Items tagged "Copyright Reform"

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Spotify’s Copyright Royalty Board Appeal, Decoded

April 10, 2019 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Music Licensing , Royalties , Spotify

Nothing has dominated recent music news (at least not since the passage of the Music Modernization Act) as much as Spotify’s decision to appeal the findings of the Copyright Royalty Board, or CRB. The move prompted backlash from music publishers and a rebuttal from Spotify, but the actual facts of the debate are buried under piles of legalese.

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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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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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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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Copyright, Props, and Armor Replicas: “Yer a Statue, Harry”

August 29, 2018 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Cosplay , Fair Use , Fandom Series

Cosplay encompasses a lot of elements beyond the clothing covering your body. Armor, decorative flourishes, and props all fall under a different (and, mercifully, clearer) legal regime than clothing.

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Copyright and Cosplay: Working With an Awkward Fit

August 29, 2018 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Cosplay , Fair Use , Fandom Series

One of the questions about copyright that comes up most often at fan conventions is whether or not cosplay is “legal.” It’s a good question, but it gets into some of the murkiest areas of copyright law.

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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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