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Screenwriters warn against overreaching copyright laws ahead of reform

30
Jan
2014

The Writers Guilt of America West (WGAW) begins its letter by saying writers benefit hugely from the present system, noting that its members received roughly 25 percent of their income through residual payments for copyrighted sales such as DVD sales and online streaming. Its of the opinion that copyright is of immense benefit to society as a whole, but nonetheless fears that bolstering copyright laws may not be the best way forward for the entertainment industry. Bolstering copyright laws may not be the best way forward In the statement, which was written in response to a green paper on copyright reform, WGAW raises concerns over five areas: the current notice and takedown system of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), improper fees for copyright infringers, voluntary copyright infringement agreements, and the growth of digital sales and streaming.

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