Items tagged "DMCA"

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The Trouble with Twitch’s Mass Takedown

November 12, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Notice and Takedown , Section 512

On October 20, Twitch streamers woke up to find that thousands of their videos had been permanently, and without advance notice, wiped from the platform. Not only did Twitch blatantly violate the law (leaving it vulnerable to user lawsuits), the incident also shows how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act fails utterly at protecting individual speech […]

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Meredith Rose to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee On the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

September 29, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Section 512 , testimony

Public Knowledge Policy Counsel Meredith Rose will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee at noon ET Wednesday, September 30.

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Meredith Rose to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee On the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

June 2, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Notice and Takedown , Section 512 , testimony

Public Knowledge Policy Counsel Meredith Rose will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property today at 2:30 p.m. Her testimony in the hearing, “Is the DMCA’s Notice-and-Takedown System Working in the 21st Century?,” will warn Congress not to reduce the debate on Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to “Big Tech” vs “Big Entertainment” — jeopardizing internet users in the process.

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This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. The right to repair consumer goods such as gaming systems, appliances, and even medical equipment is more important than ever now that we are living […]

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Years of Copyright Office Failures in DMCA Exemption Process Result in Major Legal Challenge

July 21, 2016 1201 Reform , Copyright Office , Copyright Reform , DMCA

Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed suit against the Copyright Office and the Department of Justice, challenging the government’s enforcement of the technological controls imposed under Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Under this statute, the Librarian of Congress is charged with reviewing and granting exemptions when necessary to protect legitimate innovation, free expression, and other public interests. Among its other claims, EFF alleges that the Copyright Office — which conducts this review on behalf of the Librarian — has mismanaged the process and repeatedly failed to grant valid exemptions, in violation of the First Amendment and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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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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Media Alert: Public Knowledge to Host Press Briefing on DMCA Digital Lock Exemptions Oct. 28

October 28, 2015 1201 , Anti-circumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA

Public Knowledge will host a press briefing Wednesday, October 28 at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act triennial exemption process for digital locks. The DMCA’s rules against bypassing digital locks harm consumers and interfere with everyday uses of technology, holding people liable for copyright violations just for accessing their own data on their own devices.

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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 Senate Call for Review of Embedded Software

October 23, 2015 Copyright Reform , DMCA

On October 22, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Register of Copyrights to draft a report on the role of copyrighted software embedded in everyday products. The report, due December 15, 2016, is to discuss how the ubiquitous presence of copyrighted software in the current environment can affect consumers and existing business models, and how changes to the law might help or hurt users and copyright owners.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Sen. Wyden’s Proposal to Reform Digital Millennium Copyright Act

April 16, 2015 1201 , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Fair Use

Today, Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Public Knowledge supports the Senator’s Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act, which would address the problems posed by the DMCA’s triennial anticircumvention provisions that prevent the unlocking of digital devices even for lawful uses.

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