Weekly copyright related summary of issues, congressional developments, judicial updates, administration updates, international updates and industry updates, provided courtesy of American Continental Group (ACG).
Headlines and Highlights:
Both Chambers of Congress had an active week of working on copyright-related issues. There was marked progress on the House reauthorization bill for the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), followed by a Senate hearing on the issue. Next week, the House will continue the pre- April-recess push with hearings on preservation and reuse of copyrighted works, President Obama’s trade agenda, and the recent Administration decision to relinquish U.S. oversight of key Internet functions. On the judicial front, the Department of Justice (DOJ) secured its first conviction for mobile App pirates, and a Florida judge ruled that an IP address is not sufficient evidence to convict someone of piracy. In the Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released numbers on its IP rights (IPR) enforcement activities for 2013. Across the pond, the European Union Court of Justice ruled that ISPs can block piracy websites, creating a legal framework for member states. On the industry front, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) announced a record year for the film industry, with significant gains in revenues from overseas consumers. Continue reading for further details on this week’s news.