Items tagged "Copyright"

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Public Knowledge Files FilmOn Amicus Brief to U.S. Court of Appeals

April 5, 2016 Broadband , Copyright , Video Innovation , Video Marketplace

Yesterday, Public Knowledge, joined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and with the help of the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic at Stanford Law School, filed an amicus brief in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that the online cable service FilmOn qualifies for the cable statutory license. This license allows qualifying services to carry broadcast programming, provided they are otherwise complying with FCC rules. Public Knowledge rejects the idea that traditional pay TV should receive special treatment denied to online video services.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments in Copyright Office’s DMCA Review

April 4, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Notice and Takedown , Section 1201 , Section 512

Last Friday, Public Knowledge filed comments with the Copyright Office as part of that Office’s ongoing studies on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Office is currently conducting studies of Sections 512 and 1201 – the notice-and-takedown and anticircumvention provisions, respectively – of the DMCA. Public Knowledge has been a leader in calling for reform of Section 1201, and fighting for stronger user protections in Section 512. We filed our comments to ensure that the Copyright Office gives due consideration to the public interest on these issues.

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Media Alert: Join us in Austin to Talk Zombies, SOPA and the Internet of Things at SXSW!

March 8, 2016 Copyright , Intellectual Property , Net Neutrality

Join Public Knowledge in Austin at this year’s SXSW as our experts tackle two key technology policy issues for 2016: the return of Zombie SOPA through an obscure federal agency, and how the Internet of Things may turn consumer protection on its head.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in Perfect 10 v. Giganews Copyright Battle

March 3, 2016 amicus brief , Copyright

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Perfect 10 v. Giganews before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries joined Public Knowledge in this brief arguing that online services are not directly liable for any potential copyright infringement performed by their users.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley

March 1, 2016 Copyright , Fair Use

Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Supap Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons before the Supreme Court of the United States. In this brief, Public Knowledge urges the Supreme Court to order John Wiley & Sons, Inc., to pay Mr. Kirtsaeng’s attorney fees as a reward for defending the public’s right to resell lawfully purchased books.

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Public Knowledge and Costumers File Amicus Brief at Supreme Court

February 9, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Press Release

Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Varsity Brands v. Star Athletica before the Supreme Court of the United States. The International Costumers’ Guild and the Royal Manticoran Navy, two popular costuming organizations, joined Public Knowledge in this brief urging the Supreme Court to consider the rights of hobbyists and consumers potentially affected by this case.

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Google Announces Program to Defend YouTube Users From Fair Use Takedowns

November 19, 2015 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Fair Use

Today, Google announced that it would defend selected YouTube videos in court, if necessary, when it determined that those videos were fair uses and had received a DMCA takedown notice.

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DMCA Exemption Process Rejects Personal Copies of Movies, Leaves Uncertainty For Many Others

October 27, 2015 1201 Reform , Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Triennial Review

Today, the Library of Congress released its rules on what lawful uses of copyrighted works would continue to be prohibited by the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The rules rejected Public Knowledge’s request for consumers to be able to make personal copies of their DVDs, and granted, with limitations, a variety of other exemptions.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Sweeping Victory for Fair Use in Google Books Decision

October 16, 2015 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Fair Use

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously found that the Google Books project, under which Google digitized, indexed, and permits users to search and view snippets of millions of printed books, constitutes a fair use.

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Public Knowledge Celebrates Court Decision in “Happy Birthday” Case

September 23, 2015 Copyright , Music Licensing

Yesterday, the district court in Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. invalidated one of the most famous, longest lasting, and controversial rights claims in music: Warner/Chappell’s ownership of the copyright in the universally known song Happy Birthday to You.

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