Items tagged "Fair Use"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Front Group As Attack On Internet

September 24, 2008 Fair Use , Filtering , Network Neutrality , Press Release

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

“This latest in a string of big-money front groups is nothing more than the most concentrated attack on the free and open Internet we have seen to date. Combining the power and influence of AT&T and the entertainment industry means only that both are going to wage an all-out war for the right to filter every bit of data anyone sends across the Internet. We are pleased to see that Verizon continues to resist the incessant and misguided pressure from the entertainment industry.

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Public Interest Groups Tell Copyright Office To Stay Out of Buffer Dispute

August 28, 2008 Fair Use , Press Release

The U.S. Copyright Office should allow the courts to decide the crucial issue of whether a temporary copy of a song or other copyrighted work made by a computer must be subject to copyright royalties, public interest groups said today.

The Copyright Office should not try to decide the issue, a group of public interest organizations led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Public Knowledge (PK) and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) said in a filing with the Office in response to a proposed rule published July 16. In addition, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, and U.S. PIRG signed onto the pleading, as did the Computer & Communications Industry Association.

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Public Knowledge Pleased With Court Decision in ‘Cablevision’ Case

August 4, 2008 Fair Use , Press Release

Background: The U.S. Appeals Court for the Second Circuit today ruled in a case brought by that Cablevision’s remote DVR system did not violate copyright law.

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

“This decision is a great victory for innovation, technological progress and consumers’ rights.

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Public Knowledge Says Digital-Music Legislation Would Take Away Consumer Rights

July 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.

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Public Knowledge Throws the Flag on NFL for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

February 1, 2008 Fair Use , Press Release

Public Knowledge President and Co-Founder Gigi B. Sohn said today she was disappointed but not surprised that the National Football League (NFL) is shutting down Super Bowl parties held in churches, claiming a violation of copyright law.

“You can count every year on three things happening around the Super Bowl,” Sohn said. “There are parties at the game, there are cute commercials and there is the NFL shutting down parties for people who want to enjoy the game.

“The fact that the league feels compelled to do so shows the failure of a copyright law written to protect big entertainment interests that ignores the rights of fans of a game who just want to get together and enjoy the event. Instead of clamping down, the NFL should encourage these gatherings for people to get together. Perhaps more people would see the game and the commercials than would have done so otherwise.

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Public Knowledge Says Data ‘Error’ Calls Hollywood Agenda Into Question

January 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.

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Public Knowledge Congratulates RIAA and MPAA on Magazine Accolade

December 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.”

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Public Knowledge Calls Penalty on Fox’s Copyright Play

October 26, 2007 Fair Use , Press Release

The Fox News Channel has ordered the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to take down a TV commercial using a clip of the candidate at a recent debate. The following should be attributed to Sherwin Siy, Public Knowledge staff attorney.

“Fox is wrong. There are complexities and contours to fair use, but it's irresponsible and inaccurate to say that McCain's campaign has no substantive legal defense. In fact, they have a very strong fair use defense. The use of 19 seconds of the debate, even in a campaign commercial, is an excellent example of fair use, and not the sort of free speech Fox has the right to prohibit under copyright law. All in all, I think that Fox is making an extraordinary claim if they're saying that this is infringement. If anything, the allegations of infringement are what lack substance.”

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Public Knowledge Proposes Six-Point Program for Copyright Reform

October 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.

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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:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/latest-content-id-tool-for-youtube.html

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."

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