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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. 

Recent Updates

 

Roundtable Discussions on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages:  The four roundtable discussions took place on May 21, June 25, July 29 and July 30, 2014.  Transcripts, webcasts and agendas from these events may be found using the links below.  The comments received in the meetings will be considered in a forthcoming paper presenting the Task Force’s conclusions and recommendations.

Fifth Public Multistakeholder Forum Scheduled for Oct. 28th

The fifth  public meeting of the Multistakeholder Forum scheduled for October 28, 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm in Berkeley, California at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium, 215 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720).  The link to access the live webcast for this meeting is:  http://new.livestream.com/uspto/multistakeholderOCT2014.  The phone bridge information for remote participation is:  1-888-453-9955; Passcode – 6039037.

 

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.  

Information about the Task Force’s ongoing outreach efforts on the topics identified for further work in the Green Paper is found below.

 

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2014 Meetings

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 was held on March 20th, 2014 at the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The second meeting of the multistakeholder forum was held on May 8th, 2014 in Berkeley, California. The third meeting of the multistakeholder forum was held on June 20, 2014 on the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia.  The fourth meeting of the multistakeholder forum was held on September 10, 2014 on the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia.  Archived versions of the webcasts of these meetings and other documentation related to these meetings can be accessed in the links immediately below.

Fifth Public Multistakeholder Forum Meeting

Fourth Public Multistakeholder Forum Meeting

Third Public Multistakeholder Forum Meeting

Second Public Multistakeholder Forum Meeting

First Public Multistakeholder Forum 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 was 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 were led by USPTO and NTIA and took place on May 21st (Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN), June 25th (Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, MA), July 29th (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA) and July 30th (UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA). 

The comments received in the meetings will be considered in a forthcoming paper presenting the Task Force’s conclusions and recommendations.

Transcripts, webcasts and agendas from these events may be found using the links below:


Briefing and Public Discussion on the Proposed WIPO Broadcasting Treaty

USPTO is holding a briefing and public discussion on the proposed World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty On the Protection of the Rights of Broadcasting Organizations on June 11, 2014.

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. 

Public Comments – November 2013 and January 2014

 

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.

 

 

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