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Cory Doctorow's Commentary on How DRM Becomes Law

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At How DRM Becomes Law: “Cory Doctorow looks at the back room dealing that allowed entertainment companies and electronics companies to craft public policy on digital rights management.” Continue Reading

Viacom Files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against YouTube

FindLaw: Viacom Files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against YouTube and Google Over Unauthorized Use Of The Company’s Shows: Viacom International, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., YouTube, LLC, and Google, Inc., March 13, 2007. Viacom statement: Suit Seeks Court Ruling To Require YouTube And Google To Comply With Copyright Laws And Pay $1 Billion In Damages Google statement:… Continue Reading

Reps. Boucher and Doolittle Introduce the FAIR USE Act of 2007

Press release: “U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and John Doolittle (R-CA), today introduced the Freedom And Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship Act of 2007 (FAIR USE Act) to protect the fair use rights of users of copyrighted material and thereby enable consumers of digital media to use it in ways that enhance their personal convenience. The… Continue Reading

Proposed Framework For Evaluating Digital Rights Management

CDT press release: “Evaluating DRM: Building a Marketplace for the Convergent World” tackles the complicated subject of copyright protection technology, offering a clear set of metrics for consumers and product reviewers to consider when evaluating DRM-protected devices and services. The goal of the paper is to educate users about what questions to ask to determine… Continue Reading

Unintended Consequences: Seven Years under the DMCA

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Unintended Consequences: Seven Years under the DMCA, April, 2006. This document is version 4. (15 pages, PDF, and HTML version) Continue Reading

CATO Study Challenges Courts’ Role in Digital Rights Management

Circumventing Competition: The Perverse Consequences of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (PDF, 28 pages), by Timothy B. Lee “The courts have a proven track record of fashioning balanced remedies for the copyright challenges created by new technologies. But when Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998, it cut the courts out of this… Continue Reading

UK Gov’t Conducts Public Inquiry on Digital Rights Management

“The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG) [held] an oral evidence session [February 2, 2006] at the House of Commons, as part of its public inquiry on Digital Rights Management(DRM)…The inquiry…is seeking to establish how consumers, artists and the distribution companies should be protected in a continually evolving market place…Regrettably, this session will not be… Continue Reading

Study of Takedown Notices Under Section 512 of DMCA

Efficient Process or “Chilling Effects”? Takedown Notices Under Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Summary Report, Jennifer M. Urban, Director, Intellectual Property Clinic, University of Southern California and Laura Quilter, Non-Resident Fellow, Samuelson Clinic, University of California, Berkeley. [Links and Law] Continue Reading

Associations Jointly Publish and Distribute Guide to Copyright on Campuses

Related to yesterday’s posting, Digital Rights Management: A Guide for Librarians, see Campus Copyrights and Responsibilities: A Basic Guide to Policy Considerations (39 pages, PDF), AAU, ARL, American University Press. Continue Reading