Items tagged "Copyright Reform"

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

October 22, 2019 CASE Act , Copyright , Copyright Reform

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to establish a new Copyright Claim Board within the United States Copyright Office by passing the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019” (CASE Act). Public Knowledge opposes the bill as written because it would create an unaccountable “small claims” tribunal that would be exempt from the regulations and procedures of the judicial branch.

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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 Congratulates Archive of Our Own On Hugo Award for Best Related Work

August 19, 2019 AO3 , Copyright Reform , fandom , Hugo

Yesterday, the fanfiction platform Archive of Our Own won the Hugo Award for Best Related Work. The Hugo Awards are given for excellence in science fiction and fantasy, and are widely considered the most prestigious honor in the genre.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill to Promote Competition, Lower Prices in Video Marketplace

July 26, 2019 Copyright Reform , Retransmission Consent , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA) introduced the “Modern Television Act” to promote competition and lower prices in the video marketplace by promoting privately-negotiated copyright.

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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 Appoints Chris Lewis to Succeed Kimmelman as President and CEO

July 15, 2019 Broadband , Consumer Privacy , Copyright Reform , Net Neutrality , Public Knowledge

Today, Public Knowledge is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lewis as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer as Gene Kimmelman steps down from the position.

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