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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Describes five defining features of the trade agreement which is designed to promote open trade and regional integration. Also provides a summary of the 30 chapters covering such topics as trade rules, customs, intellectual property, electronic commerce, labor, environment, competition policy, and dispute settlement. From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Making Open Science a Reality

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology

Reviews the progress in OECD countries in making the results of publicly funded research openly accessible. From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development



Categories: Copyright/Patents,Statistics

Explore nearly 40 years of data on patent activity in the U.S., including technological, regional, and individual-level trends through several search filters. From the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Orphan Works and Mass Digitization: A Report of the Register of Copyrights

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

Documents the problems faced by those who seek to use orphan works or engage in mass digitization projects because rights holders cannot be located or identified.  Proposes legislative recommendations to resolve the problem while respecting the rights of copyright owners.  From the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress


Money for Something: Music Licensing in the 21st Century

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes the current legal framework governing the music industry.  It also examines the changes in technology and consumer behavior that have reshaped the industry.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


2015 Special 301 Report

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

Annual review of the state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners around the world.  The report identifies a wide range of concerns especially with practices in China, India, Russia, and Brazil.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Fair Use Index

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Supreme Court/courts

Aims to make the principles and application of fair use in copyright matters more understandable to the public by presenting a searchable database of court opinions.  Provides a brief summary of the facts of the case, the relevant questions presented, and the court’s determination as to whether the contested use was fair.  From the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents

Request for comments from copyright owners and users about how the market for photographs, graphic arts and illustrations is working.  Comments are due by July 23, 2015.  From the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


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