tracking and reporting on legal issues in various courts: 

  • 2018 DMCA 1201 Copyright Exemption process underway. 
    • EFF, ASCDI, ORI, iFixit and Cory Doctorow Testify in LA and Washington DC in support of removing limitations on Repair and Reuse, 
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • US Copyright Office - June 22, 2017
    • Releases Study on Section 1201 (DRM) Recommending Congress act to remove all matters of repair and maintenance from control of the USCO, with the exception of computer gaming equipment. 
  • SCOTUS
  • Federal Court, Texas
    • April 26, 2017 GE loses Anti-Trust case filed by RedLion Medical. Jury found GE guilty of a nationwide monopoly for the servicing of Anesthesia machines.  
  • US Copyright Office December 15, 2016
  • SCOTUS 
    • December 6, 2016: Has agreed to take up the case of Lexmark v. Impression (again)   Lexmark tried to avoid allowing users to refill ink cartridges over copyright infringement and lost.  They have tried again using patent exhaustion. Our Amicus is available here. 
  • Electronic Frontier Foundataion
  • Counterfeit
    • DOD releases new DFAR requiring maintenance companies to source parts exclusively from OEMs.   Our colleagues at ASCDI and ORI are working on how to qualify parts sources from independents.  
  • Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 -- Still Applies. 
    • A reminder to everyone that the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA) of 1975 applies to all consumer purchases with warranties - not just cars.  If you aren't familiar with this law -- read up.  Many OEMs openly violate the statute -- we just confirmed with the FTC that it is illegal to place notices on products that opening the covers voids the warranty !