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Comments on Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies Under 17 U.S.C. Section 1201

CDT, along with numerous leaders from academia, submitted comments to the US Copyright Office on the exemption to prohibition on circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies under 17 U.S.C. Section 1201. This document includes the comments, as well as a statement on the legal impediments to cybersecurity research.

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Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Comments

The Center for Democracy & Technology submitted additional comments to the Copyright Office as it continues consideration of orphan works and mass digitization. On copyright matters, CDT seeks balanced policies that respect the rights of content creators without curtailing the Internetʼs tremendous potential for fostering free expression and innovation.

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Improving the Efficiency of the Notice and Takedown System: Public Interest Principles

CDT and several allies submitted comments to the U.S. Commerce Department in preparation for the next public meeting it is hosting on possible ways to improve the notice-and-takedown process. Based on the consensus that emerged from an earlier meeting in March, the initial focus of this inquiry will be the idea of developing more standardized approaches to notice-and-takedown. Our comments suggest principles for using standards to improve the way the process works for Internet users — the posters and readers of online content.

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CDT Amicus Brief in Aereo Case

In an amicus brief, CDT and a group of trade association allies warned the Supreme Court that the stakes in the Aereo case go well beyond just television. CDT explained to the Court that the wrong approach to this case could undermine the cloud computing industry by creating new legal risks for services that store and transmit data from remote locations. We urged the Court to avoid any such approach.

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Amicus Brief in Gardner v. CafePress

CDT and several allies filed an amicus brief on April 14, 2014 in Gardner v. CafePress, a case pending before a federal district court in California.  Our brief urged the court to reconsider its initial determination that CafePress may not qualify for the copyright liability safe harbor set forth in section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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CDT Urges Court To Protect Cloud Computing in FilmOnX Case

Multiple copyright lawsuits involving two services that intend to deliver broadcast television over the Internet may have serious ramifications well beyond television. Yesterday, in an amicus brief in an appeal involving one of the services, FilmOnX, CDT urged that whichever party prevails, the court must take care not to disturb the key legal principles that…

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Testimony of David Sohn on “The Rise of Innovative Business Models: Content Delivery Methods in the Digital Age”

This testimony was prepared for the House Judiciary Committee for one of a series of high-level hearings on copyright reform. In it, we highlight several trends related to copyright and the online dissemination of creative works: increasing demand for on-demand, a la carte access to entertainment; the growth of social media and user-generated content; and the rapid pace of technological innovation to meet the demands of an evolving marketplace.

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Comments to The US Commerce Dept. Internet Policy Task Force

On November 15, 2013, CDT submitted comments to the US Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force regarding concerns raised in their Green Paper, “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” The comments offer CDT’s perspective on each of the issues raised in the paper, beginning with the areas where CDT has the most developed views: the…

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