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Creative Commons License. Statement on Eldred Case

Palo Alto, Calif. -- January 15, 2003 -- today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the Eldred case:

Today's Eldred ruling is bad for consumers, bad for innovation and ultimately bad for America. It is another in a series of blows to consumer rights to copyrighted works.

This large setback for consumers should be a call to action: those who care about innovation and the public's access to creative works must re-focus their attention on Congress. Public pressure should now turn to having our elected officials legislate a more equitable balance between copyright holders and consumers since the courts have said clearly that they will not intervene in this debate.

This ruling underscores the importance of protecting consumer fair-use rights. With the court's decision to affirm the monopoly privileges of content holders, the only remaining counter-balance is a set of consumer fair-use rights. Unfortunately, those rights have been under siege in Congress and in the marketplace. This ruling today reinforces the need for Congress to bolster the fair-use rights of citizens.

ABOUT DIGITALCONSUMER.ORG is a consumer-advocacy group started in 2001 with a mission to restore the balance of copyright law so that artists and creators can prosper while citizens have reasonable flexibility to use content in fair and legal ways. The group is composed of entrepreneurs, investors and consumers, and it is proposing a set of principles - a Consumer Technology Bill of Rights - that it intends to have passed into law. These principles would preserve consumers' historic fair-use rights that have been recently diminished by changes in copyright law made at the request of media companies. To learn more about the Consumer Technology Bill of Rights, please visit:

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