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Re:Create Recap August 21, 2020

Wyden-Clarke Bill Will Remove IP Barriers To Patient Care During COVID-19 Pandemic. Following the introduction of the Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act of 2020 introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Re:Create Executive Director Joshua Lamel issued the following statement of support: “We must do all that we can to support health care providers and…

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Get To Know Our Members: Organization for Transformative Works

Re:Create’s Get to Know Our Members blog series helps others better understand the different ways Re:Create members work to support balanced copyright laws and why they are so motivated by copyright issues. For this post, we heard from Betsy Rosenblatt, legal chair at the Organization for Transformative Works. 1: What is your organization’s mission? The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is…

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No One Should Have to Wait Eight Months for a Library Book

: Originally Posted On: Public Knowledge

After recent Black Lives Matter protests, Americans rushed to libraries to request books on history, politics, and anti-racism. There were immediate shortages of certain books, with up to six month waits for commonly recommended titles. This happened throughout the entire system — even electronic books had long queues to check out. This is, in part, […]

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What Really Does and Doesn’t Work for Fair Use in the DMCA

By: Katharine Trendacosta and Corynne McSherry : Originally Posted On: EFF Deep Links

On July 28, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held another in its year-long series of hearings on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The topic of this hearing was “How Does the DMCA Contemplate Limitations and Exceptions Like Fair Use?” We’re glad Congress is asking the question. Without fair use, much of our common culture would be inaccessible, cordoned…

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ICYMI: Why Fair Use Is Crucial In the DMCA

**In Case You Missed It** Why Fair Use Is Crucial In the DMCA WASHINGTON—During the July 28 Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Intellectual Property hearing “How Does the DMCA Contemplate Limitations and Exceptions Like Fair Use?”, copyright policy experts and creators made the case that fair use and section 512 of the DMCA are supporting partners in the promotion of free speech…

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Re:Create Recap July 24, 2020

Op-ed: Small Business Internet Infrastructure Providers Need Section 512. In an op-ed published by Inside Sources, Internet Infrastructure Coalition cofounder Christian Dawson argues that in its recent hearings on the DMCA, “Congress is narrowly framing this debate as one with just two players — content v. “Big Tech,” without assessing the negative impacts of proposed DMCA changes on the multitudes…

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New Morning Consult Poll Shows Americans’ Use, Views On Tech In Times Of Covid

By: Heather Greenfield : Originally Posted On: CCIA

Washington — A Morning Consult poll shows Americans have found value in a range of tech services they are using even more frequently during the pandemic. The poll, commissioned by the Computer and Communications Industry Association, showed how important consumers found video chat, video streaming, food delivery services and the range of services gaining popularity. Overall, a majority of Americans (62%) said…

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It’s Summer, and Copyright Reform is in the Air

By: Stan Adams : Originally Posted On: CDT

The oft-heated debate over the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) Section 512 is nothing new, but this summer’s scorching heat might just bring the debate to a boiling point. The Copyright Office has finally released its long-awaited report on Section 512, the Senate is holding a series of hearings on the DMCA, and as EU members struggle to implement the Directive on…

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Re:Create Recap July 16, 2020

EU Court Opinion States YouTube Not Liable For Copyright Infringement. The advocate general for the EU’s highest court issued an opinion on July 16 stating that online platform operators are not legally responsible for copyright infringement. “As EU law currently stands, online platform operators, such as YouTube and Uploaded, are not directly liable for the illegal uploading of protected works…

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How Research Libraries Are Supporting Research During Remote Operations

By: Jessica Aiwuyor : Originally Posted On: CCIA

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many campuses closing temporarily. These closings have heavily affected access to research labs and materials. In order to ensure the continuation of vital research, libraries including Penn State University Libraries, George A. Smathers Libraries of the University of Florida, and The Ohio State University Libraries are sharing a wide range of information and skills…

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