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Last December, a few glasses of Rioja and I wrote a pretty grumpy rebuttal to Washington Post tech writer Caitlin Dewey, accusing her of cheerleading for media piracy. A few respondents, including Dewey herself, said that I was unfair, that her article about The Pirate Bay was merely reporting facts without editorial. Of course, with certain styles of communication, it can be very difficult to tell the difference between dishonesty in intention and ignorance of how one sounds.read more
On Thursday, April 16, Senate Finance Committee Chairman (R-UT) Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, a bill that grants trade promotion authority to the Executive. An equivalent bill is to be introduced in the House Ways and Means Committee by Chairman Paul Ryan. The proposed language on IP and digital trade strikes the right balance for American creators.read more
Weekly copyright related summary of issues, congressional developments, judicial updates, administration updates, international updates and industry updates, provided courtesy of American Continental Group (ACG).read more
With popularity comes piracy, we know this as a defining characteric of the digital age. For all the initiatives and appeals to use legitimate, safe viewing channels, illegal torrents and piracy sites stubbornly spring back up to serve inconsiderate or unwitting fans.read more
I am pleased that 'The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015' introduced today by Senators Hatch and Wyden and Representative Ryan contains language that makes clear that adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights must be one of the United States principal negotiating objectives when negotiating any trade agreement governing intellectual property rights.read more
A presentation on "User-Generated Content: Liability Concerns and Safe Harbors" given by Simon Frankel during PLI’s Social Media 2015: Addressing Corporate Risks Conference in San Francisco on February 10, 2015. Frankel provides a brief overview of when site-operators can and cannot be held liable for users' contributions, and he looks specifically at the safe harbors under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the Communications Decency Act (CDA).read more