Items tagged "Copyright"

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Copyright Vogued, Dragged, and Bounced: Reimagining ‘Fair Use’ Through LGBTQ+ Artistic Expressions

June 25, 2021 artists , Copyright , Copyright Reform , creators , DMCA , Fair Use

  Thanks to PK Senior Policy Counsel Meredith Rose for her valued input during the process of writing this blog post. LGBTQ+ arts and expressions are inventive, witty, life-affirming, and commentary-laden. As they quickly break into mainstream media, they are attracting the attention of media conglomerate copyright holders who have the power to eradicate this […]

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Public Knowledge Joins 5 Consumer Groups Urging Congress To Amend JCPA or Risk Losing Internet Links

June 17, 2021 Copyright , JCPA , journalism

Today, Public Knowledge joined 5 other consumer advocacy groups in a letter urging Congress to amend the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) to clarify that the bill does not expand copyright to article links and that consumers will not have to pay to link to or share articles, including headlines and snippets.

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Public Knowledge Joins Amicus Brief Urging Court to Overturn Sony V. Cox Decision

June 2, 2021 Broadband Access , Copyright , Litigation

Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed an amici curiae brief in the 4th Circuit’s review of the Sony v. Cox lawsuit.

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Readers Would Be Harmed by Further Book Mergers

May 24, 2021 Anticompetitive mergers , CDL , Copyright , DRM , Platform Competition

The publishing industry is growing increasingly concentrated as publishing house giants continue to merge. This hurts both authors and readers, in more ways than one. In a concentrated industry, prices are higher for readers, and payments are lower for authors as the publishing middleman takes a heftier cut. The book industry has been moving to […]

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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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