Items tagged "DMCA"

The 117th Congress has convened at an inflection point in our nation’s history, unprecedented in more than a century. These are serious times, with the country going into its eleventh month of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment running high, and families facing so many challenges in their work and personal lives. Such times demand […]

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How the Right-to-Repair Can Help Us Overcome Our Economic and Climate Challenges

February 3, 2021 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Communications and the Pandemic , Copyright , Copyright Office , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Right to Repair , Section 1201 , Triennial Review

Over the past 10 months, the U.S. has experienced a constant state of flux, enduring the COVID-19 pandemic, a major cultural divide, and a tumultuous transition of power between presidential administrations. Many sought refuge in the virtual worlds offered by video game consoles in order to cope with the stress, causing a major spike in […]

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Public Knowledge Raises Significant Concerns with DMCA 2.0 Digital Copyright Act Discussion Draft

December 22, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Notice and Takedown

Today, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) released a discussion draft of a bill that would “update” the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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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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