Roundtable Discussions on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages

The Internet Policy Task Force’s Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy (Green Paper), released on July 31, 2013, identified the following topics on which the Department would conduct more work:

  • the legal framework for the creation of remixes;
  • the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment;
  • the appropriate calibration of statutory damages, in the contexts of individual file sharers and of secondary liability for large-scale online infringement;
  • improving the operation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) notice and takedown system; and
  • how the government can facilitate the further development of a robust online licensing environment.

On the first three issues identified in the Green Paper—remixes, first sale, and statutory damages—the Department of Commerce hosted roundtables in four cities, following the 2013 Public Meeting and the Public Comments.  The purpose of the roundtables was to seek additional input from the public in order for the Task Force to have a complete and thorough record upon which to make recommendations.  The Task Force held the initial roundtable on May 21, 2014 in Nashville, TN, the second roundtable on June 25th in Cambridge, MA, the third roundtable on July 29th in Los Angeles, CA, and the fourth roundtable on July 30th in Berkeley, CA. 

2014 Roundtable Information

Transcripts and webcasts and additional information about each of the roundtable events are found below:

2013 Public Meeting

Public Comments