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Coalition Letter on Copyright Reforms in the EU

A coalition of advocacy groups issues a letter in support of copyright reforms that creates an online environment that promotes innovation, serves consumers and supports creators. They oppose some of the proposed reforms including the creation of a new ancillary right for publishers and any effort to undermine the safe harbour and no-general monitoring obligations of the e-commerce Directive.

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CDT Co-signed Letter to the EC on Copyright Reform

CDT co-signed a letter to European Commission President Juncker and several Commissioners to make the case for innovation-friendly and progressive copyright reform in Europe. Reforming European copyright legislation is a key component of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy, and the need for an updated, harmonised copyright framework is widely recognised. Our letter stresses the need to ensure that strong liability limitations are maintained and that amending the definition of the rights of “communication to the public” and “making available” would be extremely harmful to the Internet as an open platform for free expression and exchange. The Commission is expected to issue a new consultation on these issues shortly, which CDT and others will respond to.

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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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Section 1201 Comments to US Copyright Office, Library of Congress

The time is ripe for a hard look at section 1201’s potential adverse effects on legitimate activities that do not implicate copyright concerns of rightsholders. As access-controlled software and firmware increasingly pervade and interface with nearly every facet of our lives, so, too, do copyright issues and the ability to leverage section 1201 to further interests wholly unrelated to copyright.

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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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