On March 13 2014 the United States House Committee on the Judiciary – Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing to review Section 512 of Title 17 aka the DMCA Safe Harbor provision, Witnesses included law professors Sean O’Connor and Annemarie Bridy, Elsevier counsel Paul Doda, Google counsel Katherine Oyama, composer Maria Schneider, and Paul Sieminski of WordPress, who detailed abuses. ISOC-NY has processed the video to improve audio quality, and also indexed it (see “show more” on YouTube page).
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Today, Thursday March 20 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force (Task Force) will hold a full day DMCA Notice and Takedown Multistakeholder Forum at the USPTO HQ in Alexandria, VA. The meeting was called for in the Commerce Department’s Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy released in July 2013. This is the first such meeting. Subsequent meetings will take place approximately every six weeks, alternating between the USPTO main campus and Silicon Valley, at a location to be announced. Further discussions on three additional issues identified in the Green Paper —remixes, first sale, and statutory damages — will be held in several cities over the next few months.
From the Federal Register:
The initial meeting will focus on identifying discrete topics to be addressed through the multistakeholder forum. We also intend to discuss and make decisions about the process for the forum’s ongoing work. The Task Force wants to ensure participation by a wide variety of the notice and takedown system’s current users, including right holders and individual creators, service providers, and any other stakeholders that are directly affected—such as consumer and public interest representatives, technical and engineering experts, and companies in the business of identifying infringing content. The Department’s role in the open multistakeholder process will be to provide a forum for discussion and consensus-building among stakeholders. Stakeholder groups convened for this process will not be advisory committees to the government, as neither the Department of Commerce nor any other Federal agency or office will seek advice or recommendations on policy issues from participants.
The meeting will be webcast with the opportunity for remote public participation. There will be live text transcription.
What: DMCA Notice and Takedown Multistakeholder Forum
Where: USPTO HQ, Alexandria, VA
When: Thursday March 20 2014 9am-4pm EDT | 1300-2000 UTC
Twitter: #DMCA | #IPTF | #copyright
VIDEO: Copyright and the Changing Political Environment in Washington: A View from the Inside @thecsusa #copyright
On January 14 2014 the Copyright Society of the USA’s New York Chapter presented Copyright and the Changing Political Environment in Washington: A View from the Inside. Panelists were Derek Khanna, Author of the RSC Policy Brief: Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it, and Ben Sheffner, VP, Legal Affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), moderated by Robert W. Clarida. For most of our country’s history, copyright policy and legislation were largely immune from the partisan rancor that has long characterized other areas such as tax policy, social programs,and privacy protection. The organized revolt against recent efforts to enhance copyright protections, including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), underscores that things have changed. The panelists, who come from both sides of the debate, explored the competing interests and ideologies that brought us here, and how the heightened role of politics in copyright policy is likely to play out. Video/audio is below.
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Today, Wednesday December 4 2013, the ISOC-NY TV show will present the Copyright Society of the USA’s discussion Content Aggregation: Fair Use or a Use Too Far? on October 24 2013. The panel comprises The panel discussed the evolving law and public policy issues related to some prominent recent cases, and the broader topic of aggregation. Panelists: Bill Herman, Hunter College CUNY; Andy Sellars, Digital Media Law Project and Berkman Center for Internet & Society; and Linda Steinman, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Moderator was Elizabeth McNamara, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.. The show, which airs from 2-3pm, may be viewed via Manhattan Cable or online via the MNN website.
What: ISOC-NY TV Show – Content Aggregation: Fair Use or a Use Too Far?
Where: Manhattan Neighborhood Network
When: Wednesday November 6 2013 2pm-3pm EDT | 1900-2000 UTC
Manhattan Cable: TWC 56 / 1996 | RCN 83 | FiOS 34
VIDEO: Shira Perlmutter – From Paralysis to Progress: The (Useful) Art of Copyright Pragmatism @thecsusa #copyright
On November 4 2013 the Copyright Society of the USA presented the 43rd annual Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture featuring Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Perlmutter’s topic was From Paralysis to Progress: The (Useful) Art of Copyright Pragmatism . Video is below.
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- Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/CvtIzRdQxIMo/
On October 24 2013 the Copyright Society of the USA NY Chapter presented: Content Aggregation: Fair Use or a Use Too Far? at the Princeton Club in NYC. Some of the most popular websites are based upon the aggregation of other parties’ published news, photos, television clips and other content. Aggregators who collect and post third-party content tout the utility of their “one-stop viewing” sites and argue that theirs is a fair use of the content. Content owners, however, complain that aggregators profit from their content without providing fair compensation, and that they are not benefiting from the recent surge in digital advertising revenues received by big technology companies such as Google and Facebook. Two recent decisions in the Southern District of New York have re-focused attention on this increasingly important topic: The Associated Press v. Meltwater, in which the court ruled that a media monitoring service’s aggregation of news story excerpts provided to paying subscribers was not fair use, and Authors Guild v. HathiTrust (now on appeal to the Second Circuit), in which the court upheld the creation of an index based on Google’s scanning of millions of books in its library project as fair use. Further, in September Judge Chin heard oral argument in Authors Guild v. Google on whether the posting of book excerpts on Google Books qualifies as fair use, and Fox News recently sued TVEYES, an aggregator of clips from television broadcasts. The panel discussed the evolving law and public policy issues related to these cases and the broader topic of aggregation. Panelists: Bill Herman, Hunter College CUNY; Andy Sellars, Digital Media Law Project and Berkman Center for Internet & Society; and Linda Steinman, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Moderator was Elizabeth McNamara, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Video/audio is below.
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On September 20 2013 the Copyright Society of the USA NY Chapter in association with the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) presented: “Beyond Berne and Borders: The Cross-Border Harmonization (or Not) of Digital Music Rights“ at The Yale Club in NYC. While each country has its own national copyright law, they are harmonized to some extent by the Berne Convention and other international agreements.Recently, however, the European Union has made further efforts to harmonize the process of cross-border licensing throughout Europe. A panel of experts addressed how copyright licensing in the European Union differs from US practice, and how copyright licensing developments in Europe have impacted digital content delivery across borders. Panelists: Alexander Ross, Partner, Wiggin LLP (London); Eric Lauvaux, Partner, NomoS (Paris); Lee Knife, Executive Director, Digital Media Association (Washington, DC). Moderator was Jeff Liebenson, Liebenson Law (New York, NY).
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WEBCAST TODAY: @RepHowardBerman on the Past and Future of #Copyright Legislation @thecsusa #sopa #acta
Today Tuesday 8 October 2013 the Copyright Society of the USA’s DC Chapter will present A Conversation with Rep. Howard Berman on the Past and Future of Copyright Legislation at George Washington University Law School in Washington DC. In 2012 Rep. Berman concluded a 30 year stint in the US Congress as a Democrat representing North Hollywood, California. Known as a firm supporter of the film industry, amongst his final acts were the authoring and promotion of both SOPA and ACTA. The event will be webcast by GWU’s in-house a/v team.
What: A Conversation with Rep. Howard Berman on the Past and Future of Copyright Legislation
Where: George Washington University Law School, Washington DC
When: Tuesday 8 October 2013 6pm EDT | 1400 UTC
Twitter @thecsusa | @rephowardberman
On September 24 2013 Rimon P.C. – a law firm in California – will present a free CLE Webinar – The Future of Internet Copyright: Recent Cases and Congress. Wade Savoy will present on the future of Internet copyright policy. Congress is currently considering whether copyright law needs to be overhauled for the digital era. Despite the explosion in innovation and creativity on the Internet since passage of the DMCA 15 years ago, tensions have been growing between content owners and technology providers, leading to high profile clashes that will impact the future of the Internet, innovation, and creativity. He will review ongoing Congressional hearings and recent cases that set the stage for these policy discussions and future legislation. New York CLE credit is available.
What: The Future of Internet Copyright: Recent Cases and Congress
When: September 24 2013 2pm-3pm EDT | 1800-1900 UTC