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What They’re Saying About The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Policy experts, law professors and others agree that the DMCA is a balanced law that benefits innovation, economic growth and even its entertainment industry critics The Balance Of Current Law NYU Law Professor Chris Sprigman And Stanford Law Professor Mark Lemley: “The genius of the DMCA is that it lets technology startups comply with the law without hiring a platoon…

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Re:Create Recap – March 30, 2017

Copyright Register Bill Would Hinder Modernization Efforts. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Register of Copyrights and Accountability Act. Re:Create and several member organizations expressed concern with the bill. Re:Create Executive Director Joshua Lamel released a statement, cautioning that, “The Copyright Office is already lagging behind the latest technology developments and is in need of modernization in order…

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Creativity and the Internet

To the Editor: Re “Subscriptions Turn Culture’s Spoiler Into Its Savior” (State of the Art column, Business Day, March 16): We agree with Farhad Manjoo that the internet is saving culture, not killing it. The internet has enabled and empowered a new generation of creators who have unleashed a tremendous amount of creativity. More books, more music, more films and…

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Re:Create Recap – March 23, 2017

Peter Hollens: A Cappella Extraordinaire And New Creator. A self-described “dorky dad,” Peter Hollens is an American singer, songwriter, and producer best known for his a cappella cover songs on YouTube, which have reached more than 400 million viewers and surpassed 1.5 million subscribers. “I believe that the future of music is one in which it goes hand-in-hand with technology,”…

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Re:Create Recap – March 16, 2017

The Internet Heralds A New Generation Of Online Creators And Economic Activity. The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo made the case for How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It, explaining in a March 15 story how the internet has resulted in both an explosion of creativity and entrepreneurship — often hand-in-hand. The rise of subscription-based platforms like Netflix…

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ICYMI: New York Times: How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It

“[F]rom blogs to podcasts to YouTube, the last 20 years have been marked by a succession of formats that have led to ever-lower barriers for new and off-the-wall creators” WASHINGTON—An article published in The New York Times on Wednesday, How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It, examines how the internet has resulted in an explosion of creativity and…

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Re:Create Recap – March 9, 2017

Why Farmers Need A “Right to Repair” Their Tractors. The Guardian took a look at how copyrighted software prevents farmers from fixing their own machinery in A right to repair: why Nebraska farmers are taking on John Deere and Apple. Because much of today’s farming equipment is high-tech, the article noted that “Only manufacturers and authorized dealers are allowed [to…

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Re:Create Recap – March 2, 2017

Fair Use Week: A Big Success. The Association of Research Libraries was joined by 142 organizations and individuals across the country to celebrate fair use last week. Each day of Fair Use Week, participants shared educational materials and stories in order to explain how Americans benefit from fair use everyday. Click here for highlights, including posts from the Re:Create Coalition…

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Re:Create Recap – February 23, 2017

Dear Copyright Office, Safe Harbors Work. The Re:Create Coalition, its members and a number of other organizations submitted reply comments to the Copyright Office on February 21 as part of the its ongoing copyright review process. The comments collectively highlight the importance of safe harbor provisions in fostering creativity and innovation on the internet. “Thanks to the openness of the…

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What They’re Saying: U.S. Copyright Office’s Section 512 Study Responses

Many organizations submit reply comments highlighting importance of safe harbor provisions in fostering the internet and supporting free speech online. Re:Create Coalition: “Thanks to the openness of the user-generated platforms on the internet enabled by Section 512 of the DMCA, there is now a growing and important class of ‘new creators’…Users are an extremely important stakeholder in this conversation…Their voices…

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