• U.S. Department of Commerce To Livestream Public Meeting on Copyright Polices in the Internet Age

    by  • December 10, 2013 • Issues, News

    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.



    John Weeks is a MALC Steering Committee member committed to social justice for artists. A former staffer at the Mass. State House, he works as a political consultant and a literary publicist. John is an author who studies the finer points of literary technique at Boston's Grub Street.