Items tagged "Statutory Damages"
Public Knowledge Welcomes Department of Commerce Report Calling for Copyright ReformJanuary 28, 2016 Copyright Reform , Fair Use , First Sale , Statutory Damages
Today, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released its “White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages: Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” Public Knowledge commends the Department for recognizing the importance of a balanced copyright law, and that copyright law’s onerous statutory damages provisions need to be changed.Read More
The Craigslist Case and Other Examples of Copyright AbuseMay 2, 2013 DMCA , Enforcement , Safe Harbor , Statutory Damages
The Copyright Reform Debate Continues UncensoredDecember 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.Read More
The Debate over Copyright Reform Cannot Be CensoredNovember 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.Read More
Five Takeaways From World’s Fair Use DayJanuary 15, 2010 DRM , Enforcement , Fair Use , Statutory Damages
By many accounts, World's Fair Use Day was a great success. We had a capacity crowd, with hundreds more joining in on the webcast. Members of the audience included staff from the White House, the State Department, the US Copyright Office and Congress. Since one of the main missions of the event was to demonstrate to policymakers the importance of fair use to our culture, our discourse and our economy, having a strong turnout from government is key.
I've now had a few days to reflect on the day's events.Read More
Perspective on Payments: Comparing Filesharing Damages to Criminal SentencesAugust 27, 2009 Piracy , Statutory Damages
Via BoingBoing and then through Gizmodo, Gaper's Block has a post up putting into some perspective the enormity and enormousness of the damages ($1.92 million) that Jammie Thomas is supposed to pay to the record labels for engaging in some P2P file sharing (Conor McCarthy of Gaper's Block estimated penalties under the Illinois Criminal Code):
Here is a list of 7 ideas to get you started, but first we should make a few rules. Some of these "crimes" have imprisonment as part of their sentence.Read More