Items tagged "DMCA"

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It’s Always DRM’s Fault

September 18, 2018 Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA , DRM

There was a recent viral story about Apple “deleting” purchased movies from someone’s library. As always with these stories, there’s a little more to it, but I’m here to tell you that the details don’t really matter. And because this is being published on the International Day Against DRM, I’m here to tell you that it’s DRM’s fault.

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On Ajit Pai, Fair Use, and “Harlem Shake”

December 20, 2017 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Fair Use , Net Neutrality

The policy sphere has its knickers in a knot over Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s meme-filled video collaboration with The Daily Caller. In the video, Chairman Pai defends his decision to repeal net neutrality protections by enumerating the things folks can still do on the internet.

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Anticircumvention Report: Copyright Office Discounts User Community

July 25, 2017 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Section 1201

This summer, the Copyright Office released a study on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Section 1201 is the provision of the law that allows copyright owners to digitally lock you out of your own stuff, preventing everything from connecting your cellphone to a different carrier, to ripping your DVDs to your tablet, to accessing the diagnostic system in your car. We’ve long advocated for reforming this law which unnecessarily limits user rights, and actively participated in the Office’s study of Section 1201. The resulting report is less than we hoped for; while the Office has recommended some important and needed changes to the law and its application, it mostly leaves the law in place and has us asking what could have been. The report does, however, reveal something interesting about how the Copyright Office thinks about Section 1201–namely, when it chooses to believe (or not believe) the users.

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Packingham and the Public Forum Doctrine: Implications for Copyright

June 22, 2017 Copyright Reform , DMCA , Free Speech , Notice and Takedown , Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Packingham v. North Carolina struck down, as unconstitutional under the First Amendment, a state law making it a felony for registered sex offenders to access social media websites. The decision has wide-ranging potential implications for technology law, especially on matters of rights to access the internet, which are particularly important for marginalized and disenfranchised voices in our society. Below, Harold Feld reviews the Packingham decision and explores its implications for one area of law: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s provisions regarding termination of Internet access for accused copyright infringers. This post was originally posted on Harold’s personal blog, “Tales of the Sausage Factory,” on wetmachine.com.

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Ecuador: It’s Time for Some Copyright Glasnost, Lenin

April 6, 2017 Copyright , DMCA , Ecuador , Fair Use , International

Last weekend, left-wing candidate and political heir of President Rafael Correa Lenin Moreno was elected President of Ecuador. Now, President-elect Moreno has the opportunity to stop one of his predecessor’s most undemocratic practices: using copyright for political censorship. It’s time for some copyright glasnost, Lenin.

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: IPEC’s Three-Year Plan

January 18, 2017 Copyright Reform , Copyright Week , DMCA , IPEC

IPEC nods toward balanced copyright but endorses unbalanced enforcement agenda.

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Taplin’s False Choice Between Music and Technology

May 23, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Music Licensing

Jonathan Taplin’s op-ed (Do You Love Music? Silicon Valley Doesn’t) in the May 20 edition of The New York Timesperpetuates a powerful dichotomy that has come to dominate debates surrounding copyright reform, specifically with respect to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA): you’re either for the “creative” types, or you’re for the “technology” types. Pick a side.

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A Conversation on 3D Printing with 3D/DC Founder Michael Weinberg

March 21, 2016 3D Printing , 3DDC , 3DDC Q&A , 3DDC2016 , DMCA

We’re proud that 3D/DC 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of bringing the 3D printing community to Capitol Hill to talk policy. This year’s event takes place in the Rayburn House Office Building on Thursday, April 14 – now less than a month away! You should come.

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We Should Not Have to Fight for the Right to Read

January 13, 2016 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA

At the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), we have worked for nearly a century to break down societal barriers and eliminate discrimination by achieving equal access to the world of copyrighted works. But for all the promise of technology to provide equal access to copyrighted works, the copyright laws that protect those works have sometimes served to impede that technology.

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Revving Our Engines on DMCA Reform in 2016

January 13, 2016 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Copyright Reform , DMCA , security

One of our top issues we tackled in 2015 was reforming Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). To recap, Section 1201 makes it illegal to break digital locks in order to access copyrighted works (like the movie on a DVD or software in a device), even for legitimate purposes. Every three years, public interest groups spend time and money petitioning the Copyright Office to exempt certain uses and technologies from this law. The Library of Congress released the most recent decisions for this triennial process in October 2015. One example that affects many people that we have yet to touch on is vehicle use. You may not have thought about how copyright law regulates your car. However, cars are increasingly powered as much by software as they are by motors.

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