Items tagged "Fair Use"

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No One Should Have to Wait Eight Months for a Library Book

August 7, 2020 CDL , controlled digital lending , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Digital First Sale , Ereaders , Fair Use , First Sale Doctrine , Libraries

After recent Black Lives Matter protests, Americans rushed to libraries to request books on history, politics, and anti-racism. There were immediate shortages of certain books, with up to six month waits for commonly recommended titles. This happened throughout the entire system — even electronic books had long queues to check out. This is, in part, […]

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Libraries Are Updating for Today’s Digital Needs. Congress Needs to Clear the Way.

July 1, 2020 CDL , controlled digital lending , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Digital First Sale , Ereaders , Fair Use , First Sale Doctrine , Legislation , Libraries

Libraries have been central to culture, education, and research for centuries. Libraries have been part of America since the early 18th Century; the most famous early American library, (though not the first), was founded by Benjamin Franklin and others in Philadelphia in 1731. Libraries have taken many shapes — they’ve been public and private; membership-based […]

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James Oscar Smith v Drake Decision Marks Another Win for Fair Use

February 5, 2020 amicus brief , Copyright , Fair Use , James Oscar Smith v Drake

Yesterday, the Second Circuit upheld a fair use finding in the case of James Oscar Smith v. Drake. The estate of James Oscar Smith sued the artist Drake (among others), claiming that Drake infringed on the estate’s rights when he sampled “Jimmy Smith Rap” for the opening of his track, “Pound Cake.” The trial court disagreed, holding that the sample was a fair use, and the Second Circuit affirmed that finding on appeal.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in Google v. Oracle

February 25, 2019 amicus brief , Fair Use , Google v Oracle , Supreme Court

Today, Public Knowledge, along with R Street Institute, filed an amicus curiae brief in Google v. Oracle before the United States Supreme Court.

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Public Knowledge Opposes EU Parliament’s Adoption of Copyright Directive Harming Free Expression Online

September 12, 2018 copyright directive , Copyright Reform , European Union , Fair Use , Freedom of Expression

Today, the European Parliament voted to amend the Copyright Directive to force platform companies to create content-upload filters and pay media organizations a link tax. Public Knowledge specifically opposes policies like Article 13 and Article 11. Once adopted by Europe, there is a substantial danger that this idea might be adopted around the world.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Trump Administration’s NAFTA Negotiation Objectives

July 20, 2017 Fair Use , International , NAFTA , USTR

Recently, the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer published a summary of the Trump Administration’s objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Public Knowledge finds that these objectives will harm American consumers and innovators.

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Public Knowledge Launches Copyright Educational Video Based on Frozen’s “Let it Go”

February 22, 2017 Copyright Reform , Fair Use

Today, Public Knowledge proudly released its new copyright educational video entitled, “Let Them Go.” The video is a parody of the well-known Disney song “Let It Go,” with revised lyrics that educate viewers on important topics in copyright, namely copyright term extension, intermediary liability, and fair use. Clips throughout the video also illustrate numerous fair uses and other adaptations of “Let It Go.”

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Oracle v. Google Decision Marks Another Fair Use Win for Consumers

May 26, 2016 Copyright , Fair Use

Today, a jury verdict in the Oracle v. Google case found that Google’s use of elements of the Java programming language was fair use.

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Public Knowledge Joining Copyright Office Roundtable in Washington D.C.

May 16, 2016 1201 Reform , Copyright Office , Copyright Reform , Digital Ownership , Fair Use

Public Knowledge balanced copyright advocates Raza Panjwani and John Bergmayer will appear at public roundtable discussions May 18-20 to discuss software-enabled consumer devices (May 18) and the DMCA’s Section 1201 anticircumvention provision (May 19-20) at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. The U.S. Copyright Office is hosting these public roundtables as it studies how various provisions of copyright law impact rights owners, consumers and even internet service providers.

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Ryan Clough Joins Public Knowledge to Bolster Consumer Advocacy Efforts

May 3, 2016 Broadband , Fair Use , Net Neutrality , Press Release

Public Knowledge announces a new hire to grow our telecommunications, copyright and internet policy advocacy. Ryan Clough, a litigator and former congressional staffer, joins Public Knowledge as General Counsel to direct the organization’s legal team.

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