Items tagged "DMCA"

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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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House Passes Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Under Unanimous Consent

July 25, 2014 Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

This afternoon, the House passed S. 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, under unanimous consent. The bill allows consumers to “unlock” their cell phones so they can take a phone with them from one service provider to another. The bill already passed in the Senate, and will now make its way to the President’s desk for signing.

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Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Passes Out of Senate Judiciary Committee

July 10, 2014 Cell Phone Unlocking , Copyright Reform , DMCA

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), approved S 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. The bill allows consumers to “unlock” their cell phones so they can take a phone with them from one service provider to another.

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Senators Leahy and Grassley Move Forward on Cell Phone Unlocking Bill

June 23, 2014 Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

Today, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) moved forward on new language for the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. The updated version of the bill restores the exemption granted by the Copyright Office under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allowing customers to “unlock” their cell phones.

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Public Knowledge and Rep Zoe Lofgren to Host DMCA Reform panel on Capitol Hill

June 11, 2014 Copyright , DMCA

Please join Public Knowledge and an expert panel, featuring Corynne Mcsherry of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Blake Reid of the University of Colorado Law School, and Kyle Weins of right to repair group iFixit, in a discussion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The panel will discuss problems the DMCA gives consumers, innovators, researchers, farmers, and even disabled Americans.

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Public Knowledge Asks Congress for a Permanent Fix to Cell Phone Unlocking

March 28, 2013 Anticircumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees requesting an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that would allow people to unlock their cell phones. The letter, signed by a slew of organizations, academics, online communities, startup companies, and cell phone unlocking petition author Sina Khanifar, details that […]

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Public Knowledge Proposes Changes To Key Copyright Laws

April 1, 2011 DMCA , Press Release

Public Knowledge has proposed changes to three key portions of copyright law:  (1)  notice and takedown procedures;  (2) how to handle “incidental” copies of material and (3) digital music licensing, as part of the organization’s Copyright Reform Act project.

Three papers, each on one of those topics, as well as the other papers from the Copyright Reform Act project, are posted here.

PK President Gigi B. Sohn announced the policy recommendations today by in connection with the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.  The project was undertaken in conjunction with the Samuelson clinic and Stanford Cyberlaw Clinic.

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Groups Ask Court To Throw Out ‘Radical Approach’ To Copyright Enforcement

November 16, 2010 DMCA , Press Release

A federal judge in New York should preserve the protections for online service providers provided under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), rather than accede to demands from the entertainment industry which would “turn back the clock” on established copyright enforcement principles, four groups said today in a brief filed with the U.S. District Court in New York City.

The amicus brief is here.

In a case brought by 29 record companies against MP3tunes.com, the groups, Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Electronics Association and Home Recording Rights Coalition, said that the faulty interpretations of the law by the entertainment firms could, if upheld in court, would rewrite the 1998 DMCA to industry standards.

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