Throughout the past year, we were privileged to represent Authors Alliance in seeking a DMCA exemption that preserves authors’ rights in the digital age. In this guest post on the Authors Alliance website, IPAT students Sasha Danielyan and Lauren Wong explain why the new rule is important and how we obtained it.
UCI-IPAT’s work fighting for the rights of artists and filmmakers has been featured in the OC Weekly. Aaron Benmark and Lauren Wong are quoted, but credit also goes to UCI School of Law students Sasha Danielyan, Matt Germer, Mike Lee, Ranika Morales, Alex Podobas, Kyle Reynolds, Rahul Sajnani, Alex Selman, our brillant colleagues at Donaldson & Callif and the Colorado Samuelson-Glushko Tech Law & Policy Clinic, and our wonderful clients including Kartemquin Films, International Documentary Association, Authors Alliance, American Association of University Professors, and many others.
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.”
Thank you to the Orange County Bar Association for having us come to talk about the DMCA! We had a great time!
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.