For those of you who are not aware, my “day job” is as a freelance reporter, working at a number of places the most regular of which is the Daily Dot. They’re producing a series of round tables on Google Hangouts, and this one might be of interest:
InterActing with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
WHEN: March 27, 12 PM PDT / 3 PM EDT (duration: 75 minutes)
WHERE: Live Google Hangout
WHAT: If you’ve ever gotten a takedown notice on your YouTube account, had your DVD player or other software tell you that the movie you’re trying to watch is rights-restricted, or been the victim of a false copyright claim, then you know how confusing and frustrating the concerns regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be.
Originally the DMCA was passed to provide major corporations with a method of recourse for quickly acting upon copyright infringement, as well as to deflect responsibility from Internet Service Providers that host infringing material. However, confusion over current copyright law, as well as occasional Digital Rights mismanagement or abuse of claims from copyright holders, has hampered the activities of many media creators and consumers.
As new technologies evolve, creative forms of expression abound, and as both artists and corporations become savvier about sharing and protecting content, copyright becomes an increasingly contested territory, despite the fact that more and more forms of creative work are protected under the Fair Use clause of U.S. copyright law. While media arts nonprofits, advocacy groups, and legal teams have been fighting to extend the rights granted to creators under the DMCA, rightsholders are increasingly threatening and misfiring at protected material.
Join The Daily Dot and NAMAC in our next InterAct panel, for a lively conversation with creators, fans, educators, and tech and legal experts who have felt the full impact of DMCA on their work. In this engaging round table, we’ll discuss the victories and challenges in Fair Use across media arts disciplines, and fill you in on how to join the community that is staunchly and successfully advocating for protected forms of creation in an increasingly restrictive world.
- (MODERATOR) David Cooper Moore is a documentary filmmaker and board member for The National Association for Media Literacy Education. He also works with the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University. In 2009 he was a director/producer for the short 3 Fair Use Case Studies for the Media Education Lab, where he is a Program Director. As a documentary filmmaker, David has created videos and curricula for the PBS Elections 2008 curriculum, Access, Analyze, Act: a Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement, and the Center for Social Media’s Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education.
Representatives from Kartemquin Films:
Gordon Quinn is the Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films and the Executive Producer of its most famous film, the landmark Hoop Dreams. A key leader in creating the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, Gordon encourages filmmakers to educate themselves on the tenets of the fair use doctrine, frequently speaking to the media, legal, and educational communities about this fundamental right.
- Jim Morrissette has been the Technical Director of Kartemquin Films for over a decade, and served as Director of Photography for Kartemquin’s Peabody award winning Terra Incognita in 2007. With the rest of the Kartequim staff, he has led advocacy efforts to protect the rights of documentary filmmakers. Recent victories in which they were involved include securing DMCA exemptions for ripping DVD & streaming video content and advocating successfully for the right of journalistic privilege over raw footage in the Central Park Five case.
- Sina Khanifar is a serial entrepreneur whose first company, started while he was studying at Oxford in England, offered a service to unlock Motorola phones. He was subsequently sent a cease and desist letter by Motorola claiming that he was in violation of Section 1201 of the DMCA. After working with Jennifer Granick at Stanford to respond to those letters, he’s been actively following the conversation around some of the problems with the DMCA, and recently started a We the People petition regarding unlocking that garnered a response from the White House. He is now leading a coalition of technology organizations including Reddit, Mozilla, and O’Reilly at FixtheDMCA.org, asking for Congress to reassess the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.
- Art Neill is the founder of New Media Rights, which provides pro bono legal resources and assistance regarding intellectual property, licensing, and other legal issues that arise with new technologies and media, along with a free media studio. Neill also practices public interest law in the areas of internet, intellectual property, and communications law, and is an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law teaching Internet & Social Media Law.
Rebecca Tushnet has taught intellectual property, advertising law, and First Amendment law at the Georgetown University Law Center since 2004. She clerked for Associate Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and has also worked at Debevoise & Plimpton specializing in intellectual property. She is a the Legal chair for the Organization for Transformative Works, a fandom non-profit which successfully secured DMCA exemption rights for fanvidders in 2010 and 2012.
Tisha Turk is Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota at Morris, where she teaches courses on writing, gender studies, and fandom. She has written about fan vids both in academic journals and for the In Media Res Media Commons Project. She has been making vids for over ten years. She was part of the Organization for Transformative Works team that successfully testified before the Library of Congress in 2009 and 2012 in favor of lifting DMCA restrictions for fan vids and remix video.
On Twitter: @TishaTurk
Filmmakers / media artists
Media literacy educators and practitioners
Copyright advocates / policy analysts
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After the conversation, the Daily Dot and NAMAC will post summaries of the broadcast and/or embed the videos on their respective websites. Will also follow up with a compilation of resources / links discussed during the conversation or that panelists find helpful to these issues.
READS and RESOURCES
Center for Social Media: Fair Use library