Items tagged "Anticircumvention"

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What the Library of Congress Decided This Week About 3D Printing

October 30, 2015 1201 Reform , 3D Printing , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA

In November 2014, Public Knowledge petitioned the Copyright Office for a number of exemptions to the prohibition against circumventing technological protection measures (i.e. “digital locks”) protecting copyrighted works under Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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Hearts, Minds, and Blood Sugar: What Needs to Change for Patients to See Real DMCA Relief

October 29, 2015 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform

With the new anticircumvention rules from the Library of Congress, it’s now legal under copyright law for patients to bypass digital locks on their medical devices so they can access the data stored on them. That’s significant progress for people like Ben West (who not only develops software to get patients’ glucose monitors to talk to their devices, but also uses it on his own) and Hugo Campos (who wants to keep getting data off of his implanted heart monitor). It’s a moment worth celebrating.

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The Not-So-Great Case Against Our §1201 Exemption Requests

April 30, 2015 1201 Reform , 3D Printing , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA

Earlier this year, Public Knowledge submitted comments to the Copyright Office as part of the Librarian of Congress’s triennial exemption review process, in support of three requests for exemptions to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision:

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Telling the Copyright Office to Remove Digital Locks

February 6, 2015 1201 Reform , 3D Printing , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform

Today Public Knowledge filed a slew of comments with the Copyright Office. As we described earlier, part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it illegal for anyone to break digital locks placed on copyrighted material – even if their eventual use of the material is perfectly legal. Fortunately, every three years the Library of Congress (with the help of the Copyright Office) is required to grant exemptions to this law for cases where the law is interfering with otherwise legal and beneficial activities.

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Tell the Copyright Office to Remove These Digital Locks!

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

Every three years, we have a particular chance to change the law. Part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it illegal for anyone to break digital locks placed on copyrighted material—even if their eventual use of the material is perfectly legal.

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People Will Pay for True Ownership

January 20, 2015 Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , Copyright Week

When your device keeps you from using it as you please, it’s hard to say you really own it. I recently found out that real ownership is more valuable than the pseudo-ownership that is so common today–in a good way.

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Copyright Law and My Mother’s Heart

January 20, 2015 Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , Copyright Week , DMCA

My mother’s heart may have literally skipped a beat last week, but she waited four days to find out.

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Public Knowledge & Consumers Petition Copyright Office for Right to Unlock Access to Their Own Stuff

November 3, 2014 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention

Remember the hard-won battle for consumers’ right to unlock their own cell phones that concluded a few months ago? It lasted over a year and included 114,000 Americans signing a petition, support from the White House, and bipartisan action from both the House and the Senate. We did it, though, and as a result individuals now have the right to unlock phones they own so they can take those phones with them when they switch from one network to another. But that right could disappear next year, depending on how the Copyright Office rules once again in the triennial proceeding set forth under Section 1201 of the Copyright Act.

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Digital Locks Can Cost You Your Privacy

October 9, 2014 Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA , DRM , Privacy

On Monday, the Digital Reader revealed (confirmed in detail by Ars Technica here that Adobe’s ebook reader, Adobe Digital Editions, was reporting the reading habits of its users, and the contents of their digital libraries, to Adobe.

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Digital Locks on Copyright: Room for Reform?

September 22, 2014 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

Last Wednesday’s copyright hearing in the House IP Subcommittee may have borne the soporific title of “Chapter 12 of Title 17,” but the debate involved was lively. The titular Chapter 12 involves the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), the source of the crisis over phone unlocking.

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