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The Copyright Office is spending the year deciding technology's future, but the future doesn't get a seat at the table

22 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Every three years, the US Copyright Office creates temporary exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ban on breaking DRM, provided that people can show that they've been prevented from doing something customary and legitimate with their own property. (more…)

Since 1998, using your own property has required regulatory permission and the ability to make your own jailbreaking tools from scratch

yesterdayHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In Did Congress Really Expect Us to Whittle Our Own Personal Jailbreaking Tools? -- a new post on EFF's Deeplinks blog -- I describe the bizarre, unfair and increasingly salient US Copyright Office DMCA exemptions process, which is underway right now. (more…)

Historians battle publishers for the right to resurrect dead MMOs

Fans of abandoned online games are close to bringing back certain “dead” titles — if the US Copyright Office doesn’t side with the studios, who this week began pushing back against their efforts. The US Copyright Office, which oversees the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), renews its provisions every three years. Show More Summary

Game Companies Oppose DMCA Exemption for ‘Abandoned’ Online Games

Electonic Arts, Nintendo, Ubisoft and other major game publishers have asked the US Copyright Office not to make an exemption to preserve abandoned online games for future generations. The companies argue that libraries, museums, and...Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: February 11th - 17th

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2013, Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante was praising the pervasiveness of copyright restrictions, while two former holders of the office were complaining about fair use in universities; music publishers...Show More Summary

Science, secrecy, and lies in Oklahoma

Science, secrecy, and lies in Oklahoma by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2018 As the Oklahoma attorney general’s office fights to keep hidden from public view the results of secret hearings on the DNA science flaws and falsehoods in former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw’s case, two prominent experts have stepped forward to shed […]

EFF Urges US Copyright Office To Reject Proactive ‘Piracy’ Filters

As entertainment companies and Internet services spar over the boundaries of copyright law, the EFF is urging the US Copyright Office to keep "copyright’s safe harbors safe." In a petition just filed with the office, the EFF warns that...Show More Summary

Copyright Office Releases New Applications for Group Registration of Photographs

The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a final rule on group registration of photographs, which will take effect on February 20, 2018. The rule modifies the Office’s procedure for registering published photographs, and it establishes a similar procedure for registering unpublished photographs. Show More Summary

EFF tells the Copyright Office: we don't know how to make voice assistants better, but here's how not to make them worse

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Every three years, the US Copyright Office asks for proposals for exemptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA, which bans breaking DRM; in 2015, the Electronic Frontier Foundation won a broad "jailbreaking" exemption to modify the firmware...Show More Summary

Plan Ahead: Copyright Office Electronic Registration System to Be Offline for Maintenance

Currently, you may submit an unlimited number of photographs as an unpublished collection, or, if you use the pilot program, for published photographs, through the Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) System. But that all changes on February 20 when registrations will be limited to 750 photos each. Show More Summary

Could It Be Time For Inspector General To Review Copyright Office’s Administration Of Address Unknown NOIs?

In the latest development from the ongoing debacle of 'address unknown' NOIs, Chris Robley here points out the need for the copyright office to further investigate these Notices of Intent by digital music services, as well as a need to bring the Inspector General on board. ______________________ Guest post by...

UK government produces numbingly boring cartoon defending rights of copyright proprietors

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Britain's Intellectual Property Office admits that its cartoon informing children about copyright infringement is "dry and niche," despite exciting scenes such an old man in a suit explaining intellectual property and a goatlike charicature...Show More Summary

Copyright Office Introduces Online Group Registration of Photographs

As part of its continued efforts to modernize its services, the U.S. Copyright Office announces that, as of February 20, 2018, it will begin accepting applications for group registration of photographs through the Office’s online registration system. Show More Summary

US Govt Brands Torrent, Streaming & Cyberlocker Sites As Notorious Markets

Keeping its annual tradition, the office of the United States Trade Representative has targeted some of the world's most famous 'pirate' sites in its latest report on copyright infringing venues. In addition to torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, RARBG, and RuTracker, hosting sites 4Shared and Openload come in for criticism. Show More Summary

EPA’s Payroll on Track to Be Cut in Half by the End of Trump’s Term in Office

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks to reporters at the White House on June 2, 2017. (Al Drago/Copyright 2017 The New York Times) While the national political press debates about President Donald Trump’s competency, and the possibility of Oprah as President, the Trump administration itself keeps chugging along. Show More Summary

Filmmakers Want The Right to Break DRM and Rip Blu-Rays

Breaking DRM or ripping Blu-Rays discs is a crime In the United States. While there are fair use exemptions, these don't apply to the public at large. Interestingly, filmmakers themselves are now urging the Copyright Office to lift some...Show More Summary

Non-Profits Want DMCA Exception to Preserve Abandoned Online Games

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) has asked the US Copyright Office to grant an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that would allow it to preserve online games with closed-source server code in a playable state. The post Non-Profits Want DMCA Exception to Preserve Abandoned Online Games appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Gamers Want DMCA Exemption for ‘Abandoned’ Online Games

Several organizations and gaming fans are asking the Copyright Office to make a DMCA circumvention exemption for abandoned online games, to preserve them for future generations. The exemption would allow museums and libraries to offer...Show More Summary

Reminder: (Re)Register Your DMCA Agents Before December 31st

Late last year, the U.S. Copyright Office changed it's DMCA agent registration process and, with it, gave all agents 13 months to re-register or lose protection. That deadline is fast approaching so, if you host content for users, you need to act now. The post Reminder: (Re)Register Your DMCA Agents Before December 31st appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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