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Comments to US Copyright Office on Section 512 of DMCA

CDT and the R Street Institute responded to the US Copyright Office’s extensive inquiry into the impact and effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The organizations believe that the Internet could not have become what it is today without the immunity provided by section 230 of the Communications Act and the limitations on liability in section 512 of the DMCA.

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Amicus Brief, Ferrer v. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Section 230 of the Communications Act enables individual speakers to identify online services that will host their own First Amendment-protected speech. The Subcommittee’s invasive, burdensome inquiry into Backpage.com’s editorial practices creates an intense chilling effect, not only for Backpage but for any website operator seeking to define their own editorial viewpoint and moderation procedures for the third-party content that they host.

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CDT's Priorities for the New Administration

At the Center for Democracy & Technology, we believe that there are core beliefs that unite every American. Our policy recommendations for the nation’s 45th president are moderate, pragmatic proposals aimed at charting a forward-looking course that protects our individual rights, keeps the country secure, and enables further innovation in our hyper-connected reality.

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Additional Comments on DMCA Section 1201 Reform

CDT has submitted additional comments on the the Copyright Office policy study focused on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which prohibits the circumvention of technological protection measures (TPMs). CDT commented in the initial phase of this study, and these comments address the Office’s response to the proposals received to update the statute.

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CDT Comments on Special Rapporteur David Kaye's Report Regarding Freedom of Expression and the Telecommunications and Internet Access Sector

CDT provided input for the report that the Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, is preparing on the role of telecommunications and internet access providers in freedom of expression. We provided a CDT work product that pertained to three areas of inquiry of this study: (1) the…

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Amicus Brief in AirBNB and Homeaway vs. San Francisco

CDT joined EFF and other Section 230 experts in an amicus brief in Airbnb’s challenge to the San Francisco homesharing ordinance. The brief emphasizes that laws forcing intermediaries to ensure that users’ listings comply with content specifications contravene Section 230 of the Communications Act, a federal statutory shield protecting online content hosts against liability for their users’ speech.

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