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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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PK In The Know Podcast: Copyright, Copyright, Copyright

September 28, 2015 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Fair Use , Licensing , Public Domain

PK In The Know Podcast: Copyright, Copyright, Copyright

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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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