WASHINGTON, D.C. – Statement of Copyright Alliance Executive Director, Sandra Aistars, on The Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force Green Paper : Copyright Policy, Creativity , and Innovation in the Digital Economy. US Commerce web site for paper is HERE.
In crafting copyright and technology policy the government should recognize that the creative community and the technology community are partners, working towards the same ends – a thriving internet ecosystem which incentivizes creators to produce and disseminate new works to the public, while encouraging dynamic innovation and growth in the technology sector. The Green Paper released today reflects this goal well - "The goals of our national copyright policy and our global Internet policies can and should work in tandem."
We welcome this comprehensive roadmap which even-handedly catalogs some of the important issues facing the Administration and Congress in ensuring that the US continues to promote transparency, consumer trust, and collaboration between stakeholders while allowing innovation in both the creative and technology sectors to flourish.
There can be little argument that copyright, grounded as it is in the First Amendment, has enabled artists and creators to produce extraordinary works of cultural and economic value, and that technology advancements – particularly spurred by the internet – have resulted in great benefit to the public – including artists and creators. A robust, well-functioning and up-to-date Copyright Act, coupled with appropriate technology policy ensures that this public benefit continues and will stand as "a tribute to the Founders' vision in providing for the protection of creative works". The approaches for tackling the issues suggested in the Green Paper will be an important resource to Congress as it carries on its review of the copyright act.