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…

Internet-friendly Language Proposed in Trade Agreement

The USTR has proposed the addition of Internet-friendly copyright language into what is being billed as the 21st Century trade agreement: the Trans Pacific Partnership. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomed the news of fair use-related language as a sign that negotiators aim to promote strong and balanced copyright provisions in the trade agreement.…

Study Links EU Risks To Lower Venture Capital Investment

An new economic study analyzing changes in European copyright law has found a negative impact on venture capitalists’ investment in cloud computing companies following several French and German court rulings. Harvard Business School Professor Josh Lerner, whose research often focuses on venture capital investment and innovation, examined the impact of a court ruling in France…

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…

RapidShare Releases Responsible Piracy Practices

  Washington – Months after Internet users rose against copyright enforcement legislation that would have changed the Internet, more companies are voluntarily offering more assistance to reduce infringement. RapidShare presented its copyright enforcement measures during a panel discussion at the National Press Club Wednesday. CCIA’s Matt Schruers told those gathered that lost amid the debate over the…

Another Setback for ACTA in Europe

By Jakob Kucharczyk in Brussels and Matt Schruers in Washington In another blow to the troubled Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the trade agreement, David Martin (UK, Socialists and Democrats Group) indicated in a public event on Thursday that he would recommend against the Agreement. In a blogpost today, MEP Martin also observed that, as…