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Re:Create Recap – June 22, 2017

New Video: Understanding Section 512 Of The DMCA. This week, the Re:Create Coalition debuted a new video illustrating the importance of Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in protecting free speech online. The internet economy requires a delicate balance between protecting copyrighted content online and giving consumers and creators the freedom to legally access and add to…

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Video: Understanding the DMCA Section 512 and Safe Harbors

New business models thrive on remixing and recreating, and every consumer can become a content creator. This creative flourishing requires a delicate balance between protecting copyrighted content, and giving consumers and other creators the freedom to legally access and add to existing materials. This balance is maintained by a set of digital copyright laws called the DMCA. And today, one…

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Re:Create Recap – June 15, 2017

Re:Create Coalition And Other Groups: NAFTA Renegotiations Should Include Fair Use. A balanced approach to U.S. copyright language remains as important as ever as the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) begins weighing changes to NAFTA. Public interest groups and tech organizations urged the U.S. Trade Representative to continue to preserve existing limitations and exceptions, including fair use and safe harbors. In…

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What They’re Saying: Protecting A Balanced Copyright System In NAFTA Renegotiations

Public interest groups and tech organizations urge the U.S. Trade Representative to continue to preserve existing limitations and exceptions, including fair use and safe harbors. Re:Create Coalition: “[I]f NAFTA is going to include provisions on copyright…The economic implications of failing to include strong fair use protections are profound, especially given the propensity of the USTR to negotiate strong copyright protection…

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Re:Create Comments on NAFTA Negotiations

Pursuant to the request for comments published in the Federal Register by the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) at 82 Fed. Reg. 23,699 (May 23, 2017) Re:Create submits the following comments on 2(h) 1 and 2(i) 2 and the interrelation between the two. Additionally, these comments are a formal notice of our intent to testify at the associated hearing and…

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Re:Create Recap – June 8, 2017

Op-Ed: Why We Need Fair Use Online. Art Neill, executive director of New Media Rights, penned an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times in defense of fair use, which he called “copyright law’s safety valve, protecting our ability to make social, political and cultural commentary and criticism.” Neill noted that anyone who creates content, including video game reviewers and journalists, rely…

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Re:Create Recap – June 1, 2017

Op-Ed: Register Of Copyrights Act Is A “Feeble” Attempt To Modernize The Copyright Office. In a recent op-ed published in Techdirt, R Street’s Sasha Moss explained how the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act and its Senate companion are “pointless legislation,” that focus on politicizing the Copyright Office rather than implementing significant modernization reform. She wrote, “Making the position…

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Re:Create Recap – May 25, 2017

What Does Copyright Have To Do With AI? A May 17 op-ed in Canada’s Globe and Mail addresses the challenges restrictive copyright rules can play on the development of AI services, despite dedicating millions to research and efforts to attract high-level talent. In Why copyright law poses a barrier to Canadian AI ambitions, Canadian copyright law expert Michael Geist pointed…

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Re:Create Recap – May 18, 2017

Re:Create Issues Statement On NAFTA Negotiations. The Re:Create Coalition today released a statement urging the Office of the United States Trade Representative to include language on copyright limitations and exceptions, including fair use, if copyright law is part of the negotiations: “If NAFTA is renegotiated and if it includes a chapter on copyright, that chapter must have mandatory language on…

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What They’re Saying: U.S. Representatives Warn Of Politicization, Undermining Copyright Office Modernization Efforts

Members state opposition to the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act during floor debate. Rep. Jared Polis (CO): “It effectively politicizes the Office of the head of the Copyright Office.” “Under this bill, the position of Register of Copyrights will be yet another political position and will, frankly, stall one of the great projects they are embarking on, the…

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