Items tagged "Copyright"

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Public Knowledge Policy Counsel Kathleen Burke to Testify Before Copyright Office Defending Consumers’ Right to Repair Gaming Consoles

April 19, 2021 Copyright , DMCA , Right to Repair , Section 1201 , Triennial Review , Video Games

Public Knowledge Policy Counsel Kathleen Burke will testify before the U.S. Copyright Office this Tuesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. Her testimony in the hearing on “Repairing Computer Programs” will argue for consumers’ right to repair their own video game consoles. The hearing is one of the Copyright Office’s “Section 1201 Public Hearings,” part of the triennial process for granting exemptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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Supreme Court Gives Competition a Booster Shot in Landmark Fair Use Decision

April 6, 2021 API , Competition , Copyright , Fair Use , Google , Google v Oracle , Litigation , Oracle , Oracle v. Google , Supreme Court

I’m happy about the Supreme Court’s 6-2 decision in Google v. Oracle, affirming that Google’s reimplementation of the Java API for Android was a fair use and thus not copyright infringement. Google and Oracle’s competitions can breathe a sigh of relief, since a result that went the other way could have seriously inhibited the ability […]

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Supreme Court Google v Oracle Decision a Fair Use Win for Consumers and Competition

April 5, 2021 API , Competition , Copyright , Fair Use , Google v Oracle

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of Google v Oracle. In its 2019 brief, Public Knowledge urged the Supreme Court to hold that the Java API is uncopyrightable, in accordance with longstanding tradition, industry practice, and common sense. The Court ruled in favor of Google on fair use grounds, but declined to consider the question of copyrightability.

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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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Public Knowledge Responds to Senator Tillis’ “Felony Streaming” Copyright Proposal

December 10, 2020 Copyright , Felony Streaming , Legislation

Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released a draft of a “felony streaming” provision that he has proposed for inclusion in the Continuing Resolution must-pass government spending bill.

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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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Public Knowledge Welcomes Appointment of New Register of Copyrights

September 21, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Office

Today, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden announced her appointment of Shira Perlmutter as the new Register of Copyrights.

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