Petition to the Copyright Office in favor of a DMCA exemption for makers of noncommercial remix, 2014-2015
- Response of Electronic Frontier Foundation and Organization for Transformative Works to June 3, 2015 Copyright Office Questions on Proposed Class 7 (PDF); served June 2015
- In the matter of Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies Under 17 U.S.C. 1201 (PDF); served May 2015
OTW Legal, together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), filed reply comments refuting the claim that fan video makers should not be allowed to utilise high quality source material.
- Comments of Electronic Frontier Foundation and Organization for Transformative
Works (PDF); served February 6, 2015
- Petition to the U.S. Copyright Office to Renew DMCA Exemptions (PDF); served on November 3, 2014.
- Petition to the U.S. Copyright Office to Renew and Expand DMCA Exemptions (PDF); served on November 3, 2014.
The OTW, together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”), filed two exemption requests with the U.S. Copyright Office. The petitions seek renewal of the exemptions that the OTW helped secure in 2009 and 2012, which permit vidders to break encryption on audiovisual content provided via DVDs and online distribution services for the purpose of making noncommercial, transformative vids. In addition to seeking renewal of those exemptions, the OTW’s petition also seeks expansion of the exemptions to include Blu-Ray discs.
Petition to the Copyright Office to Renew the DMCA exemption for makers of noncommercial remix, 2011 – 2012
- Comment of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (PDF), submitted December 2, 2011. OTW members Rebecca Tushnet, Rachael Vaughn, and Francesca Coppa worked with the EFF to submit a proposal to renew and expand the DMCA exemption for Noncommercial Remixers.
- Reply Comment on behalf of the Organization For Transformative Works (PDF), in support of the EFF’s proposed DMCA exemption for vidders and other remix artists; submitted March 2, 2012. OTW Legal staff members Rachael Vaughn and Rebecca Tushnet worked with members of Legal and vidding to produce a Reply in support of the EFF’s proposal; the EFF also submitted their own Reply Comment (PDF) in support of various exemptions, including the exemption for Noncommerical Remixers.
- A revised Test Suite of Fair Use Vids including a comparison of DVD-ripped footage and screen captured footage.
- Francesca Coppa, Rebecca Tushnet, and Tisha Turk testify before the Library of Congress, June 4, 2012; Tisha Turk presents the exhibits in our first Image Gallery demonstrating quality differences between DVD-ripped and screen captured source.
- Reply to the DVD CCA’s exhibits supporting screencapture, submitted August 2, 2012; see the OTW’s own second set of exhibits in our second Image Gallery.
Petition to the Copyright Office in favor of a DMCA exemption for makers of noncommercial remix, 2008- 2009
The EFF applied to the Library of Congress for a DMCA exemption to allow the extraction of clips from a DVD for inclusion in noncommercial remix videos, such as fanvids, that are found to be fair use. The OTW (and many vidders) assisted in the preparation of this application.
- Reply Comment of the Organization of Transformative Works , (PDF, or view as HTML) in support of the EFF’s proposed DMCA exemption for vidders and other remix artists; submitted February 2, 2009.
The Organization for Transformative Works has submitted a reply comment in support of the EFF’s proposed DMCA exemption for vidders and other noncommercial remix video artists.
- OTW Response To June 22 Supplemental Questions re: DVD And Screen Capture (PDF, or view as HTML); submitted July 10, 2009.
On June 22, the Copyright Office requested further information from the OTW and other groups that testified during the DMCA Anticircumvention Hearings on May 6-8. (These hearings were designed to entertain testimony in favor of and against DMCA exemptions for educators beyond film studies professors (including K-12 teachers), documentary filmmakers, and vidders and other noncommercial remix artists.) These supplemental questions were about DVDs and screen capture software.
- Joint Supporters Response To August 21 Supplemental Questions On Proposed DVD-Related DMCA Exemptions (PDF, or view as HTML); submitted September 8, 2009.
The Copyright Office sent around a second set of supplemental questions on August 22, 2009. The OTW collaborated with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a number of library associations (ALA, AALL, ARL, ACRL), film and media studies professors, and documentary filmmakers and their organizations, on a joint reply. We also co-wrote a separate response with the EFF specifically to address the particular needs of vidders and other remix artists; see below.
- OTW & EFF Response To August 21 Supplemental Questions, Specific To Noncommercial Video Remix Creators (PDF, or view as HTML); submitted September 8, 2009.
- A Test Suite of Fair Use Video: A selection of fan videos with commentary offered in support of our proposal for an DMCA exemption for noncommercial remixers.