This meeting has been organized by the Department of Commerce’s . It follows up on earlier public meetings held by the Task Force in , , and .
In July 2013, the Department of Commerce's Internet Policy 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. The green paper called 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. Chapter IV of the green paper, “Ensuring an Efficient Online Marketplace,” looked at then-current examples of digital licensing options, as well as challenges to their development and adoption. Such challenges included the complexity of licensing in the online environment, challenges with mapping old contracts to new uses, and licensing across borders.
The meeting is open to members of the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is free and is not required to attend (either in person or online), but it is requested. Onsite registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET on the day of the event, but please register early. The registration form also includes a list of possible topics for the breakout sessions so that we may tailor the conference to participants’ interests.
Topics likely to be covered include:
- Initiatives to advance the digital content marketplace, with a focus on standards, interoperability, and digital registries and database initiatives to track ownership and usage rights and facilitate licensing.
- Innovative technologies (such as blockchain, artificial intelligence) designed to improve the ways consumers access and use photos, film, music, text, and other types of digital content.
- Ways that different sectors can collaborate to promote a robust interconnected digital content marketplace.
Members of the public will have opportunities to participate at the meeting. In the previous public meetings, the Task Force heard from stakeholders that the government can play a useful role by facilitating dialogues between and among industry sectors. Based on this feedback, the Task Force has organized this meeting to build on the work of the prior meetings and continue to facilitate constructive, cross-industry dialogue among stakeholders about ways to promote a more robust and collaborative online marketplace for copyrighted works.
Federal Register Notice
Additional details about the meeting are in a Federal Register Notice published March 19, 2019.
The public meeting will be available to view via live webcast.
The meeting will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation—such as sign language interpretation, real-time captioning of the webcast, or other ancillary aids—should communicate their needs at least seven business days prior to the meeting to Kortney Hammonds, Office of Policy and International Affairs, 571-272-1500.
For non-press inquiries, please contact Susan Allen at the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, 571-272-9300.