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Public Interest Groups Tell Copyright Office To Stay Out of Buffer Dispute

For immediate release August 28, 2008 The U.S. Copyright Office should allow the courts to decide the crucial issue of whether a temporary copy of a song or other copyrighted work made by a computer must be subject to copyright royalties, public interest and industry groups said today. The Copyright Office should not try to decide the issue, a group…

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CDT Submits Comments in Music Licensing Rulemaking

In comments submitted today to the Copyright Office, CDT, EFF, Public Knowledge, and four other groups expressed support for the goal of providing greater licensing clarity to digital music services. That clarity could assist in the continued growth of the lawful online music market. The comments warned, however, that this goal could be undermined by rules that…

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Appeals Court Reverses “Remote DVR” Decision

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed a lower court decision that, as CDT and a number of others argued in a 2007 amicus brief, had the potential to chill innovation in products that use the Internet to provide storage and computing functions from remote locations. The lower court ruling had blocked Cablevision from rolling out a…

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CDT Applauds Appeals Court Ruling on COPA: Court affirms earlier decision ruling COPA unconstitutional

  Contact: Brock N Meeks, CDT (202) 637-9800 ex. 114 (703) 989-3547 (cell) Washington – The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling striking down a controversial law that required Web operators to restrict access to large amounts of constitutionally protected speech. The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) placed severe restrictions on a wide range…

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Unhappy Birthday Pacifica, The Huffington Post, July 2, 2008

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the day the U.S. Supreme Court built its indecency house upon the sand. That day, in FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, the court’s fractured 5-4 decision ruled that the FCC was justified in its role as arbiter of "indecency " when it came to deciding what was broadcast on public airwaves during…

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CDT Releases Privacy Principles for Digital Watermarking

Contact: Brock N Meeks, CDT (202) 637-9800 ex. 114 (703) 989-3547 (CELL) WASHINGTON – The Center for Democracy & Technology today released a set of privacy principles for digital watermarking. The principles are intended to provide guidance on how those deploying the technology can and should take privacy into account. Digital watermarking technology embeds information, in machine-readable form, within the content…

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CDT Issues Privacy Principles for Digital Watermarking

CDT today released a paper offering a set of principles for addressing potential privacy considerations when deploying digital watermarking technology. This technology embeds information within the content of digital media files in a form that is machine readable but often imperceptible to humans. Digital watermarking has a variety of applications and is increasingly being considered as a…

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You May Already Be a Criminal: What MySpace Suicide Case Could Mean for You (ABC News, May 22, 2008)

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice brought criminal charges in Los Angeles against Lori Drew, the suburban St. Louis woman at the center of the widely reported MySpace suicide case. Not surprisingly, many people have voiced support for the indictment and relief that Drew had finally been brought to justice. It’s hard to find much sympathy…

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Liability Protection for Internet Content Venues Threatened

Over the past few months, the Center for Democracy & Technology has joined a series of “friend of the court” briefs urging courts to broadly enforce a federal law that shields Internet website operators from liability for content posted by Internet users. This immunity from liability has been a vital underpinning of the explosion of user generated sites such…

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