Office of Policy and International Affairs - Copyrights
The copyright team of the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) assists in advising the Administration and other Federal Government departments and agencies on domestic and international copyright legal and policy issues. At the international level, the OPIA copyright team provides analysis and advice on foreign copyright laws and the international copyright system, including assistance in negotiating new international copyright norms, their implementation in U.S. law, and the enforcement of international obligations. At the domestic level, the OPIA copyright team provides analysis and advice on copyright developments within the Executive branch, the U.S. Congress, and the courts. As a complement to its international and domestic policy activities, the OPIA copyright team is actively engaged in providing technical assistance and training on copyright-related matters for both U.S. and foreign government officials.
Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy
In July 2013, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force (Task Force), led by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), issued a green paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy (Green Paper). The Green Paper calls for new public input on critical policy issues that are central to our nation’s economic growth, cultural development and job creation. It is intended to serve as a reference for stakeholders, a blueprint for further action, and as a contribution to global copyright debates.
- Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy (pdf)
- Copyright Green Paper Press Release (July 31, 2013)
- Copyright Green Paper: Director’s Forum
- Internet Policy Task Force page on the Green Paper
Information about the Task Force’s ongoing outreach efforts on the topics identified for further work in the Green Paper is found below.
Multistakeholder Forum on the DMCA Notice and Takedown System
On the issue of improving the operation of the DMCA notice and takedown system, the Task Force is establishing a forum for consensus-building among stakeholders with the aim of producing an agreed outcome by the end of 2014.
The initial public meeting of the multistakeholder forum will take place on March 20th, 2014 at the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting will be webcast with the opportunity for remote public participation. Subsequent public meetings will take place at regular intervals, alternating between the USPTO main campus and Silicon Valley, at a location to be announced.
UPDATE: The second public meeting of the multistakeholder forum on improving the operation of the DMCA notice and takedown system will be held on May 8, 2014, from 1:00pm - 6:00pm in Berkeley, California at the David Brower Center (located at 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704). For more details and to RSVP for the meeting please visit the following page.
Additional information may be found using the links below:
- Website to RSVP and for Additional Information about the 2014 Public Meetings
- Agenda – First Public Multistakeholder Forum Meeting, March 20, 2014
- Link to Webcast of First Public Multistakeholder Forum Meeting, March 20, 2014
- Link to transcript of First Public Multistakeholder Forum Meeting, March 20, 2014
- Federal Register Notice of First Public Meeting of the Multistakeholder Forum
- Press Release for March 20, 2014 Meeting
Roundtable Discussions on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages
In the Green Paper, the Internet Policy Task Force stated its intention to hold roundtable discussions on (1) the legal framework for the creation of remixes; (2) the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment; and (3) the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of (i) individual file sharers and (ii) secondary liability for large-scale infringement . The purpose of the planned roundtables is to seek additional input from the public in locations around the country in order for the Task Force to have a complete and thorough record upon which to make recommendations.
The roundtables, which will be led by USPTO and NTIA, will take place on May 21st (Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Law School), June 25th (Wasserstein Hall, Harvard University Law School), July 29th (location in Los Angeles, CA to be announced) and July 30th (the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley, CA). Additional information may be found using the links below:
- Website to RSVP and for Additional Information about the 2014 Roundtables
- Federal Register Notice of Public Meetings on Copyright Policy Topics
- Press Release for Upcoming Public Meetings
2013 Meetings and Comments
On October 3, 2013, the Task Force published a notice of public meeting and a request for public comments on five separate copyright policy issues critical to economic growth, job creation, and cultural development that were identified in the Department’s Green Paper. The deadline for filing pre-meeting comments was November 13, 2013, and post-meeting comments was January 17, 2014.
Public Meeting – December 2013
The public meeting on the Green Paper was held on December 12, 2013.
- Archived Webcast of and Agenda for Green Paper Public Meeting
- Green Paper Public Meeting Transcript (pdf)
- Input on Copyright and Innovation: Director's Forum
Public Comments – November 2013 and January 2014
- Public comments on the Green Paper
- Federal Register Notice – January Comments
- Federal Register Notice - Request for Public Comments and Notice of Public Meeting
2010 Copyright Symposium
The Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) held a public meeting to discuss the relationship of copyright policy, creativity, and innovation in the Internet economy.