Items tagged "Fair Use"

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Public Knowledge Expresses Trade Promotion Authority Concerns to U.S. Trade Representative

May 1, 2015 Copyright , Fair Use , International

Yesterday, Public Knowledge sent a letter to Ambassador Froman, the United States Trade Representative, expressing concerns about intellectual property provisions in the recently-introduced Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill.

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Public Knowledge Joins Re:Create Coalition to Ensure Balanced Copyright Laws

April 28, 2015 Copyright Reform , Fair Use

Today, Public Knowledge joins Re:Create, a new coalition dedicated to promoting balanced copyright laws in the United States. As a partnership between public interest groups and trade associations, Re:Create will work to ensure that copyright laws are clear, simple and transparent while still fostering innovation, creativity, education and economic growth. Public Knowledge will work with Re:Create to engage and inform lawmakers about the needs to support fair use and safe harbors, curb excessive statutory damages and combat abusive copyright enforcement practices.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Sen. Wyden’s Proposal to Reform Digital Millennium Copyright Act

April 16, 2015 1201 , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Fair Use

Today, Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Public Knowledge supports the Senator’s Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act, which would address the problems posed by the DMCA’s triennial anticircumvention provisions that prevent the unlocking of digital devices even for lawful uses.

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Public Knowledge Sponsors First World’s Fair Use Day

December 9, 2009 Fair Use , Press Release

Public Knowledge President and Co-Founder Gigi B. Sohn announced that the organization will sponsor the first World's Fair Use Day on Jan. 12, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The event will be an all-day celebration of the doctrine of fair use: the legal right that allows innovators and creators to make particular uses of copyrighted materials without permission of the copyright holder.

"World's Fair Use Day will shine a spotlight on how crucial fair use is to our culture, our democracy and our economy," Sohn said. "It is important for people to realize that it is not always illegal to use copyrighted materials without permission."

The event will take place at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., beginning at 9 a.m. Rep.

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Public Knowledge Study Finds Internet Content Filtering Ineffective, Harmful

July 22, 2009 Broadband , Fair Use , Press Release

Public Knowledge today released a landmark analysis showing that filtering of Internet content as advocated by big media companies will not work and will be harmful to the Internet. The full paper is here.

Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge, said: “Our study, 'Forcing the Net Through a Sieve: Why Copyright Filtering is Not a Viable Solution for U.S. ISPs,' examines for the first time the complex topic of content filtering from the technical, economic and legal perspectives. Content filtering fails in all of these tests. Filtering will not be the 'magic bullet' that the media moguls want, but it could degrade and alter the Internet for everyone while invading the privacy of every Internet user.

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Public Knowledge Pleased With Administration Decision on Cablevision Case

May 29, 2009 Fair Use , Press Release

Background: The Solicitor General’s office today recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court not take up a case involving a service offered by the Cablevision cable company. Cablevision wanted to offer a digital-recording service, like TiVo, except that the copying and storage would be done at the cable head-end instead of in a set-top box. A batch of cable companies challenged Cablevision. A District Court upheld the studios in 2007; the Second Circuit U.S. Appeals Court overturned that ruling in August 2008. In October 2008, the studios asked the Supreme Court to take the case.

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Statement of Public Knowledge on Google Book Search Case

April 29, 2009 Fair Use , Google Book Search , Orphan Works , Press Release

The key concern we have with the settlement is its effect on orphan works. For those books whose authors or copyright holders can't be found, the settlement automatically places them into a system where their works can be digitally published only by one party.

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Public Knowledge Congratulates Boucher on Telecom Subcommittee Chairmanship

January 8, 2009 Fair Use , IP3 , Network Neutrality , Press Release

Background: Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), will take over the House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee from long-time chairman Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), who will chair the Energy and Environment Subcommittee.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“We are delighted with the selection of Rep. Boucher as the chairman of the Telecom Subcommittee. Mr. Boucher is a champion of the Internet, one of the co-founders of the Congressional Internet Caucus and dedicated to bringing technological innovation to our economy. He has also been a leader on intellectual-property issues and a dedicated defender of consumer rights in the digital age. He was one of the winners of Public Knowledge’s IP (3) awards in 2004, the first year the awards were given. We look forward to working with him on the wide variety of challenges in the broadband era.

“At the same time, we thank Rep.

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YouTube Response To McCain Hits Right Note on Copyright

October 15, 2008 Fair Use , Press Release

Background: YouTube yesterday (Oct. 14) responded to the complaints from the McCain/Palin campaign about the processing of take down requests under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The letter is here.

The original McCain/Palin letter is here.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“YouTube’s response to the McCain/Palin campaign should be a wake-up call for Congress and for the next Administration that it is time to take a fresh look at the balance in copyright law.

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McCain Letter Shows Imbalance in Copyright Law

October 14, 2008 Fair Use , Press Release

Background: Yesterday (Oct. 13), the McCain/Palin campaign complained to YouTube about the processing of take down requests under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The letter is here.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“It is ironic that the McCain/Palin campaign sent its letter to YouTube complaining about that company’s take-down procedures on the same day that President Bush signed the Pro-IP Act, which is yet another bill written by the big media companies that adds yet more imbalance to our copyright laws.

“The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was originally designed by, and for, the big media companies. The concepts of fair use then, as now, are largely ignored or shuffled off to the side when any Congressional discussion of copyright law takes place.

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