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Let’s Fight To Protect The Democratization of Creativity

By Joshua Lamel, Executive Director of the Re:Create Coalition At a time when the public and businesses are increasingly taking advantage of internet-enabled access to new markets, new audiences and new sources of income, the public has also grown to expect greater levels of openness, engagement and transparency made possible by the internet. Unfortunately, some proposed reforms to copyright law,…

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I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) on Music Industry Attack

Written by Joshua Lamel, Executive Director of the Re:Create Coalition Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Etsy, YouTube and Medium. If you post on any of these platforms, you are a creator. If you spend any time on these platforms, you are consuming the creative content of other creators. People are using these platforms as an important medium to express themselves and…

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Re:Create Recap – June 23, 2016

Re:Create Coalition Hosts Hill Panel On Fair Use, Innovation And Creators On The Internet. On Monday, the Re:Create Coalition hosted “How It Works: Understanding Copyright in the New Creative Economy,” which was comprised of panelists from Google, Medium, the Organization for Transformative Works and a YouTube celebrity. The panel discussed fair use and the latest “take down and staydown” proposals…

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CDT responds to European Commission consultation on ancillary rights: unnecessary barriers for innovation and free speech

By: By: Jens-Henrik Jeppesen : Originally Posted On: CDT

CDT has consistently cautioned against the introduction of ancillary rights in copyright laws in Europe because of the negative effects of such rights on smaller publishers, citizen journalism and, more importantly, freedom of information. CDT restated our objection to this idea in our submission to the European Commission’s public consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain…

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A plea to Congress not to ‘fix’ a music market that isn’t broken

By: Mike Godwin : Originally Posted On: R Street

Dear Congress, By now, maybe you’ve read the “Dear Congress” letter that many music companies and individual artists have signed asking you to “fix” the Digital Millennium Copyright Act—a law Congress negotiated in 1998 in response to widespread fears that the Internet was going to kill the music industry because of digital redistribution. As a lawyer who has been working…

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Music Industry DMCA Letter Seeks to Turn Back Clock on Internet

By: Matt Schruers : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

Yesterday, a group of copyright holders and musicians joined the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other music industry entities in a letter to Congress, asking it to upend one of the legal cornerstones of the Internet. That cornerstone, Section 512 of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is something that DisCo has covered frequently over the years ([1],…

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Re:Create Recap 6.16.16

RSVP Today! Re:Create To Host Copyright Event On June 20. The Re:Create Coalition will host “How It Works: Understanding Copyright Law in the New Creative Economy” on June 20 at the Capitol Visitor Center. The internet powers the local and national economy, enabling more than $8 trillion in e-commerce each year. At a time when online creativity is flourishing, Re:Create…

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Sanity Prevails Again, Part II: The District Court Leaves the Oracle v. Google Fair Use Verdict In Place

By: Jonathan Band : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

As predicted here two weeks ago when the jury found that Google’s use of Java declaring code in the Android operating system was a fair use, the presiding judge has rejected Oracle’s motion for a judgment as a matter of law. Oracle argued that no reasonable jury could find against it, but the judge ruled that based on the law of fair…

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ICYMI: District Court Denies Oracle’s Move to Overturn Fair Use Ruling in Favor of Google

By: Krista Cox : Originally Posted On: ARL Policy Notes

On May 26, 2016, a jury ruled in favor of Google’s use of Java’s API in its Android system, finding that the inclusion of the code was fair use.  Oracle filed a motion for judgment as a matter of law, arguing that no reasonable jury could have found against Oracle.  Last week, the district court judge denied Oracle’s motion. Jonathan…

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Re:Create Recap – June 9, 2016

Re:Create To Host Copyright Event On June 20. The Re:Create Coalition will host “How It Works: Understanding Copyright Law in the New Creative Economy” on June 20 at the Capitol Visitor Center. The internet powers the local and national economy, enabling more than $8 trillion in e-commerce each year. At a time when online creativity is flourishing, Re:Create is convening…

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