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Thursday Jan 31, 2013

New Digital Copyright Principles Just Published

Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos

As many readers know, I've served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on IP for the past few years. This group of IP experts from across the globe promotes understanding of the role IP rights play in driving economic development, creating jobs and opportunity, raising living standards, and empowering underserved communities in both emerging and industrialized regions.

The council has been working recently on issues around copyright in the digital age. As part of this effort, the council just published a set of Digital Copyright Principles for policy makers to consider as they strive to adapt the traditional balances in the copyright system in a changing world. The council also identified a set of overarching trends driving these changes.

The Digital Copyright Principles seek to promote a balanced view of public benefits and private rights, with copyright as a means to achieve important societal ends. By focusing on what we ultimately want copyright to accomplish, the principles seek to emphasize the common ground between different groups, with the aim of moving forward a principle-based discussion.

I invite readers to review the Digital Copyright Principles and discuss with your colleagues. Together we can build a system that realizes the full potential of the digital age.

Comments:

I just view Mr. John Calvert's educational tapes. I submitted a request to have various types of drawings ( VISUALLY ) placed on his tapes series and also listed accessibility on the PTO's Home Page. I was not sure if the suggestion was sent after I entered Submit, there was no acknowledgement that it was. He has a good thing going. THANK you Ed

Posted by Edward J. Camillieri on February 06, 2013 at 12:35 AM EST #

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