"Circle Section" Copyright Registration for Consumer Media
  • Petitioned United States Copyright Office

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United States Copyright Office

"Circle Section" Copyright Registration for Consumer Media

    1. James Driessen
    2. Petition by

      James Driessen

      Provo, UT

Did you know that media ownership may become a thing of the past? When you buy a CD or DVD you can listen to or watch it whenever you want. What do you get when you buy digital music or movies? Publisher’s advocacy groups like the RIAA and the MPAA want you to believe that you have no ownership -- as you have always had with physical tapes, records, and discs -- so they can charge you over and over again for content you already own. They are working to take away the right to make legal copies so you will have to buy your titles all over again if you want to watch them on your iPad or tablet. Vibme just petitioned the United States Copyright Office to officially recognize ownership in digital or “online” media material objects and to develop "Circle Section" registration to identify and track those ownership rights. With “Circle Section” registration, consumers will be able to assert and enjoy the media viewing rights they have always had, even when all media goes digital. See our petition to the Copyright Office at http://www.vibme.com/USCO_Petition.pdf If you agree that consumers should always have the right to view their media when, where, and on whatever devices they want, then join us to get the word out.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. We just did our "consolidation motion" to join the DMCA rulemaking

      James Driessen
      Petition Organizer

      In order to get the petition more timely addressed, it should be considered along with the Copyright Office's triennial (every three years) review of the encryption circumvention rules for the DMCA. These are the rules that allow an endusers to "rip" a backup copy, but do not allow you to actually use it anywhere. Read the Consolidation motion using the link below:

    3. Reached 5 signatures
    4. More at vibme (below) links to the Petition sent to the Copyright Office.

      James Driessen
      Petition Organizer

      The issue is timely and important for several reasons. First, consumers' demand for media for their ever-increasing number of personal digital devices is outpacing the (legitimate) supply. Second, the current players on both sides each want to obtain digital media by ignoring (or eliminating altogether) the ownership rights of the other. Third, the stakes are high, not just because of new media being offered digitally as well as physically, but because there are billions of CDs and DVDs in ciculation that potentially could result in billions of dollars in costs to consumers to digitaize their collections legitimately or in lost sales to studios if consumers continue to digitaize by whatever means are available. Finally, the Vibme rulemaking proposal is a potential game-changer because if ownership in digital media is recognized a lot of the exisiting market confusion would be eliminated, and innovators could focus on better technology.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Andi Hind SEACLIFF, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Bloody disgrace they have got away with this for so long!

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    • Ken Driessen DULUTH, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      if they sold you a recording you should own it for your own not commercial use for your entire life just like you do a book etc.

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      • over 2 years ago

      I own TXu Copyrights that have been violated by employees of GE/NBC Universal.

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    • Jordan Kratz PORTLAND, ME
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been Boycotting the Large Studios for over 5 years.They are like the Dinosaur and soon they will either have to adapt or they can go extinct.

      If I ever go back to buying anything from Big Content I have no intention of ever having to buy it again and again.

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    • Anson service VANCOUVER, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Consumers and artists aligning together have changed the music industry over the past two decades. If we as consumers and we as artists simply take control of our own music instead of leaving the decisions up to corporate music attorneys then we can make our own rules.

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