Right now the U.S. Copyright Office is deciding whether Americans will be able to unlock phones and other devices they've paid for, whether farmers can repair their own tractors and whether Americans with disabilities will be able to access e-books and other electronic media.
Online piracy is an epidemic that knows no boundaries, impacting film, television, music, books, photography, software, video games and all works that can be copied, digitized and distributed over the internet.
Empowering artists with the ability to stop infringement would go a long way to ending the ennui of learned helplessness induced by the current DMCA practice -- artists who stop struggling because they simply can't afford to do otherwise.
Despite our best efforts, it's hard to compete with free. That is why I feel passionately about the need for legislation to protect this vital marketplace for companies like mine and for filmmakers who are the most vulnerable to bad actors in the space.
Move over Obama. A bipartisan group of lawmakers has come up with their own jobs plan by way of oppressive Internet regulations that would create thousands of new, high paying jobs for attorneys as well as government workers and Internet censors.
The Library of Congress has made changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that make it legal to jailbreak your iPhone, run any lawful app and adapt your iPhone to run on any compatible wireless network.