Items tagged "DMCA"
Senators Leahy and Grassley Move Forward on Cell Phone Unlocking BillJune 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.Read More
Public Knowledge and Rep Zoe Lofgren to Host DMCA Reform panel on Capitol HillJune 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.Read More
Public Knowledge Asks Congress for a Permanent Fix to Cell Phone UnlockingMarch 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 […]Read More
Public Knowledge Proposes Changes To Key Copyright LawsApril 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.
Groups Ask Court To Throw Out ‘Radical Approach’ To Copyright EnforcementNovember 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.
Public Knowledge Pleased With Outcome of Landmark Copyright CaseJune 23, 2010 DMCA , Press Release
Background: Earlier today, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton, Manhattan, ruled that Google and YouTube were protected by the DMCA safe harbor in a $1 billion lawsuit brought by Viacom for material hosted on the video service. Order is here.Read More
Public Knowledge Asks Copyright Office To Help Make Works Available to Visually ImpairedApril 22, 2009 DMCA , DRM , Press Release
Public Knowledge has asked the U.S. Copyright Office to recommend a global policy that allows blind or visually handicapped people to use technology to read electronic material that is otherwise protected by digital rights management (DRM).Read More
Public Knowledge ‘Celebrates’ 10 Years of Digital Millennium Copyright ActOctober 27, 2008 DMCA , Press Release
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and Public Knowledge is making certain the occasion is properly observed.
Starting today, and continuing through the week, PK staff will have a series of posts to our policy blog exploring various aspects of “10 Years of the DMCA.” The first one, by Rashmi Rangnath, is up today.
But that’s not all. Through the week, we will also have a series of video interviews with people who have experienced the DMCA’s restrictions and limitations. Our first video, with Vijay Raghavan, an entrepreneur put out of business by the DMCA, is posted as well.Read More
ISPs Should Not Be Copyright CopsDecember 9, 2019 Content Liability , Content Moderation , Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , ISPs , Online Copyright
The internet era ushered in a new way for people around the world to access creative works with the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger. We all know that consumer demand outpaced the business models of entertainment companies, and music, movies, and other copyrighted works were, and still are, often accessed […]Read More
The Online Censorship Machine Is Revving Up: Here Are a Few Lessons LearnedApril 18, 2019 copyright directive , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Fair Use , Music Licensing
About a week ago, I did my usual check-in with Rick Beato’s channel on YouTube to see what new videos he had in store for me. I’m a former working musician, and one who supplemented my income by teaching music, so I was easily sold on Beato’s combination of fun music-related videos like “Top 20 Greatest Rock Guitar Sounds” and in-the-weeds educational videos on music theory. His channel is one of many on YouTube that offer music education, cultural preservation, and creative ways to bring great music to wider audiences. So, needless to say, I was less-than-thrilled to see that he had just live streamed a rant against a huge uptick of efforts to block his videos and those by other creators who also rely on using musical elements to create new content. These copyright strikes had been targeting many of these creators’ most successful videos, which often had been around for years and had attracted big audiences — some with over a million views. One of the impacted videos was Beato’s 20-minute piece on the history of rock guitar, which was taken down for using just 10 seconds of a live, improvised guitar solo by Ozzy Osbourne’s former guitar player, Randy Rhoads. One of Paul Davids’s videos was blocked for playing one chord (Dsus2 for those music geeks following along) in a guitar lesson video. Even in the squishy world of fair use, these seem as close to slam dunk examples of fair use as you can get.Read More