USPTO Holds Hearing on Technological Protection Systems for Digitized Copyrighted Works

Press Release

Ruth Nyblod

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today held a hearing in Arlington, Va., to solicit views of a diverse group of technology companies and copyright-based industries for a report to Congress that the agency is preparing on technological protection systems for digitized copyrighted works.

The "Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002," which was signed into law November 2002, updates the Copyright Act to facilitate the development of distance education. The TEACH Act requires the USPTO, after consultation with the Copyright Office and the public, to submit to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees a report on technological protection systems that have been implemented, are available for implementation, or are proposed to protect digitized copyrighted works and prevent infringement. The TEACH Act report is intended solely for information purposes.

The six participants listed below shared their views on current and future digital rights management of copyrighted works and the needs of both the copyright holders and users.