SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance expanded on previous comments and panel testimony given to the FTC as part of its series of hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century. The comments focused on the role of intellectual property in promoting innovation and discussed the economic contributions of the copyright industries, evolving business practices and new technologies, and the continual challenges of piracy.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance filed comments with the U.S. Copyright Office regarding regulations for the noncommercial use of pre-1972 sound recordings that are no longer being exploited commercially, a new exception created by the Music Modernization Act.
U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance filed comments with the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) regarding the development of its 2019-2021 Joint Strategic Plan. Our comments focused on encouraging engagement with individual creators and small businesses, emerging piracy threats, and the American Law Institute Copyright Restatement Project.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance filed comments with the U.S. Copyright Office highlighting the importance of the registration process and ensuring that fees do not create a barrier that discourages creators from registration, while suggesting avenues the Office might consider to cut its costs and add value to the registration process.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission, emphasizing the importance of robust and meaningful copyright protections, especially as consumers shift from business models built around ownership of physical goods to business models built around access to copyrighted works in digital formats.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office highlighting several recommendations to aid and incentivize authors and copyright owners of serials in registering their works in this group registration option.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration advocating for internet policy priorities that support and acknowledge the importance of strong copyright protection. The comments also urge the NTIA to take steps to ensure that ICANN's WHOIS database is accessible to copyright owners.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office, urging the Office not to expand the Interim Rule regarding e-serials to any other class of works until a clear and cohesive digital collections strategy is developed and publicly available, adequate security measures are in place, and the Library’s IT infrastructure is updated to support such an expansion.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance sent a letter to ICANN expressing strong support for a publicly accessible and transparent WHOIS database, as well as for the comments submitted by the Intellectual Property Constituency on the three interim compliance models proposed by ICANN.