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Correcting Senator Klobuchar’s JCPA Myths with the Facts

Myth: The JCPA will benefit small and medium news publishers. “It’s also focused on small and medium news organization. It excludes news organizations owned by foreign governments and publications. With more than 1500 full time employees, which would include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. They are excluded as well as the major national…

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Copyright Corner Q&A Series: Nathan Proctor, U.S. PIRG Senior Right to Repair Campaign Director

For our latest Copyright Corner Q&A series installment, Re:Create spoke with Nathan Proctor, U.S. PIRG’s Right to Repair Campaign Director. Proctor explains the intersection between the right to repair and copyright law, and how manufacturers have weaponized and abused copyright protections to limit consumers’ abilities to fix products. Proctor also discusses the growing momentum in support of consumers fixing or…

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Myths v Facts: SMART Copyright Act

The Tillis-Leahy SMART Copyright Act of 2022 Myths v Facts Myth: The legislation is necessary. Fact: The U.S. Copyright Office specifically concluded that legislation is not needed and that “the development of STMs depends upon voluntary collaboration and consultation within and across industries” after five years of studying Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA already…

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What is the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act?

Despite its name, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, S. 673, does not stimulate competition among the biggest media corporations and fails to preserve local news jobs. In reality, the bill will exacerbate existing challenges from media consolidation, deter journalist hiring and overhaul copyright law to disrupt access to information online. The legislation’s stated purpose is to give local news…

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Why Digital Rights Advocates, Librarians, Tech and Experts Oppose the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA)

The JCPA is scheduled for markup this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but its primary supporters are the Big Media corporations that it will ultimately benefit. Free speech advocates, bipartisan consumer advocates, archivists, startups and copyright law experts all urge the Senate to reject the JCPA. PRESS PUBLISHERS HAVE EXISTING PROTECTIONS U.S. Copyright Office: “Press publishers have significant protections…

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JCPA: A Win for Media Corporations, A Loss for Local Journalism

Trust in mass media has hit an all-time low. One bright spot? Americans trust local media far more than other news sources. Alarmingly, this hard-earned trust is at risk of eroding away as local news outlets are decimated from buyouts by massive media corporations. After missing quarterly earnings projections, Gannett, the largest U.S. newspaper owner responsible for publishing more than…

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