Samuelson Clinic Helps Win U.S. International Trade Commission Victory
On Monday, November 24, the U.S. International Trade Commission handed a key victory to consumers by rejecting a claim by Chamberlain--one of the world’s largest producers of residential and commercial garage door openers. The company claimed that its competitor, Skylink, violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by producing a replacement remote control for certain garage doors manufactured by Chamberlain.
On behalf of the Consumers Union, the Samuelson Clinic for Law, Technology & Public Policy submitted a brief in support of Skylink. The brief argued that the DMCA--which was designed to protect creative content such as books, movies and music distributed on the internet from piracy--could not be used as a tool to suppress competition in the aftermarket for replacement parts. For more information, contact Erin Campbell at 510-643-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.