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OTW Guest Post: Josh Lamel

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As Copyright Week wraps up, today we talk with Josh Lamel, who is the Executive Director of the Re:Create Coalition, which the Organization for Transformative Works is a member of.

Could you tell us a bit about the history of the ReCreate Coalition? How did it get started?

The Re:Create Coalition started back in 2015 when a number of different organizations (including Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy & Technology and more) came together to stand up for balanced copyright — the idea that America’s copyright system must support both those who create works as well as the rights of those who access and acquire them. These groups were already working on the issue, but they also work on lots of other policy areas: net neutrality, cybersecurity, privacy and more. Three years ago, we formed the ReCreate Coalition to amplify all the great work that is being done across the country to support fair use and balanced copyright. We’re also fighting back against groups backed by Hollywood and the entertainment industry who use copyright threats and lawsuits as a weapon against fans and consumers (more on that later).

Today, there are more artists, publishers and authors creating more works than ever before thanks to the internet and other tech innovations. It’s the Re:Create mission to advocate on behalf of the millions of creators, innovators, fans and consumers who are participating in and benefiting from this boom in creativity.


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