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.
Public Knowledge will host “3D/DC 2015,” its fourth annual Capitol Hill 3D printing event on April 29, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, where guests can interact with panelists covering important 3D printing policy topics. A 6 - 8 p.m. reception at the Rayburn Cafeteria will enable guests to view the latest in 3D printing technology and speak directly with 3D printing experts. This event is free and open to the public. Check-in begins at 10 a.m.
Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in the case Google, Inc. v. Oracle America, Inc. In the brief, Public Knowledge urges the Supreme Court to hear a case on Oracle’s copyright lawsuit over the application programming interface (API) to the Java programming language and system.
In the U.S. the copyright’s extremely long term of protection threatens to thwart copyright’s goal of promoting the creation and use of new works. Once again, we are now seeing renewed debate about how long copyright should be.