U.S. Department of Commerce to Convene Symposium on Copyright Policy in the Internet Economy

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CONTACT: Peter Pappas or Jennifer Rankin Byrne

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Secretary Gary Locke to Headline Public Meeting on July 1 at the Ronald Reagan Building

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold a public meeting to discuss the relationship of copyright policy, creativity, and innovation in the Internet economy. The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m, in the Polaris Room of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The general public and press are invited to attend and participate in the proceedings, which will also be webcast live.

This meeting will encourage public discussion of online copyright policy in the United States and seek comment and input from all interested stakeholders--rights holders, Internet service providers, and consumers--on the impact of current copyright laws, the common and emerging techniques used to illegally distribute and obtain protected works, the extent of such infringement, and its effects on creativity and innovation in relevant technologies.


Copyright Policy Symposium


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and

Director of the USPTO David Kappos

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information

Lawrence E. Strickling

Senior Obama Administration Officials

Stakeholders representing varying viewpoints on copyright policy


Thursday, July 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center - Polaris Room
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20004

For more information including the agenda and webcast information, go to the Internet Policy Task Force website at www.ntia.doc.gov/internetpolicytaskforce or the USPTO's website at www.uspto.gov.

Press who wish to attend the event should RSVP to Lolita.Best@uspto.gov.