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Polis and Farenthold Reintroduce Bill to Modernize Copyright Laws

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Washington, February 11, 2015 | comments

Today, Congressmen Blake Farenthold (TX-27) and Jared Polis (CO-02) reintroduced H.R. 862, the You Own Devices Act (‘YODA’).  YODA would ensure that licensing terms for essential software that allows a physical good to operate does not prevent consumers from selling, leasing, or giving away the physical good. Congressman Farenthold and Congressman Polis will announce the bill’s introduction and briefly take questions at the R Street copyright lunch this afternoon.

“For too long our antiquated copyright laws have been stifling innovation and blocking consumers from being able to access more efficient, effective, and affordable products and technology," said Congressman Polis. "YODA will bring our copyright laws into the 21st century and recognize that people can own and transfer devices without being strangled by paperwork and empty legal threats."

“As technology advances, more and more of the devices in your home, office, and garage contain essential software that make them run,” said Congressman Farenthold.  “While this gives us great improvements like air conditioners that can be switched on or off from your phone, household lamps that you can remotely control or program, and speakers that play music as you change rooms, it also opens the door to software licenses that erode how much you own these devices and how you can dispose of them.  YODA ensures that these devices are yours and you can sell them when you wish. “

Note: For more information, please see coverage in the LA Times, the Daily Dot, and TechDirt.

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