Items tagged "Public Domain"

Press Release

Public Knowledge Welcomes Sen. Wyden’s ACCESS to Recordings Act

May 23, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Copyright Reform , Legislation , Music Licensing , Public Domain

Today, Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced the ACCESS to Recordings Act, which would extend federal copyright protection to pre-1972 sound recordings, and in doing so, harmonize them with their modern counterparts. Public Knowledge applauds Senator Wyden for acknowledging the injustices posed by the current system and fighting to rationalize our copyright law.

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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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The Internet Belongs to Everyone

September 10, 2014 Net Neutrality , Public Domain , Remix Culture

Read the story behind this video here.

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Join Us as We Welcome New Works to the Public Domain on Public Domain Day!

January 30, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Act , Copyright Reform , Cosplay , Public Domain , Public Domain Day

Today is Public Domain Day! Come celebrate with us from 5- 9 pm at American University Washington College of Law. View the program and register here. 2019 was the first year that works protected by the Copyright Extension Act—those created after 1923—entered the public domain. This year we are celebrating all the copyrighted works from […]

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The New Music Modernization Act (Mostly) (Finally) Gets It Right

September 26, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Legislation , Music Licensing , music modernization act , Public Domain

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a new and improved version of the Music Modernization Act, following the Senate’s lead from last week. We had expressed strong reservations about the earlier iterations of this bill, and its impact on the public domain for sound recordings. We’re happy to say that after extensive negotiations spearheaded by Senator Ron Wyden, the new version of the bill brings these works more fully into line with with the existing copyright system for legacy works and finally allows these recordings to enter the public domain. The bill now heads to the President’s desk.

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A Payday Built on Bad Policy

April 9, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Music Licensing , Public Domain

Sound recordings made prior to 1972 don’t enjoy federal copyright protection. There’s a thorny legal and legislative history behind this, but the end result is that these recordings are only protected under state law. Federal copyright has evolved, with new rights, limitations, and user protections applied to copyrighted works — but not to pre-’72 recordings. And as the internet became ubiquitous, consumption of these works began to cross state lines, further muddying the waters.

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Lights, Camera, Copyright: What Documentary Filmmakers Need to Know About Fair Use, Part Two

August 17, 2015 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Copyright With Courtney , Fair Use , Public Domain

This post is the third installment of #CopyrightwithCourtney, a series from Courtney Duffy on the copyright challenges faced by artists in various disciplines. Courtney, who is the Robert W. Deutsch Arts & Technology Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, focused on authorship in her first post. In this post, she continues her three-part series on filmmaking.

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Doubling Down on Copyfraud: You Don’t Need Permission to 3D Scan 500 Year Old Sculptures

January 27, 2015 3D Printing , Copyright Reform , Public Domain

Last week, we wrote about Augustana College (SD)’s demand that 3D scans of its copy of Michelangelo’s Moses be taken down from the internet. To justify this request, Augustana cited vague (and, it should be noted, nonexistent) copyright concerns. As a result of its ridiculous assertion of a copyright interest in a copy of a 500-year-old sculpture, Augustana deprived the public of 3D scans of this public domain work.

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Let’s Make It Easier to Expand the Public Domain

January 23, 2015 Copyright Reform , Copyright Week , Public Domain

An open secret among free culture fans is that it can be surprisingly hard to dedicate something to the public domain. Here’s a simple idea for copyright reform: Why not fix that?

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Where Net Neutrality and Government Copyright Policies Come Together

September 10, 2014 Net Neutrality , Public Domain , Remix Culture

As you probably noticed, we’ve been doing a lot of writing about net neutrality recently. You may also have noticed that we’ve been doing a lot of writing about how works created by the U.S. Government are not eligible for copyright protection and in the public domain. Well hold on to your hats, because this video brings those two things together.

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