Items tagged "Copyright"

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Public Knowledge Finds CASE Act Falls Short

September 11, 2019 CASE Act , Copyright , Copyright Office , Legislation , Litigation , Small Claims

Last night, the House Judiciary Committee marked up Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ (D-NY) bill, “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019,” (H.R. 2426), to establish a new Copyright Claim Board within the United States Copyright Office.

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Public Knowledge Responds to FCC Vote to Preempt Local Regulation of Broadband

August 1, 2019 cable franchising , Copyright , FCC

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Third Report and Order to enforce cable franchising laws by preempting state and local authorities. Public Knowledge finds the FCC’s move to prevent states from regulating broadband — a service the agency refuses to regulate itself — both baffling as policy and defective as a matter of law.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Department of Justice Consent Decree Review

June 5, 2019 ASCAP , BMI , Copyright , Music Licensing

Today, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced that it opened a review of its consent decrees with The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) — the two most powerful organizations licensing music as well as the rights to publicly perform musical works.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Appointment of New Register of Copyrights

March 27, 2019 Copyright , Copyright Office , library of congress , register of copyrights

Today, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden announced her appointment of Karyn A. Temple as the new Register of Copyrights, a role she has filled on an acting basis since 2016. As the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, Ms. Temple will oversee the Office’s administration of major areas of copyright law, such as registration by copyright owners and various statutory licenses, as well as the advice the Office provides to Congress.

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Public Knowledge Responds to New US-Mexico-Canada Agreement

October 1, 2018 Copyright , Intellectual Property , NAFTA , USMCA

Last night, the White House announced that it had reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now rebranded as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

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Public Knowledge Responds to President Trump’s Outrageous Copyright Giveaway

August 27, 2018 Copyright , NAFTA

Today, President Trump announced that the United States has reached an agreement in principle with Mexico during negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including a variety of provisions on intellectual property. At present, Public Knowledge understands that the agreement would require a minimum copyright term amounting to the life of the author plus 75 years. If enacted, this would effectively extend the copyright terms in existing U.S. law.

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Public Knowledge Supports Bipartisan Bill to Increase Accessible Content

May 10, 2018 consumer protections , Copyright , Marrakesh Treaty

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Bob Corker’s (R-TN) bipartisan bill to amend the U.S. Copyright Act to ensure compliance with the Marrakesh Treaty adopted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2013.

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Public Knowledge Urges Senate to Consider Music Modernization Act and CLASSICS Act Separately

April 26, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Copyright , Music Competition , Music Copyright , Music Licensing

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Music Modernization Act (2018), a combination of the consumer-friendly Music Modernization Act (2017) and the CLASSICS Act, which seeks to create a “right to be paid” for pre-1972 sound recordings without fully federalizing these works.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Federal Circuit Ruling on Oracle v. Google

March 27, 2018 Copyright , Oracle v. Google , Patents

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a ruling in the ongoing Oracle v. Google litigation. The case involves the Java programming language’s application programming interface (“API”). First, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned the district court and ruled that Oracle could assert a copyright over this API. Public Knowledge disagreed with this ruling.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act to Increase Accessible Content

March 19, 2018 accessible content , Copyright , Marrakesh Treaty

Recently, bipartisan leadership of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees, Chairmen Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Bob Corker (R-TN), as well as Ranking Members Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), introduced the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559).

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