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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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Visualizing Congress’ Big Media Bailout

The vast majority of the newspapers across the United States are owned by a handful of huge media corporations, and the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) stands to further entrench their power. The below map is a start at capturing the sheer scope and reach that just 3 single companies have on local journalism in America. Gannett, Alden Global…

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Eye-Popping Numbers Behind The JCPA’s Biggest Supporters

Top Six Quantifiable Concerns with the JCPA The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), S. 673, is supported by some of America’s biggest media conglomerates responsible for the decline of local journalism. Their lobbyists are working overtime to pass the JCPA so massive media ownership companies like Gannett, Alden Global Capital and Sinclair Broadcast Group can boost their revenues, double…

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JCPA: All the News That’s Fit to Buy

In the spring of 2020, most Americans were focused on how to stop the spread of coronavirus, how to stay in business and how to take care of their families. While most of the country was preoccupied with surviving lockdown, one hedge fund was obsessed with a campaign to make more money off journalism. Heath Freeman is the managing director…

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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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