The Washington Post writes about the DMCA exemption that IPAT is seeking on behalf of International Documentary Association, Kartemquin Films, and thousands of filmmakers everywhere. Among other things, they mention a terrific blog post that IPAT students Aaron Benmark ’16, Kyle Reynolds ’15, and Rahul Sajnani ’16 wrote for the IDA’s website.
WaPo writes: “There are few who deny that piracy is a bad thing or that the government shouldn’t crack down on those who sell pirated DVDs or make available for download films currently in the theater. But the law should focus on punishing that activity rather than crippling the ability of would-be artists to practice their form.”
We agree. Fortunately, Congress set up a process that can provide some relief—a year-long rulemaking process in which commenters can propose exemptions. It’s a long slog, but short of Congressional action, it’s about all we can do.
Kartemquin Films writes: “‘Should the creative class really have to fight this silly battle every three years?’ The answer is no! But we’re fighting again, alongside the International Documentary Association and UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic and others, for the rights of all filmmakers. Let’s hope this tide continues to turn our way!”
See WaPo Article to learn more.