New Yorkers For Fair Use

© Copyright for the Digital Millennium

2012/02/10 We are the media, and so are you!

2012/01/14 Stop SOPA and save the internet. Let congress hear from the people!

2007/01/16 NYFU plans to visit FTC Broadband workshop

2006/03/22 Cato Institute report on the DMCA

2005/12/06 Hear what a muscian thinks of the Sony BMG root kit

2005/11/22 State of Texas says No to RIAA members trashing computers they do not own!

2005/11/1 Sony music CD installs virus on MS-Windows computers.

2005/10/11 Like a bad movie the Broadcast Flag problem returns

The MPAA is trying to control your TV with a rider on a government spending bill!

2005/09/19 RIAA bullies single mother on social security

2005/05/14 FCC's broadcast flag: It's back?

2005/05/06 Federal Appeals Court Scraps FCC's Broadcast Flag Mandate

2005/03/20 The BBC speaks about DRM.

2005/03/02 FSF & NYFU brief in MGM v. Grokster (PDF)

2005/03/02 MGM V. Grokster Supreme Court Documents

2004/12/7 Don't Let the RIAA Put the Net at Risk

2004/10/26 DMCA dealt serious blow by Sixth Circuit Appeals Court

2004/08/28 Tell Congress to review the broadcast flag ruling!

2004/04/11 Playfair is here.

2004/03/15 CA Atorney General is puppet of MPAA

2004/02/29 Internet Commons Congress

2004/02/16 See how DRM will enable government backed software monopolies!

2004/01/13 Berman & Smith propose congress outlaw internet free speech! - Are these guys really U. S. Congressmen?

2004/01/24 ACM members oppose expanding copyright restrictions to include facts

2004/01/22 DeCSS is not a trade secret

2004/01/05 DVD Player software author wins long legal battle for Fair Use in Norway.

2004/01/04 Forget the spin, CD burning is not killing music

2003/12/25 Norway understands the DVD situation

2003/11/15 Garage door DMCA case dismissed!
Did the judge really understand?

2003/10/14 FCC to Place Restrictions on How Americans Watch Television

2003/10/05 Five years under the DMCA!

2003/09/20 Meet Big Brother Fritz

2003/09/16 RIAA hit with lawsuit for unlawful, misleading and fraudulent business practices.

2003/09/04 Phoenix Technologies Ltd. releases DRM BIOS.

2003/08/31 Google censored with DMCA threat.

2003/07/23 MIT & BC fight DMCA abuse by RIAA

2003/07/03 Brett Wynkoop to speak to the Manhattan Libertarian Party July 9, 2003

2003/06/17 Read the transcript of what we told the copyright office

2003/05/11 Listen to what we told the copyright office on 2003/05/02 (2MB .ogg file)

2003/05/08 Microsoft and Hollywood hit the control button

2003/05/07 Lessig to speak at Cooper Union 12 May

2003/04/14 DMCA abused to silence lecture on flaws in campus security card system

2003/01/21 Join the Palladium/TCPA Boycott

2003/01/16 RIAA Changes its Tactics Because of Grassroots Efforts

2003/01/15 A Dark Day for Copyright in the United States.

2003/01/01 Copyright Extremists are After Your Rights

2002/12/17 Elcomsoft Case Verdcct

2002/12/06 Disney VP on Broadcast Flag: Ignore the Public

2002/11/19 The Evil That Is the DMCA

2002/10/27 Tell the FCC to Serve the Public, Not Hollywood!

2002/10/22 Can You Trust Your Computer?

2002/10/20 Transcript of the Oral Arguments in the Eldred Case

2002/10/09 Read the Early Report on the Supreme Court Case Against the Mickey Mouse Act ( Bono Act )

2002/07/18 We got some press coverage. Check it out!

Some pictures of the event are here.

Your right to own and operate a computer is under attack!
Immediate action is needed!

Can't Quote the Law without Permission of a Copyright Holder.

That's right - The Law we live under is prohibited to be copied or distributed according to these legal geniuses Don't say "We the People" in Public....

Who We Are

New Yorkers for Fair Use is a group that supports copyright law as Congress originally framed and implemented it. Congress first conceived of copyright law as a limited term protection for authors and inventors. This limited term protection was meant to be an incentive to creators of original work to distribute their inventions as quickly and as widely as possible. Congress hoped that this distribution would facilitate scientific and artistic progress. Today, the extension of copyright to 70 or more years past the death of the author and the passage of laws like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, support the interests of corporations in maintaining monopolies over their creations at the expense of scientific and artistic progress. The DMCA is a particularly egregious example of this trend in copyright law. The DMCA grants the authors of digital works the ability to specify how their work my be used in perpetuity. Moreover, the DMCA even allows authors to prohibit the copying and quoting of their digital work for the purpose of education -- a use of copyrighted works which has traditionally been allowed under the doctrine of fair use. Because the DMCA allows authors to prevent other members of the public from using their work as a basis for further creative endeavor, we believe the DMCA fatally harms the original intent of copyright law, which was to promote progress in the useful arts and sciences. As such, we support the revocation of the DMCA in the interests of scientific and artistic progress. We also support the extension of the fair use doctrine into the digital domain so that some balance is restored between the interests of the public and the interests of authors and inventors.

What is Copyright?

The history of American copyright law originated with the introduction of the printing press to England in the late fifteenth century. As the number of presses grew, authorities sought to control the publication of books by granting printers a near monopoly on publishing in England. The Licensing Act of 1662 confirmed that monopoly and established a register of licensed books to be administered by the Stationers' Company, a group of printers with the authority to censor publications. The 1662 act lapsed in 1695 leading to a relaxation of government censorship, and in 1710 Parliament enacted the Statute of Anne to address the concerns of English booksellers and printers. The 1710 act established the principles of authors' ownership of copyright and a fixed term of protection of copyrighted works (fourteen years, and renewable for fourteen more if the author was alive upon expiration). The statute prevented a monopoly on the part of the booksellers and created a "public domain" for literature by limiting terms of copyright and by ensuring that once a work was purchased the copyright owner no longer had control over its use. While the statute did provide for an author's copyright, the benefit was minimal because in order to be paid for a work an author had to assign it to a bookseller or publisher.

Since the Statute of Anne almost three hundred years ago ....Read the rest here.

Recent Copyright Issues

Recent trends in the law in response to the internet and the advent of digital medium have assaulted Copyright. Among the recent laws passed which threaten Copyright is the Digital Millennium Act which Congress passed in 1998 in response to pressure from the broadcast and mass media industry in the US. Another law recently passed which attempts to destroy Copyright is the Sony Bono Copyright Extension Act.

Since Copyright can not be legal without Fair Use, both of these laws, among others making rounds on the Federal and State level, are undermining the legal and moral foundation of Copyright. New Yorkers for Fair Use is an organization which is determined to protect the validity of Copyright law by protecting Fair Use and dispelling misinformation on Copyright.

We would like you to know, first and foremost what is a legal use of Copyrighted material and what is not.

First of all: Can I own an idea, song, work of art, writing or other creative work of abstract human intellect?

No - One can not own an idea, even if you created it. You can only own a limited license called a Copyright or patent to exploit your idea for comercial purposes, or not to exploit it if you choose to. Intellectual Property is a misuse of language often used to confuse people about their rights and responsibilities. It is similar to "The Democratic Republic of China" By supporting responsible Copyright legislation, you can best protect your rights under Copyright.

Legal Actions with Copyrighted Works

  1. Copying a Copyrighted work.
  2. Making an archive of Copyrighted works.
  3. Editing a Copyrighted work.
  4. Distributing a quote from a Copyrighted work within an original work for the purposes of discussing that work.
  5. Giving a copy of a Copyrighted work to a friend without a charge or other monetary consideration.
  6. Using the Copyrighted work without permission of the Copyright holder in a way the Copyright holder did not initially approve of in its sale of the work to you.
  7. Destroying your copy of the Copyrighted work.
  8. Travelling with the Copyrighted work into a different jurisdiction.
  9. Selling your copy of the Copyrighted work.

Illegal Uses of a Copyrighted Work

  1. Making a copy of a Copyrighted work and selling it.
  2. Charging for the viewing a Copyrighted work without permission of the Copyright holder.
  3. Amassing a database of Copyrighted works and charging for access to that database.
  4. Mixing together Copyrighted works and selling your services for reading or playing that mix.

Some specific issues with Copyright:

FBI Warning on Video Tapes.
The FBI Warning about copying a video tape is a lie. Owners of Copyrighted material are allowed to copy the VHS Tape for their personal use. Copying is not a crime.

Ripping CD's to MP3 files.
This is LEGAL. Copying legally purchased Copyrighted material is a protected act under the Constitution.

Making copies of a Copyrighted article for a class discussion and distributing them to the class.
Legal and explicit under Section 107 quoted above.

Sharing an MP3 music file, or a cassette tape of music without charge.
This is LEGAL unless your doing this as part of a business plan or promotion. You can have a website full of MP3's as long as it is not a business site, you are not selling ad space etc. If you can afford it, have fun.

Copying software in a business.
Illegal - Don't do it.

Copying software you own for personal use.
Legal if no money is passing hands.

Sell copies of software you own and no longer use.
Legal as a second sale.