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Comments in Support of a Balanced, Transparent, and Data-Driven Approach to Intellectual Property Enforcement

Last week, the Center for Democracy & Technology and many others responded to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s (IPEC) request for comments on the next three-year Joint Strategic Plan on intellectual property enforcement. In those comments, CDT refreshes the record on its four principle-level recommendations for the Plan. We also address emerging (or reemerging) issues in IP enforcement, such as the transparency of trade agreements or new venues and legal theories being considered to conscript intermediaries into Internet content policing.

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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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