Re:Create Recap – January 12

Next Week Is Copyright Week! Get ready: Copyright Week is almost here and the Re:Create Coalition is excited to take part. Starting Monday, Copyright Week will feature diverse groups promoting and discussing the proper principles guiding copyright policy. Throughout the week, groups will address different elements of copyright and advocate for policy that promotes creativity and innovation.

Poll: Americans Oppose Restrictive Copyright Policies. In advance of Copyright Week, the Re:Create Coalition is releasing findings from a recent survey, which found that a majority of voters oppose restrictive copyright policies. 74% of respondents say the internet has helped foster new levels of creativity, and 78% send, share and post photos, videos, news stories and other information routinely online. Among other findings, 69% of respondents indicated they will be looking to Congress to protect content sharing and free speech on the internet, including majorities of Democrats (66%), Republicans (70%) and Independents (73%).

Explaining “Notice And Staydown” And Other Ways To Allege Infringement Online. Ruth Coustick-Deal with Open Media penned the blog post, Notice and…what? Explaining the Copyright Notice Trio, to provide a primer on terms like “notice and takedown” and “notice and staydown” and explain why understanding these terms is important to free expression. The “Notice Trio” as Coustick-Deal refers to them, is “a different bargain the big players reached to give us permission create, post, make and share on the Web. How these rules work in different countries has a huge impact on our rights, including freedom of expression, freedom of association and the right to privacy.” She notes that the entertainment industry is pushing “notice and staydown” before committing her organization to “send the message that creating content on the Internet does not make you guilty of copyright crimes, and that users are willing to stand up to protect their right to share and collaborate online.”

When 3D Printing Meets Cosplay. 3D printing is increasingly found in aerospace, medical and manufacturing industries, but it’s also being used for fun. wrote about the “nerd factor” in the article, Here’s What a Full Year of 3D Printing in the Cosplay World Looks Like, noting how various cosplayers have utilized 3D printers to create incredibly detailed costumes for fan events like Comic Con. From reproducing armor to masks, many cosplayers have taught themselves how to use 3D printers to print, assemble and create characters from their favorite movies, TV shows and video games.

Fallout From The Oracle America v. Google Endangers Copyright, Market Competition. In Software Copyright Litigation After Oracle v. Google, Project Disco’s Jonathan Band discusses the fallout from the 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit of Oracle America v. Google. Band summarizes the four cases the 2014 decision has factored into, confirming Band’s fear the case would “provoke a new wave of litigation concerning copyright and interoperability.” In particular, Band states the decision has encouraged dominant vendors to bring copyright claims against competitors that replicated interface specifications for the purpose of interoperating with the dominant vendors’ products.