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We’re All Fair Users Now

By: Katherine Klosek : Originally Posted On: ARL

Today kicks off Fair Use Week, an annual celebration of the important doctrine of fair use/fair dealing. Previously, ARL has debunked common fair use myths, and reviewed the fundamentals of fair use. This year, in acknowledgement that our world has changed since February 2020, we highlight three ways that fair use has allowed us to move our lives online during the COVID-19…

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ReCreate Recap February 19, 2021

Advance Warnings About Consequences Of Australian Link Tax Problems. In advance of announcements by Facebook and Google this week related to the Australian Code Proposal, Jonathan Band and Sean Flynn warned about how the proposal would disrupt free expression rights and international law. While Public Knowledge also warned about the negative consequences for the public interest and potential for news…

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ReCreate Recap February 12, 2021

Musician & Educator Uses Social Media To Have Copyright Strikes Lifted. Musician and songwriter Rick Beato, who testified before the Senate IP Subcommittee this summer about the importance of the DMCA, took to his YouTube channel with a passionate post about his first two Content ID copyright strikes in over five years. He’d received these after rightsholders submitted notices on…

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America Needs a Public Interest Approach To Solving Big Tech Harms To News

By: Harold Feld : Originally Posted On: Public Knowledge

France and Australia have moved forward with plans to force Google (and, in Australia, also Facebook) to pay existing media companies for linking to news content. In theory, the laws adopted in France and Australia are designed to compensate these news organizations for the benefit Google and Facebook derive from linking to news. But both […]

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Some Answers to Questions About the State of Copyright in 2021

By: Katharine Trendacosta and Cara Gagliano : Originally Posted On: EFF Deep Links

In all the madness that made up the last month of 2020, a number of copyright bills and proposals popped up—some even became law before most people had any chance to review them. So now that the dust has settled a little and we have some better idea what the landscape is going to look like, it is time to…

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Re:Create Recap February 5, 2021

Virtual Opportunities To Honor Black History Month. With limited in-person celebrations this year due to the pandemic, a number of museums and organizations are offering virtual opportunities to honor Black History Month. Mashable’s Chase DiBenedetto lists out some of the best online exhibits available, such as: Portraits of African Americans at the National Portrait Gallery, Slavery Narratives from the Museum of…

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Re:Create Recap January 29, 2021

The CASE Act Still Faces Challenges. The controversial Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act), which passed as part of a year-end Covid relief bill with almost no public debate, was signed into law in late December, but still has a long road ahead. Re:Create provided some clarification to the misinformation being shared about the bill and how the…

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The CASE Act: Now What?

While you may not have heard, the controversial Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) was passed and signed into law just days before Christmas as Hollywood’s version of coal in the stocking for millions of vulnerable Americans. If you are wondering how you missed such an important change to our nation’s copyright laws, go easy on yourself. It…

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SPARC Joins Coalition Advocating for Balanced Copyright

: Originally Posted On: SPARC

SPARC is the newest member of Re:Create, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit founded in 2014 by a diverse coalition of library groups, trade associations, nonprofits, and think tanks advocating for balanced copyright. Joshua Lamel, Executive Director of Re:Create, said he admires SPARC’s work with Open Access and Open Educational Resources for students. The policy agendas of the organizations have some overlap and he says he’s…

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