Facilitating the Development of the Online Licensing Environment for Copyrighted Works

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 identified five separate copyright policy issues critical to economic growth, job creation, and cultural development on which the Task Force planned to conduct further work, including the issue of how the government can facilitate the further development of a robust online licensing environment. 

The Task Force will host a public meeting to explore whether and how the government can facilitate the further development of the online licensing environment for copyrighted works,  focusing specifically on the development and use of standard identifiers for all types of works of authorship, interoperability among databases and systems used to identify owners of rights and terms of use, and a possible portal for linking to such databases and to licensing platforms.

The public meeting will be held on April 1, from 9:00AM - 4:00PM, Eastern Standard Time, in the Singapore and Venice Rooms of the Global Intellectual Property Academy on the second floor of the Madison Building, which is located at 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Please click here to register to attend. Transcripts and webcasts of the online environment licensing events will be available after the event on the copyright page of the USPTO website.