Copy This Podcast Episode 6: Copyright Reform To Geek Out Your Toaster? There’s Legislation for That.

In the sixth episode of Copy This, host Kirby Ferguson talks with U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27) about the copyright debates driving conversations among members of Congress.

A key issue for Rep. Farenthold, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, is how the prevalence of copyrighted software in everyday devices (smartphones and thermostats to appliances and cars) prevents owners from repairing their own consumer electronics. In the interview he points to the high-profile John Deere case and discusses the You Own Devices Act (YODA), a bipartisan bill he introduced to modernize this aspect of copyright law.

The copyright conversation also takes on the issue of statutory damages and important lessons learned from the defeat of the failed SOPA/PIPA legislation.

Tune in to hear more about copyright challenges and priorities from the corridors of Capitol Hill.

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