Items tagged "Copyright Reform"

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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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Public Knowledge Raises Significant Concerns with DMCA 2.0 Digital Copyright Act Discussion Draft

December 22, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Notice and Takedown

Today, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) released a discussion draft of a bill that would “update” the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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Public Knowledge Condemns Passage of CASE Act in Funding Bill

December 21, 2020 CASE Act , Congress , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Legislation , Small Claims

Today Congress passed a $1.4 trillion government funding bill that included the CASE Act as a last-minute addition.

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The Trouble with Twitch’s Mass Takedown

November 12, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Notice and Takedown , Section 512

On October 20, Twitch streamers woke up to find that thousands of their videos had been permanently, and without advance notice, wiped from the platform. Not only did Twitch blatantly violate the law (leaving it vulnerable to user lawsuits), the incident also shows how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act fails utterly at protecting individual speech […]

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Meredith Rose to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee On the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

September 29, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Section 512 , testimony

Public Knowledge Policy Counsel Meredith Rose will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee at noon ET Wednesday, September 30.

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No One Should Have to Wait Eight Months for a Library Book

August 7, 2020 CDL , controlled digital lending , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Digital First Sale , Ereaders , Fair Use , First Sale Doctrine , Libraries

After recent Black Lives Matter protests, Americans rushed to libraries to request books on history, politics, and anti-racism. There were immediate shortages of certain books, with up to six month waits for commonly recommended titles. This happened throughout the entire system — even electronic books had long queues to check out. This is, in part, […]

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Libraries Are Updating for Today’s Digital Needs. Congress Needs to Clear the Way.

July 1, 2020 CDL , controlled digital lending , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Digital First Sale , Ereaders , Fair Use , First Sale Doctrine , Legislation , Libraries

Libraries have been central to culture, education, and research for centuries. Libraries have been part of America since the early 18th Century; the most famous early American library, (though not the first), was founded by Benjamin Franklin and others in Philadelphia in 1731. Libraries have taken many shapes — they’ve been public and private; membership-based […]

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Meredith Rose to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee On the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

June 2, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Notice and Takedown , Section 512 , testimony

Public Knowledge Policy Counsel Meredith Rose will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property today at 2:30 p.m. Her testimony in the hearing, “Is the DMCA’s Notice-and-Takedown System Working in the 21st Century?,” will warn Congress not to reduce the debate on Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to “Big Tech” vs “Big Entertainment” — jeopardizing internet users in the process.

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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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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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