All Three Branches of Government Considering Copyright Reforms

All three branches of government are currently contemplating copyright reform issues, with a particular focus on the DMCA’s notice and takedown provisions.  This safe harbor has been significant in encouraging investment and innovation in online platforms, and policymakers should take care not to disturb the balance contemplated by Congress in 1998. The Executive Branch’s involvement…

Government Support for Fighting Patent Trolls Grows

Lawmakers have been speaking out about the patent troll epidemic in recent weeks and now it looks like they’re ready to do something about it. Yesterday Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he is introducing a bill to expand the covered business methods program established by the 2011 America Invents Act, so that broad, abstract patents can…

France’s 3 Strikes “Hadopi” to be Abolished; U.S. Preparing Copyright Alert System

Certain industries who prioritize controlling their content expend considerable amounts of time and money on lobbying for legislation, such as SOPA and PIPA.  However, the RIAA, one of the most vocal supporters, allegedly conceded in a recently leaked report that the SOPA/PIPA “legislation [was] not likely to have been effective tool for music.”  So not only is there uncertainty as…