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EFF to EU Commission on Article 17: Prioritize Users’ Rights, Let Go of Filters

By: Christoph Schmon : Originally Posted On: EFF Deep Links

During the Article 17 (formerly #Article13) discussions about the availability of copyright-protected works online, we fought hand-in-hand with European civil society to avoid all communications being subjected to interception and arbitrary censorship by automated upload filters. However, by turning tech companies and online services operators into copyright police, the final version of the EU Copyright Directive failed to live up…

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Re:Create Recap September 11, 2020

Next Register Of Copyrights Must Be Accountable To American Consumers. With the next Register of Copyrights likely announced soon, Re:Create’s Joshua Lamel penned a column calling for the next Register to assume the Office with accountability to ALL stakeholders in the copyright system. The announcement “provides a historic opportunity to rebalance priorities and truly recenter the American public as the…

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The Truth About DMCA Abuse and the CASE Act

The CASE Act Won’t Solve DMCA Abuse Problems Supporters of the problematic CASE Act like to argue that the CASE Act will cure many problems that it won’t solve. Abuse of the DMCA silences critics and censors free speech, but the CASE Act will do absolutely nothing to address these problems. Here are just some of the reasons why the…

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The Next Register of Copyrights Must Be Accountable To American Consumers

“With the next Register of Copyrights likely being announced soon, Re:Create reiterates our call that the next Register assume the Office with accountability to ALL stakeholders in the copyright system, including American consumers and new creators,” said Josh Lamel, executive director of Re:Create. “The Copyright Office has made encouraging progress in recent years to modernize its capabilities for the 21st…

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Going Virtual: Tech-Enabled Conferences and Events

By: Ethan Wham : Originally Posted On: Project Disco

As this year continues, with the ongoing need for precautions and changes to operations due to the Coronavirus, many major events have shifted from in-person to virtual. The most recent of these significant events to follow this pattern are the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, which were held last week and this week respectively. Even without the physical, in-person aspect…

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Re:Create Recap August 21, 2020

Wyden-Clarke Bill Will Remove IP Barriers To Patient Care During COVID-19 Pandemic. Following the introduction of the Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act of 2020 introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Re:Create Executive Director Joshua Lamel issued the following statement of support: “We must do all that we can to support health care providers and…

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Get To Know Our Members: Organization for Transformative Works

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 Betsy Rosenblatt, legal chair at the Organization for Transformative Works. 1: What is your organization’s mission? The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is…

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No One Should Have to Wait Eight Months for a Library Book

: Originally Posted On: Public Knowledge

After recent Black Lives Matter protests, Americans rushed to libraries to request books on history, politics, and anti-racism. There were immediate shortages of certain books, with up to six month waits for commonly recommended titles. This happened throughout the entire system — even electronic books had long queues to check out. This is, in part, […]

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What Really Does and Doesn’t Work for Fair Use in the DMCA

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

On July 28, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held another in its year-long series of hearings on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The topic of this hearing was “How Does the DMCA Contemplate Limitations and Exceptions Like Fair Use?” We’re glad Congress is asking the question. Without fair use, much of our common culture would be inaccessible, cordoned…

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ICYMI: Why Fair Use Is Crucial In the DMCA

**In Case You Missed It** Why Fair Use Is Crucial In the DMCA WASHINGTON—During the July 28 Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Intellectual Property hearing “How Does the DMCA Contemplate Limitations and Exceptions Like Fair Use?”, copyright policy experts and creators made the case that fair use and section 512 of the DMCA are supporting partners in the promotion of free speech…

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