Blog, US

Two Upcoming House Judiciary Hearings on Copyright and Technology

BY Ali Sternburg
July 24, 2013

The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee  has announced two upcoming hearings on copyright, to continue the “House Judiciary Committee’s ongoing review of U.S. copyright law.”  The first will be on Thursday, July 25, entitled “Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights.”  The date of the second has not been announced yet, but the announcement says it will also be held before the upcoming August recess.

Chairman Goodlatte and Subcommittee Chairman Coble also released a statement announcing the hearing, which suggests that the second hearing will be on technology, to complement the first hearing on copyright:  “The copyright and technology sectors are core parts of our nation’s economy.  They are the job-creating engine that can help rebuild our economy.  Over the next several weeks, the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee will hold two hearings that will focus on the important role that both the copyright and technology industries play in our nation. We look forward to hearing from all of the witnesses.”

There have already been two hearings on copyright during the 113th Congress:  March 20’s “The Register’s Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright Law” with the Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, and May 16’s “A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project” with several law professors, a former General Counsel of the Copyright Office, and an Assistant General Counsel from Microsoft.

As I pointed out recently on DisCo, there has been a growing consensus in the government around the importance of balanced copyright policy.  Congress should consider this balance as it reviews the effectiveness of our copyright laws.

Related Articles

Unvetted Copyright Measures In Spending Bill Concern CCIA

Dec 22, 2020

Washington — Congress has wrapped several controversial copyright measures into a must-pass end of the year spending bill.  The intellectual property part of the legislation includes the CASE Act, the Trademark Modernization Act, and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act. While the Computer & Communications Industry Association doesn’t oppose the language of the streaming proposal, it…

CCIA Response To Proposed Digital Copyright Act

Dec 22, 2020

Washington — Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC, has introduced a discussion draft of a controversial copyright bill that reads like a Christmas wish list for Hollywood and big content companies, and takes cues from contentious copyright reforms in Europe. Among other sweeping changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the bill increases the role of…

Senate Judiciary Considers Controversial Copyright And Section 230 Legislation

Dec 10, 2020

Washington — Controversial legislation combining flawed copyright and Section 230 bills was considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee today before being withdrawn. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has serious concerns with S. 4632 (the Online Content Policy Modernization Act), which is a bill containing S. 1273 (the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act…