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Re:Create Recap January 31, 2020

Media Outlet Fears Bankruptcy Due To Excessive Statutory Damages In Copyright. The Orange County Breeze, a southern California online news outlet detailed the challenges it faced after receiving a DMCA takedown notice for a low-resolution photo published with an article years ago. While conducting an internal review of other potential copyright liability, the publisher informed readers the outlet was suspending…

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Re:Create Recap January 16, 2020

Save The Date: Copyright Week 2020: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will host its annual Copyright Week celebration January 20-24. Focusing on the themes of fair use and creativity, copyright and competition, remedies, the public domain and copyright and democracy, the focused week is an opportunity to comment and engage with others about the need for balanced and fair copyright…

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Re:Create Recap December 19, 2019

Librarian Of Congress Names Maria Strong As Acting Register of Copyrights. The Re:Create Coalition issued a statement in support of Maria Strong after Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden named her as Acting Register of Copyrights and Director of Copyright Policy On December 18. “Maria brings to this position a decade of service at the U.S. Copyright Office, and we look…

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Re:Create Recap December 5, 2019

How Copyright Trolls Work In Practice. Techdirt highlighted how copyright trolls take advantage of ordinary Americans’ lack of legal knowledge to demand more money than is even allowable under the law. In some cases, a rightsholder can only obtain “actual damages” rather than statutory damages, which must exclude attorney’s fees. Because most Americans aren’t certain of the law, they just…

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Re:Create Recap November 14, 2019

CASE Act A Prime Target For Abuse. Radio and Television Business Report (RBR+TVBR) elevated concerns with the CASE Act and how it could open opportunities for copyright trolls looking to abuse the new system. While Dorsey & Whitney partner Fara Sunderji acknowledged that the bill was crafted to make it easier for copyright owners to assert their rights, he also…

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Re:Create Recap October 31, 2019

Re:Create Urges Senate To Fix CASE Act: Following approval of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2019 by the House of Representatives, the Re:Create Coalition issued a statement urging the Senate to fix the “disastrous” bill. “The CASE Act will expose ordinary Americans to tens of thousands of dollars in damages for things most of us do…

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What Creators, Users, Startups, Tech Industry, Digital Rights Advocates Are Saying About The CASE Act

The CASE Act won’t actually help artists and small creators Kerry Maeve Sheehan, Authors Alliance: “While this opt-out procedure is supposed to provide some protection for the accused, there’s a strong likelihood that authors, educators, and small creators without sophisticated legal knowledge or representation may not fully understand the implications and may ignore the notice – ending up on the…

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The Case Against the CASE Act: What You Need To Know

The Case Against the CASE Act: What You Need To Know The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (HR 2426) would establish a small claims court for copyright claims. Unfortunately, this legislation is both unconstitutional and would place a huge financial strain on individuals, small businesses and nonprofits across the United States. Congress must reject the CASE Act…

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