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    Default Music Industry A-Listers Call on Congress to Reform Copyright Act

    The petition claims the safe harbor and notice-and-takedown provisions of the DMCA create a shield for tech companies and allow infringers to repost material after it has been removed.
    "This outdated law forces us to stand by helplessly as billions of dollars in advertising is sold around illegal copies of our work," states the petition, which says the DMCA "thwarts the success" of digital services that pay musicians by allowing free, illegal copies of their works to be readily available.
    It's not just individuals who are demanding change. The RIAA says 18 major music organizations submitted a 97-page joint brief "explaining the myriad flaws in the DMCA — a law passed during the dial-up era — and calling for reforms."
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr...rs-call-879718

    If you care about copyright, take a minute out of your busy day and leave a comment.

    The deadline to submit comments is 11:59 p.m. ET on April 1.

    http://www.copyright.gov/policy/sect...nt-submission/
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    About time. The widespread abuse of this law needs to be curbed.
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    It's a toothless law that needs to be replaced with something that works.

    But Big Tech has rallied its freeloader troops which outnumber actual "creatives" by about 1000:1

    Naturally they want to punish rights holders, whom they malign and vilify with Orwellian propaganda.

    They crashed the gov't server. Congratulations!

    https://torrentfreak.com/50000-peopl...server-160401/
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    It's a toothless law that needs to be replaced with something that works. ...
    Putting some teeth in the penalties for fraudulent takedowns would be a start.
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    If they were 100% liable for copyright infringement when they fail to take something down within a week, you can bet they'd get their sh!t together in a hurry. Naturally the scumbags playing the stock market wouldn't like this but the world needs to get off the fantasy value train before it all comes tumbling down.
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    As the deadline approached for public comments to the Copyright Office in anticipation of its review of Section 512 of the DMCA, TorrentFreak reported yesterday morning that 50,000 “citizens” chimed in to protest DMCA “abuse,” apparently enough to “crash” the government’s servers. Assuming the crash did occur, it’s probably an endorsement for Copyright Office modernization, but to the matter at hand, if there are 50,000 actual, non-attorney citizens who understand DMCA, I’ll eat my hat and the box it came in. This is more SOPA-fying, scare-mongering bullshit, and I really wonder how many times people are going to fall for it.

    The TF article quotes this statement by Tiffiniy Cheng of the Google-funded organization Fight for the Future: “The DMCA affects all Internet users and they should have an opportunity to express their concerns with the ways content is censored from the Internet, causing damage to free speech that can’t be undone.”

    To describe DMCA as a tool for censorship is a gross exaggeration that enables major OSPs (Online Service Providers) to use individuals as human shields to cover their profit interest in keeping DMCA ineffective for rights holders. It’s not that DMCA abuse does not occur, but the comparatively few incidents in which an individual or entity purposely misuses takedown should not be allowed to mask the enterprise-scale motives for major OSPs to support, promote, or even condone mass infringement. That was never the intent of the DMCA.
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    Astro-turf is becoming a huge problem because people want to believe a lot of stuff and refuse to question anything that supports their position no matter how far fetched and fictitious it may be.
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    Astro-turf is becoming a huge problem because people want to believe a lot of stuff and refuse to question anything that supports their position no matter how far fetched and fictitious it may be.
    Indeed. Nobby just quoted a perfect example.
    (Of astro-turfing.)
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    What I'd like to know is whether Congress is going to open comments again to make up for the down period or is just going to let them get away with it. I tried to access the petition and couldn't get through.
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    The main thing is that Congress needs to recognize is that sometimes a mob is just a mob.

    Like Gamergate. Except that instead of the mob screaming for the rape and murder of a woman and her children, the mob is screaming for the end of copyright.
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    ... the mob is screaming for the end of copyright.
    ... the mob is screaming for a return to the principles of the Constitution. Generally, stop trampling over the First Amendment (enabled by abuse of the DMCA), and specifically return to the definition of copyright as laid down in the Constitution.
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    Free speech, my ass.
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    ... the mob is screaming for a return to the principles of the Constitution. Generally, stop trampling over the First Amendment (enabled by abuse of the DMCA), and specifically return to the definition of copyright as laid down in the Constitution.

    The Constitution says nothing about copyright.

    It also says nothing about murder, theft, or patents.
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    The Congress shall have Power ... To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.

    United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8
    Note that it protects Authors and Inventors from having their work stolen to encourage them to keep working.

    There is no infringementright to protect people who infringe on copyright.
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    Note that it protects Authors and Inventors from having their work stolen to encourage them to keep working.

    There is no infringementright to protect people who infringe on copyright.

    Perhaps I was unclear on that - the constitution does not set the statutes - all it does is give Congress the right to set the statutes and determine the parameters of same.

    It has no specifics, so you can't say "this or that duration of copyright is unconstitutional", as so many of the astroturf monkeys are wont to claim.
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