We're taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what's at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today's theme is "Owners Rights" and the upcoming Copyright Anti-Circumvention Exemption Proceeding.
Comments to the Copyright Anti-Circumvention Exemption Proceeding are due February 6, 2015. As in past years (2012, 2009), New Media Rights will be offering direct evidence of the creators and consumers we work with who rely on these exemptions. Here's a brief preview of our comment.
New Media Rights will be speaking on a live webcast panel March 27 about the DMCA and its impact on artists and creators. You can watch it at the link below The panel is hosted by The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and The Daily Dot and will be held in a Google Hangout live at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern March 27. Specifically, we'll discuss the DMCA and the various ways its safe harbor and anti-circumvention provisions affect creators directly.
Every three years the Copyright Office considers exemptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act’s Anti-Circumvention provisions. These exemptions are critical to protecting otherwise legal activity by internet users and independent creators alike, but they have to be reargued every three years.
We fought all year at the Copyright Office through comments and testimony, and we're proud to have been a part of making sure these important exemptions originally proposed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation were granted by the Copyright Office on October 26, 2012.
Check out this post to learn more about our work on these exemptions, and to read the Copyright Office's final rule.
New Media Rights has filed comments with the Copyright Office supporting three exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions. Similar to our 2009 comment to the Copyright Office, this comment supports the right to bypass anti-circumvention technologies to a) allow individuals to take control of the apps and services they use on their mobile devices, and b) allow creators and internet users to reuse video content for fair use purposes. Our 2012 comment also supports recommendations that these exemptions should be extended beyond their 2009 counterparts in two very important ways – we argue that jailbreaking should also apply to tablets and that the bypassing of anti-circumvention technology should include non-DVD sources.
The exemptions provide an important safety valve for otherwise lawful behavior by consumers and creators.