Items tagged "MPAA"

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Public Knowledge Joins Letter Opposing Internet Content Blocking by International Trade Commission

April 10, 2015 Copyright Reform , ITC , MPAA , Patent Reform , SOPA

Today, Public Knowledge and 27 other organizations, associations, and legal scholars sent a letter to the International Trade Commission opposing a recent decision that the Commission has authority to block Internet data transmissions. That decision concluded that the ITC’s authority to block the importation of copyright-and patent-infringing products extends to an ability to block Internet data transmissions into the United States.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Sen. Christopher Dodd’s Appointment as MPAA Chairman

March 1, 2011 MPAA , Press Release

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

“We welcome Senator Dodd to the MPAA and wish him good luck in his new role.  We hope that he and his members will come to realize that technology is not your enemy — that instead technology can be the greatest means of distributing content the industry has ever seen.  The industry should look on new developments as opportunities, not as barriers, to building the industry.”



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Public Knowledge Disappointed With White House ‘Piracy’ Meeting

December 15, 2009 MPAA , Piracy , Press Release , RIAA

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

“We were extremely disappointed to learn of the White House meeting to be held later today on the issue of intellectual property and ‘piracy.’ It is unclear why three cabinet officers, several subcabinet officers, the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service are needed to tend to the worries of the big media companies, particularly the motion picture industry which is completing a year in which it will set box-office records.

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Public Knowledge Statement on MPAA Letter Regarding Anti-Counterfeiting Treaty

November 20, 2009 ACTA , International , MPAA , Press Release

Background: The Motion Picture Association Association (MPAA) yesterday sent a letter to Capitol Hill asking for more transparency for deliberations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). A copy of the letter is here: https://www.publicknowledge.org/pdf/mpaa-acta-letter-20091119.pdf

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

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Public Knowledge Pleased with ‘Cablevision’ Outcome

June 29, 2009 MPAA , Press Release

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

‘We are very pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a challenge to Cablevision’s Remote Digital Recording Service.

“From a common-sense point of view, the lower court, and the U.S. Solicitor General, were correct in their interpretation of the copyright law that a recording is a recording, whether done on a set-top box or at the cable head-end, as Cablevision’s proposed service allows. By following the recommendation of the Solicitor General by not taking the case, the Supreme Court has struck a blow for the rights of consumers and for innovation.

“Consumers will benefit from lower costs and more recording options, while cable companies will see greater efficiencies in their operations.”

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MPAA Says, “BLOCK ALL THE THINGS!”

December 17, 2014 Censorship , DNS , ITC , MPAA , SOPA

Several outlets are reporting that the MPAA’s policy efforts have, over the past years, continued, post-SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act), to focus on different theories of site blocking. With Congress wary of passing new legislation that could lead to private online censorship, the movie industry is apparently shopping around for other forums in which to press its site-blocking agenda.

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The Copyright Reform Debate Continues Uncensored

December 6, 2012 DMCA , Fair Use , MPAA , SOPA , Statutory Damages

Last month the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) released (and then retracted 24 hours later) a thought-provoking policy paper entitled Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It. As the leading group for conservative policy ideas and discussion in the U.S. House of Representatives, the RSC could play a critical role in presenting the conservative arguments for copyright reform. 

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The Debate over Copyright Reform Cannot Be Censored

November 19, 2012 DMCA , Fair Use , MPAA , SOPA , Statutory Damages

This past Friday, the House Republican Study Committee released a policy brief entitled Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it.  The brief, examines three common content industry assertions about the benefits of copyright, and concludes that rather than promoting productivity and innovation, current copyright law inhibits them.  The brief then makes a number of suggestions to reform the system, including reducing statutory damages, expanding fair use, punishing copyright abuse and shortening copyright terms significantly.

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Corporate Interests Using TPP to Protect Them From “Copycats”

May 9, 2012 MPAA , RIAA , SOPA , TPP , USTR

Yesterday, a collection of trade associations, including the RIAA, MPAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sent President Obama a letter [pdf] pressuring him to ratchet up protection and enforcement of intellectual property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Who Really Engaged in Misinformation?

February 9, 2012 MPAA , Protect IP Act , RIAA , SOPA

In a blatant act of hypocrisy, Cary Sherman the chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as his allies, are claiming that the public was misinformed about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP (PIPA) when they opposed those bills.  As Sherman said, “misinformation may be a dirty trick, but it works.”  His organization would know given that for more than a year the RIAA, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and other pro-SOPA and pro-PIPA allies actively engaged in misinforming Congress on the implications of the SOPA and PIPA.  

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