Items tagged "Fair Use"

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Supreme Court Cements Major Fair Use Victory for Consumers in Google Books Case

April 18, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Fair Use , Google Book Search

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied cert in the long-running Google Books case, Authors Guild, et al. v. Google, Inc., letting stand the Second Circuit’s landmark decision that digitizing, indexing, and displaying snippets of print books in internet search results constitute a fair use under copyright law.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley

March 1, 2016 Copyright , Fair Use

Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Supap Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons before the Supreme Court of the United States. In this brief, Public Knowledge urges the Supreme Court to order John Wiley & Sons, Inc., to pay Mr. Kirtsaeng’s attorney fees as a reward for defending the public’s right to resell lawfully purchased books.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Department of Commerce Report Calling for Copyright Reform

January 28, 2016 Copyright Reform , Fair Use , First Sale , Statutory Damages

Today, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released its “White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages: Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” Public Knowledge commends the Department for recognizing the importance of a balanced copyright law, and that copyright law’s onerous statutory damages provisions need to be changed.

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge Hosts DMCA Reform Briefing January 14

January 11, 2016 Copyright Reform , Fair Use

Public Knowledge will host a Digital Millennium Copyright Act reform briefing January 14 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building. The briefing, “Lessons from the Copyright Office’s Triennial Review,” will discuss how problems with the DMCA’s Section 1201 rulemaking process impact consumers, creators, innovators, researchers, farmers, and Americans with disabilities. Both members of the press and Congressional staff are encouraged to attend.

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Google Announces Program to Defend YouTube Users From Fair Use Takedowns

November 19, 2015 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Fair Use

Today, Google announced that it would defend selected YouTube videos in court, if necessary, when it determined that those videos were fair uses and had received a DMCA takedown notice.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Sweeping Victory for Fair Use in Google Books Decision

October 16, 2015 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Fair Use

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously found that the Google Books project, under which Google digitized, indexed, and permits users to search and view snippets of millions of printed books, constitutes a fair use.

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Federal Appeals Court: Takedown Senders Must Consider Fair Use before Demanding Content Removal

September 14, 2015 Copyright , Fair Use , Online Video

Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that copyright holders must consider fair use before sending Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices in Lenz v. Universal. In a suit often called “the dancing baby case,” Universal Music sent a takedown notice to YouTube claiming that Stephanie Lenz’s home video featuring her toddler dancing to a Prince song violated copyright.

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Public Knowledge Urges Appeals Court to Reject Overbroad State Copyrights

September 9, 2015 Copyright , Fair Use , Music Licensing

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief in Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Pandora. Public Knowledge urges the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court decision that claimed that the online music service violated a band’s public performance rights by streaming their pre-1972 sound recordings.

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Public Knowledge Urges U.S. Trade Representative to Protect Fair Use and Public Domain

July 24, 2015 Fair Use , Public Domain , TPP

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman urging him to protect the rights of American consumers of intellectual property goods. Public Knowledge remains concerned that provisions in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement could harm Americans by weakening exceptions and limitations available under U.S. law, including fair use.

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Sherwin Siy to Testify Before Copyright Office on Bypassing Digital Locks for Fair Use

May 19, 2015 Copyright Reform , Fair Use

Today, Sherwin Siy, Vice President for Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge, will testify before the Copyright Office in Los Angeles to request that the Library of Congress allow consumers to bypass digital locks on their DVDs for the purpose of shifting their movies from discs to their other devices.

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