Internet Users of All Kinds Should Be Concerned by a New Copyright Office Report


Looking ahead, the most dangerous thing about the Report may be that some Senators are treating its recommendations for “clarification” as an invitation to rewrite Section 512, inviting the exact legal uncertainty the law was intended to eliminate. Senators Thom Tillis and Patrick Leahy have asked the Office to provide detailed recommendations for how to rewrite the statute – including asking what it would do if it were starting from scratch.

Based on the report, we suspect the answer won’t include strong protections for user rights.

The US could be on the road to a Article 17-like Copyright Directive and this would be the first step towards that goal which is bad news for everyone but the richest people.