Items tagged "Copyright Office"

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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Public Knowledge Warns New Copyright Office Study Risks Free Speech, Online Marketplace

May 22, 2020 Copyright Office , Copyright Reform , Free Expression , Free Speech , Report , Safe Harbor , Section 512

Yesterday, the U.S. Copyright Office released a report evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the “safe harbor” provisions contained in Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The report recommends “rebalancing” the “safe harbor” protection — jeopardizing one of the most important safeguards for the Open Internet without taking due account of ways the current system has been abused.

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Public Knowledge Launches Paper Urging Copyright Office to Review Artists’ Termination Right

December 5, 2019 artists , Copyright Office , Copyright Termination , creators , Termination Right

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “Making Sense of the Termination Right: How the System Fails Artists and How to Fix It,” which explores the “termination right” — the inalienable right of an artist, author, or creator to terminate a copyright license or grant and take back the rights they have lost. […]

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Public Knowledge Warns Congress to Vote Against CASE Act for Creating Predatory ‘Court’ Targeting Consumers

October 21, 2019 CASE Act , Copyright Office , Copyright Reform

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter urging Congress to vote against H.R. 2426, the CASE Act. Public Knowledge opposes the bill as written because it would create an unaccountable “court” within the legislative branch and empower it to issue unreviewable, unappealable default judgments.

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Public Knowledge Finds CASE Act Falls Short

September 11, 2019 CASE Act , Copyright , Copyright Office , Legislation , Litigation , Small Claims

Last night, the House Judiciary Committee marked up Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ (D-NY) bill, “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019,” (H.R. 2426), to establish a new Copyright Claim Board within the United States Copyright Office.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Re-examine CASE Act

July 18, 2019 CASE Act , Copyright Office , Copyright Reform , markups , Small Claims

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up Senator John Kennedy’s (R-LA) bill, “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019,” (S. 1273), to establish a new Copyright Claim Board within the United States Copyright Office. Public Knowledge opposes the bill as written due to grave concerns with its contents.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Copyright Bill Creating Unaccountable “Small-Claims” Court

May 1, 2019 CASE Act , Copyright Office

Today, Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019” (CASE Act) to establish a new Copyright Claim Board within the United States Copyright Office. Public Knowledge opposes the bill as written due to grave concerns with its contents.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Appointment of New Register of Copyrights

March 27, 2019 Copyright , Copyright Office , library of congress , register of copyrights

Today, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden announced her appointment of Karyn A. Temple as the new Register of Copyrights, a role she has filled on an acting basis since 2016. As the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, Ms. Temple will oversee the Office’s administration of major areas of copyright law, such as registration by copyright owners and various statutory licenses, as well as the advice the Office provides to Congress.

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Public Knowledge Urges Copyright Office to Set Clear, Simple Rules for Legacy Sound Recordings

November 27, 2018 Copyright Office , music modernization act , pre-1972 sound recordings

Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed comments with the Copyright Office in its rulemaking, as part of the recently passed Music Modernization Act, to establish a “safe harbor” protocol for non-commercial use of pre-1972 sound recordings. Public Knowledge encourages the Office to make this safe harbor process accessible to average Americans.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill to Fix Lack of Reliable Music Copyright Ownership Information

July 21, 2017 Copyright , Copyright Office , Music Licensing

Today, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act, which would establish an information database for musical works and sound recordings that users and services could search and would make music licensing more efficient.

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