SUMMARY: In response to a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) by the U.S. Copyright Office initiating a public study on the degree to which copyright owners are experiencing infringement by state entities without adequate remedies under state law, the Copyright Alliance launched a public survey and conducted interviews with a number of individual creators and organizations that have encountered state infringement. The comments demonstrate compelling evidence that remedies against state infringement are inadequate, and urge that the Copyright Office recommend, and that Congress enact, legislation that abrogates state sovereign immunity pursuant to Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance submitted comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notification of Inquiry published by the U.S. Copyright Office regarding proposed amendments to regulations governing the recordation of notices of termination, and related practice updates.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance filed comments in response to the Notice of Inquiry (NOI) published by the U.S. Copyright Office in the Federal Register on March 3, 2020, raising additional questions as a follow-up to its October 2018 NOI on registration modernization.
The White House; Office of Science and Technology Policy
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance filed comments with the Office of Science and Technology Policy in response to a request for information regarding approaches for ensuring public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications, data, and code that result from federally funded scientific research.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance sent a letter to President Trump on February 18 expressing concerns with an Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) proposal that would strip authors and publishers of their copyrights. Specifically, the letter is in response to a proposed policy that would eviscerate the copyrights of journal publishers throughout the country by requiring them to make peer-reviewed articles that report on federally funded scientific research freely available to the public immediately upon publication. Among other things, the letter explains that peer-reviewed journal articles are worthy of copyright protection and that the proposed policy represents a significant regulatory intervention in the private marketplace that already gives copyright owners only one year to commercialize their works. Ultimately, the letter warns that adopting the proposed policy would do significant damage to established markets and the U.S. economy.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance submitted comments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding a proposal to amend CBP regulations “pertaining to importations of merchandise that violate or are suspected of violating the copyright laws, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).”