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update: Republicans suggest and withdraw shockingly sensible ideas for reforming copyright

UPDATE: That Was Fast: Hollywood Already Browbeat The Republicans Into Retracting Report On Copyright Reform, by Mike Masnick, Techdirt (Nov 17th 2012)

…as soon as it was published, the MPAA and RIAA apparently went ballistic and hit the phones hard, demanding that the RSC take down the report. They succeeded. Even though the report had been fully vetted and approved by the RSC, executive director Paul S. Teller has now retracted it…

The link below to house.gov is now broken. A copy of the file is available here.

David Weinberger points to a Republican House policy paper “that nails three myths about copyright law and suggests four areas of reform.”

  • RSC Policy Brief: Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it. The Republican Study Committee Jim Jordan (chair), Derek S. Khanna (Staff Contact), November 16, 2012. [PDF, 9 pages]

    This paper will analyze current US Copyright Law by examining three myths on copyright law and possible reforms to copyright law that will lead to more economic development for the private sector and to a copyright law that is more firmly based upon constitutional principles.

The Three myths:

  1. The purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of the content
  2. Copyright is free market capitalism at work
  3. The current copyright legal regime leads to the greatest innovation and productivity

And the policy solutions:

  • Statutory damages reform
  • Expand Fair Use
  • Punish false copyright claims
  • Heavily limit the terms for copyright, and create disincentives for renewal
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