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Wisconsin Representative Robert Kastenmeier passed away earlier this year, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy that includes helping pass the 1976 Copyright Act.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
California is always ahead of the curve when it comes to rolling out new technology, but the laws that protect associated intellectual property often lag behind. That seems to be something that the state will try to remedy in the case of 3D printing, as copyright is considered and factored into new legislation around even its early uses.read more
Last Thursday, Senators Hatch and Wyden and Representative Ryan introduced the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, commonly referred to as Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA. The bill provides a mechanism for Congress to establish negotiating objectives for US trade negotiators and is considered essential to concluding major agreements in the works such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). A hearing was held Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee, and a markup is scheduled for today.read more
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