CCIA Welcomes Thoughtful Department of Commerce White Paper on Copyright Reform

BY Heather Greenfield
January 28, 2016

Washington — Today the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force released a long-awaited white paper on several areas of copyright reform: remixes, first sale, and statutory damages.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association has long advocated for balanced copyright, and filed comments as part of the process of this paper being written and released.  The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“This is a step toward copyright common sense. For too long jackpot judgments have discouraged technology investment and innovation.

“CCIA applauds the careful consideration of statutory damages in this paper, and the recognition that reforms are necessary.  While these recommendations could go further, they represent a positive step toward mitigating the chilling effect on investment and innovation that disproportionate damages can have.

“CCIA also commends Commerce for recognizing the importance of a flexible fair use doctrine to the Internet and users, and the thriving remix culture fair use has enabled.”
For additional background information, please also see CCIA Vice President Matt Schruers’ blog post today in response to the Commerce Department’s white paper.

 

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combining flawed copyright and Section 230 bills was considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee today before being withdrawn.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…