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Four Takeaways From the Senate Judiciary Section 512 Hearing

By: Jonathan Band : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

Tuesday’s hearing in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property on Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provided a clear indication that Chairman Tillis and the content industry seek to replace the notice-and-takedown framework with “notice-and-staydown”, as explained below. This is one of four main takeaways from the Section 512 hearing. Other takeaways involve the debate surrounding…

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When the Senate Talks About the Internet, Note Who They Leave Out

By: Katharine Trendacosta : Originally Posted On: EFF Deep Links

In the midst of pandemic and protest, the Senate Judiciary Committee continued on with the third of many planned hearings about copyright. It is an odd moment to be considering whether or not the notice-and-takedown system laid out by Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is working or not, but since Section 512 is a cornerstone of the Internet and because protestors…

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CCIA Statement for the Record for Section 512 Hearing

By: Matt Schruers, President CCIA : Originally Posted On: CCIA

Re: Subcommittee Hearing: Isthe DMCA’s Notice-and-Takedown System Working in the 21st Century? Dear Chairman Tillis and Ranking Member Coons: On behalf of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) , I write to submit the 1 following observations for the Subcommittee’s consideration of the subject of Section 512, and request that this statement be included in the record of the…

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Update: The DMCA Works: What Consumers, Tech & Creators Have to Say About DMCA Section 512

Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a legal cornerstone for the internet’s successful and transformative power to grow the American economy, level the playing field, boost access to information and advance global culture. At a time when our entire lives have shifted to online platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DMCA is perhaps more important…

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Modifying the DMCA & Protecting the Internet

By: Wayne Brough, Innovation Defense Foundation : Originally Posted On: Protego Press

Last week, President Trump signed the Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, which was a direct attack on the liability protections offered by Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act. These protections launched the commercial internet and secured the United States as the world’s leader in the digital economy. While many are questioning the economic impact of revoking the liability protections…

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Internet Users of All Kinds Should Be Concerned by a New Copyright Office Report

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

Outside of the beltway, people all over the United States are taking to the streets to demand fundamental change. In the halls of Congress and the White House, however, many people seem to think the biggest thing that needs to be restructured is the Internet. Last week, the president issued an order taking on one legal foundation for online expression: Section 230. This…

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Re:Create Recap May 29, 2020

Re:Create: Copyright Office Study Ignores Consumers. In a statement responding to the U.S. Copyright Office 512 study released last week, Re:Create Coalition executive Director Josuha Lamel stated: “While we are happy the report did not call for notice and staydown or siteblocking, the changes being suggested are not the ‘fine-tuning’ the Copyright Office suggests, but rather changes that will have…

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The DMCA Works: What Consumers, Tech & Creators Have to Say About DMCA Section 512

Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a legal cornerstone for the internet’s successful and transformative power to grow the American economy, level the playing field, boost access to information and advance global culture. At a time when our entire lives have shifted to online platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DMCA is perhaps more important…

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Changes to Section 512 Would Harm our Booming Internet Ecosystem

By: Michael Petricone : Originally Posted On: CDT

Today, the Copyright Office released its report on Section 512 of Title 17 U.S. Code, a part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which provides for “Notice and Takedown” of infringing works. Essentially, Section 512 provides a “safe harbor” to internet platforms that promptly remove infringing material upon proper notice from the copyright owner. While the report does not recommend…

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Get To Know Our Members: Niskanen Center

Re:Create has launched a blog series, Get to Know Our Members, to help others better understand the type of work Re:Create members do and why they are so motivated by copyright issues. For this post, we heard from Daniel Takash, regulatory policy fellow at the Niskanen Center. 1: What is your organization’s mission? Niskanen Center’s Captured Economy Project works to…

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