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A new service called Legitmix lets remixers make new tracks out of old ones—without relying upon permission or fair use. It could easily boost sales of the original songs used in the mixes. But will it escape being sued?
Let’s get something out of the way: making a mixtape likely infringes copyright. In other words, if I want to give my friend a mix CD that contains her favorite tracks from 2013, I’m making reproductions of copyrighted works. Never mind that it’s basically harmless (and an accepted and celebrated part of our pop culture history), I’d have an uphill battle in court arguing that it’s a fair use. Luckily, today's technology lets me do something remarkably similar without infringing any copyrights.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of an agreement called the Kingsbury Commitment that embodied some of the most fundamental principles that underly our communications networks.
In honor of its 100th anniversary, it's worth pausing to remember how the Kingsbury Commitment set a national goal to ensure interconnection and provide at least basic telephone service to all Americans. Our country has not wavered from that fundamental commitment since. As we now move into new IP-based phone networks and communications infrastructure, we must hold fast to this commitment to make sure no one is left behind in the phone network transition.
What Is The Kingsbury Commitment?
The Kingsbury Commitment is a deal struck in 1913 between American Telegraph & Telephone (now AT&T) and the Department of Justice, settling an antitrust investigation into AT&T's market power, especially over long-distance phone service.
The largest telephone companies in the U.S. have announced they want to upgrade the technology that delivers phone service, but they also want to leave behind many of the rules that protect consumers.
Location: The National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW—one block NE of Dupont Circle Metro
Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will be speaking at this November 19, 2013 event:
The tragic suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz in the fall of 2012 drew public attention to the ethical problems that arise from the protection—or overprotection--of intellectual property. Does information really want to be free, as the saying goes?
And what can we learn from Jewish tradition--from the Talmud to more modern interpretations -- about creating a fair balance between the intellectual property rights of writers and other artists and access to copyrighted media in the United States?
Today, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that outlines the Commission's proposal to eliminate the sports blackout rules. These rules prohibit cable systems from "retransmitting, within a protected local blackout zone, the signal of a distant broadcast station carrying a live sporting event if the event is not available live on a local television broadcast station."
The following statement can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge.
Today, Public Knowledge filed comments with the Federal Trade
Commission, supporting a proposed study on patent assertion entities.
The FTC proposed the study on September 27, 2013, to investigate the
economic and competitive impact of those entities whose primary business
is the acquisition and assertion of patents. The comments were filed
jointly with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Engine Advocacy.
The following may be attributed to Charles Duan, Director of Public Knowledge's Patent Reform Project:
This is a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Center for Internet and Society on behalf of the Organization for Transformative Works, Public Knowledge, and the International Documentary Association in support of Stephanie Lenz in Lenz v. Universal. It is available as a pdf.
This document is a letter from CTIA and includes the agreement reached between the FCC and wireless carriers to unlock consumers' wireless devices freely upon the termination of their contract. It is available as a pdf.
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