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
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