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Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), talked about the state of the motion picture industry and the challenges presented by new and changing technologies. He was introduced by Angela Greiling Keane, President of the National Press Club. He warned about the regulation of content in movies and talked about mental health and its relation to gun violence. Other topics included the industry’s movie ratings system, intellectual property and copyright infringement, and the growth of the industry both in the U.S. and abroad.



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, if you can. I saw portions of it live on C-SPAN. Techdirt has a great analysis of how Dodd continues to be an industry mouthpiece, spewing forth the same tired arguments we’ve heard time and again.

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PandoDaily and Explainer Music’s David Holmes collaborate to bring you an explanation of copyright via a music video.

Thanks to the Internet, social media, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), navigating copyright issues has never been harder. And the tragedy of Aaron Swartz underscores just how ill-equipped current laws are at addressing modern copyright issues. But before we can reform copyright law, it’s important to understand it. In our latest song, we’ve broken it all down for you, from public domain to fair use to creative commons. That way, when you post something to the Web, you’ll know your own rights, and the rights of others. (All videos are public domain except where noted).

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On Friday, the Republican Study Committee released a report that had been vetted and reviewed on copyright reform. It was a well thought out and reasonable study. By Saturday, they had retracted the report claiming it wasn’t supposed to be released and that it isn’t their policy. RSC executive director Paul S. Teller then sent out an email trying to explain the situation.

From: Teller, Paul
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2012 04:11 PM
Subject: RSC Copyright PB

We at the RSC take pride in providing informative analysis of major policy issues and pending legislation that accounts for the range of perspectives held by RSC Members and within the conservative community. Yesterday you received a Policy Brief on copyright law that was published without adequate review within the RSC and failed to meet that standard. Copyright reform would have far-reaching impacts, so it is incredibly important that it be approached with all facts and viewpoints in hand. As the RSC’s Executive Director, I apologize and take full responsibility for this oversight. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and a meaningful Thanksgiving holiday….

Paul S. Teller
Executive Director
U.S. House Republican Study Committee
Paul.Teller@mail.house.gov

http://republicanstudycommittee.com

You can read the report below. You can also read TechDirt’s analysis of the report.

Banned RSC Copyright Reform Brief

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