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Privacy and First Amendment Symposium

Uniting Privacy and the First Amendment in the 21st Century is an activist symposium designed to explore the interplay between privacy and First Amendment rights with the goal of developing strategies for optimizing both.

Information Sessions and Working Groups will foster problem solving and future collaboration among attendees.

The Symposium will be held Friday, May 9th at Preservation Park in Downtown Oakland, California.

Sponsored by:
First Amendment Project
Electronic Privacy Information Center
California Office of Privacy Protection

CIS Wins Procedural Ruling in Copyright Office in the 2003-2004 CARP

Today, April 10, 2003 the Copyright Office granted the motion of Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. to reschedule the deadlines for noncommercial entities (including educational and community radio stations and groups) to file direct cases in the new webcasting CARP, and for other pre-controversy discovery. Download file . This ruling will allow several more months in which the parties may attempt to reach an amicable agreement, in accordance with the Small Webcaster Settlement Act of 2002.

Court of Appeals Sets Dates For Internet Radio Appeal

On April 4th, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued long-awaited orders setting a briefing schedule for the consolidated appeals from the 1998-2002 CARP proceeding in the Copyright Office, setting royalty rates for webcasting. The Court will accept two briefs from copyright users - one from those who participated in the CARP and one from those who were unable to participate but are challenging the outcome and the process. CIS is representing multiple webcasters in the appeal. Joint briefs of the various petitioners are due June 20.

Elizabeth Rader

New, extraordinary royalty rates threaten the diversity and the existence of Internet radio. Learn about the underlying copyright legislation, how it was implemented, and what CIS’s Cyberlaw Clinic and Collegiate Broadcasters are doing about it in the Courts, in Congress and in the Copyright Office.

Monday, April 7, 2003
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Room 80 (Moot Courtroom)
Free and Open to all!
Lunch Served

NY Court Smacks Plaintiff Who Sued for Copyright Infringment over Use of Film Clip in Obituary

In a victory for fair use, Judge Barbara N. Jones granted the motion of defendants CNN, ABC and CBS for attorneys fees after they obtained summary judgment that their use of a brief film clip from the movie "The Story of G.I. Joe" in the obituary for actor Robert Mitchum was fair use, not copyright infringement. The Court found that the plaintiff's case was objectively unreasonable, especially given that the networks ran clips of 6-22 seconds of the 108 minute film.

Copyright Office announces California hearings on DMCA anticircumvention exemptions

Among other things, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibits the circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. The Copyright office is currently engaged in rulemaking to possibly add exemptions to this prohibition.
Yesterday the Office announced that it will hold public hearings at the UCLA Law School in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. These hearings are in addition to hearings already scheduled in April in Washington, D.C.

House Sub-Committee Considering CARP Reform

April 1 at 2 PM, the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property of the House Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony on H.R. 1417, the proposed "Copyright Royalty and Distribution Act of 2003."

Live blogging from CARP reform hearings

April 1, 2003 2PM Eastern-

Caveat- This is my first attempt at Live blogging, and I'm not a great typist. Much will have been lost. Please treat this as hearsay and use the official transcripts, when available, or the written testimony, for legal proceedings.

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