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Get To Know Our Members: Engine

Engine Blog 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 Engine. 1: What is your organization’s mission? Engine is a policy, advocacy, and research organization supporting startups as an engine…

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Copyright Office Recognizes Section 512’s Impact on Users

By: Jonathan Band : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

One of the main criticisms of the Copyright Office (“the Office”)’s report on Section 512 of Title 17 is that it focused upon the impact of Section 512 on rightsholders and online service providers (“OSPs”), and largely ignored Section 512’s impact on users. The Copyright Office redressed this oversight in a June 29, 2020 letter the Office wrote in response…

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Re:Create Recap July 2, 2020

California Uses Copyright Excuse To Avoid Police Transparency. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is taking on the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for using copyright as justification for skirting state transparency laws. According to a Newsweek report, EFF was denied access to POST’s open data portal on training materials for the use of automated license plate…

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Get To Know Our Members: Medical Library Association

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 Andy Hickner, Co-Chair of the Medical Library Association Governmental Relations Committee. 1: What is your organization’s mission? The Medical Library Association (MLA) is…

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Re:Create Recap June 19, 2020

Re:Create Executive Director: Websites We Rely On Actually Rely On Balanced Copyright Law. In an op-ed published by Inside Sources, Re:Create Executive Director Joshua Lamel highlights the increasingly prevalent role the internet plays in our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and how policy proposals from the entertainment industry would threaten the tools that are keeping us connected as a society….

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The Apps and Websites We Rely on Actually Rely on Balanced Copyright Law

By: Joshua Lamel : Originally Posted On: Inside Sources

The sudden changes to our society and economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged Americans’ capacity to innovate, demonstrating once again how indispensable the internet is to human ingenuity and productivity. We’re living indoors and online, and the fact that our transformed lives are still occupied, engaged, aspiring and fulfilling is a testament to the sweeping utility of the…

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Medical Device Repair Again Threatened With Copyright Claims

By: Kit Walsh : Originally Posted On: EFF Deep Links

Medical providers face countless challenges in responding to the COVID pandemic, and copyright shouldn’t have to be one of them. Hundreds of volunteers came together to create the Medical Device Repair Database posted to the repair information website iFixit, providing medical practitioners and technicians an easy-to-use, annotated, and indexed resource to help them keep devices in good repair. The database includes documentation…

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Online Content Moderation in the Hot Seat

By: Engine : Originally Posted On: Engine

TLDR: Amid the coronavirus pandemic and critical ongoing conversations about race-based inequalities and injustices, Americans are increasingly turning to the Internet to learn, share, and stay informed. That’s shining a brighter light on the ways in which Internet platforms handle all kinds of content—including misinformation, violent speech, and alleged infringement from the country’s highest office. What’s Happening This Week: President Donald Trump…

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Claims Against Trump Campaign Video Call for Revisiting Intersection of Speech and Copyright

By: Matt Schruers : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

When our nation reels from a global pandemic and nationwide protests against systemic racial injustice and law enforcement abuses, the circumstances call for prioritizing public health and civil rights.  It hardly seems the time to re-examine digital copyright law.  It turns out, however, that the misuse of digital copyright law can short-circuit discussions of these critical issues. This week, copyright…

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What Notice And Staydown Would Mean For Consumers, The Economy & Free Expression

In a world under a notice and staydown policy, as opposed to the current notice and takedown law under section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), online platforms would be forced to censor user generated content like photos, blogs or TikTok videos to avoid liability, which could force their business to shut down. Below is a list of…

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