New Copyright Study Illustrates Economic Need For Balanced Policies

Congressman Jared Polis, D-Colo., welcomed the release of a new economic study on Capitol Hill Thursday saying industries that depend on exceptions to copyright law, like the tech sector and news media, are happy it has been published. “Fair Use in the U.S. Economy,” commissioned by CCIA, updates economic data incorporating new numbers from the…

Senators Reintroduce COICA Under New Name, Same Controversial Internet Censorship Directives

Today, the blogosphere has lit up with controversy as the Bill Formerly Known As COICA was reintroduced in the Senate, sporting a new coat of paint and a freshly minted backronym: “the PROTECTIP Act.”  TechDirt, Public Knowledge, Prof. Wendy Seltzer, the Technology Liberation Front, CDT, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have all weighed in with a variety of concerns.  CCIA’s statement is here. By…

Keep the Innovation And What Really Creates It In Mind On World Intellectual Property Day

In 2000, the World Intellectual Property Organization designated today, April 26, as World Intellectual Property Day, as it is the date on which the 1970 WIPO Convention entering into force.  This date serves as an occasion to raise awareness about and celebrate intellectual property. Choosing the date of the establishment of an inter-governmental bureaucracy as the…

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Repertoire Group Slapped With Infringement Suit for Performing Cage’s 4’33” Plaintiff Says Musicians Played Minimalist Composer’s Silent Piece “Note for Note” Washington — John Cage broke new ground with his 1952 experimental piece 4’33”, featuring a musician sitting quietly and motionless at a piano for precisely four minutes and thirty three seconds.  Now the famed…

International Conference in The Hague: Towards Flexible Copyright?

On February 10, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice organized an international conference on copyright in The Hague. The conference provided Dutch decision makers with a good opportunity to share their views of future copyright policy with fellow EU Member States, academics, representatives of the entertainment and Internet industries, and other stakeholders. It was…