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Re:Create Recap – December 7, 2017

Is Browsing The Web A Copyright Violation? In a recent blog post, Public Knowledge’s Katrina Worsham explained how current court interpretations essentially render browsing the internet a copyright violation. “Courts have held that creating a copy of website code in a browser’s cache constitutes a copyright violation. The issue here is that copying site code into a browser is the only…

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Re:Create Recap – November 30, 2017

Meet Malinda Reese: Google Translate Cover Artist, Actress And YouTube Vlogger. Malinda Reese first gained attention when she performed a parody of the Disney hit song “Let It Go,” by using an online translator to convert the lyrics through multiple languages. The end result went viral and has been viewed more than 10 million times. In the latest profile for…

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Re:Create Recap – November 16, 2017

Academics & Tech Groups Tell USTR: Fair Use Must Be In NAFTA. Over 65 intellectual property law professors and copyright experts signed onto a set of principles that NAFTA trade delegates should follow to protect public interests. Principles highlighted in the document include copyright limitations and exceptions such as fair use and safe harbors. Likewise, technology associations including the Internet…

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Re:Create Recap – November 9, 2017

New Research: International Balanced Copyright Policies Results In Positive Economic Development And Creativity. New research from American University’s law school found that balanced copyright policies are tied to positive economic development and creativity in a sample of 21 countries across the world. American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property established the Copyright User Rights Database to explore balanced…

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Re:Create Recap – November 2, 2017

Copy This Podcast With Michael Geist. In Re:Create’s tenth installment of our Copy This podcast, host Kirby Ferguson sits down with University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist to discuss how intellectual property and copyright fits into the NAFTA renegotiations. While trade agreements were once designed to remove barriers to trade and eliminate tariffs on traditional goods and services, the…

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Op-Ed: Fair Use and Halloween

Fair Use and Halloween By Joshua Lamel Medium October 31, 2017 This year, the top three most-searched Halloween costumes all come from popular movies: Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and the clown from Stephen King’s It. Other popular costumes for trick-or-treaters of all ages include Moana, Batman, Chucky, Daenerys Targaryen, and Mickey Mouse. Every October, Americans look to their favorite movies, TV shows and books…

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Re:Create Recap – October 26, 2017

CCIA Research: “Value Gap” Claims Made By The Record Label Industry Are Unfounded. New research released by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), refutes the content industry’s “value gap” claims, instead demonstrating that revenues from both groups are growing steadily. The recording studios have long alleged that revenue from streaming services are coming at the expense of legacy music…

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Re:Create Recap – October 19, 2017

Advocates Urge Congress To Reject CASE Act. This week a variety of library, technology, and public interest groups sent a letter to Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Tom Marino, expressing concerns over proposed legislation to establish a small-claims system within the Copyright Office. Titled the “CASE Act,” the bill would create a Copyright Claims Board. However, groups like the American Library…

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ReCreate Coalition Members Send Letter Urging Congress To Reject CASE Act

ReCreate Coalition Members Send Letter Urging Congress To Reject CASE Act The undersigned organizations and associations appreciate the challenges low-value infringement cases pose to individual artists. Unfortunately, the small claims system established by the CASE Act would not successfully address the problem. Defendants rarely would consent to the jurisdiction of the small-claims tribunal because it would not be in their…

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Re:Create Recap – October 12, 2017

Re:Create Coalition Calls For Fair Use & Safe Harbors In NAFTA. Following the Re:Create Coalition’s recent letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Broadcasting & Cable’s John Eggerton wroteabout the technology industry’s call for the inclusion of fair and balanced copyright provisions in NAFTA. Eggerton wrote “that without such harbors, Reddit would never have gotten off the ground, for example, and…

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