All of this effort is required despite Copyright owners offering specious or no evidence about any harm that’s being protected by not providing exemptions. Yes, you read correctly. Advocates are spending thousands of hours asking the Copyright Office to please make exemptions for a universe of uses that are, but for the DMCA Anti-circumvention provisions, in no way illegal! As one commentator put it, the narrow exemptions are “like a manicured garden in the middle a Superfund site.”
Join UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic veterans Aleksander Danielyan and Mike Lee along with the Clinic’s Director Jack Lerner for this special lunchtime CLE presentation on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act organized by the Orange County Bar Association!
Here’s the description:
Join us as Professor Jack Lerner of the University of California, Irvine School of Law walks us through the DMCA’s anticircumvention provisions: what the new rules say, their implications for IP practitioners, and what they mean for the future of copyright in the digital age. As Director of the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, Professor Lerner led two student teams that achieved landmark exemptions that affect documentary filmmakers and authors nationwide. Professor Lerner will be joined by Aleksander Danielyan, and Mike Lee, who worked on the exemptions as Certified Law Students and members of the UCI-IPAT Clinic.
For over a year, students in the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic have been working tirelessly for a DMCA exemption for filmmakers and authors, on behalf of the International Documentary Association, Authors Alliance, Kartemquin Films, Film Independent,American Association of University Professors, and many others. Together with co-counsel Michael C. Donaldson, Chris Perez, and the Tech Law & Policy Clinic at University of Colorado Law School, the Acting Librarian of Congress announced a new rule that does just that in several important respects. This marks a great moment for fair use and freedom of expression.
The Librarian of Congress has granted the latest exemption, including the ability to access Blu-ray and digitally transmitted video (footage obtained from a streaming site such as Netflix). We are proud to have worked with International Documentary Association, Kartemquin Films and many others to achieve a landmark exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that effects ALL documentary filmmakers nationwide!
Here is a fine post by Authors Alliance with more about the DMCA hearings at the Library of Congress. We participated on behalf of authors who want to make fair use to create enhanced e-books that feature sound and moving images.