A Quick Guide to the Current Phone Unlocking BillsMarch 22, 2013 DMCA , DRM , Internet Blueprint
Notes From Today’s Hearing: The Register’s Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright LawMarch 21, 2013 Copyright Office , DMCA , Enforcement , First Sale , Internet Blueprint
Maria Pallante, the Register of Copyrights (and thus, head of the Copyright Office) was the sole witness in a hearing today with an ambitious title: “The Register’s Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright Law.” (An archived copy of the hearing is here) Her testimony provides a guide to the sorts of changes she thinks are necessary in the coming years.Read More
Cell Phone Unlocking: The Root of the Problem (and Solution) is in CopyrightMarch 5, 2013 Copyright Office , DMCA , DRM , Internet Blueprint
Yesterday, the White House responded to a We the People petition on phone unlocking, stating that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones and tablets. This puts the administration in line with a large number of consumers who are upset that the Library of Congress refused to exempt phone unlocking (modifying phone software so consumers can use their phones with a different mobile phone company) from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA.”)
However, the White House statement doesn’t reverse the Library’s decision, and nothing in the statement seems to suggest that it plans to.Read More
Music Publishers Take Down Video of Obama SingingJuly 17, 2012 DMCA , Fair Use , Internet Blueprint
Hi, SXSW voters! Check out Sherwin discussing political music in campaign ads on NPR here.UPDATE: Looks like many of the video clips covering Obama’s original performance have been taken down as well. It’s hard to imagine that these clips wouldn’t also qualify as fair use news reporting.
So this just happened: YouTube pulled, after a takedown notice from BMG, a Romney campaign ad featuring Obama singing Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together, with headlines about his ties to lobbyists and campaign donors.
Public Knowledge Unveils Internet Blueprint ProjectFebruary 28, 2012 ACTA , DMCA , Enforcement , Internet Blueprint , Press Release
Today Public Knowledge launched the Internet Blueprint, an ambitious project to develop bills that will help make the internet a better place for everyone. The site consists of six new bills Congress could pass today, as well as a way for the public to submit and vote on their own ideas.
“There are lots of people with great ideas about what rights and protections Internet users should have. Public Knowledge is taking the next step by putting those ideas into a form that Congress and other policymakers can consider,” said Michael Weinberg, the PK senior staff attorney who is coordinating the project.Read More