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White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages: Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Offers recommendations on amending the Copyright Act to provide courts with more guidance and greater flexibility in awarding statutory damages and calls for Congress to create a small claims tribunal with caps on damage awards. From the Internet Policy Task Force of the U.S. Department of Commerce


Section 1201 Study: Exemptions to the Prohibition Against Circumvention of Technological Measures That Control Access to Copyrighted Works

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology

The triennial rulemaking process which allows for consideration of proposals to grant additional exceptions to the prohibition against circumventing access controls to protect copyrighted works. From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


Section 512 Study: DMCA Safe Harbor Provisions

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology

Notice in the Federal Register for public comments on the impact and effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor (limitations on copyright infringement liability) provisions. Consideration will be given to the costs and burdens of the notice and take-down process on large- and small-scale copyright owners, online service providers, and the general public. From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


U.S. Department of Education Launches Campaign to Encourage Schools to #GoOpen with Educational Resources

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Education,Laws/Regulations

Announces effort by federal government to encourage schools and educators to move away from traditional text books and use openly licensed educational materials. Includes proposal to require all copyrighted intellectual property created with department grant funds to have an open license. From the U.S. Department of Education


Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

New final rule providing an exemption to rules prohibiting circumvention of technological measures protecting copyrighted material. The new exemption applies to cases where a person in engaging in noninfringing uses of certain classes of works. From the U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress


Authors Guild et al v. Google

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

Decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit that the digitizing of millions of books by Google to create an online library is transformative and not a violation of the concept of fair use. From Justia


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


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