TechDirt Highlights Farenthold YODA Legislation

New Bill Designed To Stop Bogus Copyright Claims From Stopping You From Selling What You Own We just wrote about an audio equipment manufacturer trying to argue that it was criminal for someone to resell their products. While this was obviously crazy, never underestimate the lengths that some companies will go through these days to …

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Politico Morning Tech on Farenthold Bill

Erin Mershon writing Morning Tech for Politico produced the following report on the ORI backed Farenthold You Own Devices Act (YODA). SCOOP: NEW FARENTHOLD BILL TAKES ON DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT — Rep. Blake Farenthold dropped a new bill last night that would give consumers more control over the devices they buy. His new “You Own …

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ORI Applauds Farenthold You Own Devices Act

Andrew Shore, Executive Director of the Owners’ Rights Initiative made the following statement: “The Owners’ Rights Initiative strongly supports the You Own Devices Act (YODA) introduced by Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX). Ownership is a bedrock concept in American society. In Wiley v. Kirtsaeng the Supreme Court confirmed that when you purchase a good you own …

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ORI Appears on Congressional Internet Caucus Panel

Jonathan Band, ORI Copyright Counsel, appeared on a panel hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee to discuss reselling digital goods.  Mr. Band discussed the complexities of digital resale and the need for a technologically neutral position.  He also stressed that consumers deserve clarity when purchasing digital goods and shouldn’t be mislead when they …

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ORI To Testify at Judiciary Hearing

Jonathan Band, Counsel for ORI, will be testifying Monday morning at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet in New York City. Please take a look at his official testimony. For any press queries, please see ORI’s official press release.

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ORI Testifying at Judiciary Committee- Politico

A House Judiciary subcommittee will examine so-called “first sale doctrine” in a field hearing in New York City next week, the panel announced. The hearing will examine how and whether owners and licensors of copyright works can sell that work without permission from the copyright owner. It comes as part of the committee’s ongoing review …

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First Sale Hearing Announced

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has announced plans to hold a hearing on the important issue of first sale. This important event is planned for June 2nd and will take place in New York City. The Owners’ Rights Initiative will be tracking this closely and will release more information as it becomes available.

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ORI and The ITC

ORI succeeds in putting owners’ rights and the “first sale” principle squarely on the table in the context of international trade. The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its report on “Trade Barriers That U.S. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Perceive As Affecting Exports to the European Union”.  The report, which catalogues EU trade barriers, is the …

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