Items tagged "DMCA"
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
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.Read More
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.Read More
Anticircumvention Report: Copyright Office Discounts User CommunityJuly 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.Read More
Packingham and the Public Forum Doctrine: Implications for CopyrightJune 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.Read More
Ecuador: It’s Time for Some Copyright Glasnost, LeninApril 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.Read More