On Thursday, December 12 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, the U.S. Department of Commerce will hold a public meeting at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, VA. The meeting, which will take place in the Madison Auditorium, will focus on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy. There will be a series of panels discussing first sale, remixes, DMCA notice and takedown, and online music licensing. Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars will speak during a panel on statutory damages.
In July the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF), along with input from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), released a Green Paper on updating copyright policies for the internet age. Thursday’s meeting will allow for in-depth discussion of these important issues.
All interested artists and supporters of the creative economy are encouraged to either attend the public hearing, if possible, or view it livestream on the day of the meeting.