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

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

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItOn 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 “”We’re glad Congress is asking the question. Without fair use, much of our common culture would be inaccessible, cordoned off by copyright. Fair use creates breathing space for innovation and new creativity by allowing us to re-use and comment on existing works. As Sherwin Siy, lead public policy manager for the Wikimedia Foundation, said...

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Streaming Is Laying Bare How Big ISPs, Big Tech, and Big Media Work Together Against Users

Streaming Is Laying Bare How Big ISPs, Big Tech, and Big Media Work Together Against Users

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItHBO Max is incredible. Not because it is good, but because of how many problems with the media landscape it epitomizes. If you ever had trouble seeing where monopoly, net neutrality, and technology intertwine, well then thanks, I guess, to AT&T for its achievement in HBO Max. No one knows what it’s supposed to do, but everyone can see what’s wrong with it.For the record, HBO Max is a streaming service from AT&T, which owns Warner Bros. and, of course, HBO. HBO Go, by contrast, is the app for people who subscribe to...

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Jun 11
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When the Senate Talks About the Internet, Note Who They Leave Out

When the Senate Talks About the Internet, Note Who They Leave Out

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn the midst of and , the Senate Judiciary Committee continued on with the . It is an odd moment to be considering whether or not the notice-and-takedown system laid out by Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is working or not, but since Section 512 is a cornerstone of the Internet and because protestors and those at home trying to avoid disease depend on the Internet, we watched it.There was not a lot said at the hearing that we have not heard before. Major media and entertainment companies want...

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Jun 3
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Internet Users of All Kinds Should Be Concerned by a New Copyright Office Report

Internet Users of All Kinds Should Be Concerned by a New Copyright Office Report

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItOutside of the beltway, people all over the United States are taking to the streets to demand fundamental change. In the halls of Congress and the White House, however, many people seem to think the biggest thing that needs to be restructured is the Internet. Last week, the president taking on one legal foundation for online expression: . This week, on another: Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).The stage for this week’s hearing was set by a from the Copyright Office that’s been five years...

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Jun 1
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The House Passed Legislation to Keep People Online Despite COVID-19, And the Senate Should Follow

The House Passed Legislation to Keep People Online Despite COVID-19, And the Senate Should Follow

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThere's a dirty secret in the incredible growth of Silicon Valley's tech giants: it's a cheat. Historically, US antitrust regulators would be deeply concerned about mergers with major competitors in concentrated markets ("mergers to monopoly") and acquisitions of small companies to neutralize future competitive threats ("catch and kill"). And while...Our friends and right to repair leaders at iFixit are can-do people. If they see a need they can fill, they step up to do it – even if that need is massive....

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May 18
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House Legislation Guarantees Internet Access for Those Affected by COVID-19

House Legislation Guarantees Internet Access for Those Affected by COVID-19

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItCompanies and governments across the world are building and deploying a dizzying number of systems and apps to fight COVID-19. Many groups have converged on using Bluetooth-assisted proximity tracking for the purpose of . Even so, there are many ways to approach the problem, and dozens of proposals...This blog post with co-authored with of , a Santa Clara Principles partner. As COVID-19 has spread around the world and online platforms have scrambled to adjust their operations and workforces to a new...

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May 13
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Copyright and Crisis: Filters Are Not the Answer

Copyright and Crisis: Filters Are Not the Answer

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIt’s been a joke for years now, from the days when Facebook was just a website where you said you were eating a sandwich and Instagram was just where you posted photos of said sandwich, but, right now, we really are living our everyday lives online. Teachers are trying to teach classes online, librarians are trying to host digital readings, and trainers are trying to offer home classes.With more people entering the online world, more people are encountering the barriers created by copyright. Now is no time to make...

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Apr 21
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Welcome to the Fresh Internet Hell of the Streaming Wars

Welcome to the Fresh Internet Hell of the Streaming Wars

Begun, the streaming wars have. Worse and far more harmful than the cable wars of years past. And with the new content wars will come a fresh internet hell.It was not that long ago that we heard constantly about between networks that provided content and the cable companies that delivered that content to people. Every couple of years or so, as multiyear deals between networks and cable providers drew to a close, networks would demand more money for their content. Cable companies, unsurprisingly, wanted the opposite. Sometimes, the game of chicken did result in people losing channels for a...

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Mar 3
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Reevaluating the DMCA 22 Years Later: Let’s Think of the Users

Reevaluating the DMCA 22 Years Later: Let’s Think of the Users

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThanks to the adoption of a disastrous new Copyright Directive, the European Union is about to require its member states to pass laws requiring online service providers to ensure the unavailability of copyright-protected works. This will likely result in the use of copyright filters that automatically assess user-submitted audio, text...Evan Greer is many things: A musician, an activist for LGBTQ issues, the Deputy Director of Fight for the Future, and a true believer in the free and open internet. Evan is...

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