Items tagged "Anticircumvention"

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Apple Inc. v. Corellium: Another Case Where Fair Use Is Not a Defense to Section 1201

June 11, 2021 Anticircumvention , DMCA , Fair Use , Litigation , Section 1201

I’m perplexed by the District Court’s recent ruling in Apple Inc. v. Corellium, LLC that highlights an interesting tension in copyright law. A company can still violate copyright law even if a court has already found that it’s not infringing any copyright. Here’s how: Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it illegal […]

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How the Right-to-Repair Can Help Us Overcome Our Economic and Climate Challenges

February 3, 2021 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Communications and the Pandemic , Copyright , Copyright Office , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Right to Repair , Section 1201 , Triennial Review

Over the past 10 months, the U.S. has experienced a constant state of flux, enduring the COVID-19 pandemic, a major cultural divide, and a tumultuous transition of power between presidential administrations. Many sought refuge in the virtual worlds offered by video game consoles in order to cope with the stress, causing a major spike in […]

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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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