because this is being published on the International Day Against DRM, I’m here to tell you that it’s DRM’s fault.

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Anticircumvention Report: Copyright Office Discounts User Community

July 25, 2017 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Section 1201

This summer, the Copyright Office released a study on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Section 1201 is the provision of the law that allows copyright owners to digitally lock you out of your own stuff, preventing everything from connecting your cellphone to a different carrier, to ripping your DVDs to your tablet, to accessing the diagnostic system in your car. We’ve long advocated for reforming this law which unnecessarily limits user rights, and actively participated in the Office’s study of Section 1201. The resulting report is less than we hoped for; while the Office has recommended some important and needed changes to the law and its application, it mostly leaves the law in place and has us asking what could have been. The report does, however, reveal something interesting about how the Copyright Office thinks about Section 1201–namely, when it chooses to believe (or not believe) the users.

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We Should Not Have to Fight for the Right to Read

January 13, 2016 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA

At the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), we have worked for nearly a century to break down societal barriers and eliminate discrimination by achieving equal access to the world of copyrighted works. But for all the promise of technology to provide equal access to copyrighted works, the copyright laws that protect those works have sometimes served to impede that technology.

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Revving Our Engines on DMCA Reform in 2016

January 13, 2016 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA , security

One of our top issues we tackled in 2015 was reforming Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). To recap, Section 1201 makes it illegal to break digital locks in order to access copyrighted works (like the movie on a DVD or software in a device), even for legitimate purposes. Every three years, public interest groups spend time and money petitioning the Copyright Office to exempt certain uses and technologies from this law. The Library of Congress released the most recent decisions for this triennial process in October 2015. One example that affects many people that we have yet to touch on is vehicle use. You may not have thought about how copyright law regulates your car. However, cars are increasingly powered as much by software as they are by motors.

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What Last Month’s DMCA Exemptions Mean for Filmmakers

November 13, 2015 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , Copyright With Courtney , DMCA

This post is the fourth installment of #CopyrightwithCourtney, a series from Courtney Duffy on the copyright challenges faced by artists in various disciplines. Courtney is the Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge. This post focuses on the recent DMCA exemption decisions from the Library of Congress, and their effect on filmmakers.

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