Yahoo, Google and Others Go To FTC Over Content Copyright Issues
This morning, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed a lengthy complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on what CCIA members believe to be overly general copyright claims long instituted by several professional sports leagues, their broadcasters, and content partners.
Hey, the CCIA is not some out-there public interest group with little or no influence. The CCIA is big cheese. Members include Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.
If you watch sports broadcasts, you probably have heard warnings such as this long-established one by Major League Baseball:
(This broadcast) "may not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form, and the accounts and descriptions of this game may not be disseminated without express written consent."
Not only sports, either. The complaint also blasts NBC Universal and Morgan Creek for issuing warnings on their DVDs.
You-better-nots such as:
"All material is protected by copyright laws of the United States and all countries throughout the world. All rights reserved. Any unauthorized exhibition, distribution, or copying of this film or any part thereof (including soundtrack) is an infringement of the relevant copyright and will subject the infringer to severe civil and criminal penalties."
The main issue the CCIA has with these statements is because they ignore certain rights available to consumers under "fair use" copyright provisions.
My read: fair use exists for now, but not because copyright cartels embrace the notion.
CCIA is trying to marshall the people. They've launched an advocacy website called DefendFairUse.org.
Looks like another copyfight, IMHO.
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