Items tagged "DMCA"

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DC DMCA Exemption Hearings at the Copyright Office: Follow along on Twitter

May 6, 2009 Copyright Office , DMCA

Every three years, the Copyright Office holds hearings to listen to commenters suggestions for exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s prohibition on circumvention of access controls. We’ve previously written about the handful of exemptions that the Office has granted (which expire and must be renewed every three years). This year, we’re on the ground and live-twittering what’s going on. Today, Mehan is manning the Public Knowledge twitter account picking out a number of choice quotes and responding to questions.

But we’re not alone at the hearing. A number of twitterers are there, and you can follow the related tweets using the #dmca1201 tag.

And now, thanks to Kristen for sharing her CoverItLive, we now have an embedded client so you can read the tweet-reports of what’s going on at the hearing live below:

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PK tells the Copyright Office: Technology will enable the blind to access more information

April 22, 2009 DMCA , DRM

What does access to information mean to you?: the ability to read your newspaper – physical or online – every day?; the ability to go to a book store and buy your favorite author’s book?; the ability to read professional publications to advance your career? Most of us rely on these sources and more to keep ourselves informed and participate in society. But for the blind and the visually impaired access to information is not easy. Works have to be converted to special formats to enable access. Because copyrights are implicated during the process, copyright law provides certain exceptions enabling the creation of accessible formats.

Are these laws sufficient to allow the blind to read anything they want to? Is the market responding to their needs? The Copyright Office is asking for public comments on these and other questions.

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Debating Three Strikes, not the Problem it’s Supposed to Fix

April 13, 2009 Broadband , DMCA

The New York Times yesterday ran an article detailing some of the debates around three-strikes laws, such as the one recently rejected by the French Parliament. What struck me about the article, though was the way in which it was framed. Here are the opening lines:

Is Internet access a fundamental human right? Or is it a privilege, carrying with it a responsibility for good behavior?

That is the question confronting policy makers as they try to bring Internet access to the masses while seeking to curb illegal copying of digital music, movies and video games.

The United States Congress held hearings last week on the growing problem of piracy, which the American entertainment industry says accounts for the loss of $20 billion a year in sales.

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Amazon Feared the Bad, Crushed the Good, and Made the Bad Worse

March 18, 2009 DMCA , DRM

Technology is never inherently bad, it may have bad uses. So we must encourage the good uses and steer from the bad. When hobbyists at mobileread.com wrote a guide for reading legally purchased third-party books on a Kindle, Amazon lawyers demanded the guide’s removal. Instead of encouraging the good uses, Amazon feared the bad and made it worse.

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PK Tells FTC: DRM Harms Consumers

February 17, 2009 DMCA , DRM

Public Knowledge recently filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) highlighting the adverse impact of the use of DRM technologies on consumers. Our comment focused on three areas: frustration of consumer expectations, constraining consumer's rights under copyright law, and the use of DRM for anti-competitive purposes.

In view of incidents such as the Sony Rootkit scandal and the Spore incident where DRM was installed on consumers' computer without their knowledge and used to subvert their control, we are suggesting that the FTC put in place a standardized labeling scheme.

We are also hopeful that the agency will recommend further changes to the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA so that its harmful effects on consumers will be mitigated. The FTC plans to hold hearings on the issue in Seattle on March 25, 2009. The event is free to the public and will be webcast.

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Owning History

January 23, 2009 DMCA , Public Domain

Much blog ink has been spilt over HBO's handling of the Inaugural Concert broadcast. Setting aside the omission of Rev. Robinson from the live broadcast, word is that HBO made YouTube remove people's personal recordings of the concert.

The details of this remain scant, but the ongoing implications of such actions are alarming.

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It’s A Whole New Telecom Team in Washington

January 14, 2009 DMCA , FCC , Network Neutrality

There is a lot of the buzz in Washington about the selection of Julius Genachowski to be the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Genachowski's expected appointment, while significant, is still one-third of the new telecom line-up that includes three new chairmen in the Senate and House. The result of these seismic changes will be the landscape will be shifting (in some places more than others) beneath the feet of the industries which have heavily influenced the mechanisms of power for so long.

Genachowski went to law school with Barack Obama, worked on the Harvard Law Review and shot hoops with the president-elect. He is the former chief counsel to then-FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, and so was integral to the Commission at the dawn of internet technology. He also went on to work with Barry Diller at IAC and then helped to fund new companies.

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“You Got Your Copyright in My Politics!” “You Got Your Politics in My Copyright!”

October 29, 2008 DMCA , Fair Use

The interactions between campaigning and copyright law continue to crop up, as this latest development shows.

Matthew Bradley, a photographer, recently received an email noting that an online political ad seemed to be using one of Bradley's Creative Commons-licensed photos without proper attribution.

Bradley has posted a picture of Rep.

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