Re:Create Recap – March 10, 2016

Re:Create Kicks Off “Day In the Life” Infographic Series. To coincide with the start of South By Southwest (SXSW), the Re:Create Coalition launched a fair use infographic series starting with the “Fair Use at SXSW” infographic. It helps explain how the average festival attendee interacts with copyright law — and uses protected material fairly — throughout the day. Activities highlighted include trying out a 3D printer, watching a documentary with archived footage, periscoping a keynote speech and dressing up for the cosplay competition.

The Re:Create Coalition Will Be At SXSW…Will You?
The Re:Create Coalition will be at SXSW Interactive hosting an event — “Copyright & Creators 2026” — this Friday, March 11 at 5PM Central where we will discuss the future of copyright law over the next decade. The panel of policy experts, including a fanworks leader, social justice advocate and futurist, will debate the evolution of copyright law and how it affects underprivileged communities, consumers, fans, digital entrepreneurs and more. Click here for additional details.

How To Save A Life: 3D Printing. Most people think of 3D printing’s application for toys and other manufacturing processes, but The Washington Post examines the 3 ways in which a 3D printer may one day save your life as the medical community’s use of 3D printing expands. From revolutionizing medical imaging and medications to replacing human tissue and organs, 3D printing technology “could be the moonshot opportunity” for the medical industry’s future.

Public Knowledge, Coalition Members File Brief To Protect Innovation And Creation. On March 3, Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief in Perfect 10 v. Giganews before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case questions whether online services are liable for any potential copyright infringement performed by their users–an issue that Public Knowledge advocates against. “To allow for these critical Internet services to be buried alive in unending copyright fights, as Perfect 10 seeks, would be an enormous blow to the Internet economy, to free expression, and to the public,” said Charles Duan, Director of the Patent Reform Project at Public Knowledge in a statement. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries also joined the filing.

Many Believe Reform Of The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Is Necessary. Last week, the Copyright Office closed the public comment period for a study they are conducting on the effectiveness of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Many stakeholders, including the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Open Technology Institute (OTI) submitted comments offering solutions to the broken Section 1201 system. In Needed Reforms to Section 1201 of the DMCA, CDT’s Erik Stallman writes, “CDT hopes that any changes to Section 1201 can build on these points of general agreement and arrive at a more stable, predictable, and permissive approach to circumvention for noninfringing purposes that do not implicate the copyright interests of rightsholders.” In an article on the issue, The DMCA is Broken, But Our Comments to the Copyright Office Suggest How to Fix It, Robyn Greene of OTI writes, “Section 1201 of the DMCA is broken. That is clear. The Copyright Office and Congress have both the power and the means to enact meaningful reforms.”