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USA: Innovation agenda for the new administration?

Submitted by Bernardo Parrella on Sat, 15/11/2008 - 17:42

EFF urges quick change in fair use and IP laws.[12nov08]

In a three-part series outlining a possible "Innovation Agenda for the New Administration", EFF advocacy strategy coordinator Tim Jones also focuses on fair use and intellectual property.

Aiming at bringing back some balance to current copyright-related laws, Tim Jones writes: "Powerful companies interested in maximizing their investments in intellectual property have run roughshod over the people's fair use rights. This has been especially problematic given the explosion of user generated content sites like YouTube, which celebrate creativity and innovation and actively encourage a remix culture."

The various suggestions include eliminating the ability of copyright holders to get statutory damages for noncommercial violations of copyright laws (as specified in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and urging the Congress to pass both the FAIR USE Act and the Orphan Works Act.

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