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Executive Summary: Updated Study and Additional Analysis of Study on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Educational Activities

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Education,Libraries/Museums,Treaties

http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/copyright/en/sccr_35/sccr_35_5.pdf

An international study which focuses on several copyright issues including provisions for the use of adaptations and translations for educational purposes, provisions that restrict the liability of educational institutions and those that limit the scope of contracts narrowing permitted educational activities, and more.  From the World Intellectual Property Organization

 

Section 108 of Title 17: A Discussion Document of the Register of Copyrights

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

https://www.copyright.gov/policy/section108/discussion-document.pdf

Proposed language to update current copyright law which dates from 1976 and allows libraries and archives to reproduce and distribute without permission copyrighted works for purposes of preservation and research.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

Simplifying Deposit Requirements for Certain Literary Works and Musical Compositions

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-16/pdf/2017-17194.pdf

Proposed regulation change relating to requirements for deposit of printed literary works and musical scores/sheet music.  Basically the change reduces the requirement for deposit from two copies to one, except in certain circumstances.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

Presidential Memorandum for the United States Trade Representative

Categories: Business/Economics,China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/14/presidential-memorandum-united-states-trade-representative

Presidential directive to his top trade official to investigate whether China is engaging in unfair trade practices by requiring the transfer of American intellectual property to enterprises in China as conditions of business agreements.  From the White House

 

Matal v Tam

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-1293

Unanimous Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. government violates the 1st Amendment by refusing to register trademarks that disparage people or groups.  The case involved an Asian-American musical group that called itself “The Slants.”  The Patent and Trademark Office refused to issue a patent.  The decision has implications for the long-standing controversy over certain professional sports team names.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices. 3rd edition

Categories: Copyright/Patents

https://copyright.gov/comp3/draft.html

Revised draft of a text originally released in 2014.  The Compendium is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights.  Most recent changes involve how duplicate claims and deposit requirements are handled.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

Copyright Review Board Letters Online Database

Categories: Copyright/Patents

https://www.copyright.gov/rulings-filings/review-board/index.html

A new online database of recent decisions from the Board that reviews and makes final determinations when appeals have been made about decisions to refuse copyright registration.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

North American Free Trade Agreement: Notification for Renegotiation

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/NAFTA%20Notification.pdf

Copies of letters sent to Congressional leaders with official notification of reasons for renegotiating NAFTA.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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