Congress Offers SHIELD Against Junk Patent Lawsuits

Two members of Congress have introduced legislation to help innovators combat patent trolls. The bill, dubbed the SHIELD Act (Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act) or HR 6245, co-authored by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow tech companies to recover litigation costs for nuisance lawsuits where the plaintiff made…

The “Book Famine” Affecting Visually Impaired People Exposes Issues for Copyright Affecting Everyone

From July 16th to 25th, the world’s copyright decision-makers met, as they do twice each year, at the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) in Geneva. Are you sleeping yet? It sounds dull – and these meetings can be – but they may prove to be the key to ensuring that the worldwide copyright system’s legal…

Digital Goods Provisions Added To Russia PNTR Bill

CCIA was pleased to learn senators added provisions to better protect digital goods ahead of the U.S. Senate Finance committee markup a bill today to permanently normalize trade relations (“PNTR”) with the Russian Federation and Moldova. CCIA issed a news release asking for better trade protections online after the Russian parliament’s vote to blacklist websites and allow them to be…

The U.S. is Proposing a Limitations and Exceptions Provision to the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is currently in the 13th round of negotiations.  The text has yet to be released publicly, although there have been some leaks.  However, an important piece of news was made public by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.  The USTR Press Office website announced: “For the first time in any…

Trend Towards Copyright Reform For The Benefit Of Innovation Continues in Europe

As Europe debates the balance of intellectual property rights in the wake of ACTA, Ireland is taking comments through the end of this month on a paper it published on copyright and innovation. Despite the various pressures to increase copyright enforcement online without due regard for negative side-effects, it is very encouraging to see that…

Copyright RFI on Crowd Sourcing Mass Digitization of Pre-1978 Copyrighted Works

According to FBO.gov (short for FedBizOpps.gov, which in turn naturally stands for Federal Business Opportunities), the U.S. Copyright Office has issued a request for information about digitizing pre-1978 works. The RFI explains that the Copyright Office “has initiated a project to digitize and make available online the historical records of copyrights dating from 1870 to 1977” and…