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Re:Create Recap December 17, 2020

2020, A Breakout Year For The Creative Economy. Axios profiled the creative economy, highlighting how 2020 has been a standout year for creators. “Nearly every major app geared towards content creators has seen significant percentage increases in downloads this year,” the report finds. Throughout the pandemic, Twitch doubled the number of streamers on its platform, while TikTok’s number of downloads…

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: How the DMCA Is Used To Inhibit Free Expression on the Internet

: Originally Posted On: Public Knowledge

The DMCA was intended to protect copyright holders from having their work stolen or reproduced online. Too often, however, the DMCA is used as a weapon for rights holders to bully competitors, critics, and even fans discussing their work online. Lindsay Ellis, prominent YouTube creator, will discuss her run-ins with DMCA notices after she published a video that was critical…

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ReCreate Executive Director Testifies Before Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee

: Originally Posted On: Uncategorized

Chairman Tillis, Ranking Member Coons, Members of the Committee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify today about voluntary agreements. This is an issue that Re:Create’s members care deeply about. Re:Create is a coalition that represents a diverse set of creators, innovators and internet users — groups that overlap with each other more and more over the last…

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Re:Create Recap December 14, 2020

Lawmakers Attempt To include Controversial IP Bills In Unrelated Government Funding Bill. Protocol reported on last-minute efforts to include the CASE Act, Trademark Modernization Act and felony streaming legislation “at the eleventh hour.” A group of 18 organizations, including Re:Create, sent a letter to congressional leadership asking to remove these proposals from government funding bills. “This backroom deal to empower…

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Today: Tell Congress Not To Bankrupt Internet Users

By: Katharine Trendacosta and Jason Kelley : Originally Posted On: EFF Deep Links

We are at a critical juncture in the world of copyright claims. The “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act”—the CASE Act—is apparently being considered for inclusion in next week’s spending bill. That is “must pass” legislation—in other words, legislation that is vital to the function of the government and so anything attached to it, related to spending or not, has a…

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CCIA Expresses Concern With Copyright Proposal In Spending Bill

By: Heather Greenfield : Originally Posted On: CCIA

Washington — Reports indicate there may be a package combining several pieces of proposed intellectual property legislation with a spending bill that must be signed by December 11th. The intellectual property part of the legislation may include the CASE Act, Trademark Modernization Act, and a proposal regarding “streaming.” The Computer & Communications Industry Association has serious concerns about substance and…

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Re:Create Recap December 4, 2020

DMCA Special Edition: What Public Interest Groups, Libraries, Creator and Consumers Groups Told Senator Tillis About Changes to the DMCA Re:Create Calls For Transparency In DMCA Submission To Sen. Tillis. Re:Create issued a statement following its submissions to Senator Thom Tillis as part of his ongoing review of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA): “In the name of public interest, the Re:Create…

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Re:Create Recap November 20, 2020

Changes To DMCA Would Hurt Consumers The Most. In a National Journal report on Senator Tillis’ efforts to change the DMCA, Re:Create Executive Director Joshua Lamel warns how American consumers will be hurt the most. “There needs to be a recognition that if they’re going to do something like notice-and-staydown or mandatory filtering, what they’re really doing is making it much…

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GitHub Reinstates youtube-dl After RIAA’s Abuse of the DMCA

: Originally Posted On: EFF Deep Links

GitHub recently reinstated the repository for youtube-dl, a popular free software tool for downloading videos from YouTube and other user-uploaded video platforms. GitHub had taken down the repository last month after the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) abused the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s notice-and-takedown procedure to pressure GitHub to remove it. By shoehorning DMCA 1201 into the notice-and-takedown process, RIAA potentially…

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Re:Create Recap November 13, 2020

Library Of Congress Celebrates 20 Years Of Veterans History Project. The Library of Congress celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Veterans History Project this week with a series of virtual concerts and panel discussions. Started by Congress in 2000, the Veterans History Project was created to compile stories and recollections from U.S. war veterans and make them accessible to the…

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