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).”
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance, along with CreativeFuture and the Independent Film and Television Alliance, filed comments with the FTC explaining that the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which went into effect last year, has hindered the creative communities’ ability to combat piracy. The sweeping measure restricts the availability of domain name data from a database overseen by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, information that is critical to enforcement of online infringement.
SUMMARY: The Copyright Alliance is generally supportive of the Copyright Office's proposed rule regarding an exception for noncommercial use of pre-1972 sound recordings that are not being commercially exploited. We offer a number of suggestions and recommendations for improving the rule.
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