Items tagged "DRM"
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 Says Digital-Music Legislation Would Take Away Consumer RightsJuly 29, 2008 DRM , Fair Use , Press Release
Legislation considered today by the Senate Judiciary Committee would nullify rights consumers already have to record digital music, Public Knowledge said in written testimony submitted to the Committee.
The group said S. 256, the PERFORM Act, would also unfairly impose restrictions on some types of digital music, but not on others.Read More
FCC Urged To Protect Consumers’ TVs from Movie CompaniesJuly 22, 2008 Broadcast Flag , DRM , FCC , Press Release
Seven public-interest and consumer groups, led by Public Knowledge, late yesterday called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to turn down Hollywood’s request to take control of consumers’ TV sets and other devices.Read More
Public Knowledge Says Data ‘Error’ Calls Hollywood Agenda Into QuestionJanuary 23, 2008 Broadcast Flag , DRM , Fair Use , Network Neutrality , Press Release
Background: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) admitted that the figures it had been using to track “piracy” on college campuses were triple the actual figure. The LEK study purports to calculate a $6.1 billion loss for the industry. See story here
The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge:
“It’s a shame that Hollywood discovered its error so late. For the last two years, the MPAA has blamed college students for 44 percent of the alleged “piracy” causing industry losses. Now it finds a data-entry error brings the real figure to about 15 percent. Because of this revelation, we should question MPAA’s entire study and the figures it had used to persuade legislators to write bills to crack down on what now seems to be a much smaller problem than the industry would have us believe.Read More
Public Knowledge Congratulates RIAA and MPAA on Magazine AccoladeDecember 4, 2007 DRM , Fair Use , Press Release
Public Knowledge President and co-founder Gigi B. Sohn today congratulated the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on being named to PC World’s list of “Most Anti-Tech Organizations in America.”
According to the magazine: “The Internet economy should be a boon for digital media companies and for those of us that like to buy our music and video online. It's also a very powerful way to connect with people of like mind with a view toward learning about new things to watch and listen to. Unfortunately, the content owners in the record and movie industries have mainly seen the Web as a platform for piracy, and have mainly failed to adapt their businesses to the realities of online, as one lonely industry executive recently admitted.”Read More
Public Knowledge Proposes Six-Point Program for Copyright ReformOctober 26, 2007 DRM , Fair Use , Orphan Works , Press Release
Saying that copyright law has "become out of touch with our technological reality to the detriment of creators and the public," Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn today unveiled a new program for copyright reform that will be more responsive to new innovations.
"Pre-VCR copyright policies must be transformed to embrace our new user-generated culture," Sohn said in a speech to the New Media and the Marketplace of Ideas Conference at Boston University. A complete text of the speech is available at: https://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1244.Read More
Public Knowledge Calls Google Video Filtering ‘A Sad Development’October 15, 2007 DRM , Fair Use , Press Release
For Immediate Release
Background: Today Google announced a new video filtering software system for YouTube. More information is available at:
Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn said that it is unfortunate Google was pressured into spending millions of dollars and countless hours to come up with a means for restricting the use of lawful videos online.
"On balance, this is a sad development. It's a shame that Google was pressured by the entertainment industry into devoting resources to a limited system that could restrict the free flow of information while increasing the control content companies have over otherwise lawful uses of material."Read More
Statement by Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn on the death of Jack ValentiApril 27, 2007 Broadcast Flag , DRM , Press Release
For immediate release April 26, 2007
Statement by Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn on the death of Jack Valenti
"In my 10 years at Media Access Project, I worked alongside Jack Valenti and the MPAA in an effort to preserve Federal Communications Commission rules that promoted diversity in broadcast programming. Then, from 2001-2004, as President of Public Knowledge, I opposed Jack and the MPAA on nearly every digital copyright policy issue.
"Regardless of whether we were policy friends or foes, Jack treated me with kindness and respect. There was no one in Washington I respected more for his intelligence, his commitment, his integrity and his ability to work across party lines. Jack was one of a kind, and a national icon. He forged a lasting legacy for the entertainment industry that will be sorely missed."Read More
Background: This morning, EMI Group announced it will start in May to sell individual song downloads and albums on Apple's iTunes without Digital Rights Management (DRM) software. The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge:
"This is a great day for consumers. Two major figures in the digital music industry, EMI and Apple, recognize that offering high-quality music without the inconvenience of Digital Rights Management (DRM) will be an incentive for consumers to purchase more music. Consumers will have the same digital freedom from an album they download as one they purchase from a store. We can only hope that the rest of the industry takes such an enlightened view."
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