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 more risky for platforms to host user-generated content,” Lamel told the National Journal. “While that does hurt the platforms, it hurts the users even more.”

Conservatives Should Care About Copyright As A Tool To Silence Free Speech. In a post for Techdirt, the Niskanen Center’s Daniel Takash explores why conservatives don’t care more about copyright policy when it is being wielded as an effective censorship tool. Takash highlights recent examples of online content moderation involving President Trump and highlights that “the only instances something he has posted was taken down–not had a warning label attached, but properly removed–were for copyright infringement.” This debate is important as lawmakers look to change the DMCA in a way that could allow for broader use of copyright law to silence free speech.

NFL Receives DMCA Takedown Notices From Music Industry. According to a CBS Sports article, a number of NFL teams have received DMCA takedown notices from the music industry regarding copyrighted music found on social media posts. While an NFL spokesperson stated respect for the work and copyrights of music publishers, the report points out that many of the notices are for posts with music playing in the background, such as player interviews or locker room celebrations. “Consider all the content that involves players mic’d up on the field before games with music playing in the background? Fans may not be able to see a team turn the locker room into a dance club following a win,” the report concludes.

Former Disney Employees Promote Creative Talents On Facebook. As the holidays near, some of Disney’s creative employees who were laid-off amid the pandemic are using a Facebook group to showcase and market their creative talents on Etsy, Instagram and other platforms. These former Disney employees consist of painters, woodworkers, costume designers, graphic designers, chefs, bakers and more. “We created a space where impacted CMs [cast members] could showcase their creative work and share their services with the community. Our forum now includes more than 30,000 CMs and community members,” said one of the group’s founders.

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