Our U.S. Constitution grants a limited monopoly to creators to give them an economic incentive to “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” Our Founding Fathers recognized that society benefits from the free flow of ideas, information, and commerce.
The advent of the Internet has allowed people to be creators in their own right, leading to an explosion of creativity – including music, movies, text, images – by more people from more places than ever before in human history.
Zoe strongly believes that a vibrant public domain and robust fair use rights are vital resources for innovation that benefit both copyright holders and the public as a whole. She has pledged to work with the technology and entertainment industries to ensure that copyright policy strikes the proper balance to ensure innovation, creativity, and free expression are not held back.
Please click on the following links to learn more about legislation Zoe has authored:
- Unlocking Technology Act – H.R.1892:This bipartisan bill modifies Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to scale back overbroad government restrictions on otherwise lawful uses of technology you own. It permits consumers to bypass digital locks on devices and software they own so long as they are not infringing on copyright. Under this bill consumers could unlock their cell phones, jailbreak a tablet to run third party apps, or circumvent digital rights management (DRM) for disability access such as read aloud software for the blind.