Items tagged "Copyright"

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Promote a Competitive Marketplace in Music Modernization Act

March 7, 2018 Congress , Copyright , Music Licensing , Press Release

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and to the House Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

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Public Knowledge Calls for Court to Protect Rights to Access the Law

September 22, 2017 amicus brief , Copyright

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in the case ASTM v. Public Resource. The case concerns Public Resource’s copying of model building codes and educational testing codes, which had been enacted into federal law and regulations.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill to Fix Lack of Reliable Music Copyright Ownership Information

July 21, 2017 Copyright , Copyright Office , Music Licensing

Today, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act, which would establish an information database for musical works and sound recordings that users and services could search and would make music licensing more efficient.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes YODA Bill to Restore Ownership Rights in our Digital Devices

February 8, 2017 Copyright , Digital Ownership

Today, Representatives Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced the You Own Devices Act (YODA), a bill that prevents copyrights in embedded software from being used to restrict consumers’ resale and repair of their own devices. Public Knowledge advocates for a fair copyright system that enables Americans to own the digital products they pay for.

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Public Knowledge Launches Report on Systemic Bias at the U.S. Copyright Office

September 8, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Office , Copyright Reform , Report , white paper

Today we’re releasing our newest report, “Captured: Systemic Bias at the U.S. Copyright Office.” This report examines the role of industry capture and the revolving door between the content industry and the Copyright Office, and the implications that capture has had on the policies the Office embraces. In the report, we investigate how the Copyright Office.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Battle

August 31, 2016 amicus brief , Copyright , Music Copyright

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Williams v. Gaye, the “Blurred Lines” case, before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This brief argues that creative works build upon other creative works, and thus copyright law should not limit creativity by expanding over non-copyrightable elements in those works.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Dr. Carla Hayden to Library of Congress

July 13, 2016 Copyright , Intellectual Property , library of congress

Today, the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. President Obama nominated Dr. Hayden to the position last February.

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Oracle v. Google Decision Marks Another Fair Use Win for Consumers

May 26, 2016 Copyright , Fair Use

Today, a jury verdict in the Oracle v. Google case found that Google’s use of elements of the Java programming language was fair use.

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

May 2, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Fashion Copyright , Litigation , Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments in the case of Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands. The case asks whether copyright may protect designs in useful articles, such as stripe patterns on cheerleader uniforms. Public Knowledge recently filed an amicus brief emphasizing the case’s potential impact on hobbyists and consumers. The International Costumers’ Guild and the Royal Manticoran Navy, two popular costuming organizations, also joined the brief.

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Supreme Court Cements Major Fair Use Victory for Consumers in Google Books Case

April 18, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Fair Use , Google Book Search

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied cert in the long-running Google Books case, Authors Guild, et al. v. Google, Inc., letting stand the Second Circuit’s landmark decision that digitizing, indexing, and displaying snippets of print books in internet search results constitute a fair use under copyright law.

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