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Author’s Guild: Amazon was Google’s Target

Categories: Congress,Copyright/Patents,Libraries,Supreme Court/courts


Press release from Author’s Guild in announcing an appeal of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision against their copyright infringement suit against Google.  Also calls upon Congress to create a National Digital Library, available on every campus and in every community, to display  full pages, not snippets, for out-of-print books.  From the Authors Guild


Music Licensing Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment

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

Announces the initiation of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music and calls for public comment.  From the U.S. Copyright Office


U.S. and China Drive International Patent Filing Growth in Record-Setting Year

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Statistics

Reports an all-time high number of international patent applications in 2013 under the Patent and Cooperation Treaty.  Patent applications grew by 5% to 205,300 in 2013.  With 57,000 applications, the U.S. was the international leader, with Japan second and China passing Germany for third.  From the World Intellectual Property Organization


2013 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Crime/Justice,Telecommunications/Internet

Identifies online and physical marketplaces that engage in piracy and counterfeiting.  Includes list of notorious websites.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


International Trade and Finance: Key Policy Issues for the 113th Congress, Second Session

Categories: China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

Updates trade and finance issues facing Congress such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, disagreements with China over fair trade issues, export controls, intellectual property issues, and more.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Aereo and FilmOn X: Internet Television Streaming and Copyright Law

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

Discusses the specifics of recent court cases involving the question of whether the streaming of television programs over the Internet for a monthly fee is a business model that violates existing copyright laws by infringing on public performance rights.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Science and Technology Issues in the 113rd Congress

Outlines an array of science and technology policy issues, such as the U.S. science and engineering workforce, STEM education, intellectual property and competitiveness, public access to federal research results, nanotechnology, climate change science, and information technology.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Copyright Small Claims

Categories: Copyright/Patents

Documents the challenges of resolving small copyright claims in the current legal system and recommends creation of a voluntary system of adjudication to be administered by the Copyright Office.  From the Copyright Office


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