Tag Archives: Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Appeals Court: Copyright holders ‘must consider fair use’ before sending DMCAs

photo: Stephanie Lenz, Youtube

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Universal Music Group in a 2007 Digital Millennium Copyright Act case that could change how and when copyright holders can send takedown notices. The case revolves around a takedown notice sent to YouTube user, Stephanie Lenz, who posted a sub-30 second video of her toddler learning to walk while Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” played in the background. She, along with pro bono counsel from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), subsequently sued Universal for violating the DMCA’s fair use statute. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

John Deere Thinks People Will Pirate Music With In-Car Computers

Did you know that it’s illegal to tinker with the code in your in-car computer? Thanks to the nuances of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), you’re not even supposed to inspect the inner workings of your vehicle’s circuitry. This is absurd, which is why the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is fighting for a better policy. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Music labels sue Cox for not doing enough to stop piracy

Large American internet service providers these days tend to operate under a “six strikes” approach to piracy — they’ll warn you if they catch copyright violations, but it’s unlikely that you’ll get the boot. However, that isn’t good enough for BMG or Round Hill Music. The two music publishers have sued Cox Communications for allegedly refusing to forward notices demanding settlements for copyright violations. According to the claim, the cable giant went out of its way to treat these messages like junk mail, letting about 200,000 “repeat infringers” go scot-free. If the court agrees that Cox knowingly looked the other way, it could be in trouble. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires that networks have a policy for cutting off unrepentant pirates, and the lawsuit suggests that Cox doesn’t respect that rule. – Jon Fingas,Engadget 
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EFF: ‘Jailbreaking is not a crime’ and we will fight to ‘keep it that way’

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a blog post on Thursday that it wants to keep these procedures legal, as “jailbreaking is not a crime.” The EFF this week filed a petition with the Librarian of Congress and Copyright Office “to extend and expand the exemption that allows you to ‘jailbreak’ your phone from those restrictions, without running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).” EFF has already obtained such exemptions in 2010 and 2012, “but thanks to the frustrating way DMCA exemptions are considered, groups like EFF have to return to the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress every three years and argue the case anew.” – Chris Smith,BGR 
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